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Incredibly, New Jersey does not publish the multimillion-dollar fees it pays to the private investment contractors it hires to manage billions in state pension funds - unlike Pennsylvania and other states, which list those charges in annual reports and post the data online.
As he prepares to lead a trade mission to Mexico this week, Gov. Christie has been relatively silent on an issue vexing the Republican Party: immigration reform.
This Labor Day weekend, let's consider that excellent and endangered worker benefit, the guaranteed retirement pension. Let's look at the New Jersey state pension system, which more than 750,000 schoolteachers, troopers, and other public servants are counting on to keep them comfortable through their golden decades.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has been traveling the country to bolster Republican candidates in attention-grabbing events from New Hampshire to Arkansas, but he hasn't had much success in getting members of his party elected at home.
Some of New Jersey's top Democrats said Friday that organized labor is under assault across the country, even as the movement has gained considerable clout in Trenton.
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - Gov. Christie started the Labor Day weekend Friday with a visit to the Jersey Shore, where he greeted beachgoers, posed for photos, and criticized President Obama's handling of foreign policy.
The law firm hired by the Christie administration to investigate last year's lane closures at the George Washington Bridge has billed the state more than $7.2 million through July, invoices released late Friday afternoon show.
ATLANTIC CITY - As his city faced the first of casino layoffs expected to number in the thousands in the next few weeks, Mayor Don Guardian put the best spin he could Friday on the dire circumstances.
LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Gov. Christie talked about Atlantic City casinos, cautioned against rushing to judgment in the shooting of a black teenager in Missouri, and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music, Tuesday in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town-hall meeting series.
Democrats see the Runyan seat as their best chance in the area as trends point GOP.
WASHINGTON - Not long ago, Democrats aiming to take control of the House thought the Philadelphia suburbs offered abundant opportunities.
Incredibly, New Jersey does not publish the multimillion-dollar fees it pays to the private investment contractors it hires to manage billions in state pension funds - unlike Pennsylvania and other states, which list those charges in annual reports and post the data online.
As he prepares to lead a trade mission to Mexico this week, Gov. Christie has been relatively silent on an issue vexing the Republican Party: immigration reform.
This Labor Day weekend, let's consider that excellent and endangered worker benefit, the guaranteed retirement pension. Let's look at the New Jersey state pension system, which more than 750,000 schoolteachers, troopers, and other public servants are counting on to keep them comfortable through their golden decades.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie has been traveling the country to bolster Republican candidates in attention-grabbing events from New Hampshire to Arkansas, but he hasn't had much success in getting members of his party elected at home.
Some of New Jersey's top Democrats said Friday that organized labor is under assault across the country, even as the movement has gained considerable clout in Trenton.
With a wave of Atlantic City casino closings expected to put more than 6,000 people out of work, Gov. Christie announced Thursday that the state would join with union and business groups to open an employment resource center in the Shore resort.
If you think things are lousy in Atlantic City now, you should have been there 50 years ago this week.
“Chris Christie slept here” is not a historical marker. It’s a state secret in New Jersey, according to the governor’s lawyers...
Barbara Buono, remember her?
The Legislature is on break, and there is intrigue over what will happen to the bills.
TRENTON - New Jersey's legislature is on break, but there is still some intrigue in the Statehouse over how Republican Gov. Christie will deal with 39 bills passed in June by lawmakers.