Saturday, August 29, 2015

Christie Town Meeting

NJ Supreme Court rules Gov. Christie owes $500 million more to the state's poorest school districts.

Christie Town Meeting

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Gov. Christie stopped at the National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill this past week for a scheduled town meeting, a few hours after a NJ Supreme Court decision left him with a $500 million bill for funding the education of poor students in the state's neediest districts.

Read more on the Christie Chronicles, the blog by Inquirer writer Matt Katz who is on a full time beat covering "the gov" (that reference is the easy way to tell if you're reading his blog or a news story he wrote).

As the governor's star keeps rising nationally, I'm reading and enjoying Matt's blog regularly now. Most people around here believe "the gov" when he says he's not going to run for president in 2012, but... a group of Republican nominee fundraisers from Iowa is flying to meet with Christie this week at Drumthwacket, the governor's mansion.

If he does ever decide to run, I wonder where I'll read about it first - Matt's blog, or on my other favorite political blog - The Big Tent - by Inquirer national politics writer Thomas Fritzgerald.

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Tom Gralish is a general assignment photographer at The Inquirer, concentrating on local news and self-generated feature photos.

He has been at the paper since 1983, photographing everything from revolution in the Philippines to George W. Bush’s road to the White House to homeless people living on the street right outside his newspaper's front door. For his photo essay on Philadelphia’s homeless, he was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Award.

His weekly newspaper column, "Scene Through the Lens," takes a look at Philadelphia's urban landscape.

Gralish, along with Inquirer colleague and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Vitez, spent a year visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art to capture the stories and photos of "Rocky runners" who come from all over the world to climb the steps - just as Sylvester Stallone did in the Academy Award winning film, Rocky. Their book, Rocky Stories: Tales of Love, Hope and Happiness at America’s Most Famous Steps, was published in November 2006.

Reach Tom at tgralish@phillynews.com.

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