Talk of Christie’s impeachment is ridiculous

The media buzz about the possibility of Governor Chris Christie being impeached is nothing more than click bait.  It’s not going to happen. The people writing that it could or should happen either know it won’t happen, don’t know what they are talking about or are trying to ensure that Christie has no political future.

The buzz got started when both the prosecution and the defense attorneys in the Bridgegate trial claimed that Christie knew that the George Washington Bridge lane closures in September of 2013 were political retribution against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich while the lanes were closed and not a part of a traffic study.  Christie has already been convicted of that in the court of public opinion.

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Posted: September 25th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | 6 Comments »

Christie Signs Law Allowing PTSD To Be Treated With Medical Marijuana

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New Jersey Post Traumatic Stress Disorder patients can be treated with Medical Marijuana, after conventional treatments have failed, under a bill signed by Governor Chris Christie on Wednesday. The new law took effect upon Christie signing the bill.

The bill, which passed with veto proof majorities in the Assembly and Senate, adds PTSD to the list of debilitating medical conditions that can be legally treated with cannabis under the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act.

In a statement issued with the enactment of the bill, Christie cited the increase in PTSD among military veterans and others since the terrorist attack upon the United States on September 11, 2001.  Christie said he was directing the Commissioner of the Department of Health to promulgate regulations to deter the abuse of medical marijuana that might result from the enactment of this new law.

Posted: September 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Health Care, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

New Jersey Gov. Christie, seeking revenue, ends 40-year tax agreement with Pa.

assetContentTRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scrapping an agreement between New Jersey and Pennsylvania that has allowed taxpayers to pay income tax in the state where they live, not where they work. The Christie administration on Friday notified officials in Harrisburg, Pa., that the governor was nixing the agreement. That means wealthy Pennsylvania… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on New Jersey Gov. Christie, seeking revenue, ends 40-year tax agreement with Pa.

O’Scanlon addresses his critics regarding his declining to vote on the Assembly gas tax bill

DeclanAssemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, the Republican Budget Officer in the Assembly and a representative of northern Monmouth County in the lower house of the legislature has taken some criticism here in the MMM comments and on facebook for not voting on the Transportation Trust Fund bill that was sprung on the Assembly by Speaker Vincent Prieto and Governor Chris Christie in the middle of the night on June 30.  The bill, which would have increased the gas tax by $.23 per gallon and lowered the state sales tax from 7% to 6% passed in the Assembly and was never voted on by the Senate.

Now almost six weeks later with the TTF still not renewed and road projects stalled throughout the state, O’Scanlon said that he believes “even more strongly that my decision was exactly the right one.”

O’Scanlon issued the following statement to MMM to explain his decision not to vote on the Assembly TTF bill:

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Posted: August 9th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 13th Legislative District, Declan O'Scanlon, Gas Tax, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Christie Calls For Investigation Into Bridgegate Committee Leaders, Says Press Is Not Doing Its Job

Governor Chris Christie yesterday called on the New Jersey Press Corps and law enforcement agencies to deploy the same aggressiveness towards Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the co-Chairs of the Legislative Committee that investigated the George Washington Bridge scandal, that they have applied to him .

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Posted: August 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie Calls For Investigation Into Bridgegate Committee Leaders, Says Press Is Not Doing Its Job

Christie says Sweeney and Prieto have not shared their gas tax plan with him

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Brian T. Murray, Governor Chris Christie’s spokesman, told MMM in an email that Christie has not seen the Transportation Trust Fund legislation that Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced today.

New Jersey’s infrastructure construction projects have been shut down since July 8 when the TFF was down to a $10 million balance which being held for emergency projects.

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Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gas Tax, Jennifer Beck, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ State Legislature, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie says Sweeney and Prieto have not shared their gas tax plan with him

Christie makes Senate new offer to end N.J. road project shutdown

assetContent (35)TRENTON — After calling the Senate president’s proposal to end a stalemate over funding for construction projects “ridiculous” earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday delivered a counteroffer. No details of either proposal are known, but a spokesman for Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he is reviewing the latest proposal. The governor and Senate are… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Gas Tax, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Christie makes Senate new offer to end N.J. road project shutdown

Christie Selected, Pallone Snubbed by National Bobblehead Hall of Fame

assetContentBreaking news out of Cleveland is that Governor Chris Christie has been admitted to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum.  The Hall and Museum are actually in Milwaukee, WI, but their representatives are in Cleveland this week selling their wares to RNC delegates and protesters. Presumably they will be in Philadephia next week for the Democratic Convention.

By glaring omission, New Jersey’s 6th District (Monmouth and Middlesex counties) Congressman Frank Pallone has not yet been admitted to the Bobblehead Hall of Fame.

Clearly, Pallone merits the honor more than any politician, athlete or movie star.The Monkey Court (MMM Watermark) GIF

Posted: July 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, News | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie Conditionally Vetos Smoking Ban At Public Parks And Beaches

Belmar Mayor "Lawless Matt" Doherty and Governor Chris Christie walk the Belmar boardwalk.  Photo Credit: Tim Larson, Governor's Office

Belmar Mayor “Lawless Matt” Doherty and Governor Chris Christie walk the Belmar boardwalk in August 2011. Photo Credit: Tim Larson, Governor’s Office

Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed (CV) legislation that would have banned smoking at all public parks and beaches.  Instead, he recommended that the legislature amend the bill to prohibit smoking at State parks and beaches, but not those governed by local governments.

The bill, which was Co-Sponsored by rookie Democrat Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling of Monmouth County’s 11th legislative district, passed in the Senate 25-6 with 9 Senators not voting and in the Assembly by 52-6 with 19 Assembly Members not voting.

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Posted: July 15th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Former NJ DOT Commissioner Jamie Fox Charged in Samson’s United Airlines Bribery Scheme

Jamie FoxFormer New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox was charged by federal officials for his role in the bribery scheme that former Port Authority Chairman David Samson pleaded guilty to today, according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.

Additionally, United Airlines has agreed to a pay a $2.5 million penalty and to make compliance reforms for its role in the scheme in which it established a non-stop route between Newark-Liberty Airport and Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina for Samson to fly to his vacation home in Aiken, SC.  In exchange Samson allowed the Port Authority Commission to approve a lease of three acres at the airport for United to build a maintenance hanger.

Fox, in his role as a $7,500 per month consultant to United, is accused of shaking down United employees, on Samson’s behalf, to get the route to South Carolina established.

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Posted: July 14th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, David Samson, New Jersey, News, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Former NJ DOT Commissioner Jamie Fox Charged in Samson’s United Airlines Bribery Scheme