Accumulated Sick-Day Payouts: ‘Local’ Problem Hits $2 Billion and Counting

Public workers in a majority of New Jersey’s municipalities, school districts, and all but two of its counties are due almost $1.9 billion in pay for unused absences when they retire, with at least one employee slated to receive as much as $500,000. To put things in perspective: If this obligation were spread throughout the state,… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: March 30th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

This ought to be good: Governor Christie is on Tucker Carlson’s show tonight

Governor Chris Christie will be a guest Tucker Carlson Tonight on FoxNews at 9pm, according to announcement from Christie’s office.

The topic will be the fiasco of the RyanCare vote and the “surveillance mayhem” surrounding President Trump, according to the promo on the FoxNews site.  Charles Krauthammer will also be appearing on the show.

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Posted: March 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Donald Trump, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on This ought to be good: Governor Christie is on Tucker Carlson’s show tonight

Terrance Weldon, former Ocean Twp Mayor and Asbury Park City Manager Died Today

Terrance D. Weldon, 1948-2017

Terrance Weldon, the former Ocean Township Mayor and Asbury Park city manager who was a central figure in the Operation Bid Rig scandal, died today at Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, according to an entry on the website of the Buckley Funeral Home.  Weldon was 68 years old.

On October 10, 2002, Weldon pleaded guilty to federal charges of accepting $60,000 in bribes from three developers between 1998 and 2001.  He remained out of prison until January of 2008 while he cooperated with U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s Operation Bid Rig into public corruption in Monmouth County.  His cooperation led to the convictions of Howard Schoor, the principle of the Schoor DePalma engineering firm, and three other guilty pleas.

U.S. District Judge William H. Walls rejected pleas for leniency by both the U.S Attorney’s Office and Weldon’s attorney when sentencing Weldon to 58 months in federal prison and a $20,000 fine on August 27, 2007. New Jersey officials stripped Weldon of his $20,000 per year public pension in February of 2008.

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Posted: March 23rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | 19 Comments »

Is Christie setting Guadagno up for failure?

If Governor Chris Christie was still popular in New Jersey, or Washington, the New Jersey press corps would be pushing a narrative that Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno “is no Chris Christie.”

But Christie is less popular in New Jersey than Anthony Weiner is with Hillary Clinton supporters. Thus the narrative is that Guadagno has been Christie’s second in command and has stood behind him (literally and figuratively) for seven years while New Jersey’s economy has remained stagnant, our credit rating downgraded continuously, and traffic was a mess in Fort Lee for a few days in 2013.

Thus, as Guadagno is running to replace Christie next January, she has to show New Jersey voters that she is no Chris Christie while threading a needle to avoid Christie’s famously vindictive wrath. That’s a difficult endeavor.

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Posted: February 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie acts to clear names of N.J. defendants found not guilty of crimes

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed a new law requiring prosecutors in New Jersey to take down or update public statements about people who have been acquitted of crimes. The bill’s sponsors hailed its passage as a way to clean up the online reputations of those found not guilty, but the measure also raises… Read the rest of this entry »

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Christie breaks silence, scoffs at ‘loony’ Bridgegate trial claims

NEWARK — Ending a nearly five-month drought on taking questions from New Jersey reporters that began at the start of the Bridgegate trial, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday said he won’t provide answers for every “loony” thing that was said during the trial. The governor, speaking at a drug rehabilitation event in Newark, briefly scolded reporters… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: February 1st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

FDU Public Mind Poll: New Jersey’s Government Is Inept

Voters Give Christie, Legislature low marks. No confidence in government impacting addiction crisis, State is on the wrong track

State of the State 2017(Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

The vast majority of New Jersey voters, 74%, think individuals and families should be most responsible for ensuring that those seeking treatment for alcohol and drug treatment find what they need, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind Poll released this morning. 22% think government should be most responsible for getting addicts help.

Those who favor personal and family responsibility over government intervention include 64% of Democrats, 82% of Independents and 87% of Republicans.  60% said the know someone personally who is or was addicted to alcohol or drugs.  70% said they know someone who has died as a result of addiction.

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Posted: January 31st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, News, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Trump says he may find a job for Christie in the end

TRENTON — President-elect Donald Trump said during a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal that Gov. Chris Christie may end up working in his administration after all. “At some point, we’re going to do something with Chris,” Trump said in a report the newspaper published late Monday. “Don’t forget: We have a lot of positions,”… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: January 17th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey, Trump Administration | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Christie attempts to step on Guadagno’s launch. Will the press corps go along?

Governor Chris Christie is holding two events tomorrow, according to the daily schedule released by his office.

The first event is in Newark, at 11:30 a.m., one half hour after Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno launches her own campaign for Governor at LaPlaya in Keansburg.  Christie is signing an Executive Order and holding a round-table with recovering addicts at Integrity House.  His second event is a bill signing at outside his office in Trenton at 2:30 p.m.

Christie’s schedule says the events are open to the press but there will be no availability– meaning he won’t take questions from reporters.

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Posted: January 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Kim Guadagno | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

NBC NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Chris Christie’s State of the State to Focus on Drug Epidemic

By Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO)

Posted with permission by NBCNews

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will forego the traditional formula of laying out his achievements and policy goals when he gives his final State of the State address Tuesday.

Instead, he plans to use the entire speech to put forth a plan to fight the nation’s drug epidemic, sources close to the governor told NBC News.

Christie’s approval rating is mired in the teens after the Bridgegate scandal, the investigation that led to the convictions of two allies who conspired to cause a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 to punish a Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse the governor for re-election.

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Posted: January 10th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »