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: , , , , , | Comments Off on David Samson, close confidant of Christie, pleads guilty in airline shakedown

NJ Transit union workers to see 21% raise under new deal, report says

assetContentNJ Transit union rail workers would see a 21 percent wage increase over nearly nine years, under a tentative contract reached Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported. The proposed pact, which averted the state’s first transit strike in 30 years, would give rail workers in 11 unions a total of a 21 percent wage hike over… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, NJ Transit | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Aide who helped shape Christie’s image not returning to N.J.

Maria Comella. MMM file photo

Maria Comella. MMM file photo

TRENTON — A top aide who played an integral role in shaping Chris Christie’s image as a blunt, straight-talking politician — which helped propel him to the national political stage and a presidential campaign– has cut official ties with the governor. Maria Comella, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff for communications and the longest serving member… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Aide who helped shape Christie’s image not returning to N.J.

N.J. sets a goal for number of kids it wants in charter schools

assetContentJERSEY CITY — During his State of the State address earlier this month, Gov. Chris Christie pledged to pursue the expansion of charter school opportunities for New Jersey students. On Friday, his education commission put a number on that goal. New Jersey hopes to expand to 50,000 charter schools seats, about a 9 percent increase from… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. sets a goal for number of kids it wants in charter schools

Christie back on the campaign trail in New Hampshire

Governor Chris Christie has three campaign stops in New Hampshire this afternoon and three tomorrow, according an email announcement by his campaign this morning.

This morning, he thanked New Jersey resident for staying home.

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Posted: January 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Christie administration ends waiver for food stamp work requirement

assetContent (38)TRENTON — About 11,000 New Jerseyans may have their food assistance discontinued after Gov. Chris Christie’s administration said Thursday that the state is no longer offering a waiver from a work requirement in the program. People across the U.S. are required to work at least 20 hours a week to receive subsidized food aid under the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Christie administration ends waiver for food stamp work requirement

Christie appointed gun commission calls for loosening concealed carry law

NJB!A forum 120815TRENTON — A commission created by Gov. Chris Christie to examine New Jersey’s tough gun ownership and possession laws on Monday recommended the laws be loosened to allow broader access to those seeking to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense. The New Jersey Firearm Purchase and Permitting Study Commission was established on the eve of Christie’s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Gun Rights, Guns, Second Amendment | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

Exclusive: Guadagno welcomes release of investigation documents

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno photo via NJ.gov

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno photo via NJ.gov

In an exclusive interview with MoreMonmouthMusings, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno said that she is pleased that the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court has ruled that documents associated with the investigation into her hiring of a retired detective when she was the Monmouth County Sheriff will be released within 45 days.

“The New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) and the Police and Firemen’s  Retirement System (PFRS) have investigated my actions while Monmouth County Sheriff, regarding the hiring and compensation of an employee and found nothing.  When the internal investigative documents that the blogger has sued for are released, they will show – again-  that I acted appropriately and in the best interests of Monmouth County taxpayers,” Guadagno said.

Appellate Judges George S. Leone and Carol E. Higbee ruled on Thursday that two documents , a three page letter date June 6, 2011 from PFRS to the Attorney General requesting an investigation and one page letter dated June 21, 2012 from the Division of Criminal Justice(DCJ) to PFRS on the status of the investigation, shall be released.   Leone and Higbee’s ruling overturned a ruling by Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson that the State had the right to withhold the documents from Mark Lagerkvist, a blogger who has used his allegations against Guadagno to kick start his career.

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Posted: November 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Christie Administration Issues Price Gouging Warning During Severe Weather State of Emergency

assetContent (47)The Christie Administration is warning consumers to look out for price gouging during the State of Emergency related to Hurricane Joaquin and the Nor’easter that is currently impacting New Jersey, and warning merchants and business who raise their prices more that 10% that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

New Jersey law prohibits price increases of more than 10% during a State of Emergency through 30 days after the termination of the emergency.  Governor Christie declared a State of Emergency today, October 1, 2015.

“Especially after Superstorm Sandy, no merchant or business can claim ignorance of New Jersey’s price gouging law,” said Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.  “We will not tolerate anyone taking advantage of the suffering of others.”

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Posted: October 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie Administration Issues Price Gouging Warning During Severe Weather State of Emergency

Why New Jersey Got Billions Less Than New York in FEMA Disaster Aid After Sandy

2018In the two-and-a-half years since Superstorm Sandy, while the Garden State has struggled to recover, many people have puzzled over the question of why New Jersey has received substantially less federal aid than New York, even though both states suffered roughly the same amount of damage — close to $37 billion. Much of the focus has… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Community Development Block Grant, Department of Community Affairs, EPA, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »