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Gov. Christie has selected a veteran Democratic official to lead the state Department of Transportation, he announced today at a Statehouse news conference in which he also unleashed pointed criticism of legislative Democrats for their handling of the continuing probe into the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie took questions on a range of topics Thursday at a Statehouse news conference, where he nominated a Democrat to run the state's transportation department and railed against the legislative investigation into the shutdown of lanes near the George Washington Bridge last year.
U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker's campaign says he has agreed to just one debate in his reelection race this fall against Republican Jeff Bell.
Gov. Chris Christie will campaign closer to home after spending the last few months backing Republican gubernatorial candidates around the county.
Lawmakers from both sides of the Hudson River are working on legislation to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.
Voters who approved injecting politics into Mount Holly elections for the first time in decades will be handed ballots in November that are bereft of a clear choice.
TRENTON - The director of the agency that manages New Jersey's $80 billion pension fund confirmed Tuesday that the state had sold its stake in a fund managed by a venture-capital firm with ties to a prominent Massachusetts Republican, months after the investment drew scrutiny over pay-to-play concerns.
The Leadership Agenda: With the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background, Holtec International's chief executive, Krishna P. Singh, in July faced the news media, Gov. Christie at his side, and talked about plans to build a $260 million factory on Camden's waterfront, bringing, eventually, 3,000 jobs to the impoverished city.
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse from summer break facing a withering indictment of the state's finances: two credit downgrades from Wall Street ratings agencies criticizing poor long-term fiscal planning.
Gov. Christie has selected a veteran Democratic official to lead the state Department of Transportation, he announced today at a Statehouse news conference in which he also unleashed pointed criticism of legislative Democrats for their handling of the continuing probe into the George Washington Bridge lane closures.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie took questions on a range of topics Thursday at a Statehouse news conference, where he nominated a Democrat to run the state's transportation department and railed against the legislative investigation into the shutdown of lanes near the George Washington Bridge last year.
Gov. Chris Christie will campaign closer to home after spending the last few months backing Republican gubernatorial candidates around the county.
Lawmakers from both sides of the Hudson River are working on legislation to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Confronted with a $274.9 million deficit left over from last year’s budget, bond downgrades, and a wave of Atlantic City casino closures that threaten...
U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker's campaign says he has agreed to just one debate in his reelection race this fall against Republican Jeff Bell.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats at the opening of a drug rehabilitation center here, Gov. Christie continued Monday to advocate for treating nonviolent offenders instead of jailing them, saying that changing attitudes on the topic will require political courage.
Housing advocates are decrying a proposal by Gov. Christie that would allow municipalities - rather than the state - to set their own affordable-housing goals, essentially gutting a nearly 30-year-old housing program that was mandated by the courts.
For most of the last nine years, the $52,000 camera system in West Deptford's police cruisers functioned well. It recorded intoxicated drivers swerving through lanes or later stumbling on their feet. Sometimes the footage helped prevent lengthy drags through the court system, because, as West Deptford Prosecutor John Moustakas said, "You really don't have a defense."
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - They bashed President Obama, praised each other's leadership, and shared a hug on stage. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Gov. Christie, who campaigned for Romney in the run-up to the 2012 election, were together again Wednesday - this time at a fund-raiser for the New Jersey Republican Party that doubled as a 52d birthday celebration for Christie.