Friday, November 2, 2012
Restoring power, access to fuel are immediate priorities, governor says
Parts of the Jersey Shore are “unrecognizable,” Gov. Chris Christie said in Brick Friday afternoon. Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno toured parts of Ocean County, including Mantoloking and Bay Head Friday, before coming to a FEMA relief center set up at Emma Havens Young Elementary School in Brick to address the media. “The destruction the lieutenant governor and I have seen … is just unfathomable,” said Christie. “I’ve driven on Route 35 since I was coming to the shore with my parents as a young child. And you just can’t recognize the place. It is heartbreaking." “It’s unrecognizable,” he said. “Once you’re able to go there, you will not believe what you see.” Chritie described walking on Route 35 where sand was piled calf-deep. “I tell…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon. Got your own photos of storm damage? Add them here by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button with this story.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The state Senate approved a 2013 referendum on raising the minimum wage and tying it to yearly increases
A proposal to raise the state's minimum wage could bypass Gov. Chris Christie and go directly to voters. During Monday's Senate hearings, Senate President Steve Sweeney of Gloucester County received preliminary support for a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to allow for an increased minimum wage and tie future yearly increases to national economic data. The initiative would be placed on the 2013 ballot for voter approval. Sweeney's proposal, which was approved by committee 7-6, would effectively remove Christie from the approval process. Christie had previously indicated he would not sign a bill that included automatic indexed adjustments, according to a report on nj.com. “For years, New Jersey has assigned a dollar amount…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Six New Jersey food banks receive $225,610 in block grants with a focus on addressing nutrition
Six New Jersey food banks, including the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, will receive a portion of $225,610 in Community Services Block Grants from the state Department of Community Affairs. “As a result of these grants, food banks will be better able to serve the towns and cities in New Jersey’s 21 counties, ensuring that more donated food gets to the tables of struggling families,” said Richard Constable, III, commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs. The funding was announced by the state departments of Community Affairs and Agriculture today at the Lacey Food Bank in Forked River. Funding to the food banks is based on the poverty level of the counties they serve. The grants will be distributed as follows: $…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Patch joins an NJ News Commons discussion following the governor's keynote address to the Republican National Convention tonight
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon says sports wagering would allow the track to become a "year round destination," according to an article in the Asbury Park Press.
If Gov. Chris Christie has his way, sports wagering enthusiasts will be able to legally bet on their favorite teams this fall at Monmouth Park, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press. The governor is quoted in the article as saying that sports betting, which is prohibited in 46 states, would be a "boost" to the casino and horse racing industries. Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon, who told Patch in February that he supported making the venue a 365-day operation, told the Press, “That’s been a local goal all along, how do we expand activity to make Monmouth Park a year-round business destination beyond its 72 days of racing."
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
NJ’s governor and Cory Booker channel Seinfeld in video parody for correspondents show.
Just because they're the state's two most prominent politicians doesn't mean they don't have a sense of humor. The office of Gov. Chris Christie yesterday released a lighthearted video co-starring Newark Mayor Cory Booker as a peripatetic go-to guy, riffing off his now national-scale image as a man of action following his rescue of a neighbor from a burning building several weeks ago. As the Democratic mayor of the state's largest city is depicted doing everything from coming up with a spare guitar for Bruce Springsteen to catching a falling baby, a faux-frustrated Christie hisses "Booker!" The video was produced for the New Jersey Press Association's Legislative Correspondents Club show.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Court rules that the governor lacks authority to reorganize an independent agency, saying future of Council on Affordable Housing is up to state Legislature.
A state appeals panel has overturned Gov. Chris Christie's reorganization of New Jersey's affordable housing bureaucracy, saying the governor lacked authority to abolish an independent agency. Christie issued an executive order in June 2011 that eliminated the state Council on Affordable Housing and transferred its responsibilities to the state Department of Community Affairs. Christie says he will appeal the decision. "We are obviously disappointed with the court decision, which only perpetuates the nightmare New Jersey has endured for decades with the COAH bureaucracy," said Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak. In its ruling, written by Judge Philip S. Charchman, the appellate panel said that the state Reorganization Act "does not grant …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Governor speaks to packed gym in Ocean Township
Gov. Chris Christie stopped in Ocean on Tuesday for a town hall meeting with hundreds of Monmouth County residents where he touted the "Jersey Comeback" and announced that state income taxpayers would see relief in 2012. Christie, before a standing-room-only audience of more than 500 at the Township of Ocean Community Gym, said that State Senate President Stephen Sweeney earlier Tuesday had introduced a bill to give every state income taxpayer a 10 percent tax credit. While the legislation doesn't exactly mimic Christie's proposal of an across the board 10 percent income tax cut, the governor said that the real achievement was getting Democratic legislators to discuss how, not if, to cut taxes in the state. The same Democratic Party, …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Christie says billionaire financier Warren Buffett should "shut up" about raising taxes on the super wealthy
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is more than a bit peeved about billionaire investor Warren Buffett's now famous expression of chagrin at being subject to a lower marginal income tax rate than his secretary. "He [Buffett] should just write [the government] a check and shut up," the governor told CNN's Piers Morgan this week. Buffett advocates taxing the rich at a rate at least as high as that of middle-class Americans, which has led President Obama to propose a provision, dubbed "the Buffett rule," that would require Americans making more than $1 million to pay taxes at a rate of at least 30 percent. "I'm tired of hearing about it," Christie told Morgan. "If he wants to give the government more money, he's got the ability to write a check. …