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 >
A Gov. Chris Christie administration official is also among the field of Republicans mulling a potential congressional bid.
According to multiple sources, John Giordano, the assistant commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement at the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, recently sat down with Republican Party leaders in both Burlington and Ocean counties to discuss the possibility of a congressional campaign.
Giordano is among the field of several GOP officials actively seeking an opportunity to mount a run to fill the seat slated to be vacated by U.S. Rep. John Runyan (R-3).Read More >
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced the state grand jury indictments today of former Elizabeth Board of Education member Juan Donoso, Board Attorney Kirk Nelson, and outside board counsel Frank Capece on charges that they covered up a false application filed by Donoso’s wife for the federally funded free lunch program.
The jury charged Donoso, 42, of Elizabeth, in a five-count indictment with two counts of official misconduct (2nd degree) and one count each of tampering with public records or information (3rd degree), tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (4th degree), and hindering apprehension or prosecution (4th degree). Nelson, 46, of Roselle, and Capece, 63, of Cranford, were named in a separate six-count indictment charging each of them with two counts of official misconduct (2nd degree) and one count each of conspiracy (2nd degree), tampering with public records or information (3rd degree), tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (4th degree), and hindering apprehension or prosecution (4th degree). The Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police initially investigated the trio.Read More >
TRENTON – An increasing number of offenders being sentenced by a municipal court judge could be ordered to perform community service instead of paying a fine, according to a bill released from committee Monday.Read More >
TRENTON – The head of the bi-state port authority told N.J. lawmakers today that procedures were violated and residents’ safety was put at risk by one official’s decision to shut down Fort Lee lanes at the George Washington Bridge in September.
Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said that as a result he has put in place checks and balances to ensure nothing like this happens again.Read More >
NEWARK - Essex County Sheriff Armano Fontoura took it upon himself to stand in the space between state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop this morning at the re-election kickoff of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.
Both Sweeney and Fulop showed up in support of DiVincenzo, and both men are interested in a future gubernatorial run.
Sweeney was on the speaking schedule for today's event, while Fulop was not.Read More >
TRENTON – Just following orders.
That was the mantra repeated time and again Monday by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials testifying about the September lane closures at Fort Lee.
Even though they thought the impending lane closures were going to cause problems, even though they thought that normal procedures were not being followed, Authority employees followed orders and on the morning of Sept. 9 shut down two of Fort Lee’s dedicated three lanes at the George Washington Bridge to conduct a traffic study.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 >
Burlington Dems a lock on CD 3 nominee, other candidates still emerge As names of possible Republican replacements for U.S. Rep. John Runyan (R-3) swirl around GOP circles, so do Democratic congressional hopefuls among their respective party organizations. The Republican-leaning district that comprises Burlington and Ocean counties has yet...
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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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