Analysis: New Jersey Facing Hefty Price Tag For New Rail Tunnels


0118Credit: U.S. Department of Transportation New Jersey entrance to the two century-old tunnels that carry Amtrak and NJ Transit trains into New York City With the two century-old tunnels that carry Amtrak and NJ Transit trains into New York City badly damaged by superstorm Sandy and facing eventual year-long shutdowns for needed repair, Amtrak officials are… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey Future, NJ DOT | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Opinion: For Gov. Chris Christie, October’s Been the Cruelest Month


repost-us-image-13906378Carl Golden In his 1922 epic poem “The Waste Land,” English poet, essayist, and playwright T. S. Eliot opened with the line “April is the cruelest month … ” For Gov. Christie, though, it’s October. This October. Consider: + For the first time in four years, more poll respondents hold an unfavorable view of him, 45… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

New Commissioner Calls For Transportation Tax, New Tunnel, Expanded Light Rail


Jamie FoxCredit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox To new Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox, the challenge is clear, and so is the solution: After years of “taking a Band-Aid approach to everything,” New Jersey’s transportation system is in crisis. The only way out is to raise taxes to replenish the soon-to-be-empty Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Highlands Hero Gets RREM’d

After Closing On A RREM Grant, DCA Says A New Home For Vietnam Vet Is Not In The Cards

By Art Gallagher

Russell Card Jr removes his "family crest" from his family's home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

Russell Card Jr removes his “family crest” from his family’s home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

A Vietnam Veteran from Highlands and his 65 year-old wife had their expectations of a new home  crushed last week when their RREM approved builder informed them that a stop work order had been placed on their project by the Department of Community Affairs, with no explanation.   The family had prepared their house for demolition, based upon promises from DCA/RREM, and now fear they will be without a home.

Russell Card, a 72 year-old Vietnam Veteran from Highlands closed on his $150,000 RREM grant on July 28.  He put up his $18,000 escrow to cover the difference between the cost of the project and the amount granted.  Card, his wife Maureen and son Russell Jr, 35, prepared their home (which was built in the 1890’s and in the family since 1933) for demolition.   They moved most of their belongings into a POD on their immaculately maintained property and moved themselves into an apartment the size of the living room in the Bay Avenue house they have lived in since 1986.  By mid-September all the utilities were disconnected at the house and it was ready for demolition before their new home would be built.  The funding for the new home was the RREM grant, a gap grant of $30,000 from Gap Funding Initiative and $17,762 that was remaining from a $55,000 grant Mrs. Card had received from her employer, CareOne, after Sandy filled their home with eight feet of water on October 29, 2012.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, DCA, Department of Community Affairs, FEMA, Flooding, Highlands, Housing, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

Analysis: Merger of Cash-Starved NJDOT with Turnpike Authority ‘Cash Cow’ eyed

2254State officials looking for solutions to the state’s transportation funding crisis are increasingly considering merging the cash-starved state Department of Transportation and New Jersey Transit with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority to enable $400 million in excess Turnpike and Garden State Parkway toll revenues to be used for overall state transportation needs. The merger of NJDOT’s… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 30th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Monmouth County, NJ DOT | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Tab for Unfunded Retiree Benefits Pegged at $30,000 per Household

A statistic that is likely to become a favorite at Gov. Chris Christie’s town hall meetings comes courtesy of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission, which yesterday reported that “each of the state’s 3.2 million households would have to… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Pensions | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

New School-Funding Case Turns Spotlight on State’s Rural Districts

New Jersey’s school-funding fight is heading back to the courts — again. In yet another foray into the judicial arena that has become central to New Jersey’s school-funding struggles, lawyers have filed a formal complaint against the Christie administration over its failure to fully fund 16 mostly rural districts. Akin to the state’s landmark Abbott v.… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Education, New Jersey, NJ Courts | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

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 »

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 »

State Wants Sewer Plants to Plan for 500-Year Storms, Extended Outages

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Posted: September 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, News, NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off