Christie Is Said to Waffle on In-State Tuition for People Living in U.S. Illegally

The New York Times

Gov. Chris Christie is under fire from the same Latino constituency he courted so heavily during his re-election campaign.


During his re-election campaign this year, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey made the Latino vote a priority, hiring a full-time director for Hispanic outreach, opening bilingual campaign offices and securing key Latino endorsements.

He even spoke out in favor of legislation allowing in-state tuition for unauthorized immigrants, thrilling many Latino and immigrant voters. For his efforts, about half the Hispanic voters cast ballots for him, helping him win a landslide victory.

Now, however, Mr. Christie is under fire from the very same constituency he courted so heavily.

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New Newark mayor axes many of Cory Booker's top staffers

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger 


Newark Mayor Luis Quintana has ordered the layoffs of several top officials from former Mayor Cory Booker's administration. (Kaitlin McGuinness/Newark Press Information Office)

NEWARK — Newark Mayor Luis Quintana delivered a surprise Thanksgiving greeting to at least eight high-level City Hall staffers today: You’re fired.

Four people with knowledge of the departures told The Star-Ledger that Quintana sent out pink slips to at least four department directors from former Mayor Cory Booker’s administration, as well as four high-ranking Booker staffers.

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Roll the dice, baby: Newark plot lines and the would-be Rat Pack

By Mark Bonamo | November 21st, 2013


ATLANTIC CITY - Elvis Costello might have sung "I Don't Want to Go to Chelsea" in 1978, but on Wednesday night at the 2013 New Jersey League of Municipalities conference, everyone wanted to go to the Chelsea. More than 1,400 wristbands, a new private event record, were handed out as the Garden State's political glitterati swarmed to the hotel on the Boardwalk.

At an event co-hosted by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Newark councilman and mayoral candidate Anibal Ramos (pictured, above left), Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley and state Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7), party-goers tried to re-enact Atlantic City's 1950s Rat Pack-era glory.  

The evening began in high style at the Chelsea, with Fulop taking on the Sinatra role as his star continues to rise in statewide Democratic circles. For many, the evening would end in the morning at Harrah's in a haze of chlorine, vodka and vomit, with certain sights permanently seared onto their eyeballs.  

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The Interview: Joe DiVincenzo

By Matthew Arco | November 21st, 2013


ATLANTIC CITY –  At a poolside breakfast this morning in Harrah's, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo said Barbara Buono's attacks against him prompted him to step up his campaign appearances with incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

"When she started attacking me, it just made me want to campaign more - but I never said anything negative about her," the county executive said, referring to criticisms the Democratic nominee for governor made of her fellow party member, who backed Christie in the general election. 

DiVincenzo said he did the right thing, while acknowledging that he damaged his chances at a run for governor. 

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The Interview: Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka - 'We're going to raise the money'

By Mark Bonamo | November 20th, 2013


ATLANTIC CITY – Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka knows that at the annual New Jersey League of Municipalities conference, good government seminars go on during the day. But the wheels of government get greased at night. 

“We have some very important fundraising events coming up, and people are beginning to come around and donate money to our campaign,” Baraka, the South Ward councilman, said in an interview Wednesday inside the Atlantic City Convention Center in between meetings. “We’re going to raise the money that we need to win.”

So far Baraka has financially lagged behind the other major contenders in the Newark mayoral race to be decided in May 2014. As of this summer, Ramos, Newark's North Ward councilman, had raised approximately $373,000. Jeffries, a professor at Seton Hall University’s law school and attorney at the Gibbons law firm in Newark, has raised $365,000. Baraka had raised about $117,000. 

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Op-Ed: New Census Data Confirms Real Poverty is Rampant in New Jersey

Raymond Castro | November 20, 2013


Despite being the second-wealthiest state in the nation, New Jersey has a higher real poverty rate than 35 other states, with about 1.35 million -- or one in seven -- residents living in poverty, according to the recent Supplemental Poverty Measure released by the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s 44 percent more than the 930,000 that are living under the official federal poverty level.

The number of additional families falling into poverty using the more accurate measure is frightening: While the official poverty rate for poverty in New Jersey averaged 10.7 percent between 2010 and 2012, the supplemental rate was 15.5 percent. This is the second-largest difference of any of the 50 states (after California); nationally the difference was just one percentage point.

The main reason for the high level of real poverty is New Jersey’s high cost of living, particularly for housing. The new census findings confirm other research from our colleagues at Legal Services of New Jersey and the United Way of Northwest New Jersey, which has consistently shown that real poverty in New Jersey is much higher than what is reported in the official poverty statistics.

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Shootings leave two dead in Newark, cop injured in crash en route to scene


An Essex County Prosecutor's Office vehicle flipped over en route to the scene of a Newark homicide Monday night, Nov. 18, leaving one officer and three civilians injured. The collision occurred at the corner of Broad Street and West Kinney Street in Newark. (Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger)

NEWARK — A spate of shootings in the state’s largest city left two people dead, at least two others injured and a Newark detective and two others hurt tonight after the officer was involved in a car crash en route to one of the homicide scenes, authorities said.

The shootings marked Newark’s fifth and sixth homicides in the past seven days, and brought the city’s yearly homicide total to 92.

The violence began around 6 p.m., when an unidentified 20-year-old man was shot and killed on Broome Street, according to Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Roughly 90 minutes later, a second person was gunned down on North 6th Street between Sussex Avenue and Dickerson Street, Ambrose said.

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Pintor Marin takes the oath of office in the Assembly

By Max Pizarro | November 18th, 2013


TRENTON - Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver this afternoon swore in Eliana Pintor Marin of Newark's Ironbound section to the New Jersey General Assembly.

Pintor Marin represents the 29th District along with state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) and Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-29).

“I’m happy to welcome Eliana to the New Jersey Legislature,” said Oliver. “She has been an advocate for children in Newark and has made education a priority through her work in the district. I’m certain her advocacy in the community will translate well to the Legislature, which will benefit not just Essex County residents, but all New Jersey residents.”

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Is Political Squabble Behind Essex County's Double-Digit Judicial Vacancies?

Caren Chesler | November 18, 2013


Essex County Courthouse.


Earlier this year, Gov. Chris Christie was having breakfast at McLoone’s Boathouse in West Orange with Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, the same place at which the Essex County Bar Association was having a meeting. With a record number of judicial vacancies in Essex County at the time, a member of the bar association asked the governor to stop by and comment on why the positions weren’t being filled.

"The reason nothing’s happening, the reason we’re not appointing 12, 15 judges tomorrow in Essex County is because of Sen. Codey," Christie told bar association members, referring to Essex County Democrat Richard Codey.

That was in April, when there were 15 vacancies. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse. The number of vacancies is now 21.

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The power of power: Rice grouses about DiVincenzo but backs Jones for chair in Essex

By Max Pizarro | November 16th, 2013


WEST ORANGE – State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-28) paced in the wings of the West Orange High School cafeteria with pen in hand, jotting 11th hour words on a scrap of paper, amid rumors of a coming Joe DiVincenzo-dress down.

He was a few speakers removed from his moment at the microphone.

The most memorable political productions attributed to Steve Adubato, Sr. over the years have a ring of grandeur and symbolic suggestion somewhere on the order of the best Broadway renditions of Titus Andronicus.

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