Sandy victims just want to go home

assetContentSTAFFORD — If Joe Karcz had gone with his gut, he’d be home by now, instead of staring at his empty lagoon-front lot in Stafford Township. A disabled construction worker, Karcz, whose home was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, first thought he’d rehab it on his own, but then decided to get the funding… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Halfacre Leaving The Christie Administration

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Michael Halfacre

Michael Halfacre submitted his resignation as Director of the New Jersey Division of Alcohol Beverage Control to Acting Attorney General John Hoffman yesterday, effective June 30,2015.

Under Halfacre’s leadership since March of 2012, the ABC is credited with cracking down on underage drinking, the sale of alcohol to the already intoxicated, and penalizing establishments that were scamming consumers by “drink substitution,” i.e. charging customers for the “top shelf” drinks they ordered while actually serving cheaper booze.

During Halfacre’s tenure, new laws were implemented for the brewing and distilling industry which have lead to an emerging micro brewing industry.  Additionally, new rules were written to regulate the direct sale of wine to consumers by out-of-state wineries.

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Posted: May 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Fair Haven, Mike Halfacre, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments about Payments to Public-Worker Pensions

RabnerIt was just four years ago that Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats in the Legislature struck a deal on a bipartisan plan to address years of underfunding the public-employee pension system. The legislation mandated increased contributions into the system from both from the state and its workers.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Constitution, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J.’s Sandy spending dipped in first quarter of 2015, report shows

IMG_5425The pace of spending on Hurricane Sandy disaster programs in New Jersey waned in the first three months of this year compared to the previous quarter, a new report shows. Roughly $180 million in federal recovery funds were handed out in New Jersey in the last quarter, according to the state’s latest report to the federal… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

New details in $225M Exxon pollution settlement made public

assetContent (68)Exxon Mobil will pay $225 million for contamination at refineries and other polluted sites across the state under a settlement agreement state officials are calling “historic.” The deal between the state and the Texas oil giant ends more than a decade of litigation over the environmental damage at two refineries, known as Bayway and Bayonne, which… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, Exxon Mobil | Tags: , , | Comments Off

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 »