Rebate ‘Shell Game’ Makes It Hard to Track Property Tax Facts in New Jersey

 The average New Jersey homeowner paid $8,161 in property taxes last year, according to new data. Determining how much that number has risen is another matter. That’s in part because the Department of Community Affairs stopped publishing property tax rebate information in its annual town-by-town…
Posted: January 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Property Tax Tool Kit, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Blizzard Cancelled, Travel Ban Still In Effect

The National Weather Service cancelled the blizzard warning for New Jersey at 3:51 this morning. A winter storm warning remains in effect.

The travel ban in New Jersey ordered by the Christie Administration has not been lifted as of 5:55 am.  NJ Transit is closed.  Seastreak crews are standing by to resume ferry service for Monmouth County commuters once the travel restriction has been lifted.

Meteorologist Gary Szatkowski of the National Weather Service in Mt Holly issued an apology to decision makers, politicians and the general public via twitter at about 1 am.

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Posted: January 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

Christie Administration Imposes Travel Ban In NJ effective 11pm until further notice

Fuentes travel ban (640x387)Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of Emergency Management has signed a directive prohibiting vehicular traffic on all roads in New Jersey effective at 11 Pm this evening, January 26, 2015.  A copy of the directive which includes exemptions from government personnel, public utility vehicles, public and private plow trucks  and healthcare workers and patients can be be viewed here .

Governor Chris Christie said via twitter that the ban will be subject to revocation at day break depending on the conditions then.

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Posted: January 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Monmouth County, NJ State Police | Tags: , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Tax amnesty program helps N.J. revenue beat Christie projections

assetContent (34)TRENTON — With some help from a year-end tax amnesty program, New Jersey’s tax collections in the first half of the fiscal year grew beyond the rate required for the state to stay on budget, according to a treasurer’s report released today. Nearly $2.7 billion in lottery, income tax, sales tax and other revenues flowed into… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey State Budget, Taxes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Apply now for $72M in Sandy rebuilding and rental assistance programs

assetContentThe state this week launched two new Hurricane Sandy recovery programs for low- and moderate-income residents: one to help homeowners rebuild and another to provide rental assistance. Both of the programs started taking applications on Monday. The rebuilding program, which is funded with $40 million in federal disaster relief aid, is open to primary residents who… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

‘We need help desperately,’ residents tell state officials at Sandy hearing

assetContent (3)TOMS RIVER — The state plans to spend most of the half billion dollars in Hurricane Sandy recovery funding allocated to New Jersey in the final round of aid from the federal government on affordable rental housing programs and grants for people who want to rebuild. But residents who spoke at a public hearing today in… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Tighter rules for N.J. gun dealers, manufacturers proposed by Christie administration

assetContent (2)TRENTON — The Christie administration has proposed tighter security requirements for gun retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, and their employees, in response to several thefts and lapses in oversight during the past decade that led to at least one death. The rules, proposed last month by the State Police, come as Gov. Chris Christie considers a possible…

Posted: January 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

N.J. revenue growth lags behind Christie projections

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State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff testifies before Assembly Budget Committee on Governor Christie’s announcement yesterday to grab $2.43 billion meant for the pension system to balance the state budget. Trenton, NJ 5/21/14 (Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

TRENTON — New Jersey’s revenue, which last month was on track to meet Gov. Chris Christie’s forecasts, has fallen behind the 5.2 percent growth rate built into this year’s budget, according to a new report released today. After November tax collections fell behind the governor’s expectations in a number of areas, the growth rate through the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chick-fil-A, Christie Administration, Economy, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Bill to restore N.J. property tax information removed by Christie administration advances

assetContent (7)TRENTON — The key state Senate committee today approved a bill requiring Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to restore information about property taxes that it had removed from a state website earlier this year. The bill ( S2056), which cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, would require that the administration post the town-by-town average residential property… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

High-Profile Couple Will Have to Tiptoe Through Ethical Minefield


0216Credit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen The most notable “power couple” in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is about to enter a new ethical minefield – one in which even talking about their jobs with one another could pose serious dilemmas. Christie Chief of Staff Kevin O’Dowd’s move to become senior executive vice president and chief administrative officer for… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 19th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »