Wednesday, July 1, 2015

POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:58 PM

The pool of GOP candidates running for president just got a little bigger.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined the ranks of more than a dozen Republicans hoping to become the party's nominee for 2016. Christie became the governor of New Jersey in January 2010 after he defeated incumbent Governor Jon Corzine, a Democrat.

There has been lots of speculation around Christie's presidential ambitions for quite some time—Christie was seen as a potential candidate during the last election, and though he didn't end up running, he did deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in 2012.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:01 PM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is "telling it like it is" this morning with a big announcement - he's entering the presidential race. Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio reporter and the creator of The Christie Tracker, reports live from Livingston High School, and Politico's chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush explains how Christie fits into the already-crowded GOP field.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:12 AM

What it is: Olmstead v. L.C. was a case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in its 1999 term, based on a lawsuit filed in 1995 on behalf of two women with intellectual disabilities who lived in institutional settings.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s majority opinion held that: “States are required to place persons with mental disabilities in community settings rather than in institutions when the State’s treatment professionals have determined that community placement is appropriate, the transfer from institutional care to a less restrictive setting is not opposed by the affected individual, and the placement can be reasonably accommodated.”

What it means: It has led the state government to emphasize placing all residents in either their family homes or in group homes that are near their communities. This has put the state in conflict with specific groups of family members, including those of residents who have lived in two developmental centers that were closed by the state, as well as those who live in out-of-state residences.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:11 AM

Gov. Chris Christie garnered headlines when he vetoed various line items in the Democrats’ proposed state budget, but almost as notable were some of the proposals he left in the final spending plan.

While Christie vetoed more than $20 million in new spending, approved were three notable education-related expenditures pushed by individual Democratic lawmakers:

  • $7 million for career and vocational schools, including $4 million that will be restored to adult high schools that had seen their budgets decimated in the last four years;
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POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:10 AM

As recently as last month, executives with Coordinated Health had no reason to believe that their plans for an outpatient surgery center in Lopatcong Township, Warren County, could be in jeopardy.

But now their plans are in upheaval, and they say it’s because they’re being unfairly singled out by the Legislature.

A fast-moving bill -- the Assembly version was introduced, referred to a committee, and released by the committee on the same day -- is what’s upsetting their plans. The bill, A-4476/S-2876, includes a provision that would retroactively ban out-of-state hospitals from owning ambulatory surgery centers in New Jersey. The ban would apply to any plans submitted since March 1.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:09 AM

New Jersey has one of the highest concentrations of life-sciences companies in the world. Many of them make New Jersey their global, North American or U.S. headquarters. They employ over 320,000 people in our state and support $87 billion in New Jersey economic activity annually.

These companies work every day on the next generation of life-saving treatments and cures for some of the world’s most dreaded diseases. They depend on a strong, robust patent system to protect the intellectual property needed to discover these treatments and cures.

In 2011, Congress passed, with bipartisan support, the America Invents Act (AIA), which was intended to protect intellectual property more fully and curb frivolous litigation. However, the implementation of specific provisions of the AIA has unintentionally — and unfairly — put patent holders at a disadvantage.

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POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:08 AM

Log in to NJ Spotlight at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday) for a live streaming broadcast of Gov. Chris Christie’s long-anticipated announcement that he will seek the Republican nomination for president.

The event will be held at the place where young Chris Christie first got involved in politics – Livingston High School, where he was elected student government president.

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40%

POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 5:05 AM

Strawberry season is already over in New Jersey but the state blueberry harvest is just beginning. Last year, New Jersey farmers sold $79.5 million worth of blueberries – a 40 percent gain over 2013. Farmers are predicting an even bigger crop this year due to beneficial rainfall, according to the NJ Farm Bureau.

New Jersey is known as a leading producer of the Highbush blueberry, considered a superior commercial blueberry.

Strawberry season is already over in New Jersey but the state blueberry harvest is just beginning. Last year, New Jersey farmers sold $79.5 million worth of blueberries – a 40 percent gain over 2013. Farmers are predicting an even bigger crop this year due to beneficial rainfall, according to the NJ Farm Bureau.

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