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Weekly Roundup: Week of July 15

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie spent the better part of the week taking on the issues that brought out his leadership style—providing recovery assistance to towns hard hit by Sandy.

On Tuesday, he was in hard-hit South River, where it was announced that 70-plus homes will be bought out with the help of FEMA money. Christie made clear the program is voluntary, but urged members in neighborhoods to make it a goal for all to agree in order to enable entire neighborhoods to be converted to floodplains and passive recreation.

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'Managed care' recipients tell lawmakers of inadequate treatment

TRENTON - Advocates testifying before the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee said Thursday that managed care organizations are providing anything but comprehensive care for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, often not covering as much as patients were led to believe.

The committee, meeting in a packed committee room 1, focused on the issue of health parity, particularly in those two areas. While the Legislature has passed a health parity law, it is apparently falling short in some areas.

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Boxer: Improved oversight essential for school lunch program

TRENTON - After referring some 109 public employees and relatives for prosecution after finding that they fraudulently reported their incomes in order to gain free lunch eligibility for their kids, Comptroller Matthew Boxer made a series of recommendations Wednesday to prevent future fraud.

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Christie reiterates need for sick leave payout reform

SOUTH RIVER - Gov. Chris Christie blasted the Democratic-led Legislature Tuesday for not taking action on reforming unused sick-day payouts that, he said, have cost towns millions if not billions in taxpayer dollars.

The issue, which wasn’t taken up by the Legislature in the last session, has not faded away, and Christie promised it will be a campaign issue.

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Christie dismisses Buono economic plan as return to the Corzine years

SOUTH RIVER – Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he hasn’t studied Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Barbara Buono’s economic plan, which was released Monday.

However, after a quick glance at it, Christie dismissed it as “a return to the (former Democratic Gov. Jon) Corzine years...Higher taxes, higher spending, bigger government, and government intruding in every part of people’s lives.”

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Christie urges owners of Sandy-ravaged homes to explore buyout options

Christie urges owners of Sandy-ravaged homes to explore buyout options
Credit: Photo by Tim Larsen, governor's office
Roger and Jan Klok of World Renew Disaster Response go door to door at Sandy-damaged homes in South River before Gov. Chris Christie arrived today to talk about buyouts.

SOUTH RIVER - Gov. Chris Christie stressed Tuesday during his visit to this working-class, blue-collar community in Middlesex County that all Sandy-related buyouts are voluntary and there is still time to apply.

There is an overall goal to buy out 1,300 homes this year, he said in announcing buyout offers regarding homes that are in the vicinity of Water and Lee streets.

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Christie: Barchi's connection to corporate boards was known upfront

Christie: Barchi's connection to corporate boards was known upfront

SOUTH RIVER - Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that letting Rutgers University President Bob Barchi sit on corporate boards was something that was disclosed upfront, adding that it’s Rutgers’ governing body’s decision to make, which apparently thought it was an acceptable practice.

Christie added many presidents serve on corporate board of directors around the country. He said the university’s directors board set up a procedure in which he would recuse himself from personally doing business involving the two company boards he sits on and Rutgers University.

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Reaction from NJ pols on Trayvon Martin verdict

Amid the outcry that has erupted in large protests around the country following the not guilty verdict of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, several New Jersey lawmakers called the decision an injustice.

On Saturday, Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman, was found not guilty by a jury in the fatal shooting last year of Martin, an unarmed, African-American teen in a housing complex in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman’s lawyers made the case he did act in self-defense and cited the state’s Stand Your Ground Law.  

New Jersey pols who have expressed outrage at the decision include Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Barbara Buono and U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Frank Pallone.

Here is a sample:

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Weekly Roundup: July 8

TRENTON – In another case of a change in endorsement from the last time, Bishop Reginald Jackson, who endorsed then-Gov. Jon Corzine for re-election in 2009, endorsed Gov. Chris Christie this time because of his education reform policies.

Jackson slammed Democratic legislative leaders this past week for not putting up for vote the $2 million pilot for the Opportunity Scholarship Act. Jackson said the OSA could serve as an escape route for children trying to “escape” chronically failing schools.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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