Christie says Sweeney and Prieto have not shared their gas tax plan with him

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Brian T. Murray, Governor Chris Christie’s spokesman, told MMM in an email that Christie has not seen the Transportation Trust Fund legislation that Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced today.

New Jersey’s infrastructure construction projects have been shut down since July 8 when the TFF was down to a $10 million balance which being held for emergency projects.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gas Tax, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie Selected, Pallone Snubbed by National Bobblehead Hall of Fame

assetContentBreaking news out of Cleveland is that Governor Chris Christie has been admitted to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.  The Hall and Museum are actually in Milwaukee, WI, but their representatives are in Cleveland this week selling their wares to RNC delegates and protesters. Presumably they will be in Philadephia next week for the Democratic Convention.

By glaring omission, New Jersey’s 6th District (Monmouth and Middlesex counties) Congressman Frank Pallone has not yet been admitted to the Bobblehead Hall of Fame.

Clearly, Pallone merits the honor more than any politician, athlete or movie star.The Monkey Court (MMM Watermark) GIF

Posted: July 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

David Samson, close confidant of Christie, pleads guilty in airline shakedown

assetContentNEWARK–David Samson–the embattled former chairman of the powerful Port Authority of New York and New Jersey–pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon to using his considerable clout to coerce one of the nation’s largest airlines to accommodate his desire for a regularly scheduled, non-stop flight to a South Carolina summer home. Samson, 76, a well-connected lawyer and one-time New… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, David Samson, New Jersey, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie defends his school funding “Fairness Formula”

assetContentBy Chris Christie For 61/2 years, I have been able to effectively ignore the liberal, fact-twisting rantings of The Star-Ledger editorial board. But the stakes of this debate on property taxes and urban education are too great to ignore the newspaper’s latest emotional screed against my Fairness Formula. On property taxes, our residents pay the highest… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Education, New Jersey, News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie defends his school funding “Fairness Formula”

Christie Shuts Down Road Construction

Arnone in talks to keep Monmouth County projects going uninterupted

14553041-mmmainjpg-f8bdaca3688cbb20Governor Chris Christie issued an Executive Order last night shutting down all projects funded by the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.  The fund’s authorization expired at midnight though published reports indicated that there is enough money in the fund to continue work through mid-August.

Christie’s dramatics came as a result of the Legislature failing to reauthorize the fund.  The Senate was considering a bi-partisan plan to reauthorize the fund with a $.23 per gallon gas tax increase while also phasing out the estate tax and income tax on retirement income.  The Assembly passed legislation negotiated by Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto in the wee hours of Tuesday morning that would increase the gas tax $.23 and phase in a reduction in the state sales tax from 7% to 6%.  Christie said the last minute sales tax reduction was his idea.

The Christie/Prieto plan was widely panned from both the left an right and had little support in the Senate.

No plan under consideration addressed New Jersey’s highest in the nation cost of road construction: an estimated $2 million per mile on average.

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Posted: July 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie signs $34.5B budget, cuts Democratic spending

assetContent (3)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed a $34.5 billion budget, but not before slicing into the $300 million Democrats added to the spending plan earlier in the week. Christie handed down his line-item vetoes Thursday evening amid a stalemate over transportation funding and hours before the start of the new fiscal year. The Legislature… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie signs $34.5B budget, cuts Democratic spending

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 »

Bridgegate Defendants Demand Chris Christie’s Phone Be Turned Over

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013, photo by Phil Stilton

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013, photo by Phil Stilton

Lawyers representing indicted Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Bill Baroni and staffer Bridget Kelly are asking for the cell phone embattled Christie was using at the time of Bridgegate. Baroni and Kelly’s attorneys cited Supreme Court precedent during the Watergate scandal, where it compelled President Richard Nixon to produce his audio tapes,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Bridgegate Defendants Demand Chris Christie’s Phone Be Turned Over

Christie takes aim at gas taxes, pensions, property taxes and teachers union

Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, in Trenton, NJ. (Governor's Office/ Mykwain Gainey)

WHIPPANY — With the state’s Transportation Trust Fund less than three weeks away from running out of money for new road, bridge and rail projects, Gov. Chris Christie said the fix being pushed by the Democratic-controlled legislature lacked sufficient tax breaks to be signed into law. Speaking to the Morris County Chamber of Commerce on Monday,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Christie takes aim at gas taxes, pensions, property taxes and teachers union

Trump touts Christie at rally, says ‘there’s nothing like New Jersey’

assetContentLAWRENCE TWP. — For at least a bit, the focus of Donald Trump’s first campaign visit to New Jersey wasn’t on Donald Trump. Unlike his usual free rallies, admission to Trump’s event Thursday night at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory was $200 (and $25 for students). Proceeds went to help Gov. Chris Christie, pay off the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 20th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Donald Trump | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »