Obama’s NYC trip to impact Seastreak riders

file photo by Art Gallagher

file photo by Art Gallagher

President Obama will be visiting Lehman College in the Bronx today for the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, a non-profit spin off of a White House initiative intended to help men of color finish high school or find jobs.

Your Spouse’s commute could be impacted by the President’s travel.

Seastreak announced this afternoon that ferry delays and temporary closures of Pier 11 are expected between 2:45-3:45 this afternoon and again this evening between 9 and 10.

 

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Barack Obama, Seastreak Ferry | Tags: , , , , | 6 Comments »

Bridgegate scandal: Kelly, Baroni enter not guilty pleas in federal court

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013

Bridget Ann Kelly, texting, with Governor Chris Christie and Michelle Brown at Seaside Park fire, September 12, 2013

NEWARK — Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni — central figures in the Bridgegate scandal that has dogged the Christie Administration — pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that they conspired to create traffic jams in Fort Lee on the first day of the 2013 school year. Kelly, a former Christie deputy chief of staff and… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Christie has a credibility problem

IMG_3433Only 23 % of New Jersey residents think Governor Chris Christie has been completely honest regarding his involvement in and knowledge of the Bridgegate affair, according to a Monmouth University Poll released this morning.  69%, including 52% of New Jersey Republicans, think Christie is being less than completely honest.

“The governor has maintained that he was not involved in the lane closures nor did he know about them as they were happening. Most New Jerseyans don’t buy it,” said Patrick Murray, Executive Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

Half of New Jersey residents, 52% of registered voters, think Christie was personally involved in the George Washington Bridge Lane closures during his reelection campaign in September of 2013.  Only 34% think he was not personally involved.

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Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Monmouth University Poll, Patrick Murray | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Jersey Shore summer rentals are still out there — if you’re flexible

IMG_2570 (640x522)For beachgoers just now starting to search for a Jersey Shore rental property to call home for a week or more this summer, realtors say flexibility is key. If you wanted the six-bedroom, four-bathroom oceanfront home in Lavallette listed by Birchler Realtors for the first week of August, it’s not available then. Same goes for a… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Despite Arraignments, ‘Bridgegate’ Closure Likely to Come Only in Court

Bridget Anne Kelly A former high-ranking member of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration and a former top official he sent to the Port Authority are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court this morning, but it’s unlikely any resolution to the George Washington Bridge lane–closure scandal will come from today’s events. That’s because right now, there are… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , | No Comments »

The Arnone Report: Shop Local

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone

Freeholder Tom Arone

Freeholder Tom Arone

Want to make a difference in your community? Shop local! Keep the money within our own community.  It’s a proven fact that independent and locally-owned businesses recirculate more revenue locally compared to absentee-owned businesses. In other words, going local creates more local wealth and jobs. The spending done by a business locally to operate, including inventory, utilities, equipment and pay to employees directly impacts the economy within its community. In addition, the indirect impact happens as dollars the local business spent at other area businesses re-circulate and the additional consumer spending that happens as employees, business owners and others spend their income in the local economy.

Not convinced? How about helping the environment? In addition to the economic impact, there is also a positive impact on the environment that occurs when shopping locally. When you choose to buy from local or independent makers, you are cutting down on processing, packaging and transportation waste.

Our 4th annual Made in Monmouth event was recently held to help support local business as well.  Made in Monmouth was created by the Grow Monmouth Team within the County’s Division of Economic Development in 2012,  to help small Monmouth County businesses expand their customer base and find new partnerships. In addition to the annual event held at Monmouth University, Made in Monmouth expanded last year and was a part of the Monmouth County Fair in July and held two “Mini Made in Monmouth” events in Manalapan and Cream Ridge last December.

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Posted: May 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Guadagno Cleared Of Hoboken Mayor’s Charges

Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, center with former Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, right and Sui Allex, a Marlboro GOP Council candidate, at the launch of the We Care About NJ PAC

Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, center, with former Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French, right and Sui Allex, a Marlboro GOP Council candidate, at the launch of the We Care About NJ PAC on Tuesday evening.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has been cleared by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in the allegations against her made by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, according to a report at NJ.com.

After months of praising the Christie Administration after Superstorm Sandy, Zimmer used the media frenzy when the Bridgegate story broke in January of 2014 to become famous by alleging that Guadagno shook her down seven months earlier.

The mayor said that Guadagno told her, on behalf of Governor Christie, that Hoboken’s Sandy recovery aide was tied to Zimmer pushing through a development application for the Rockefeller Group.  The shakedown allegedly happened at a supermarket ribbon cutting ceremony in May of 2013.  Zimmer suddenly remembered the shakedown in January of 2014 when the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal was dominating the news.

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Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Dawn Zimmer, Hoboken, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Bridget Ann Kelly: David Wildstein is a liar

Bridget Ann KellyA poised and confident Bridget Ann Kelly ended 16 months of silence today to answer the charges against her related to the Bridgegate scandal.

Governor Christie’s former Deputy Chief of Staff who was indicted for her alleged role in Bridgegate, asserted her innocence and declared that David Wildstein, the former Director of Capital Projects who pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges for his role in Bridgegate, is a liar.

Kelly and her attorney, Michael Critchley, address the press at his office following the press conference held by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman this afternoon.

Critchley said with certainty that Kelly will be found innocent of the charges against her.  He pledged to exposed what really happened regarding the George Washington Bridge lane closure at trail.

A video of Kelly’s press conference, courtesy of NJTV, appears below the fold.

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Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Lucas gets five years in federal prision

 

andrew lucasFormer Manalapan Mayor Andrew Lucas was sentenced to five years in federal prison this afternoon for his convictions related to his acquisition of the Burke Farm in the township.

Lucas will have to forfeit the farm he acquired with funds obtained via loans granted based on fraudulent documents, but will not have to forfeit the $417,000 profit he made by selling the development rights to the property to New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation program.

Lucas, 37, was convicted on September 18, 2014 by a federal jury on all 11 counts of an indictment charging him with wire fraud, an illegal monetary transaction, loan application fraud, false statements to the IRS, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation. Lucas was convicted following a two-week trial before U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson, who imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

Following the completion of his time in prison, Lucas will be on probation for three years.

Jeremy Baratta contributed to this report

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Andrew Lucas | Tags: , | 3 Comments »

7 notable Paul Fishman quotes from the Bridgegate press conference

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman

NEWARK — In between variations of ‘no comment,’ U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul J. Fishman made a handful of notable comments during the Friday afternoon Bridgegate press conference. On Friday, former Port Authority director of interstate projects David Wildstein pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy. Indictments were then unsealed against another former Port Authority… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney | Tags: , , | No Comments »