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 »

Christie touts a familiar subject at CPAC

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OXON HILL, Md. — There were subtle jabs at Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, but the subject New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent most of his time discussing at a conservative convention on Thursday was one he presumably knows best: himself. Christie touted his willingness to take unscripted questions from voters, even when that means having… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Congressional elections, Chris Christie | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »