Gov. Chris Christie will hold his inaugural celebration on Ellis Island.
The governor’s inaugural committee announced Tuesday the governor and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno will celebrate their second term at the island’s Grand Hall. The event is set for Jan. 21.Read More >
TRENTON – It worked for increasing the minimum wage.
Democrats may have found a detour around potential gubernatorial vetoes: Let the voters decide.
On Thursday, three proposed constitutional amendments will be before the Senate Environment Committee on issues that have drawn front office and/or legislative opposition.Read More >
NEWARK - World leaders gathered on Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela, a man who dedicated his life to fighting, and defeating, apartheid, a system of racial segregation embedded in his country’s laws and enforced by its police. When remembering Mandela, New Jersey's leaders have mentioned a disturbing truth - the Garden State, in many ways, suffers de facto segregation that leaves its citizens separate but unequal.
It was Gov. Jim Florio who first coined the term "the two New Jerseys" in his 1990 inaugural address, the same year Mandela was freed from prison.
"For New Jersey to be truly a commonwealth, we simply cannot have two New Jerseys," Florio said. "One where youngsters go off on a road to college, and another where youngsters go off on a road to despair. One where towns flourish with the rewards of prosperity, and another with decaying cities, littered with abandoned cars and abandoned hopes."
Nearly 25 years later, the hope of closing this gap is a dream deferred.Read More >
Governor Chris Christie’s job approval rating remains high as he prepares to start his second term. At the same time, few New Jerseyans have a clear idea or specific expectations about what he will do with the next four years. The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll also finds that views of President Barack Obama’s performance have dropped in the Garden State, while the state’s newest U.S. Senator, Cory Booker, checks in with an initial net positive job rating.
Currently, Governor Christie holds a 65% approve to 25% disapprove job rating among all Garden State residents. Among registered voters, his rating stands at 65% approve to 27% disapprove. These results are consistent with other polls taken after Superstorm Sandy.Read More >
BELLEVILLE - Nanina's in the Park restaurant borders Branch Brook Park, where thousands of cherry blossoms bloom every spring. On Monday night, Newark mayoral candidate Anibal Ramos, Jr., blocks from the North Ward councilman's neighborhood, hoped that thousands of dollars would appear in his campaign coffers at his holiday fundraiser.
"You all are showing a lot of people that you didn't get the memo that [Ramos] was dropping out, did you?" said campaign manager Carlos Valentin, Jr. to the more than 150 Ramos supporters assembled, including North Ward power broker Steve Adubato (pictured). "Not only is he not dropping out, but he's in it to win it."
Ramos has been trying to quash rumors that surfaced last month that his campaign is troubled, including from allies of Ramos who anonymously told PolitickerNJ.com last month that his campaign has not been aggressive enough.Read More >
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie filed direct appointments with the Secretary of State’s office today. Christie also recommended to the United States Secretary of the Interior four members for reappointment to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Advisory Commission.Read More >
TRENTON – Assembly Democrats said Monday they need more answers regarding the depth of involvement of the Port Authority’s top N.J. appointee into the September Fort Lee lane closures.
The Transportation Committee Chairman, John Wisniewski, made it clear: He personally thinks former state Sen. Bill Baroni should be gone. “He’s outlived his usefulness at the Port Authority,’’ he said.Read More >
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s inspector general is launching its own investigation into the lane closure controversy on the George Washington Bridge.Read More >
Sires erupts on Obama after Castro handshake incident U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) wasn't happy with President Barack Obama for shaking the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a South African memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela earlier today. "I'm very disappointed that the President would...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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