Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Jersey Politics

8/19
Gov. Christie continued to wage verbal war against teachers' unions at an education forum in New Hampshire on Wednesday, saying the unions deserved a "political punch in the face."
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation Friday that doubles the size of a teacher arbitration panel.
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"Hey - my name's Alex. I'm running for Congress," the affable young fellow says, deftly deploying a handshake that's as earnest as his eye contact.
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Hours before scheduled council meeting, officials fought over whether it was postponed.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - While a New Jersey judge approved the state's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil, he expressed concern over delayed cleanup at a polluted creek, which a state lawmaker says could open up a route to appeal the decision.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Gov. Christie joined rabbis and groups advocating for Israel's security Tuesday to call on U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) to oppose the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
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A judge on Tuesday approved New Jersey's controversial $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil Corp., following a decade of litigation over the oil giant's pollution of more than a thousand acres in the northern part of the state.
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Gov. Christie on Tuesday stepped up his criticism of Republican presidential rival Jeb Bush, arguing that the former governor of Florida is too rusty to tackle today’s challenges.
8/23
Gov. Christie described rival Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's immigration policies as "too simplistic" during a taped interview that aired Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation.
8/21
He hosted Gov. Christie in his luxury box last season. Now Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is helping raise money for the governor’s presidential campaign.
8/18
WASHINGTON - As New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez announced his firm (but unsurprising) opposition Tuesday to President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, the votes of three other local Democrats hung in the balance, and with them critical tallies that could help determine whether the accord survives congressional objections.
8/18
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno dropped by the Adventure Aquarium in Camden on Tuesday, observing African penguins, sand tiger sharks, and a swarm of jellyfish as she promoted the waterfront attraction during her weekly state tourism tour.
8/18
CapitolInq: Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) said Tuesday he will vote against the pending nuclear deal with Iran, and will vote to override a presidential veto if needed to help kill the deal, striking a firm - though unsurprising - stand against one of President Obama's top priorities.
8/15
TRENTON - New Jersey's tax haul appears to be on the upswing. Figures from the state Treasury on Friday show that New Jersey collected nearly $2 billion in taxes last month and the state's year-over-year collection was up 7 percent compared with 2014, in line with projections.
8/14
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming for your weed. And he’s not alone. He and virtually all of the announced candidates — including the Democrats — running to succeed President Obama have stances that don’t jive with the American public when it comes to marijuana legalization.
8/13
TRENTON - While Gov. Christie has yet to sign or veto legislation to help economically struggling Atlantic City, local officials already have begun squabbling over the potential tax proceeds contained in the measure.
8/13
New Jersey is spending at least $1.7 million, more than twice as much as previously known, on professionals mainly from the audit firm Ernst & Young LLP (EY) to turn around distressed gambling hub Atlantic City.
8/12
Gov. Christie on Wednesday criticized presidential rival Jeb Bush as "re-litigating" the Iraq War, arguing that the unpopular conflict is "not a winning fight" for the Republican Party as it seeks to win the White House in 2016.
8/12
Every year, thousands of soldiers from around the world call a New Jersey peer hotline looking for help. They have financial or marital problems. Some are suicidal.
8/11
A decision from New Jersey's highest court on Tuesday could reignite the battle between Camden activists and elected officials over whether the police force patrolling the city should be run by Camden County.
8/11
ATLANTIC CITY - Mayor Don Guardian said Tuesday that Gov. Christie may be weighing two objections from the city's emergency manager to the languishing legislation to rescue Atlantic City's finances, including whether casinos should be paying the city at a higher level for a longer period.
8/10
Gov. Christie took action Monday on 40 bills and resolutions, ranging from a law he says will help drug addicts to measures addressing dogfighting, gun rights, and the underfunded pension system for public workers.
8/7
Earlier this week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slammed teacher’s unions, saying that they ought to be “punched in the face.” Now, Russ Walsh, a New Jersey teacher, has offered up his face for the pummeling, volunteering to take a punch from the gov.
8/6
Join The Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com for live commentary during tonight's Republican presidential debate in Cleveland. ...
8/6
With 10 candidates on stage, the airtime will be spread thin during the first Republican presidential debate, starting at 9 tonight on Fox. But if given the opportunity, we’re betting Gov. Christie might employ a few tested lines. Chase these Christie favorites tonight with a beverage of your choice.
8/5
He made the cut, but seizing the spotlight during the first Republican presidential debate may be a challenge when Gov. Christie takes his place at the edge of the stage Thursday night in Cleveland.
8/4
Gov. Christie on Tuesday reflected on his Catholic faith and told diners at a New Hampshire restaurant that he had used birth control, against the teaching of his church.
8/4
Republican voters won't cast actual ballots for months, but the winnowing of a historically large field of contenders for the party's presidential nomination began Tuesday afternoon - in the offices of Fox News.
7/31
Kenney is doing another solid for the Norcross political clan.
7/31
The super PAC backing Gov. Christie's presidential candidacy disclosed its list of donors to federal regulators Friday, offering the first detailed glimpse of his national network of financial backers.
7/31
N.J. Senate Republicans cite a Daily News story as proof of a needed overhaul.
7/30
The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a 2011 law that suspended retirees' cost-of-living adjustments as part of an overhaul of the pension system for public workers.
7/30
The Christie administration and ExxonMobil Corp. urged a state judge Thursday to approve a $225 million settlement New Jersey reached with the oil giant over contamination claims, arguing that the accord would bring much-needed resolution to a decade of litigation.
7/29
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Wednesday that the federal government should provide low-interest loans to states struggling to pay down their pension obligations, the latest proposal to shore up benefits for public workers.
7/29
Ray Chintall will seek to regain his seat on Township Committee.
7/27
Virtua Health Inc. sued the State of New Jersey on Monday to block a law, signed earlier this month by Gov. Christie, that transfers control of emergency medical services in Camden to Cooper University Hospital.
7/27
Gov. Christie returned Monday to New Hampshire, where a new poll shows his standing has slipped since February, after a dozen trips by him to the first-in-the-nation primary state.
7/27
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Bryan Clickner had little opinion of Lindsey Graham until he saw the South Carolina senator at a town hall-style meeting - and decided that if Graham were elected president, the country would "be in good shape."
7/24
DAVENPORT, Iowa - Gov. Christie's presidential campaign hit the airwaves with its second television ad Friday, in which the Republican accuses President Obama of "lying to the American people" about how the accord limiting Iran's nuclear program would work.
7/22
The financial team backing Gov. Christie's presidential run includes Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen, according to a list released by Christie's campaign Wednesday.
7/20
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Gov. Christie returned to South Carolina for the first time as an official presidential candidate Monday, laying out a number of conservative positions on gun control and abortion, but asserting he was best suited to break gridlock in Washington because of his experience in working with Democrats in New Jersey.
7/20
Is it acceptable for an elected municipal official to vote in favor of giving his wife a paid position in their township? What if the same official, also the town's deputy fire chief, votes to hire firefighters who report to him?
7/19
As he runs for president, Gov. Christie is trumpeting rehabilitation for addicts and condemning the war on drugs as a "decades-long disaster."
7/31
Whitney White, a Philadelphia entrepreneur, has resigned as a commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority, following a Philadelphia Daily News story about his bankruptcies and failed businesses.
7/17
Gov. Christie’s chief counsel is leaving the governor’s office for a job in the private sector, joining a number of top aides and cabinet members who have left the administration in recent weeks.
7/20
TRENTON The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is seeking 20 recruits for its 2016 class of AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors, an annual program that helps prepare young people to be future environmental leaders.
7/17
Gov. Christie called Thursday for broad changes to the criminal justice system, using his record in New Jersey - and Camden in particular - as a platform for his presidential campaign.
7/16
Three Democrats approved the ordinance, which followed protests at the home of the state Senate president.
7/15
WASHINGTON – Some of the most powerful political insiders on the right and left – including Republican kingmaker Sheldon Adelson and South...
7/15
Gov. Christie got the endorsement Wednesday of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, after betting last year on the Republican's chances to win the governorship of the blue state.
7/15
For the second time in a little more than a month the state Supreme Court has dealt a blow to public-worker unions in New Jersey, demonstrating the success...
7/15
Gov. Christie has taken an aggressive approach to dealing with public workers and their unions since taking office in early 2010.
7/14
Gov. Christie will return to Camden Thursday – this time to give a speech as a presidential candidate.
7/15
The super PAC supporting Gov. Christie's presidential candidacy announced Tuesday that it had raised $11 million since it was formed in February, a haul close to some of his competitors' but significantly less than the amount raised by allies of Jeb Bush.
7/7
TRENTON - Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday that would provide new protections against any proposed commercial development at Liberty State Park but does not meet the expectations of park advocates, who still fear the site is "very vulnerable."
7/7
Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday allowing Cooper University Hospital to take control of emergency medical services in Camden, a bill that drew criticism from the city's longtime paramedic-services provider.
7/2
Gov. Christie signed legislation Monday allowing Cooper University Hospital to take control of emergency medical services in Camden, a bill that drew criticism from the city's longtime paramedic-services provider.
7/1
ASHLAND, N.H. - Gov. Christie, on his first full day on the presidential campaign trail, said Wednesday that personal objections should not exempt government officials from issuing licenses for same-sex marriages.
7/1
The powder looks harmless enough. But when added to water, the packet of Palcohol creates an adult beverage with the same alcohol content of a standard mixed drink.
6/30
A second interim report was promised by end of June, but Bill Nowling, the new spokesman for A.C. Emergency Manager Kevin Lavin, said there was nothing new to add.
6/30
According to the FEC’s records, 96 other Republicans already filed election paperwork before Christie, including candidates who declared back in 2014. Kerry Dale Bowers, a retired Air Force officer from Nevada, filed paperwork in April 2014 as the first GOP candidate.
6/26
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Friday signed a $33.8 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins Wednesday, vetoing tax increases passed by the Legislature to fund the pension system but extending an olive branch to Democrats by proposing an increase in a tax credit for the working poor.
7/1
LIVINGSTON, N.J. - Even as 1,000 supporters cheered on Gov. Christie as he announced his candidacy for president on Tuesday inside Livingston High School, the scene outside was remarkably different, as hundreds denounced his policies in New Jersey.
6/29
TRENTON -- New Jersey Democrats want Gov. Christie to borrow money so the state can make its pension payment for the fiscal year that begins Wednesday in early July, rather than a year from now.
6/29
TRENTON A measure that would encourage homeowners to create way stations for birds, monarch butterflies, and other wildlife has unanimously passed the New Jersey General Assembly and is awaiting action in the Senate.
6/26
TRENTON - The $33.8 billion budget Gov. Christie signed into law on Friday includes $2.5 million for Cooper University Hospital to provide emergency medical services in Camden, delivering a decisive setback to one of the current providers, which has protested the takeover and is considering legal action.
6/26
TRENTON - Facing reporters Friday, Gov. Christie wouldn't confirm his plans to announce a presidential campaign early next week. But he inched a little closer.
6/23
As he nears a presidential decision, Gov. Christie’s approval rating at home has fallen to 30 percent in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll.
6/24
TRENTON - The budget introduced and advanced by New Jersey Democrats on Tuesday includes $2.5 million for Cooper University Hospital to take over emergency medical services in Camden.
6/23
TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats' top priority in passing a budget for the fiscal year that begins next Wednesday is to make a full contribution to the underfunded pension system for public workers.
6/24
New Jersey’s clean energy fund is being tapped once again by legislators -- this time to provide $20 million for maintenance and salaries for the state’s...
6/23
TRENTON - In addition to passing a budget before the fiscal year ends June 30, lawmakers are pushing an array of bills, including one that would require employers to provide paid sick leave to workers and another that seeks to improve voter turnout.
6/22
TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats on Monday unveiled the broad contours of the budget they will submit to Gov. Christie, saying they would make a full contribution to the underfunded pension system by raising taxes on businesses and the state's highest earners.
6/19
Gov. Christie tried Friday to win over Republican activists gathered in Philadelphia to hear from several presidential hopefuls, casting himself as a terrorism fighter who wouldn't shy away from blunt talk in a run for the White House.
6/9
Gov. Christie on Tuesday claimed a significant legal victory in a yearlong battle with public-sector unions over pension funding, even as analysts warned that the state's long-term fiscal condition remained precarious.
6/8
TRENTON - Gov. Christie's hometown ally turned political antagonizer isn't done talking. David Wildstein, the former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official who pleaded guilty last month to federal criminal charges in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure case, now alleges in a separate legal matter that the governor disclosed information about a grand jury proceeding Christie oversaw when he was U.S. attorney.
6/5
Gov. Chris Christie participates in the True Blue Celebrity Softball game to honor slain NYPD officers Brian Moore, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on June 3, 2015 at the Bronx. (Video by Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
6/19
Gov. Christie struck a tough tone on terrorism, trumpeted his opposition to Planned Parenthood funding and called for prayer in the wake of the Charleston shooting at a conservative conference in Washington Friday. “Laws can’t change this,” Christie said of Wednesday’s massacre at a Charleston church. He said “only the goodwill and love of the American people” could have an impact.
6/16
NEWARK, N.J. - A federal judge here on Tuesday denied a motion by Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) to move his corruption trial from New Jersey to Washington.
6/18
WASHINGTON - Passenger rail operators working to install an upgraded safety system would get priority for federal grants and loans under a bill introduced Thursday by Sens. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) and Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), the top lawmakers on a subcommittee overseeing rail lines.
6/18
TRENTON - Amid a power struggle between two of South Jersey's biggest hospital systems, state lawmakers are crafting a budget that could include $2.5 million for Cooper University Hospital to provide emergency medical services in Camden, people familiar with the matter said Thursday.
6/18
New Jersey state lawmakers are considering two bills, named after a former University of Pennsylvania student-athlete, that would provide support and raise awareness for students who are considering, or who have attempted, suicide.
6/18
Twice this month, gun proponents took to Nottingham Road in West Deptford to protest outside State Senate President Stephen Sweeney's home.
6/14
The trial has not started yet, but lawyers are already baring their fangs in the fight between Sen. Robert Menendez and the federal prosecutors accusing him of accepting bribes.
6/15
Cory Booker is going old school. The Democratic senator from New Jersey, who often makes his mark on Twitter or Instagram or television, is writing a book due out in January.
6/12
Gov. Christie's three foreign trips this year and last, taken as he weighs a run for president in 2016, cost state taxpayers nearly $124,000, according to figures released by the governor's office Friday evening.
6/11
Chris Christie repeatedly has said that U.S. corporations are taxed twice on income earned abroad, claiming in one speech that IRS officials “don’t recognize the tax you paid to a foreign country.” That’s false.
6/11
Some Gloucester County residents have been receiving election-mail blasts from the past. Days after polls closed for the state's primary election, some county residents only this week received sample ballots for the June 2 election.
6/11
As Gov. Christie nears a decision on a 2016 presidential run, one of the governor’s top aides is leaving the administration to join his political action committee.
6/10
Gov. Christie’s strong anti-marijuana views aren’t curtailing his associates from cashing in on cannabis. Christie is fond of railing against...
6/9
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority approved $164 million in tax credits Tuesday for Voorhees-based American Water Works to encourage the company to relocate to Camden.
6/8
Many U.S. states balance their budgets by using short-term techniques to make it appear spending does not exceed revenue, according to a report released on Monday that singled out New Jersey for using these budget-balancing maneuvers.
6/3
The New Jersey agency that enforces election law has filed a complaint against Barbara Buono, alleging that the 2013 Democratic gubernatorial candidate illegally used her Senate campaign account to help finance her unsuccessful run against Gov. Christie.
6/2
A Democratic councilman in Paulsboro secured a victory over the borough's current mayor in Tuesday's primary election in the only Gloucester County municipality with contested races.
6/8
Voorhees-based American Water Works has asked the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) for $164 million in tax credits to move its headquarters to Camden.
6/5
Gov. Christie's administration filed a complaint Friday in federal court in an attempt to stop a seismic testing project the state argues will harm fishing industries and marine life.
6/1
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would ask voters to amend the constitution to allow the state to expand gaming to North Jersey.
5/28
Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, who has been victimized himself, is trying to get penalties stiffened for people who send SWAT teams to strangers’ houses.
6/3
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - South Carolina has a history of rough-and-tumble political campaigns. But that may not translate to Republicans in this early presidential primary state's embracing a sometimes-brash governor from New Jersey.
5/22
He took a private meeting with arguably the most powerful man in Jersey.
6/3
COLUMBIA, S.C.—A meet-and-greet between Gov. Christie and South Carolina Republicans in a bar here Tuesday evolved into a town-hall-style meeting as the governor took questions on subjects from foreign policy to Common Core to Obamacare.
5/20
On his latest financial-disclosure form, Gov. Christie does not list as gifts the luxury-box tickets to Dallas Cowboys games he received last football season from team owner Jerry Jones.
6/2
Retired police Lt. James Fine ousted incumbent James Fazzone on Tuesday by more than 36 percentage points in Burlington City's Republican mayoral primary.
5/18
TRENTON - Chris Christie, then the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, declared in 2004 that an indictment of a fund-raiser for Gov. Jim McGreevey painted "a very vivid picture of the corrupt and broken political system in the state of New Jersey."
5/28
NEW YORK - Gov. Christie attacked President Obama over nuclear negotiations with Iran and what he cast as a weakened relationship with Israel in a speech Thursday before a crowd that included prominent Jewish guests and donors.
5/29
Gov. Christie on Thursday disavowed the controversial Common Core education standards he once supported and directed his education commissioner to consider developing New Jersey-specific goals.
5/13
On the pre-presidential-campaign trail in New Hampshire, Mary Pat Christie acknowledged enthusiasm for a candidacy by her husband isn’t as strong as when he was urged by some donors to enter the 2012 race.
5/27
TRENTON - New Jersey is considering divesting public workers' pension funds from a private-equity fund that owns a payday lending firm that was fined $10 million last year by a federal agency for using illegal debt-collection tactics.
5/26
After New Jersey resident Mischele Lewis discovered the online lover she met had a troubled past, she began pushing for a bill that would make sex by deception illegal.
5/8
DOVER, N.H. - At the very end of his two-day trip courting voters in the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire, Gov. Christie got a question from the public on a topic he is trying to move beyond: the George Washington Bridge scandal.
5/12
Ahead of a speech today in New Hampshire, Gov. Christie is proposing changes to the federal tax code, including a cut in the top income tax rate.
5/19
Don't go scraping off the "Jersey Girls Don't Pump Gas" bumper stickers just yet. Two state senators - soon to be joined by an assemblyman - are sponsoring legislation to end New Jersey's more-than-six-decade-long ban on self-service gas. If the bill were to pass, Oregon would be the only state to ban self-serve.
5/20
The Pennsauken Township Police Department sends too many officers to low-priority calls, such as burglar alarms, and spends more time on activities such as lunch breaks and patrol car maintenance than on preventing crimes, a 42-page report from a law enforcement consultant suggests.
5/19
TRENTON - A federal judge has ordered the trial of two former allies of Gov. Christie charged in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure case to begin in November.
5/19
TRENTON - Even as the New Jersey Supreme Court considers whether Gov. Christie violated public workers' rights by slashing this year's payment to their pension system, the state treasurer and the Legislature's top budget analyst said Tuesday that New Jersey doesn't have the money to make a full contribution.
5/8
TRENTON - New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney introduced legislation Thursday that would raise the marginal tax rate on income above $1 million, a measure he said would help fund the pension system, but one that almost certainly will be vetoed by Gov. Christie.
5/18
PORTSMOUTH, N.H.—Gov. Christie will outline a foreign policy approach today that will call for bolstering the military and supporting U.S. intelligence programs.
5/18
President Obama called Camden "a symbol of promise for the nation" Monday as he lauded police there for building relationships with residents, and announced federal initiatives to improve trust between police and communities nationwide.
5/8
New Jersey State Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D., Union) introduced a bill Thursday that would freeze corporate tax-break programs until the state could produce reports assessing how effective they have been at creating jobs and growing the local economy.
5/14
Camden, ranked for long among the most violence-plagued cities in the country, is now a "national model" of policing, the city's mayor said Thursday as President Obama announced that he will visit next week to see for himself.
5/14
SPARTA, N.J. - Between forays to the presidential testing grounds of New Hampshire, Gov. Christie on Thursday picked up his New Jersey pension battle where he left it off, debating a retired teacher at a town-hall-style meeting.
5/13
There was indeed a “huge shift” in the percentage of all employees who work part-time — but the shift began under George W. Bush, coinciding with the Great Recession of 2007-2009.
5/13
TRENTON - An estimated 1,000 union members crowded the road and walkways at the Statehouse on Tuesday to protest Gov. Christie's reductions in funding to public pensions.
5/12
Gov. Christie on Tuesday said if he were president in 2003 and knew that Iraq didn’t have weapons of mass destruction, he would not have gone to war.
5/12
Saying New Jersey’s corporate-tax incentives shouldn’t be subject to annual evaluations, Gov. Chris Christie yesterday rejected a bill that would have...
5/12
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) filed Monday to move his federal corruption trial from New Jersey to the District of Columbia, his lawyer arguing that nearly all the events at issue took place there and that the vast majority of key witnesses live or work in the capital.
5/12
TRENTON - A handful of incumbent members of the Assembly are dominating funding ahead of next month's primary elections. Data released Monday by the Election Law Enforcement Commission show that the 10 best-funded candidates have $2.5 million in cash on hand for their campaigns. That's nearly as much as the $2.7 million shared by scores of other candidates in the June 2 partisan primaries.
5/11
WASHINGTON — Most New Jerseyans who have heard about the federal charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) think he is guilty, even though...
5/4
More than two-thirds of New Jerseyans say Gov. Christie has not been completely honest about his knowledge of the George Washington Bridge scandal, and a majority think he knew about the September 2013 lane closures while they were underway, according to a new poll.
4/28
Gov. Christie, whose approval ratings in New Jersey have hit new lows as he eyes a run for president, said Monday a media battering was partly responsible for the declines.
4/20
More than half of New Jersey voters disapprove of Gov. Christie’s job performance, an approval rating that marks an all-time low, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
4/18
The New Jersey Republican Party has spent about $240,000 this year on Gov. Christie's out-of-state travels as he prepares for a likely presidential bid in 2016, according to a filing made public Friday by the state's election watchdog.
5/6
TRENTON - The Christie administration on Wednesday told the New Jersey Supreme Court that granting public workers a contractual right to pension funding would violate the state constitution and place a "fiscal stranglehold on the state in perpetuity."
5/6
A super PAC backing Gov. Christie will hold a fund-raiser this month in North Jersey. America Leads will raise money May 28 in Short Hills, with ticket prices running from $10,000 to $25,000, said Tucker Martin, an adviser to the committee.
5/6
In the 2016 presidential race, a new poll shows New Jersey Republicans prefer a governor who isn’t theirs.
5/5
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.) could face his toughest challenge yet if national Democrats get their way.
5/5
New Jersey could lose close to $100 million from tax incentives that have drawn big businesses to Camden in recent months, according to a report by an advocacy group.
4/2
NEWARK, N.J. - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) foreshadowed the argument he hopes will save his career as he began his formal fight against corruption charges Thursday.
3/31
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) is expecting a federal indictment Wednesday, according to two Democratic sources.
5/1
NEWARK, N.J. - After a nearly 16-month investigation, federal prosecutors announced charges Friday against two former allies of Gov. Christie, alleging that they conspired to jam traffic at the George Washington Bridge to carry out a political vendetta against a mayor who did not endorse the governor for reelection in 2013.
5/1
Federal prosecutors have closed an investigation into claims that officials in Gov. Christie's administration threatened to withhold Hurricane Sandy relief money from Hoboken if the mayor did not approve a private redevelopment deal.
5/1
WASHINGTON - When it came time to exact political revenge by shutting down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge, Gov. Christie's allies decided to wait until after August - traffic was too light right then.
4/28
Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said he was “anguished” by the images of riots in Baltimore yesterday, saying they are “not justified,” but that the conflict shows the need to continue pushing to fix the U.S. criminal justice system.
4/30
Gov. Christie said Wednesday that he didn't think a report that a former ally was set to enter a guilty plea in a federal investigation of the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal involves him.
4/28
TRENTON - Lawmakers are considering waiting until next year to try to expand gambling to North Jersey. Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester) first signaled support for the idea last summer, arguing that revenue generated by North Jersey casinos could be shared with Atlantic City to help revitalize the decimated resort.
4/28
TRENTON - New Jersey's top elected Democrat on Tuesday accused Gov. Christie of ignoring the state's slow economic recovery, suggesting the governor's presidential ambitions were impeding progress at home.
4/28
WASHINGTON – New Jersey and New York senators launched a task force Tuesday aimed at overhauling the federal flood insurance program in order,...
4/27
TRENTON -- New Jersey residents don’t like political corruption, but they find some ethically questionable acts more tolerable than others, according to a new poll.
4/27
The legislation was largely inspired by a YouTube video. In it, a heavyset man masquerading as a member of the elite Army Rangers was seen shopping at the Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne last fall when he was called out by an Afghanistan veteran.
4/24
Mary Pat Christie, wife of Gov. Christie, has left her job at the Wall Street investment firm Angelo Gordon, a move that comes as the governor considers a 2016 presidential campaign.
4/24
New Jersey has appointed Donald Steckroth to negotiate talks between Atlantic City and the groups involved in its restructuring process, the former bankruptcy judge said on Thursday.
4/23
A judge in Gloucester County on Thursday upheld the suspension without pay of a Washington Township police officer who made a controversial traffic stop and arrest of an assemblyman in 2012.
4/23
As we reported last week, Gov. Christie’s rhetoric about his fiscal record in New Jersey doesn’t always match what’s in his budget. Since then, we’ve found another example of Christie’s malleable math.
4/23
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a couple of economic claims at a recent forum in New Hampshire that may seem startling at first — until placed...
4/23
CEDAR GROVE, N.J. - Gov. Christie promoted his willingness to cross partisan divides at a town-hall meeting Thursday, two days after the state's largest teachers' union announced that it no longer would negotiate with a commission he formed to overhaul New Jersey's pension system.
4/21
TRENTON - Gov. Christie is pushing back against the Legislature's Democratic leadership in a dispute over funding of the pension system, arguing that their support of unions seeking bigger pension contributions amounts to an endorsement of raising taxes.
4/21
A New Jersey ally of Gov. Christie’s has thrown his support to a Republican rival in the 2016 presidential race. Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R., Monmouth), who chaired Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign, is supporting Jeb Bush, Bush spokesman Tim Miller confirmed Tuesday.
4/21
TRENTON - In a setback to Gov. Christie's proposal to overhaul New Jersey's pension and health benefit systems, the state's largest teachers' union on Tuesday said it would no longer participate in talks with a panel he appointed to tackle the funding crisis.
5/14
President Obama coming to Camden Monday to talk about community policing, White House says.
4/17
While in New Hampshire seeking to boost his presidential prospects, Gov. Christie said Friday that he did not consider himself wealthy.
4/16
Brandon Umba leaves months after Democrats take control of the town.
4/16
Months after being fired, Washington Township's ousted solicitor is contending in federal court that four members of the town council and two former councilmen, motivated by politics and power, conspired to wrongfully remove him.
6/11
TRENTON -- New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney says the push to expand gaming beyond Atlantic City has devolved into a legislative “free for all” that has little chance of making the ballot in November.
4/16
Lawyers for Gov. Christie's administration argued Thursday that a state court lacks the authority to order the governor to propose a larger contribution to the public worker pension system.
4/16
HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. - After spending two days telling New Hampshire voters about a need to reform federal entitlement programs and bashing President Obama's foreign policy, Gov. Christie resumed the town-hall circuit at home Thursday by returning to his bread-and-butter state issues: public worker benefits and education.
4/16
Gov. Christie covered broad ground over the last two days in New Hampshire, where he attacked prospective rivals, promised to focus on policy ideas, and name-dropped famous friends. Some of the recurring themes from his effort this week to gain traction in the presidential race:
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The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement.
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John H. O'Brien, a state police lieutenant who was named director of the New Jersey medical marijuana program more than three years ago, has resigned.
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On the same day that Gov. Chris Christie was in Atlantic City to celebrate the opening of a major new retail store, Senate President Stephen Sweeney...
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Although he is giving every sign of running for president, Gov. Christie says he still has not decided whether he will throw his hat in the ring.
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WASHINGTON – More than half of New Jersey voters say Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) should give up his office in the wake of an indictment on federal...
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WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) raised $430,900 for his legal expense trust fund in the first three months of 2015, he reported Wednesday.
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LONDONDERRY, N.H. - Gov. Christie fielded questions Wednesday on topics ranging from immigration to vaccination as he made a personal appeal to New Hampshire voters during his first town-hall meeting in the early presidential primary state.
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“And it was not thought that some of the percentage basis was so, forgive me, out-of-whack, one institution to another?”
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Gov. Christie says he would “crack down” on states that have legalized marijuana if he were elected president.
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NEWMARKET, N.H. - Thronged by reporters outside a pizza shop Tuesday, Gov. Christie dismissed negative polls as "temporary snapshots," projecting confidence he could change the minds of voters averse to a Christie candidacy.
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WASHINGTON - Tuesday was seemingly made for Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.). Two of the top priorities of his congressional career - U.S. relations with Iran and Cuba - were pushed to the forefront, each reaching a critical decision point.
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The State of New Jersey tracks hundreds of workers, gathering data from their cellphones about when they clock in, where they are at any given moment, what route they take to get there, how fast they drive, and whether they make unauthorized stops.
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A federal judge has rejected Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty's contention that certain failures by his hometown police department played a role in the violation of his civil rights when he was arrested in 2012 on drunken driving charges that were later dropped.
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An appeals panel on Thursday ruled that the Christie administration could not seize millions of dollars from towns that was intended for the construction of housing for low- and moderate-income residents.
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MATAWAN, N.J. - His bombast is sometimes just the product of a bad day, Gov. Christie said Tuesday, telling a crowd at a town-hall-style meeting that he has said things he wouldn't necessarily repeat.
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As he battles the weight of the U.S. Department of Justice, Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) is pushing back with a team that includes one of Washington’s most high-powered lawyers, a communications chief who has worked on presidential campaigns, a crisis consultant who was once held a high-ranking post at the justice department, and a longtime New Jersey insider.
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David Samson, who chaired the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey when the agency became embroiled in the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, is retiring from the law firm he founded.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Most New Jerseyans think Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) should stay in office while he fights corruption charges, according to a...
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Gov. Christie will hold two town-hall-style events during visits next week to the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire.
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Meticulously, the mayor of Evesham Township arranges two primitive tiki figures on the desk in front of him as he takes his seat on the dais before the public meetings begin.
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As Gov. Christie pushes to overhaul public worker benefits, some teachers are waging a counterattack - with Twitter hashtags. Earlier this week, teachers took to social media, demanding that the governor and state lawmakers #fundnjpension.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department pushed back Monday against efforts by Sen. Bob Menendez to dismiss the corruption indictment against him, calling the case the result of an "exhaustive, focused and disciplined" investigation that spanned more than two years.
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Rutgers University raised a record $187.9 million last school year, most of it earmarked for specific programs and projects, the school announced Wednesday.
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WASHINGTON - Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) was indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday in connection with a bribery scheme, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice said.
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WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) was indicted on 14 counts of federal corruption Wednesday, accused of using his office to help a donor who had lavished him with gifts, including numerous flights on a private jet, a stay in a five-star Paris hotel, and vacations at a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic.
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Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) is lucky No. 12.
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Gov. Christie's administration on Tuesday sought to appeal a judge's ruling that the state had violated a law requiring New Jersey to contribute more money to the public employee pension system, arguing that the decision had "fabricated a constitutional right" to such funding.
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The Christie administration extended the term of a $40 million loan to Atlantic City that was due Tuesday, a move that was expected because the city’s highly-publicized financial woes have locked it out of the capital markets.
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NJ man Christie told to 'shut up' to run for state Assembly
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TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday pushed for greater oversight of the state's economic incentives programs, passing a bill that would require the Treasury Department to report on the efficacy of tax credits awarded to businesses.
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Gov. Chris Christie does not like marijuana. No surprise there. The potential presidential hopeful was forced to address the issue again this week...
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Gov. Christie, seeking to recover his mojo in the Republican presidential race, raised cash in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening at an event with top party donors.
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When the Christie administration approved just one new charter-school application last week, there arose questions as to whether it was backing off from its previous enthusiastic support for the growth of the charter movement in the state.