Behind Christie’s Budget Claims, a More Controversial Legacy

IMG_3433TRENTON, N.J. – In his “tell-it-like-it-is” tour of New Hampshire this week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the country needs a president who isn’t afraid to be honest about the tough fiscal choices needed to overhaul entitlement programs and keep deficits from ravaging the Treasury. He pointed… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

N.J. credit rating cut record ninth time as Moody’s cites pension shortfall

IMG_5189TRENTON — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded New Jersey’s debt rating, dealing the Garden State its record ninth ratings cut since Gov. Chris Christie took office. The ratings drop by one notch, from A1 to A2, on $32.2 billion worth of bonds underscores the state’s “weak financial position and large structural imbalance, primarily related to continued… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Economy, Moodys, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

5 things to know about Christie’s Social Security plan

assetContent (72)MANCHESTER, N.H. — Gov. Chris Christie’s national proposal to reform Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid includes everything from raising the retirement age to eliminating payments for people making more than $200,000 a year. Here are five things you need to know about it. 1. Raising retirement age Christie wants to raise the retirement age to 69.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Soial Security | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Christie discusses Social Security, Bridgegate, and his poll numbers with Yahoo News

Posted: April 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , | 10 Comments »

Christie proposes hiking U.S. retirement age to 69

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Gov. Chris Christie has been pitching his controversial plan to overhaul so-called entitlement programs in New Jersey for weeks. Today he unveiled a national proposal to reform Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

. Christie’s plan calls for an income cap for Social Security benefits. He proposed phasing out Social Security payments for people making… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Christie explains his Youtube persona (Video)

IMG_5240 (640x545)Governor Chris Christie came to national prominence in large measure through his unorthodox “Jersey style” of giving as good as he gets from citizens at his Town Hall meetings and reporters back in the early days of his administration when he talked to the New Jersey press corp.   Calling a reporter “thin skinned” and telling him “you should see me when I’m really pissed,” calling a reporter and a former Navy seal an “idiot,” telling former Asbury Park Councilman Jim Keady to “sit down and shut up,” and many other “Youtube moments” have contributed to Christie’s national appeal and also been a cause for concern for many about his temperament should he become President of the United States.

On Tuesday afternoon at a Town Hall meeting at Old Bridge High School, Cheryl Meyer, a kindergarten teacher in Woodbridge, asked Christie to explain.

There are some familiar faces in the background during the 11 minute video; Matawan Mayor Paul Buccellato, Matawn Councilwoman Toni Marie Angelini and your favorite blogger snapping a photo, among others.

Transcript:

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Posted: April 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Christie, Army Corp Announce $202 million Flood Control Project In Union Beach (Video)

Governor Chris Christie came to Union Beach today announce the funding of a resiliency and flood control project that has been on the drawing board since 1995.

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

The project plans have been updated since Superstorm Sandy and will include:

  • The massive flood control project – funded by federal, state and local contributions – will consist of construction of levees, floodwalls, tide gates and pump stations.
  • The project will also rebuild beaches, dunes, and groins, which are jetty-like structures that are designed to slow loss of sand from beaches.
  • In addition, more than 25 acres of degraded wetlands will be restored to help better absorb flood waters.

The majority of funding for the massive flood control project will come from the federal government at $132 million. New Jersey will fund about $57 million and Union Beach will provide $17 million.

“Union Beach has long been one of the most susceptible areas to coastal flooding in New Jersey, a vulnerability that was made all too real when Sandy slammed the town with its record 14-foot storm surge,” said Governor Christie. “As part of our long-term recovery strategy, this $202 million resiliency project will finally give this close-knit community the protection they need and the sense of security they deserve to withstand future storms.”

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Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie’s Union Beach Visit Moved To Boro Hall

IMG_3507Governor Chris Christie will visit Union Beach this afternoon for an announcement regarding a U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Flood Control Project.

The event is scheduled to  start at 2:30 PM in the Council Chambers of Borough Hall, 650 Poole Ave.

Previous announcements and media reports said the event would be held Veteran’s Park

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Chris Christie, Monmouth County, Union Beach | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Sandy Recovery Problems Still Dog Christie as He Mulls Run for President

More than anything else, Sandy was the one, single event that catapulted Gov. Chris Christie to national prominence. He was ever-present in his blue fleece jacket, comforting storm victims, making the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, and touring damaged boardwalks. “We are in this together,”… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

New details in $225M Exxon pollution settlement made public

assetContent (68)Exxon Mobil will pay $225 million for contamination at refineries and other polluted sites across the state under a settlement agreement state officials are calling “historic.” The deal between the state and the Texas oil giant ends more than a decade of litigation over the environmental damage at two refineries, known as Bayway and Bayonne, which… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: April 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, Exxon Mobil | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »