Mayor of Hoboken Says Hurricane Relief Was Threatened

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A Hiring by Christie Raises Questions Over Cooperation

By Kate Zernike

The New York Times

Jan. 17, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie speaking on Thursday in Manahawkin, N.J. His administration has hired Randy M. Mastro, a longtime associate of Rudolph W. Giuliani, to help cooperate with a legislative investigation. Ángel Franco/The New York Times

 

TRENTON — As the New Jersey Assembly voted unanimously on Thursday to authorize an investigation into abuses of power by Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, Mr. Christie seemed to be maneuvering against the inquiry, hiring a high-powered defense lawyer and resisting questions about whether he would cooperate with the Legislature’s efforts.

The investigative panel created by the Assembly issued subpoenas to 17 individuals and three organizations that members believe may be able to answer why Mr. Christie’s deputy chief of staff gave the signal to close lanes onto the George Washington Bridge in September in an act of political punishment.

Mr. Christie’s administration announced that it had hired Randy M. Mastro, a longtime associate of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York City, to conduct an internal review and cooperate with the investigation announced last week by the United States attorney’s office into the lane closings, which gridlocked emergency vehicles, commuters and school buses in Fort Lee, N.J., for four days.

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Christie and Springsteen: A Tale of Devotion, and a Very Public Snub

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Christie Faces Audit Over Use of Hurricane Relief Money

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Another Mayor Felt Christie-Tied Reprisal

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A Bridge to Scandal: Behind the Fort Lee Ruse

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Essex County executive unveils 2014 budget, doesn't shy from tax hike during election year

By Eunice Lee/The Star-Ledger
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on January 12, 2014

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, pictured here in Oct. 2013, unveiled on Friday his $749 million spending plan for the county. (Robert Sciarrino/The Star-Ledger)

 

NEWARK — Despite running for re-election this year, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said he’s not shying away from a tax hike as he unveiled his 2014 budget last week.

The spending plan calls for a 1.5 percent tax levy, which means an increase of about $65 per average homeowner. The proposed budget of $749 million represents a $16 million increase compared with the adopted 2013 budget.

DiVincenzo says he’s taking the long view on the county’s fiscal health.

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Interview with Newark Mayoral Candidate Ras Baraka

Friday, 10 January 2014 21:23 Local Talk News Editor

NOTE: This interview was conducted just days before the passing of one-time Poet Laureate Amiri Baraka. Local Talk extends its condolences to the Baraka family.

This week, we are concluding our series of interviews with those who have announced their candidacy for the position of mayor in Newark. We have already published interviews with Shavar Jefferies, Darrin Sharif, and Anibal Ramos. For this edition, we are interviewing Ras Baraka.

Dhiren Shah: Welcome to this interview Mr. Baraka. What qualifies you to run for Mayor of Newark, the largest city in New Jersey?

Ras Baraka: What qualifies me? (Chuckles) I am an organizer and community activist for two decades. I am an educator in Newark. I know what the people of Newark need. I organized with their families, their children. I have been a deputy mayor, I have been a councilman-at-large, and I know how government works. I think this time Newark doesn't need a manager, doesn't need a police officer, doesn't need a lawyer. It needs a transformation leader. I am the transformation leader the city needs. The same work we have done at Central High School is the same thing we have to expand throughout the city.

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Christie’s Apology, Done His Way

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‘Very Sad’ Chris Christie Extends Apology in Bridge Scandal

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