Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Jersey Politics

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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.
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Legislation passed by the New Jersey Assembly last week would provide new protections against any proposed commercial development at Liberty State Park, but environmental advocates say it falls far short of what they had hoped for.
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Gov. Christie is set to announce his presidential candidacy Tuesday at the high school he attended, a venue that will enable him to feature his roots and upbringing.
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TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers on Monday passed a measure recommended by Gov. Christie to increase a tax credit for the working poor that could boost the take-home pay of more than a half-million households.
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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.
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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.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey residents with low incomes could see higher tax rebates under a proposal from Gov. Chris Christie being considered by the Legislature.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie enters the race for president this week, he'll do so as an underdog.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - One New Jersey mayor is upset with what he says was Gov. Chris Christie's "lack of response" to fast-moving storms that slammed the southern part of the state.
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He had them at "sit down and shut up!" In the summer of 2011, some Republican leaders and billionaire donors begged Gov. Christie to run for president to save the party. Less than thrilled with the available options, they loved his blunt style and success in a blue state. Christie wavered, but passed.
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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.
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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.
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A new poll finds most New Jerseyans don't want casino gambling in other parts of the state beyond Atlantic City.
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's budget drama is entering its final act as the Democrat-led Legislature on Thursday sent Gov. Chris Christie a $35.3 billion budget that includes surcharges on business and high-wage earners and a $3.1 billion public pension payment - three things the Republican governor firmly opposes.
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TRENTON - The dispute over whether Cooper University Hospital should take over emergency medical services in Camden intensified Wednesday, as the CEO of one of the current providers suggested that the legislative process was resembling "communist China."
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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey's Republican lieutenant governor is turning down an invitation to attend a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is moving forward with its plan to allow smaller casinos in Atlantic City.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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
Three top officials in Gov. Christie's administration - the state treasurer, health commissioner, and banking commissioner - are leaving in the coming weeks, the governor's office announced Monday.
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.
6/19
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.
6/16
TRENTON - South Jersey Democrats are fast-tracking a bill that would give Cooper University Hospital control over paramedic services in Camden, currently run by a rival hospital, in a move that critics say circumvents state regulations.
6/15
TRENTON - New Jersey Democrats are pushing a set of measures to increase voter registration and expand access to the polls, citing new lows in turnout in recent elections.
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.
6/14
When New Jersey's high court ruled last week that Gov. Christie had the authority to cut billions from payments he had promised the state pension system, it spared the governor a massive budget shortfall as he prepares to announce a presidential decision.
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.
6/12
TRENTON - State Senate President Stephen Sweeney is facing growing political pressure to allow legislation to proceed that would ask voters in November to decide whether to expand casino gambling beyond Atlantic City.
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.
6/8
With multiple proposals for oil and natural gas pipelines into and through New Jersey - and a slew of organizations fighting those proposals - one state environmental group is hoping a soft-spoken activist can organize the pipeline opposition.
6/7
Gov. Christie hasn't negotiated with other countries or shaped foreign policy. But he does claim one resumé detail to distinguish himself on national security ahead of a likely 2016 presidential run: the Patriot Act.
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."
5/31
When New Jersey residents head to the polls for Tuesday's state Assembly primaries, they won't have much choice in whom to support.
5/31
BELMAR, N.J. - On Friday, Gov. Christie greeted beachgoers on a familiar Jersey Shore boardwalk. By next week, he will be in Florida, South Carolina, and New Hampshire; the week after that, it's back to New Hampshire, Iowa, and Utah.
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:
4/16
The Delaware River Port Authority board has dismissed the agency's chief operating officer and launched a nationwide search for a replacement.
4/16
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.
4/16
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...
4/16
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.
4/16
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...
4/15
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.
4/15
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.
4/15
“And it was not thought that some of the percentage basis was so, forgive me, out-of-whack, one institution to another?”
4/15
Gov. Christie says he would “crack down” on states that have legalized marijuana if he were elected president.
4/14
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.
4/14
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.
4/13
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.
4/10
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.
4/9
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.
4/7
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.
4/7
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.
4/7
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.
4/7
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...
4/6
Gov. Christie will hold two town-hall-style events during visits next week to the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire.
4/6
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.
4/1
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.
4/1
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.
4/1
Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) is lucky No. 12.
3/31
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.
3/31
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.
3/25
WHIPPANY - Gov. Christie described his political philosophy, including his belief that individual rights are derived from God, in front of a crowd Tuesday that included several people he grew up with.
3/31
NJ man Christie told to 'shut up' to run for state Assembly
3/26
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.
3/26
Gov. Chris Christie does not like marijuana. No surprise there. The potential presidential hopeful was forced to address the issue again this week...
3/25
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.
3/25
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.
3/24
"The latest in a series of lucrative deals": Sirota
3/24
TRENTON - The New Jersey board that oversees the management of the state's $80 billion public employee pension system is considering investing $100 million with a firm whose chairman has donated $2.5 million to the Republican Governors Association since 2013.
3/24
Warning of a liquidity crisis through 2015 and a revenue decline "a lot more severe" than they had anticipated, Atlantic City's emergency managers on Tuesday recommended $10 million in budget cuts, hundreds of layoffs, and mediators to negotiate with casinos and unions.
3/24
One of New Jersey’s most outspoken advocates for legalizing marijuana took his message straight to Gov. Christie Monday night, engaging him in a playful exchange in a parking lot outside the radio station where the governor had made his monthly appearance.
3/23
Gov. Christie conditionally vetoed legislation Monday that would have repealed the mandatory suspension of driver's licenses for first-time drunk drivers and instead required them to install devices that would be able to detect alcohol and stop cars from starting.
3/23
Richard E. Constable III, a top cabinet official in the Christie administration who oversaw the state's Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts and other high-profile programs, is resigning to take a job in the private sector.
3/19
ATLANTIC CITY - Hillary Rodham Clinton said the nation's political leaders could use some time at adult sleepaway camp to learn how to cooperate across the partisan divide, and decried the nation's "huge fun deficit" during a speech Thursday to a conference of professionals who run children's summer camps.
3/18
TRENTON Gov. Christie on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will allow electric-car manufacturers such as Tesla Motors to sell vehicles directly to consumers, a year after the company warned that new regulations would force it to leave New Jersey.
3/18
Pay raises for workers and an end to delays in rebuilding PATCO commuter railcars are two of the top priorities of the new chairman of the board of the Delaware River Port Authority.
3/17
FREEHOLD, N.J. - Gov. Christie said Tuesday that Democratic lawmakers will block him from filling a lingering vacancy on the New Jersey Supreme Court for the rest of his time as governor, which he said impedes his ability to tamp down property taxes by changing funding mandates for school districts with poor students.
3/17
TRENTON - Even as Gov. Christie cruised to a landslide 22-point reelection in November 2013, some in his party complained that he had failed to help the GOP make gains in the Democratic-controlled Legislature.
3/16
Camden and state officials said Monday that they hoped an infusion of federal funds for environmental cleanup would begin the transformation of the abandoned former Camden Laboratories site into housing, businesses, and other development.
3/12
Gov. Christie’s supporters have formed a super PAC that can accept unlimited donations in advance of an anticipated presidential campaign, an announcement that follows unfavorable poll numbers about the New Jersey governor’s 2016 chances.
3/10
In a wide-ranging interview Monday, Senate President Stephen Sweeney discussed Gov. Christie’s proposed overhaul of public employee benefits, the state’s near-depleted fund for transportation, and news of corruption charges expected to be brought against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.
3/16
TRENTON - Gov. Christie's administration has given formal notice of its intent to appeal a state court ruling that the governor's cuts to state pension system contributions violated the contractual rights of public workers.
3/16
TRENTON - The New Jersey Senate narrowly voted Monday to confirm Gov. Christie's nominee to the Pinelands Commission, a move widely seen as a victory for the governor in his effort to allow construction of a pipeline through parts of the historic preserve.
3/9
WASHINGTON - It was business as usual Monday for New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez - at least in public - just days after reports surfaced that he could face federal corruption charges in the coming weeks.
3/13
Gov. Christie’s proposed budget includes cuts to direct operating costs to the public four-year colleges and universities, in large part due to increases in income deductions for employee benefits.
3/12
A deal in Washington Township between elected officials and school leaders may help temper opposition to a housing and commercial project initiated seven years ago.
3/11
New Jersey lawmakers scrutinized Gov. Christie's proposed $33.8 billion budget Wednesday, hearing testimony in South Jersey on how the spending plan could affect hospitals, higher education, historic preservation, and services.
3/11
More than 140,000 people who submitted flood insurance claims after damage from superstorm Sandy will get a chance to have their cases reviewed, opening the door to increased payments for those short-changed by questionable insurance practices, New Jersey Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker said Wednesday.
3/10
SOMERVILLE, N.J. - Gov. Christie on Tuesday defended the settlement of a lawsuit with ExxonMobil Corp. for billions of dollars less than the state had been seeking, saying the deal would ensure the cleanup of polluted land.
3/11
US-USA-PENSIONS:New Jersey worst state for public pension funding: report
3/10
Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty had visited the Nissan dealership in Turnersville before his 2012 traffic stop and arrest.
3/10
Sen. Bob Menenedez (D., N.J.) got a vote of confidence Tuesday from the Senate’s top Democrat, who called him an “outstanding senator” but refused to speculate on the New Jerseyan’s future.
3/5
New Jersey has reached a $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil Corp. over the oil giant’s decades-long contamination of 1,500 acres of land, the state’s acting attorney general said Thursday, a deal that faces fierce opposition among Democrats and environmentalists who wanted the state to stand by its demand for billions in damages.
3/10
Latest poll shows 57 percent of GOP voters are unlikely to support Gov. Christie for president.
3/10
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday said Gov. Christie's "moribund" affordable-housing agency had failed to do its job, and effectively transferred the agency's regulatory authority to lower courts.
4/1
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.
3/10
More and more New Jersey parents are citing religious exemptions as a way to keep their children from being vaccinated, and state legislators are seeking...
3/10
The Burlington County Republican Committee is endorsing lawyer and Navy SEAL Ryan Peters to run with Katie Gibbs for two seats on the county's freeholder board.
3/9
TRENTON - Gov. Christie should nominate an attorney general to be confirmed by the Senate, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney said Monday, arguing that process was key to preserving the independence of the office.
3/4
New Jersey lawmakers plan a hearing and a lawsuit over a settlement that the Christie administration has reportedly reached with ExxonMobil Corp. in a years-long legal battle over the company's discharge of hazardous materials onto 1,500 acres of state land.
3/4
FAIR LAWN, N.J. - Gov. Christie took his call for a pension system overhaul to Bergen County on Wednesday, but no one asked questions on that topic during the town-hall-style forum.
3/4
The Evesham Township Council addressed a growing controversy Tuesday over its refusal to answer questions from the public by criticizing reporters and then continuing its silence.
3/3
More than a dozen public-sector unions said Tuesday that they would sue Gov. Christie over his proposed payment to the pension system for public workers for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
3/3
Rich DiFolco, one of two candidates endorsed last month by the Burlington County Republican Committee for two open seats on the county freeholder board, has dropped out of the race.
3/2
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey's Robert Menendez, said he will "be proud" to escort Benjamin Netanyahu into the House Chamber for the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress on Tuesday, even as some Democrats recoil at an event they see as a political jab at President Obama.
3/2
A New Jersey congressman is asking for an investigation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the resignation of its top official after reports that FEMA was aware that insurance companies fraudulently denied full payouts to Hurricane Sandy victims.
2/27
OXON HILL, Md. - Gov. Christie played up his pugnacious side as he appealed to a conference of conservative activists Thursday, pushing back against the idea that his presidential chances were faltering in the face of early momentum by rivals.
2/26
Gov. Christie's proposed budget calls for increasing some types of financial aid but would cut direct funding to New Jersey state colleges and universities, according to the budget summary released this week.
2/26
Officer Joseph DiBuonaventura faces 14 charges relating to the 2012 traffic stop and arrest of Assemblyman Paul D. Moriarty.
2/26
Democratic lawmakers and transportation groups for months have warned of a looming transportation funding crisis. But on his radio show Wednesday, Gov. Christie said New Jersey had funding for roads, bridges, and rail through June 2016 and was "not a crisis."
2/25
New Jersey’s fund for road and bridge projects is funded through June 2016 and is “not a crisis,” Gov. Christie said on a radio program Wednesday night. That hasn’t been the characterization of transportation advocates.
2/25
Gov. Christie will be in Washington on Thursday, and then California on Friday and Saturday. Next week, he'll travel to Florida and Iowa.
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