Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon. Got your own photos of storm damage? Add them here by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button with this story.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The state Senate approved a 2013 referendum on raising the minimum wage and tying it to yearly increases
A proposal to raise the state's minimum wage could bypass Gov. Chris Christie and go directly to voters. During Monday's Senate hearings, Senate President Steve Sweeney of Gloucester County received preliminary support for a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to allow for an increased minimum wage and tie future yearly increases to national economic data. The initiative would be placed on the 2013 ballot for voter approval. Sweeney's proposal, which was approved by committee 7-6, would effectively remove Christie from the approval process. Christie had previously indicated he would not sign a bill that included automatic indexed adjustments, according to a report on nj.com. “For years, New Jersey has assigned a dollar amount…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Patch joins an NJ News Commons discussion following the governor's keynote address to the Republican National Convention tonight
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
NJ’s governor and Cory Booker channel Seinfeld in video parody for correspondents show.
Just because they're the state's two most prominent politicians doesn't mean they don't have a sense of humor. The office of Gov. Chris Christie yesterday released a lighthearted video co-starring Newark Mayor Cory Booker as a peripatetic go-to guy, riffing off his now national-scale image as a man of action following his rescue of a neighbor from a burning building several weeks ago. As the Democratic mayor of the state's largest city is depicted doing everything from coming up with a spare guitar for Bruce Springsteen to catching a falling baby, a faux-frustrated Christie hisses "Booker!" The video was produced for the New Jersey Press Association's Legislative Correspondents Club show.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Court rules that the governor lacks authority to reorganize an independent agency, saying future of Council on Affordable Housing is up to state Legislature.
A state appeals panel has overturned Gov. Chris Christie's reorganization of New Jersey's affordable housing bureaucracy, saying the governor lacked authority to abolish an independent agency. Christie issued an executive order in June 2011 that eliminated the state Council on Affordable Housing and transferred its responsibilities to the state Department of Community Affairs. Christie says he will appeal the decision. "We are obviously disappointed with the court decision, which only perpetuates the nightmare New Jersey has endured for decades with the COAH bureaucracy," said Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak. In its ruling, written by Judge Philip S. Charchman, the appellate panel said that the state Reorganization Act "does not grant …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Governor speaks to standing room only audience in Ocean Township gymnasium.
Gov. Chris Christie stopped in Ocean Township on Tuesday for a town hall meeting with hundreds of Monmouth County residents where he touted the "Jersey Comeback" and announced that state income taxpayers would see relief in 2012. Christie, before a standing-room-only audience of more than 500 at the Township of Ocean Community Gym, said that State Senate President Stephen Sweeney earlier Tuesday had introduced a bill to give every state income taxpayer a 10 percent credit. While the legislation doesn't exactly mimic Christie's proposal of an across the board 10 percent income tax cut, the governor said that the real achievement was getting Democratic legislators to discuss how, not if, to cut taxes in the state. The same Democratic Party, …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Christie says billionaire financier Warren Buffett should "shut up" about raising taxes on the super wealthy
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is more than a bit peeved about billionaire investor Warren Buffett's now famous expression of chagrin at being subject to a lower marginal income tax rate than his secretary. "He [Buffett] should just write [the government] a check and shut up," the governor told CNN's Piers Morgan this week. Buffett advocates taxing the rich at a rate at least as high as that of middle-class Americans, which has led President Obama to propose a provision, dubbed "the Buffett rule," that would require Americans making more than $1 million to pay taxes at a rate of at least 30 percent. "I'm tired of hearing about it," Christie told Morgan. "If he wants to give the government more money, he's got the ability to write a check. …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Governor argues issue should be decided by voters in a referendum.
Governor Christie conditionally vetoed the gay marriage bill Friday afternoon, delivering on his promise of "swift action" against the measure, which passed in both houses of the Legislature this week. Christie's veto came a day after the state Assembly passed the bill legalizing same-sex marriages by a 42-33 vote. The governor, an opponent of gay marriage, had promised "very swift action" if the bill passed in both houses. The Senate approved the bill Monday in a 24-16 vote. In a prepared statement Friday, the governor said the best approach would be to strengthen the state's current civil union law and suggested appointing an ombudsman to handle discrimination complaints from gay couples. "I have been just as adamant that same-sex …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Governor outlines coordinated response in storm's aftermath.
Governor Chris Christie on Tuesday urged those impacted by Hurricane Irene to seek help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency - and Neptune will serve as FEMA's hub site for New Jersey. Beginning Wednesday, the Joint Field Office in Neptune will serve as the field office for all federal and New Jersey Office of Emergency Management relief efforts throughout the state. "Representatives from the departments will be located here to ensure that we're all working together, officially and effectively, in a coordinated manner to get assistance to folks as quickly as possible," he said. Speaking at the Neptune office alongside FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel and other officials, the governor outlined the state and federal …
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Reaction mostly negative to Governor's personal use of state chopper.
Against a backdrop of school budget cuts and state layoffs, Gov. Chris Christie faced mounting criticism Wednesday for using a state police helicopter to travel to his son's baseball game in Bergen County. Christie landed on a sports field at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale in the $12 million chopper Tuesday afternoon, minutes before his son was about to take the field as the catcher for the Delbarton School in their playoff game against St. Joe's. He and his wife, Mary Pat, left in the helicopter after the 5th inning. State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) blasted Christie, saying she "fully expects" the governor to reimburse the state of New Jersey for the cost of the ride. "If this was for an official reason, that would …