Monday, February 25, 2013
The governor gives kudos to the two rock stars for helping with Hurricane Sandy recovery, politics aside.
The Rumson-Fair Haven shore area is known as the land of Springsteen and Bon Jovi. Springsteen has a home in Rumson and Bon Jovi lives in the Navesink section of Middletown. Both are known to show up to support many a cause in the area, including Democratic political campaigns. Neither one has supported Republican Gov. Chris Christie. And Christie is an openly avid Boss fan. But, the two rockers have set politics aside to pool resources to save the Jersey Shore and have been appointed by Christie's wife, Mary Pat, to the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund Advisory Board. Bon Jovi came to Sea Bright to see the progress with Sea Bright Rising's tent/food city in the wake of Sandy. The governor has made several stops to Sea Bright as …
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows Chris Christie with a big lead over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
Monday, February 25
Gov. Chris Christie is the best person to lead New Jersey over the next four years, according to voters polled in a survey released last week by Quinnipiac University. Christie, a Republican, leads his Democratic rival, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), 62 percent to 25 percent in the state's 2013 gubernatorial race, according to the poll. Last week, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long made a controversial political move when she publicly endorsed the governor's reelection bid. The governor's overall approval rating also remains high. Christie's 74 percent approval rating and 69 percent favorable rating tie his personal record highs from January, the Huffington Post reports, both numbers buoyed by public perception of the way he handled …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Governor welcomed Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long's endorsement and offered his own thoughts
Who cares about crossing party lines when rebuilding in the wake of a disaster like Hurricane Sandy? That's the question Gov. Chris Christie posed yesterday when he accepted the ringing endorsement for his reelection from Democratic Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long. Long, whose town has been visited quite a bit by the governor since Sandy struck and nearly leveled it, called the governor a hero. Democratic leadership called her an opportunist capitalizing on the disaster. Christie called out people putting politics above rebuilding the Jersey Shore with a united front. Hear what the governor had to say in the brief video clip above.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The governor will appear at Woody's Ocean Grille
Less than a month after the most recent of Gov. Chris Christie's many visits to Sea Bright post-Hurricane Sandy, he will be returning today. This time, he will be making a campaign announcement, according to a media advisory from his office. With no indication as to the specific nature of the announcement, the advisory said that Gov. Christie is scheduled to speak at 11:15 a.m. at Woody's Ocean Grille, Sea Bright. The governor and his wife Mary Pat have been very supportive of Sea Bright Rising, the charity for Sandy-afflicted headed by Woody's owner Chris Wood. There was no indication as to whether or not the announcement, taking place at Wood's restaurant, would involve him or Sea Bright Rising.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Sierra Club head Jeff Tittel says governor is ignoring the global climate shift as it relates to disasters.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
But with the primary still three years away, most New Hampshire voters are understandably still undecided.
OUTSIDE MANCHESTER, NH — Hillary Clinton is the heavy favorite among New Hampshire Democrats for the 2016 New Hampshire Primary, while no one in the Republican field has yet to separate from the pack. Yes, it's still three years before the 2016 Primary, but a WMUR/University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll released Thursday night shows that Clinton is the prohibitive favorite among Granite State Democrats. The poll surveyed 581 New Hampshire residents. A whopping 63 percent of Democratic voters said they plan to vote for Clinton, compared to 10 percent for Vice President Joe Biden, 5 percent for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and 2 percent for Newark, N.J. Mayor Cory Booker. Biden made numerous stops in New Hampshire last year, campaigning…
Friday, February 8, 2013
The order directs the State comptroller to conduct independent review of contracts and provides transparency measures over expenditures.
An executive order signed by Gov. Chris Christie Friday aims to put key review and reporting initiatives in place to ensure that distribution of Hurricane Sandy relief funds is done in an accountable and transparent matter. The order, No. 125, directs the Office of the State Comptroller to conduct an independent, legal review of the procurement process for state contracts using federal reconstruction aid, according to a release. Each of the state's departments dealing with the distribution of federal aid will designate an "Accountability Officer" to work with the Comptroller's Office and the Governor's Office of Recovery and Rebuilding. The order also requires that contracts approved with the state be made accessible to the public through …
The governor says he hopes residents will be the ones to make the final call.
State-funded buyouts of homes in flood-prone neighborhoods ravaged by Hurricane Sandy is a possibility, Gov. Christie said at a press conference in Sea Bright this week. However, when it comes to a final decision, it’s one he hopes residents will make. Christie was joined Thursday afternoon by U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan to discuss the allocation of $1.8 billion that will be used to fund Community Development Block grants, or CDBGs. Though that money will be focused on rebuilding homes and small businesses, future HUD allocations could be used for residential buyouts. It’s not something he’d like to see, Christie said, but if a community finds that it’s the best option for its future, it will have to be …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The governor was joined by Shaun Donovan in Sea Bright Thursday afternoon.
The $1.8 billion recently allocated for use in Community Development Block Grants, or CDBGs, will be used primarily to help residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy recover, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan said Thursday afternoon. Joined by Gov. Chris Christie in Sea Bright, Donovan said the funding is the first chunk of approximately $16 billion that will help homeowners along the East Coast rebuild, filling the gaps between aid provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and loans issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The grant funding is part of the more than $50 billion aid package approved by Congress less than a month ago. With storms like Sandy, known, …
The governor is bringing a HUD rep with him
Since Hurricane Sandy struck, Gov. Chris Christie has been to a devastated Sea Bright several times and will return again today to speak on recovery and rebuilding. Christie will appear at the Sea Bright Firehouse, Ocean Avenue, at 2 p.m. He will bring with him, for the first time, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan to focus on the rebuild topic. Of the more than 50 businesses in the borough, only five are again up and running: Woody's Ocean Grille, Dunkin' Donuts, Harry's Lobster House, Ama Ristorante and Bain's Hardware. A few business owners have plans to relocate, two of them to Fair Haven. Roughly one third of the residents are living back in their homes or apartments and a curfew after dark and into the …