Aide who helped shape Christie’s image not returning to N.J.

Maria Comella. MMM file photo

Maria Comella. MMM file photo

TRENTON — A top aide who played an integral role in shaping Chris Christie’s image as a blunt, straight-talking politician — which helped propel him to the national political stage and a presidential campaign– has cut official ties with the governor. Maria Comella, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff for communications and the longest serving member… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Aide who helped shape Christie’s image not returning to N.J.

N.J. sets a goal for number of kids it wants in charter schools

assetContentJERSEY CITY — During his State of the State address earlier this month, Gov. Chris Christie pledged to pursue the expansion of charter school opportunities for New Jersey students. On Friday, his education commission put a number on that goal. New Jersey hopes to expand to 50,000 charter schools seats, about a 9 percent increase from… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: January 31st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Education, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. sets a goal for number of kids it wants in charter schools

Christie Administration Issues Price Gouging Warning During Severe Weather State of Emergency

assetContent (47)The Christie Administration is warning consumers to look out for price gouging during the State of Emergency related to Hurricane Joaquin and the Nor’easter that is currently impacting New Jersey, and warning merchants and business who raise their prices more that 10% that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

New Jersey law prohibits price increases of more than 10% during a State of Emergency through 30 days after the termination of the emergency.  Governor Christie declared a State of Emergency today, October 1, 2015.

“Especially after Superstorm Sandy, no merchant or business can claim ignorance of New Jersey’s price gouging law,” said Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.  “We will not tolerate anyone taking advantage of the suffering of others.”

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Posted: October 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Christie Administration Issues Price Gouging Warning During Severe Weather State of Emergency

Why New Jersey Got Billions Less Than New York in FEMA Disaster Aid After Sandy

2018In the two-and-a-half years since Superstorm Sandy, while the Garden State has struggled to recover, many people have puzzled over the question of why New Jersey has received substantially less federal aid than New York, even though both states suffered roughly the same amount of damage — close to $37 billion. Much of the focus has… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Community Development Block Grant, Department of Community Affairs, EPA, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Behind the Izod Closure: More Questions Than Answers in the Meadowlands

With its glory days long gone and its future up for grabs, the fate of the Izod Center has become an open question. After years of study and debate, officials suddenly took action in January — shuttering the 34-year old state-owned arena with barely two weeks warning and shifting much of its business to the privately… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: June 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Behind the Izod Closure: More Questions Than Answers in the Meadowlands

Sandy victims just want to go home

assetContentSTAFFORD — If Joe Karcz had gone with his gut, he’d be home by now, instead of staring at his empty lagoon-front lot in Stafford Township. A disabled construction worker, Karcz, whose home was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, first thought he’d rehab it on his own, but then decided to get the funding… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Sandy victims just want to go home

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments about Payments to Public-Worker Pensions

RabnerIt was just four years ago that Gov. Chris Christie and Democrats in the Legislature struck a deal on a bipartisan plan to address years of underfunding the public-employee pension system. The legislation mandated increased contributions into the system from both from the state and its workers.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Constitution, NJ Courts, NJ Judiciary, NJ Supreme Court | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J.’s Sandy spending dipped in first quarter of 2015, report shows

IMG_5425The pace of spending on Hurricane Sandy disaster programs in New Jersey waned in the first three months of this year compared to the previous quarter, a new report shows. Roughly $180 million in federal recovery funds were handed out in New Jersey in the last quarter, according to the state’s latest report to the federal… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J.’s Sandy spending dipped in first quarter of 2015, report shows

Report: David Wildstein will take Bridgegate plea

Wildstein fifth amendmentDavid Wildstein, the founder of PolitickerNJ under the pseudonym Wally Edge, former Mayor of Livingston, former high school chum of Governor Chris Christie and Christie’s number 2 man at the Port Authority of NY/NJ until he resigned under pressure over the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal know as Bridgegate, is set to plead guilty to so far unspecified charges in federal court tomorrow, according to a report at Bloomberg Business.

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Posted: April 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, David Wildstein, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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: , , | Comments Off on New details in $225M Exxon pollution settlement made public