Big appetite: Christie buys $300K of food & booze with NJ expense account

By Mark Lagerkvist  /   May 11, 2015  /

New Jersey Watchdog.org

Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline.

Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office.

In addition to his $175,000 a year salary, the governor receives $95,000 a year in expense advances, paid quarterly by the state. In the state budget, it is listed as “an allowance of funds not otherwise appropriated and used for official receptions on behalf of the state, the operation of an official residence, for other expenses.”

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Obama helps launch non-profit aimed at helping young men in Newark, other cities

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on May 04, 2015

Students pose with President Barack Obama at the launch of My Brother's Keeper Alliance at Lehman College in the Bronx borough of New York, Monday, May 4, 2015. My Brother's Keeper Alliance is an outgrowth of Obama's year-old My Brother's Keeper initiative, which has focused on federal government policies and grants designed to increase access to education and jobs.

 

BRONX, N.Y. — President Barack Obama today officially announced the launch of a nonprofit aimed at increasing opportunities for young men of color in Newark and other impoverished cities across the country.

In remarks delivered at Lehman College in the Bronx, the president laid out his vision for the My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which will help promote the initiative of the same name he introduced last year.

"(Since then), it's been pursuit of that one goal — creating opportunity for everyone. You can't guarantee everybody's success. But we do strive to give everyone an equal shot," he said.

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‘Bridgegate’ Indictments, Pleas Answer Some Questions – But Many More Remain

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Christie’s Grip on Republican Politics in New Jersey Shows Signs of Slipping

At the height of his political celebrity, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey persuaded dozens of Democratic officeholders to back his 2013 re-election campaign. The implied transaction seemed simple: Support a well-liked Republican and win a measure of good will from him, perhaps even some acclaim by association.

One such attempted deal went notoriously wrong in Fort Lee, leading to the indictment on Friday of two former Christie appointees, and a guilty plea by another former associate.

Now, as Mr. Christie fights for his political future, it is New Jersey Republicans weighing how closely to associate with a governor whose popularity has faded in the polls. The issue is not some distant abstraction: The state’s entire General Assembly is up for election this year, and the next governor’s race looms in 2017.

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Making Sense of Latest Events in Long-Running Drama Known as ‘Bridgegate’

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Cost to replace Newark airport monorail could top $1B, experts say

By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on April 29, 2015

Transportation experts say it could cost more than $1 billion to replace the AirTrain at Newark Liberty International Airport, which the Port Authority says cannot meet projected growth in demand for air travel.

 

NEWARK — Replacing the AirTrain monorail system at Newark Liberty International Airport could cost well over a billion dollars, transportation experts say.

"Just based on the numbers they're going to spend on the planning and technical expertise, they're gong to spend three quarters of a billion to 1.1 billion (dollars)," to construct a new system, said Lawrence Fabian, a New York-based transportation planner specializing in automated people-mover systems for airports.

On Thursday, the Port Authority Board of Commissioners are scheduled for a vote to authorize spending $40 million on planning and technical consultants to replace the 19-year-old system, which has had reliability problems as it approaches the end of its anticipated lifespan, while also unable to accommodate growing demand for air travel.

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Administration Still Defends Removal of Property-Tax Data from DCA Website

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