After 14 years of watching Christie, a warning: He lies | Moran

By Tom Moran | Star-Ledger Editorial Board
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on June 27, 2015

 

Most Americans don't know Chris Christie like I do, so it's only natural to wonder what testimony I might offer after covering his every move for the last 14 years.

Is it his raw political talent? No, they can see that.

Is it his measurable failure to fix the economy, solve the budget crisis or even repair the crumbling bridges? No, his opponents will cover that if he ever gets traction.

My testimony amounts to a warning: Don't believe a word the man says.

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Chris Christie’s Uphill Run for President Relies on His Brash Touch

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Feds Chastise Christie Administration for Ignoring Its Own Rules in Newark

As if Newark schools didn’t provide enough drama for the Christie administration lately, the state has received a rebuke from the U.S. Department of Education as to how it has carried out its school monitoring and improvement efforts in the district.

The federal department issued a letter last week, affirming a complaint filed by the Education Law Center that contended New Jersey had not followed its own protocol in the state-run Newark district, as set in an accountability system approved by the feds.

The letter came as the district is in turmoil, with state-appointed Superintendent Cami Anderson announcing this week that she would be stepping down and former state Commissioner Chris Cerf being named to succeed her.

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Christie reversal on why he cut Planned Parenthood funding cuts sparks protest

By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on June 22, 2015

Legislators and other supporters of family planning services staged a rally in Trenton Monday to announce a Democratic plan to reinstate $7.5 million in funding for women's clinics into the state budget.

 

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie's boast that he is the only governor in New Jersey history to eliminate state funding for Planned Parenthood may play in conservative states, but it alienates most New Jerseyans who want women to have access to family planning services, protesters said Monday.

Chanting "My health! My life!" about three dozen women and a few men gathered in the Statehouse courtyard with state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden) to draw attention to the governor's remarks last week about cutting $7.5 million in 2010 for women's health centers.

At the time, the governor said the cuts were driven by a budget crisis, adding gynecological services and health screenings could be found at other state-supported facilities. Republicans who supported the money before refused to override the governor's veto based on the financial considerations.

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Above the Fray: The Business of Selling Marijuana in New York

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By Owen Petrie

The State of New York has reportedly received 43 applications from companies seeking one of the five spots New York will make available to prospective marijuana dispensaries. 

Drugs, of any variety, have always been big business in the United States, and the highly regulated, state-sanctioned sale of marijuana for medicinal purposes won’t be any different. The quintet of companies that will get the government’s blessing to sell marijuana in the Empire State will have undergone a stringent application and weeding out process (sorry, some puns write themselves) and face a restrictive regulatory environment in which to conduct business.

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Christie pension reform could have high price tag for N.J. schools, report warns

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on June 17, 2015

After announcing that he is creating a commission to study further pension reform, Governor Chris Christie signs a copy of The Star-Ledger newspaper for a member of the public. Christie held his event outside of Parsippany Town Hall with Parsippany Mayor James Barberio.

 

TRENTONGov. Chris Christie's controversial pension reform plan could cost New Jersey school districts hundreds of millions of dollars each year, according to a new report commissioned by school and municipal lobbyists, but those who crafted the governor's plan have said those costs would be offset by reducing public employee health benefits.

For now, the commission's proposal is mired in politics, and its future is uncertain. After the state Supreme Court invalidated a portion of Christie's 2011 pension overhaul last week, labor leaders slammed the door on negotiations over new reforms.

The report released Wednesday by the New Jersey League of Municipalities and the New Jersey School Boards Association studied the effects of a pension reform plan drafted by a special pension and health benefits commission and championed by Christie.

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As Racial Makeup of State Shifts, Black Caucus Wants to Ensure All Needs Are Met

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Colleges hit with credit downgrades over N.J. financial problems

By Ted Sherman | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on June 16, 2015

TRENTON — New Jersey's public universities are getting an education this week about the consequences of the state's budget woes, with many being hit with credit downgrades or outlook warnings by Wall Street because of New Jersey's troubled financial situation.

Moody's Investors Service downgraded the credit rating of William Paterson University on Monday to A2 on $165 million of debt —a negative rating, although still considered an upper-medium grade and low credit risk. The agency also gave the school a negative outlook.

Rutgers University received a negative financial outlook as well, although Moody's made no changes in the ratings on $2 billion of bonds issued by the state's largest public university.

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Essex County honors Dr. Clement Price

By Politicker Staff | 06/17/15

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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. today dedicated a bronze plaque honoring the life and legacy of the late Dr. Clement Alexander Price, the late Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University in Newark, Newark’s Official Historian and Chairman of the City’s 350th Anniversary Committee. The plaque is located in the Essex County Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Park next to the Essex County Historic Courthouse to raise awareness about Dr. Price’s contributions to Newark and Essex County. He was a resident of Newark when he died on November 5, 2014, at the age of 69.

“Dr. Price had such a tremendous knowledge of Newark’s history and understanding about the city’s identity. His insight made the history of our city and county come alive and always put into perspective from where the city had come and to where it was going,” DiVincenzo said. “During the renovation of the Historic Courthouse and the restoration of the Seated Lincoln Statue, Dr. Price’s input was invaluable in helping us put together the pieces of these historical treasures. He was a great advocate and cheerleader for Newark and a great friend who was always willing to help,” he added.

“I would like to thank everyone for sharing their thoughts and memories of Clement. He was a teacher, scholar, lover of cities and public spaces, and loved this Historic Courthouse very much,” said his wife, Mary Sue Sweeney Price. “I know he would have loved having his legacy celebrated and remembered in this way,” she added

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Opinion: It's Time to Focus on Creating Opportunity, Rather Than Poverty

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