Did Christie veto big Guadagno speech at the last minute?

assetcontent-66ATLANTIC CITY — Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno was ready to give the keynote speech at the annual New Jersey State League of Municipalities just like she has for the past three years, but she said Thursday “the schedule was changed” after the text was reviewed by Gov. Chris Christie’s office. Instead, Christie, who was not originally… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

New hope for a Republican Majority in New Jersey

Snapshot 2 (5-26-2016 10-48 AM)With the news that Governor Chris Christie saying that he is staying in his current job until his term in expires in January of 2018, New Jersey Republicans are rethinking what little hope they had to winning the governorship and gaining seats in the legislature next year.

Don’t give up, New Jersey Republicans. There is hope.

PolitickerNJ’s 2016 list of the 100 most powerful people in New Jersey tabs Monmouth County Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal #50.  PolitickerNJ says Gopal is slated to become the next Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic Party.

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Posted: November 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie says he will complete his term

Governor Chris Christie says he’s not joining the Trump Administration any time soon.

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According to a report on Observer-PolitickerNJ,  Christie told the closing luncheon of the annual New Jersey League of Municipalities Convention, that he intend to serve his full term.

“I have every intention of serving out my full term as governor. I have said that from the beginning,” Christie said. “I hope that you notice the words that he used on election night. They were his and he chose them carefully. He wants to unite this country and bring people together,” he added of Trump.

“I’m not worried and I’m not nearly as preoccupied as the people who cover me and some of the people who are attempting to follow me about where exactly this will go,” he said.

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Posted: November 17th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Impeaching Christie over Bridgegate is unlikely, top Democrats say

assetcontentATLANTIC CITY — The four leaders of the New Jersey Legislature said Wednesday there’s no appetite to impeach Gov. Chris Christie over the Bridgegate scandal and that more hearings on the controversy are unlikely. Speaking at a panel about lawmakers’ goals for the next year at the New Jersey League of Municipalities conference, state Senate President… Read the rest of this entry »

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Christie and Guadagno Split Over Ballot Question 2

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno  photo via NJ.gov

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno photo via NJ.gov

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno is speaking her own mind and getting establishing independence from Governor Chris Christie.

Guadagno went onto Bill Spadea’s morning radio show at NJ 101.5 and agreed with Spadea that voters should reject ballot question 2, the provision that would dedicate the new gas tax revenues to transportation projects.  Spadea and Guadagno are arguing that the dedication of the revenue will allow Trenton to borrow billions  of dollars to fund the projects.

Before Guadagno completed her segment on the show, Christie’s spokesman Brian Murray issued the following statement:

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Posted: October 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Is Joe Piscopo thinking of running for N.J. governor?

assetcontent-actTRENTON — Live from Trenton, it’s … Joe Piscopo? The former “Saturday Night Live” star met with Gov. Chris Christie at the Statehouse on Thursday to discuss the idea of running for governor next year, according to a report by PolitickerNJ. Piscopo, now a radio show host, is a former Democrat and now an independent but… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: October 21st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Is Joe Piscopo thinking of running for N.J. governor?

Republican Assembly Members Should Vote Against Gas Tax Hike

By Art Gallagher

img_0858-800x531This column is for my Republican friends in the Assembly, especially those from Monmouth County.

Dave Rible, Rob Clifton, Sean Kean, Monmouth Republican Assembly Members who voted for gas tax in June, and Declan O’Scanlon who didn’t vote, should join Amy Handlin and Ronald Dancer, Republicans who represent parts of Monmouth and voted NO in June, in voting NO on Wednesday or whenever the bill that Governor Christie, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto agreed to on Friday comes up for a vote.

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Posted: October 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Amy Handlin, Chris Christie, Dave Rible, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ Politics, NJ State Legislature, Opinion, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Christie’s off to Wall with education fairness plan

photo via Governor's office

photo via Governor’s office

By Art Gallagher

Governor Chris Christie is back on the Town Hall circuit…now he is calling them forums…as he meets New Jersey voters on Tuesday in Wall Township to promote the school funding formula that he announced last week.

The “Fairness Formula Forum” will take place in the Wall branch of the Monmouth County Library, 2700 Allaire Rd., Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.  The doors open at 2:15 p.m and seating his first come first served.  RSVPs are encouraged for planning purposes to  FairnessForum.Wall@NJ.Gov.

Christie is saying that he wants a referendum in 2017 to amend the State Constitution so that State education funding is distributed equally to all school age children throughout the New Jersey.  He says that the State would contribute $6,500 per student.  Currently roughly 75% of State funding goes to 31 school districts, formerly referred to Abbott districts for the landmark Abbott vs Burke NJ Supreme Court decision that mandated that the State subsidize poor and urban districts.

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Posted: June 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Education, Kim Guadagno, News, NJ Constitution, NJ Politics, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

How the battle for north Jersey casinos is being hampered by 2017 gubernatorial race

assetContent (36)TRENTON — New Jersey’s top legislators agree on at least this much: Opening casinos in the northern part of the state is crucial. It’s needed, they say, for the Garden State’s gaming industry to survive against ever-increasing competition from gambling halls in neighboring states. And it would provide money to revitalize and reimagine financially ailing Atlantic… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on How the battle for north Jersey casinos is being hampered by 2017 gubernatorial race

Phil Murphy — A Bloomberg, Not a Corzine

By Alan J. Steinberg

Alan J. Steinberg

Alan J. Steinberg

Initially, I thought Phil Murphy, as a candidate for the New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2017 would be the second coming of John Corzine – a well-meaning yet out-of-touch gubernatorial candidate who would be unable to communicate effectively with middle class and working class New Jerseyans.

Murphy had been appointed by former Acting Governor Dick Codey in 2005 to chair an advisory commission regarding the state pension shortfall.  The commission’s implicit recommendation was a $12.1 billion tax hike – political suicide in New Jersey.  To me, this was the forerunner of the Jon Corzine asset monetization/toll hike proposal which doomed him in his reelection campaign against Chris Christie in 2009.

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Posted: December 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Alan Steinberg, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »