Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Just by showing up for interview, governor demonstrates how his relationship with union has evolved.
The fact that Gov. Chris Christie didn’t win the New Jersey Education Association’s endorsement for governor this weekend wasn’t all that unexpected. The surprise was that he participated in the process at all. Four years after Christie sent a public letter rather than showing up for his pitch to the NJEA, the governor walked across West State St. in Trenton -- right on time for his 6:30 appointment. In what was described as a cordial back and forth, Christie spent 45 minutes in front of the 15 union leaders who make up the screening committee, responding to probing questions about everything from pensions to teacher evaluation. Ultimately, the union’s PAC picked the Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), by a …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The governor presented his $32.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2014.
Progress is evident. Momentum is building. As he laid out his $32.9 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 at the Statehouse Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie said the state’s future, both economically and in recovery following Hurricane Sandy, is moving in the right direction. With talk of compromise and bipartisanship — as well as a few customary jabs at former governor Jon Corzine’s administration — Christie called on the state’s Legislature to keep it going, to make the conscious decision to help New Jersey return to a position of prosperity it once knew. Of course it will do so with the help of funding from the federal government. Included in the governor’s proposed budget is just $40 million in supplemental aid for Sandy-related …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
'We will see you on the boardwalk,' says Brian Williams, news anchor and Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund new board member.
As a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, Gov. Chris Christie's witty banter and doughnut-eating may have made headlines, but he was quick to remind everyone that Hurricane Sandy relief is still needed. Christie and Letterman talked about the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund started by first lady Mary Pat Christie. She announced today that two major celebrities have joined the honorary advisory board. Bono, front man of U2, and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will join Bruce Springsteen, former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley, Jon Bon Jovi and others on the board. Bono called it “an honor” to support the relief efforts. “Sandy took away just about every piece of my Jersey Shore childhood,” said Williams, who is from …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Group wants support for South Mountain Regional Detention Basin, Lenape Park and Robinson Branch water storage projects.
The Mayors Council Rahway River Watershed Flood Control has been active talking to local legislators about improvements to river infrastructure and flood mitigation projects. And now, the group will focus on Gov. Christie's response to the matter. Recently, the group met with Congressman Leonard Lance to discuss the status of an Army Corps. of Engineers study. On the Thursday, members of the group will gather to sign a letter to Christie to urge "the acceleration of funding for the South Mountain Regional Detention Basin, Lenape Park and Robinson Branch storage projects," according to Cranford's Dan Aschenbach. Members of the group include Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff, Springfield Mayor David Amlen, Union Mayor Clifton People, Cranford …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Chris Christie announced he would seek a second term as New Jersey governor.
Gov. Chris Christie will seek a second term as New Jersey's governor. He made the announcement during an appearance at a press conference at the Port Monmouth Fire Dept. Monday afternoon. Christie declined to talk in detail about his bid, saying he is saving that for a more formal announcement in January. But he did say he sought the advice of his wife, Mary Pat, and four children, over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, and got their blessing. "I have a job to finish that I would have never anticipated to have six weeks ago," said Christie. He said loved the Garden State. "I want to leave it better than I found it when I'm done." The gubernatorial election will take place in November 2013. In response to a question about whether he would …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In addition to the official ballot that voters were given during the general election, residents included write-in votes ranging from celebrities and cartoon characters to former presidents.
Charlie Sheen may not have been on the official ballot during last week's general election, but at least one Cranford resident felt the "winning" actor deserved to be a write-in candidate for the Board of Education race. Must be the tiger blood. Sheen, along with Superman's alter ego Clark Kent and 1800s French political economist Frederic Bastiat, were also among those who received write-in votes for seats on the school board during the Nov. 6 election. At least one person thought Gov. Chris Christie would be an asset to the school board as well. New Jersey's governor wasn't only nominated for the school board, but residents who weren't happy with Mitt Romney or Pres. Barack Obama added his name to the presidential race, along with George…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Governor also praises National Guard at press conference in Somerset.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie praised the National Guard's work in New Jersey during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and reportedly said he expects all power to be restored to the state by early Sunday. Christie spoke at a press conference on Thursday, flanked by members of the National Guard at an armory in Somerset. "I wanted to come here and thank these men and women as an example of the over 2,200 National Guardsmen I ordered activated in the prelude to Hurricane Sandy," Christie said. "They have done an extraordinary job." Christie addressed a number of issues still plaguing the state, including power outages. Christie said as of Thursday morning there were 390,746 customers without power in the state, an increase of about 19,000 from …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
New Jersey governor said 11,000 utility workers remain in state, set to respond to any damage brought by storm.
A nor’easter set to strike New Jersey Wednesday may cool the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts for a time, Gov. Chris Christie warned. “We may take a setback in the next 24 hours. You need to be prepared for that,” Christie said during a press conference at Long Beach Island Wednesday morning. Power outages may increase during the storm, which is set to bring a heavy, wet snow and wind gusts as high as 55 mph to the state. However, the governor was hopeful the pause in recovery efforts would be brief. He noted 11,000 utility workers remain in the state and the clear weekend forecast would allow the recovery push to continue in earnest. “I appreciate that we’re all tired,” Christie said. “I want to get things back to normal as …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon. Got your own photos of storm damage? Add them here by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button with this story.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Christie and other officials warn residents listen when they are told to leave, and to believe the hype in the forecast.
Governor Chris Christie and National Weather Service meteorologist Gary Szatkowski may have been speaking from opposite ends of the state, but their message to residents about the power of the impending storm was clear. "Hurricane Sandy is already the deadliest hurricane of the 2012 season," Szatkowski said. "Please respect its power and heed the advice of local and state officials regarding any evacuations." Christie, speaking at a press conference in Pompton Lakes regarding the state of emergency (video attached to this story) and severe weather conditions anticipated from Hurricane Sandy. a boiled things down even further. "Don't be stupid, get out," Christie said. "Get out and go to higher, safer ground. I don't know any other way to …