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Organization to honor Gov. Kean

Organization to honor Gov. Kean

An event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.

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Residents Continue to see Sandy Recovery as Incomplete, Rutgers-Eagleton Poll finds

New Jerseyans still feel the effects of Sandy almost 18 months after the Superstorm wreaked havoc here as they continue to express skepticism that normalcy will return any time soon, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.  Two-thirds of residents say the state is not yet “back to normal” following the storm.

Among those who think recovery is not finished, just eight percent are optimistic that it will be complete within the next year. Another 58 percent think it could be up to five years before things return to their pre-Sandy conditions, while 12 percent see it taking up to a decade. And some New Jerseyans are even more pessimistic: 4 percent see recovery taking more than a decade, and 13 percent say pre-Sandy normalcy will never return.

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Co-chairs of committee say Bridgegate investigation moving to a key stage

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation
has issued subpoenas to four people to testify before the panel in May.

The committee will receive testimony from:

           *    Christina Genovese Renna on May 6 at 10
           *    William "Pat" Schuber on May 6 at 2 p.m.

           *    Michael Drewniak on May 13 at 10 a.m. 
           *    Patrick Foye on May 13 at 2 p.m.

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Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Support for municipal consolidation has declined since 2010

As NJ Gov. Chris Christie renews his call for merging local governments as a means to get rising property taxes under control, Garden State residents express less support for the idea than they did in 2010, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Just 45 percent support consolidating their municipal government with that of a neighboring community, down nine points from a March 2010 Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Opposition has climbed to 46 percent, up eight points.

“This decline in support may be partially a result of the smaller property tax increases seen over the last few years,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers. “While some towns have had large tax increases, many have not, which ironically may be reducing pressure to cut local government costs.”

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Winners and Losers: Week of April 14th

Winners and Losers: Week of April 14th

The state weathered another week of politics, as Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries upped his TV visibility with less than a month to go before Election Day; Paterson mayoral candidates took to the trail for numerous continuing debate forums; and the money game in federal contests gave glimpses of coming challenges and/or more wins and losses…

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Governor Christie files direct appointments

Governor Christie files direct appointments

Governor Chris Christie filed the following direct appointments with the Secretary of State's Office...

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South Jersey man indicted on charge of paying bribe to Casino Reinvestment Development Authority official

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a state grand jury today indicted a South Jersey man on charges that he paid a bribe to an official of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in an attempt to get a higher purchase price from the agency for his property in Atlantic City.  The official immediately reported the alleged crime.

Anthony J. Christaldi, 69, of Cape May Court House, ate a charge of second-degree bribery.  It is alleged that in January 2014, Christaldi paid $10,000 as a bribe to an official who handles real estate purchases for the CRDA’s voluntary land bank program.

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Poll: N.J. going sour on Sandy recovery

Public satisfaction with New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy recovery effort has dropped below 50% for the first time since the storm hit nearly 18 months ago, according to the latest Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll.  Nearly 3-in-4 Garden State residents say that the aid process has been too slow and place the blame more on state management of the process than on federal regulatory requirements.

Just under half of New Jersey residents say they are either very (14%) or somewhat (34%) satisfied with the state’s Sandy recovery effort.  A similar number are either very (21%) or somewhat (22%) dissatisfied.  This marks the first time less than half the state expresses satisfaction with the recovery’s progress.  Statewide satisfaction surpassed two-thirds throughout 2013, topping out at 76% in September.  Satisfaction stood at 66% in December 2013 before falling to 55% in February of this year and then to 48% in the current poll.

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Former Labor Department unemployment insurance clerk indicted

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former unemployment insurance clerk for the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development was indicted today on charges that she stole $21,055 in unemployment benefits by using her access to the department’s computer system to redirect benefits from unemployment claims to her own bank account.

The Division of Criminal Justice obtained a state grand jury indictment charging Jeanette Rodriguez, 42, of Mount Laurel, with official misconduct (2nd degree), computer theft (2nd degree), and theft by deception (3rd degree).  The charges are the result of an investigation by the New Jersey Department of Labor-Office of Internal Audit and the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau.

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Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

A judge ruled on the subpoenas of the Select Committee on Investigations, another judge restored the candidacy of a congressional candidate, and the political ground wars continue in the state's most exciting mayoral elections coming to a head on May 13th.

It's all in this week's latest issue of Winners and Losers...

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....


How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >


(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The good news of tonight is that these problems are fixable.” - Gov. Chris Christie



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