Taxes set to rise for workers as budget deal elusive
With taxes set to increase for almost every U.S. worker at midnight, Congress hasn’t reached a budget deal that Democrats and Republicans say is necessary to prevent a blow to the U.S. economy. Hunter/Tron, Bloomberg
Hillary Clinton hospitalized with blood clot
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. Townsquare News Network
Another N.J. bank to disappear
FLORENCE — Another longtime community bank in the area will disappear, thanks to a merger.
Roebling Bank, founded 90 years ago in a working-class section of Florence Township, agreed last week to merge with a Pennsylvania bank. Bishop, Burlington County Times
2012 up and down year for S. Jersey businesses
The world of business — with its ups and downs, openings and closings — continued this year in the tri-county area.
It was a bad year for grocery stores and employees of Lockheed Martin, but the Voorhees Town Center saw a number of eateries move in, and Subaru of America will be fueling jobs in Florence. Cooney, Camden Courier-Post
North Arlington receives $1.1M in tax settlement
The borough has received $1.1 million in a tax settlement with the state Meadowlands Commission officially completed last week.
The payment was in lieu of taxes for land the commission took over in the wake of the failed EnCap development project. Copley, Record
Trenton’s past in peril: More money to destroy historic homes than save them
The fates of 480 and 482 W. State St. are far from unusual in Trenton.
Abandoned 30 years ago, the two houses — one freestanding, one a row house, both less than a mile from the Statehouse — simply decayed to the point of no return. Duffy, Trenton Times
FBI investigating federal housing projects begun under former mayor
The FBI is investigating federal Community Block Development Grant funds used for six to eight major housing developments in Trenton started under former Mayor Douglas Palmer’s administration, the city’s CDBG coordinator said yesterday. Zdan, Trenton Times
30-day farm bill called poor joke
House Republican leaders faced bipartisan criticism Sunday for proposing just 30 day patches to forestall the threatened spike in milk prices next month — with senior lawmakers mocking the approach as a “poor joke on farmers” and asking who plants a crop for just 30 days. Politico
As Dems seek candidate, Christie seeks their constituencies
As New Jersey Democrats search for a savior to lead them back to the comfy confines of the governor's mansion in Princeton, Republicans have theirs in Chris Christie. Katz, Inquirer
Meadowlands track operator set for early start of racing season
It’s been only a year since Jeff Gural took the reins at the Meadowlands Racetrack, but he isn’t waiting long before trying to adapt to some of his earliest challenges. Burd, NJBiz
State police still plagued by missteps
When racial profiling rocked the State Police in the late 1990s, Bishop Reginald Jackson became one of the agency’s fiercest critics, even calling on the superintendent to resign. Baxter, Star-Ledger
Jersey City: Year of big plans, shifts of power
As noted in the Political Insider columns of 2012, the past year started with a big wind -- the State of the City speech by Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy -- and ended with that of Hurricane Sandy and the possible political ramifications, if any, in future municipal elections. Torres, Jersey Journal
New year, new low for Republicans
Four years ago Barack Obama prepared to take the oath of office as a Democratic president, at a moment when free market ideology and Republican incumbency were disgraced by events. But a year that should have marked the end of the laissez-faire fantasy and the resurgence of effective government instead began an era of muddle through. Kuttner, Huffington Post
Settlement on red-light camera suits but it’s nothing to shout about
Because of a class action lawsuit over red-light camera tickets, close to 500,000 people who got tickets in New Jersey will partial refunds. But don’t send out for the helium balloons. Ingle, Asbury Park Press
President George H.W. Bush’s break with NRA ignored in gun group’s gift shop
In 1995, President George H.W. Bush gave up his lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association via an angry open letterin which he expressed his outrage over a fundraising pitch made by current NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre that described federal agents as “jack-booted government thugs” wearing “Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms.” PolitickerNY
In his capacity as head of the Republican Governors' Association, Gov. Chris Christie went to Chicago tonight to help the canddiacy of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.Read More >
After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman...
By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >
"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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