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 »

The List: 10 Energy Questions in New Jersey That Need to Be Resolved


0102In New Jersey, energy issues have emerged as a high priority for both consumers and businesses, with costs typically ranging in the top 10 most expensive in the nation. The Christie administration’s Energy Master Plan cites cutting those costs as a chief concern, in part, to make New Jersey more competitive with neighboring states. It is… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 18th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Energy, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Judge issues restraining order on N.J. sports betting


A federal judge on Friday issued a temporary restraining order that will prevent Monmouth Park Racetrack in New Jersey from offering wagering on National Football League games this weekend, dealing a blow — at least temporarily — to the Christie administration, which has sought to legalize sports gambling to help prop up the state’s failing racetracks… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Horse Racing Industry, Monmouth County, Monmouth Park, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

New Commissioner Calls For Transportation Tax, New Tunnel, Expanded Light Rail


Jamie FoxCredit: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox To new Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox, the challenge is clear, and so is the solution: After years of “taking a Band-Aid approach to everything,” New Jersey’s transportation system is in crisis. The only way out is to raise taxes to replenish the soon-to-be-empty Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Highlands Hero Gets RREM’d

After Closing On A RREM Grant, DCA Says A New Home For Vietnam Vet Is Not In The Cards

By Art Gallagher

Russell Card Jr removes his "family crest" from his family's home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

Russell Card Jr removes his “family crest” from his family’s home in Highlands in preparation for demolition . Photo via facebook

A Vietnam Veteran from Highlands and his 65 year-old wife had their expectations of a new home  crushed last week when their RREM approved builder informed them that a stop work order had been placed on their project by the Department of Community Affairs, with no explanation.   The family had prepared their house for demolition, based upon promises from DCA/RREM, and now fear they will be without a home.

Russell Card, a 72 year-old Vietnam Veteran from Highlands closed on his $150,000 RREM grant on July 28.  He put up his $18,000 escrow to cover the difference between the cost of the project and the amount granted.  Card, his wife Maureen and son Russell Jr, 35, prepared their home (which was built in the 1890’s and in the family since 1933) for demolition.   They moved most of their belongings into a POD on their immaculately maintained property and moved themselves into an apartment the size of the living room in the Bay Avenue house they have lived in since 1986.  By mid-September all the utilities were disconnected at the house and it was ready for demolition before their new home would be built.  The funding for the new home was the RREM grant, a gap grant of $30,000 from Gap Funding Initiative and $17,762 that was remaining from a $55,000 grant Mrs. Card had received from her employer, CareOne, after Sandy filled their home with eight feet of water on October 29, 2012.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, DCA, Department of Community Affairs, FEMA, Flooding, Highlands, Housing, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments »

Kyrillos and Lesniak Fast Track Sports Betting Legislation

Sen. Joe Kyrillos

Sen. Joe Kyrillos

Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Ray Lesniak have teamed up to sponsor legislation that will counter the professional sports leagues latest attempts to block sports betting in New Jersey.

The bill, which will be introduced during the Senate’s next session, would explicitly abolish language in state law that prohibits sports betting, a move that would reinforce the state attorney general’s effort to lift the injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to accept wagers on sporting events. The measure would also prohibit the transport of sports-betting equipment across state lines and set an age requirement of 21 years old.

Last month acting Attorney General John Hoffman issued a directive that instructed law enforcement not to prosecute sports betting at racetracks and casinos.  The Christie Administration asked U. S. District Judge Michael Shipp to rule that New Jersey is not violating federal law by decriminalizing sports betting  and allowing private entities to operate and regulate the betting.

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Posted: October 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Horse Racing Industry, New Jersey, News, Sport Betting | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

New School-Funding Case Turns Spotlight on State’s Rural Districts

New Jersey’s school-funding fight is heading back to the courts — again. In yet another foray into the judicial arena that has become central to New Jersey’s school-funding struggles, lawyers have filed a formal complaint against the Christie administration over its failure to fully fund 16 mostly rural districts. Akin to the state’s landmark Abbott v.… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 26th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Education, New Jersey, NJ Courts | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Pivotal Questions Await Answers as School Bells Ring in New Jersey

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Posted: September 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Education | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie Administration Proposes ‘Streamlined’ Coastal Permitting Rules

Christie Administration Proposes ‘Streamlined’ Coastal Permitting Rules (via Toms River Patch)

Environmentalist questions relaxing some permitting rules The state Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday said it would recommend technical revisions to land use rules for coastal areas, streamlining the process for projects such as marina…

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Posted: June 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, DEP, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Christie gave raises to 27 staff members this year, report says

Christie gave raises to 27 staff members this year, report says (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie in the last two months gave raises to the staff members who run his press shop, his schedule and his public appearances, according to a report by The Record. Of the 27 staff members who got their salary bumped, 24 are…

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Posted: May 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »