Christie Appoints Codey/Byrne Administrations Veteran to run the Department of Community Affairs

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Governor Chris Christie has consistently thumbed his nose at New Jersey Republicans

Governor Chris Christie continued the transition of the Executive Branch of New Jersey’s State Government back to the Democratic Party today with his announcement that Charles A. Richman will become Acting Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs on Friday when current Commissioner, Richard Constable, leaves government service after 13 years. Christie’s announcement said that Richman will be formally nominated to succeed Constable in the Commissioner’s post.

Richman, a career New Jersey bureaucrat with 40 years experience, served in the cabinets of Governor Brendan Byrne and Governor Richard Codey, on a acting basis.

Throughout his second term as Governor, Christie has appointed high profile Democrats to fill cabinet level and other important goverment positions when vacancies have occurred.

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Posted: March 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

State announces settlement in controversial Exxon Mobil pollution case

IMG_3433Exxon Mobil will pay the state $225 million to resolve liability for contamination at two New Jersey refinery sites, according the state Attorney General’s office. Additionally, the company remains responsible for ongoing cleanup at the two sites, known as the Bayonne and Bayway facilities, according to details of the settlement released Thursday. The announcement was the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Exxon Mobil | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie’s office blasts ex-official who said gov’s aide took over Exxon settlement

IMG_3274TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s office today issued a scathing attack on the former environmental commissioner who charged a top gubernatorial staffer with having “elbowed” his way into the controversial Exxon Mobil settlement negotiations. In a note to reporters by Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts, the governor’s office called former Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell’s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, Exxon Mobil | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie’s Exxon Mobil deal may not be as bad as reported

IMG_3490The Christie Administration has not settled or proposed settling the $8.9 billion lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp for only $250 million dollars, as was first reported by The New York Times last week.

According to a high ranking government official who is not authorized to speak for Christie or the Attorney General’s office, under the terms of the proposed settlement which has yet to be approved by Superior Court Judge Michael J. Hogan (Burlington County), Exxon Mobil would be responsible for the cost of clean up and remediation of the Bayway in Bayonne and Linden, in addition to the $250 million which is to compensate New Jersey for the loss of use of the contaminated real estate and marsh lands.

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Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, News | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

ACLU sues Christie administration over withheld Ebola documents

Kardashian EbolaHow did Gov. Chris Christie’s administration come up with its policies and protocols for handling Ebola? To get the answer, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey asked to see emails and other policy communications from top officials in the N.J. Department of Health. Those requests were denied or otherwise rebuffed, the group said in… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ACLU, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Ebola, Fort Monmouth | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Should the State Offload Teacher Retirement Benefits Onto Local School Districts?

IMG_3106In New Jersey, school districts pay the salaries of their teachers, but it’s the state that picks up the costs of their retirements. Cities and towns, meanwhile, cover their employees’ salaries as well as their retirement costs. That split responsibility is at the heart of one of the core elements of the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Pensions | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie Refuses to Release Credit Card Records with Breakdown of Travel Costs

Chris Christie is refusing to release nearly $800,000 in American Express credit card bills for the travel costs of his state police security details. The governor’s office denied public records requests for AmEx monthly statements and related documents that would show how the money was spent. His staff said release of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie Administration Reportedly Settles $8.9B Exxon Lawsuit in a Hurry — For Only $250M

2323In a move stunning to lawmakers and environmentalists, the Christie administration is reportedly settling an 11-year-old pollution lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for $250 million, a fraction of the $8.9 billion it originally sought. The settlement, first reported by The New York Times on Friday, aims to address the contamination of 1,500 acres of marshes, wetlands,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Judge rules Christie must restore $1.5B cut to pension payments in N.J. budget

Christie decries pension ruling as ‘liberal judicial activism’

assetContent (44)TRENTON — In a blow to Gov. Chris Christie a day before he reveals his latest state budget proposal, a state judge ruled today that the governor must restore a $1.57 billion cut he made to public worker pension payments in New Jersey’s current budget. Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson sided with a group of public… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey State Budget, News, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Christie tells N.J. business leaders he will work to make state more affordable

WASHINGTON — Gov. Chris Christie drew a fresh line against raising new taxes in a speech tonight to New Jersey’s business community. “As long as I’m here, we’re not going to make the state less affordable,” Christie said in delivering the keynote address at the 78th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce congressional dinner, part of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Economy, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »