Watch Christie’s Budget Address Live

Faced with an unexpected Court Order yesterday requiring a pension payment of $1.57 billion by the end of June and with a national media glare upon him, Governor Chris Christie will deliver his Annual Budget Address to a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature this afternoon at 2 p.m.

You can watch the address here live, courtesy of NJTV and Youtube:

 

Posted: February 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

N.J. lawmakers warn of ‘draconian’ budget cuts after judge’s pension decision

assetContent (32)TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers warned of potential “draconian” budget cuts to come up with $1.57 billion if the state is forced to make a full pension payment this year. A state Superior Court judge ruled today that unions are entitled to that payment as part of a 2011 pension overhaul law passed by the Democratic-led… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Judiciary, NJ State Legislature, Pensions | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

DiMaso: Stender should resign

Monmouth County Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

Monmouth County Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

Monmouth County Deputy Freeholder Director Serena Dimaso today called upon the Democratic leadership of the State Legislature to force Assemblywoman  Linda Stender out of office.

According to numerous published reports, Stender and her husband Richard concocted a scheme to  have their vacation bungalow in Manasquan demolished  and replaced with a half million dollar 5 bedroom home with charitable and government funds dedicated to help Monmouth County residents who lost their homes and possessions to Superstorm Sandy rebuild.  The charity Coastal Habitat for Humanity claims the Stenders have not repaid the $11,000 the organization spent to demolish the bungalow, as they promised they would.

“SHAME ON HER,” exclaimed DisMaso, “There are thousands of people not back in their homes yet and hundreds of people working hard to find resources to take care of those people.  For an elected official to unscrupulously attempt to gain the system is a disgrace.”

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Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Press Release, Serena DiMaso | Tags: , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Charity: N.J. Assemblywoman’s husband owes $11K after seeking aid to build luxury home

assetContentTRENTON — Saying it will “not allow itself to be taken advantage of,” a Monmouth County Habitat for Humanity affiliate today said that state Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s husband owes it $11,000 for demolishing his Manasquan home that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The charity, Coastal Habitat for Humanity, which is set up to help low-income homeowners,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, News | 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 »

State investigating shore home dispute between N.J. lawmaker’s husband, coastal charity

assetContentTRENTON — The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating the dispute between Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s husband and a Monmouth County charity that claims the Stenders tried to take advantage of it to transform a damaged bungalow into a luxury shore home, NJ Advance Media has learned. As part of the investigation, authorities are looking into whether… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey, News, NJ Democrats, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Will Christie offer pension, transportation fixes in coming budget?

TRENTON — In two days, Gov. Chris Christie will go before the state Legislature and present a budget with repercussions for his own presidential ambitions and New Jersey’s financial fitness. Both are in the grips of ailing infrastructure and pension systems that are expected to dominate the upcoming budget process. Endorsing an unpopular gas tax increase… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Monmouth GOP Honors Claire French

Monmouth County Clerk M. Clair French address the Monmouth GOP convention. Chairman Shaun Golden in background. photo by Art Gallagher

Monmouth County Clerk M. Clair French address the Monmouth GOP convention. Chairman Shaun Golden in background. photo by Art Gallagher

An impressive crowd of over 400 Monmouth Republican County Committee members gathered on Saturday morning to nominate their candidates for State Assembly, County Clerk and Freeholder.  The size of the crowd was impressive not only because of the weather but because the results of the convention were a foregone conclusion as there were no challengers to the incumbent Assembly Members, Freeholder or Governor Chris Christie’s nominee for County Clerk.

Free of any competitive tensions, the mood at Colts Neck High School was upbeat, friendly and proud among the grassroots leaders who came out for Chairman Shaun Golden first nominating convention.  Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso noted both the size and enthusiasm of the crowd. “This crowd is almost as large as last year’s convention when we had a competition for the freeholder nominations,” DiMaso said, “We’re in really great shape and that is a testament to Shaun’s leadership.”

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Posted: February 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County Republican Committee, Monmouth GOP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments »

Belmar’s “Home By Summer” Campaign Raises $50K in two weeks

The Sperber family hopes to be 'Home by Summer' with the help of Belmar's fundraising efforts

The Sperber family hopes to be ‘Home by Summer’ with the help of Belmar’s fundraising efforts

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty announced yesterday that the fundraising campaign that he launched two weeks ago to assist the remaining two borough families displaced by Superstorm Sandy move back into their homes by this summer has raised $50,000 of it’s $200,000 goal.

The Keefe and Sperber families sustained significant damage to their homes and have seen the last of the state and federal grant money for Sandy relief programs run out while their home repairs continue to be ongoing and unaffordable.

“The response to this effort has been amazing.  Support for these two families has flooded in from all over the country.  The initial donations are enough to get contractors back working on these homes and more support is coming in every day.  We are building the momentum these families need to get back home by summer.” said Mayor Doherty.

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Posted: February 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Hurricane Sandy, Matt Doherty, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Analysis: Connecting style may help Christie

IMG_9501TRENTON, N.J. — Jeb Bush delivered the first foreign policy address of his nascent presidential campaign Wednesday calling for a bigger military and saying the way to handle the Islamic State is to “take them out.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, while he considers a presidential future for himself, is visiting key states and sharing, as… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, Chris Christie | Tags: , | No Comments »