N.J. had to withdraw, resubmit request to change Sandy grant 15 times, federal audit shows

assetContentNew Jersey had to withdraw and resubmit a request to modify a federal emergency grant awarded after Hurricane Sandy 15 times due to technical glitches with the grant’s online system and incomplete information during a seven-month delay in approval that put cleanup efforts at risk, according to an audit released on Monday. The federal audit said… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Why Christie Got RREM’d In Iowa

assetContentIn her last job, Amanda Devecka-Rinear’s office was in an historic brick Georgian mansion on DuPont Circle in Washington D.C., with rooftop views of Embassy Row. Her office now is in a fishing shack on Cedar Bonnet Island, with back porch views of Barnegat Bay and kitchen views of a boarded-up house across the sand-packed street.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Christie’s office blasts ex-official who said gov’s aide took over Exxon settlement

IMG_3274TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s office today issued a scathing attack on the former environmental commissioner who charged a top gubernatorial staffer with having “elbowed” his way into the controversial Exxon Mobil settlement negotiations. In a note to reporters by Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts, the governor’s office called former Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell’s… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, Exxon Mobil | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie’s Exxon Mobil deal may not be as bad as reported

IMG_3490The Christie Administration has not settled or proposed settling the $8.9 billion lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp for only $250 million dollars, as was first reported by The New York Times last week.

According to a high ranking government official who is not authorized to speak for Christie or the Attorney General’s office, under the terms of the proposed settlement which has yet to be approved by Superior Court Judge Michael J. Hogan (Burlington County), Exxon Mobil would be responsible for the cost of clean up and remediation of the Bayway in Bayonne and Linden, in addition to the $250 million which is to compensate New Jersey for the loss of use of the contaminated real estate and marsh lands.

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Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment, News | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

ACLU sues Christie administration over withheld Ebola documents

Kardashian EbolaHow did Gov. Chris Christie’s administration come up with its policies and protocols for handling Ebola? To get the answer, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey asked to see emails and other policy communications from top officials in the N.J. Department of Health. Those requests were denied or otherwise rebuffed, the group said in… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: ACLU, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Ebola, Fort Monmouth | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Monmouth Legislators: Close Fort Monmouth Ebola Houses on June 30th

Fort MonmouthThe legislators of the 11th and 13th districts have jointly written the Acting Commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services requesting that the facilities designated to quarantine travelers from Western Africa arriving at Newark-Liberty Airport for 21 days to ensure that they have not contracted the Ebola virus be closed when the agency’s current agreement with the Fort Monmouth Redevelopment Authority expires on June 30th.

The letter, dated March 1 and signed by Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Jennifer Beck (R-11) as well as Assembly members Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Amy Handlin (R-11), Caroline Casagrande (R-11) and Mary Pat Angelini (R-11) reiterates the law makers’ concerns expressed in a Februay 3 letter to Commissioner Jennifer Velez, Esq. regarding the lack of notice to the public and elected officials regarding the designation of the facility and the negative impact the facility could have on the marketing of Fort Monmouth properties.

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Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Christie Refuses to Release Credit Card Records with Breakdown of Travel Costs

Chris Christie is refusing to release nearly $800,000 in American Express credit card bills for the travel costs of his state police security details. The governor’s office denied public records requests for AmEx monthly statements and related documents that would show how the money was spent. His staff said release of… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

Christie Administration Reportedly Settles $8.9B Exxon Lawsuit in a Hurry — For Only $250M

2323In a move stunning to lawmakers and environmentalists, the Christie administration is reportedly settling an 11-year-old pollution lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corp. for $250 million, a fraction of the $8.9 billion it originally sought. The settlement, first reported by The New York Times on Friday, aims to address the contamination of 1,500 acres of marshes, wetlands,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Environment | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

PA chairman’s United flights add to the twists and turns of a wide-ranging investigation

assetContent (8)TRENTON — In a story that has been told only by the slow-drip disclosure of subpoenas, the ongoing investigation into the George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed the Christie administration and some of his closest advisers continues to grow. In the latest revelations, United Airlines confirmed today that it has been asked to turn over… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Crime, Crime and Punishment, David Samson, New Jersey, Paul Fishman, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

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 »