Analysis: Transportation Funding Fix Now Appears To Be On Fast Track

With the Transportation Trust Fund scheduled to run out of money a year early, Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic legislative leaders are looking to reach agreement on a long-term solution to the state’s transportation funding crisis that is likely to include increased taxes on motor fuels. High-level talks involving Christie and legislative leaders, Christie’s nomination of… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Energy, Taxes | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Explainer: How Does New Jersey Tax Gasoline Sales?

Gov. Chris Christie and state legislative leaders are now focusing on how to refinance the state’s Transportation Trust Fund, which currently provides $1.6 billion a year in state funding for highway, bridge, and mass-transit construction projects. The TTF program approved in 2011 was supposed to run five years, but four years of overborrowing by the Christie… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Energy, Taxes | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie Nominates New President of BPU, Two Other Commissioners

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Richard Mroz is Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee for the top spot at the state’s Board of Public Utilities. Gov. Chris Christie yesterday announced three nominations to the agency, which helps determine how much customers pay on their utility bills. He also announced a surprise but well-received nomination of Jamie Fox, a Democrat,…

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Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

NBC: No Christie link found in Bridgegate probe

NBC News is quoting anonymous sources stating that the federal investigation into Governor Chris Christie into the George Washington Bridge lane closures last year have found no evidence that the Governor had any involvement in or knowledge of the stunt.

Former federal prosecutor Robert W. Ray said that at this point it is unlikely that Christie will be implicated.

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , | 13 Comments »

Analysis: Facing Budget Problems, Christie Plays Tax Amnesty Card

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Posted: September 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Amnesty, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Economy, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie’s Office: Separation of powers prevents Governor from intervening in Shaneen Allen case

Shaneen Allen and her sons Niare and Sincere

Shaneen Allen and her sons Niare and Sincere

Governor Chris Christie’s office responded to a constituent who had written in support of Shaneen Allen with a phone call stating that the separation of powers prevents the Governor from intervening in the Atlantic County prosecution.

Allen is a 27 year old single mother who is facing a possible 10 years in State Prison for bringing her Pennsylvania licensed handgun into New Jersey.  She is being prosecuted by Atlantic County Prosecutor James McClain, a Christie appointee.  McClain refused to allow Allen to enter the same Pre-Trial Intervention Program for first offenders that former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice was admitted to after he knocked out his then fiancee in an Atlantic City casino elevator last February.

Last week, McClain requested a three week adjournment in the case.  This was seen as a sign by Allen’s supporters that McClain is reconsidering his decision to prosecute due to the public outcry since the video of Rice beating his fiancee became public.

In the call from Christie’s office this afternoon to James Hogan of Howell Township, a young sounding man left a message stating that he was calling from the Governor’s office. Hogan forwarded the message to MMM:

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Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Chris Christie, Crime, Crime and Punishment, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News, NJ Constitution, Shaneen Allen | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Inside the Beltway: Brace for the climate change mega-storm

photo via algore.com

photo via algore.com

One thing is for sure about Al Gore: It never rains on his global warming parade

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Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Al Gore, Chris Christie, Climate Change, Global Warming, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

New York, New Jersey reviewing security steps

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Governors Christie and Cuomo at the NYC 9/11 Ceremony, September 11, 2104. (Governor Christie’s Office/Mykwain Gainey)

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Posted: September 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Andrew Cuomo, Chris Christie, New Jersey, New York, News, Terrorism | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Governor Vetoes Statewide Ban on Smoking at Public Beaches, Parks

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). Smokers will still be able to light up at many public parks and beaches in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie yesterday vetoed a bill (A-1080) to ban the practice, saying the prohibition of smoking in parks and beaches is best left up to local officials, noting that 240 towns and counties…

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Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, News | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie Grappling With Bond Downgrades, Budget Shortfalls, Casino Closures

Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen For Gov. Chris Christie, who celebrated his 52nd birthday at a fund-raiser with Mitt Romney in East Brunswick yesterday, this has been a week to forget. Yesterday, Standard & Poor followed Fitch Ratings, Inc. in cutting New Jersey’s bond rating for the third time in Christie’s governorship. S&P cited not only the…

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Posted: September 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Economy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »