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: , , | 1 Comment »

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: , , , , | No Comments »

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 »

Christie’s Transportation Commissioner’s inane op-ed illustrates why we went broke in the first place

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

zyToMA8iEThe logic behind a guy seeking the GOP nomination for president appointing a former Torricelli/McGreevey bureaucrat to a critical cabinet post still eludes me, Save Jerseyans.

But here we are. We’re saddled with Jamie Fox now. And this is how he’s spending his time: advocating for a punishing increase in the one tax in New Jersey that isn’t suckily high (the gas tax) and, this past Sunday, penning a guest op-ed in theStar-Ledger claiming that New Jersey’s per-mile road maintenance isn’t nearly as expensive as claimed by gas tax hike opponents.

For starters, he complains that the study treats multiple lane highways like single-lane ones. Moreover, “New Jersey gives out nearly $330 million a year in local transportation aid to counties and municipalities. This helps local government take care of local roads without having to raise property taxes,” Commissioner Fox explains. “The Reason Foundation counts the spending we give to local government but doesn’t count all the miles of local roads that are repaired or built. Therefore, states with greater jurisdiction over local infrastructure fare better in the analysis as those centerline miles are credited to the state.”

You can find a copy of the eye-opening study here.

My #1 problem with Fox’s logic? Divide the number by the actual average number of lanes and New Jersey’s road costs are STILL the highest in the nation. By a mile. Many times over.

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Posted: February 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Opinion, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Chris Christie’s About-Face on Common Core Standards Turns Debate Upside-Down

A month before New Jersey is to start controversial new state testing aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Gov. Chris Christie muddied the waters this week when he said he now has “grave concerns” about the standards he previously endorsed and which his administration is busy promoting. Speaking at a GOP… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Education, Iowa | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

New Jersey’s oyster madness: Reefs rise in NY while N.J. ban continues

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Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Environment, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »