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Archive: May, 2013

POSTED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 3:35 PM
A street light in the Kingsway Regional High School parking lot in Woolwich Township creates a canopy of falling snow as a singletary car gets covered. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

The numbers are in, and despite a very light winter in terms of snowfall, the Christie administration broke a record: It spent $62 million to plow snow.

As I first reported in March, the high costs for plowing snow this year can be attributed to three things:

1) Christie gave plow contractors a 25 percent pay increase. The administration said it had to compete with owners of malls and shopping centers.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013, 1:55 PM
President Barack Obama shakes hands with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before speaking outside at Asbury Park Convention Hall ,Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Obama traveled to New Jersey to join Christie to inspect and tour the Jersey Shore's recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Click here for full story in Wednesday's Inquirer.

The boys of October are back, just in time for summer.

"Jersey, you still got a lot of road ahead, but when you look out on this beach here, it looks good!" President Obama told the Jersey Shore this afternoon.

POSTED: Monday, May 27, 2013, 12:37 PM
State Sen. Barbara Buono is running for New Jersey governor as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Chris Christie.

In today's paper, I wrote about the relative lack of campaigning in South Jersey for Gov. Christie's expected Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono. But moments ago Buono spokesman David Turner announced that her first TV ad -- originally scheduled to air only in North Jersey -- will indeed be in the Philly/South Jersey market beginning tomorrow.

Here's my story in paper:

Has Barbara Buono forsaken South Jersey? Or has South Jersey forsaken Barbara Buono?

POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013, 8:11 AM
NJ Gov. Chris Christie will co-host the "Today" show later this month.

"When you think Gov. Chris Christie, you think fun," Al Roker declared on the "Today" show this morning.

And with that, Christie began his gig this morning co-hosting -- errr, extended interviewing -- live from Seaside Heights. After a bit of controversy over whether a gubernatorial candidate should be hosting one of the most watched shows on TV, the appearance was downgraded to an "extended interview." In reality, it was one brief interview and a ribbon-cutting with the Christie family.

During a walk-and-talk down the boardwalk with his occasional dining companion, Matt Lauer, Christie was asked about the big reunion next Tuesday: President Obama will visit the Jersey Shore, and Christie will be his host. When Obama last visited -- days after Sandy and days before Election Day -- Christie was hailed alternatively as a post-partisan hero and a heretic to the Republican cause.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 12:32 PM
State Sen. Barbara Buono is running for New Jersey governor as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Chris Christie.

UPDATE: Now Christie has a new TV attack ad, too, here.

State Sen. Barbara Buono, the Central Jersey senator (almost definitely) facing Gov. Christie in the fall, is finally up on the air. 

But her new ad -- a mix of retro shots of her from back in the day and pointed shots against Christie -- will not be seen in the Philadelphia and South Jersey television markets. The ad, at a cost of more than $1 million, will run only in the New York City market, which covers North Jersey.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 3:36 PM
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie thanks Elaine Konopka after she gave him a fleece jacket during a town hall gathering in Sayreville, N.J., Thursday, May 16, 2013, where he announced that some 350 homeowners in the central New Jersey towns of Sayreville and South River whose properties have flooded repeatedly will be eligible to sell their homes in the first phase of a new federally funded buyback program. Christie returned to the community of Sayreville on Thursday afternoon, which was heavily flooded during Superstorm Sandy, to announce the $300 million buyback. The money will be enough to buy back nearly 1,000 homes in targeted communities along the Raritan River, Passaic River basin and the Jersey Shore. (AP)

For the third time, Gov. Christie has refused to link climate change and Sandy.

"I don’t think there’s been any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change,” Christie said yesterday in response to a question from a reporter from WNYC, an NPR affiliate.

Today at a union meeting for teachers, Christie's expected Democratic challenger, State Sen. Barbara Buono, brought up his remark.

POSTED: Monday, May 20, 2013, 11:41 AM

I waded through Christie's campaign finance reports for Sunday's Inquirer. This is what I found: 

TRENTON - The hottest new trend in Silicon Valley isn't inventing a gadget, developing an app, or investing in an IPO.

It's giving to the governor of New Jersey.

POSTED: Thursday, May 16, 2013, 9:24 AM

We took a look at the sourcing on Gov. Christie's new attack ad against Sen. Buono. Turns out something was wrong. My story in today's Inquirer:

TRENTON - In TV attack ads, politicians often put text underneath the images to indicate the sources of statistics used to skewer the opposition.

But in the ad that Republican Gov. Christie has been running this week against State Sen. Barbara Buono (D., Middlesex), his expected challenger in November, the source cited is unrelated to the accusation.

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