State Funding Cuts Squeeze Program to Help Seniors to Continue to Live at Home

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Christie nominates more judges to fill vacancies in Essex courts

By Bill Wichert | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on June 16, 2015

NEWARK — After Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic legislators reached a deal last year to add eight new Superior Court judges in Essex County, the governor has nominated another eight judges to join their ranks in the state's busiest courthouses.

On Monday, the governor submitted nominations to the State Senate for 14 judges, including eight who are expected to be assigned to Essex County if they are confirmed.

The Essex vicinage had 15 judicial vacancies as of May 29, representing the highest number among the vicinages in the state, according to judiciary spokeswoman Winnie Comfort.

State Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex) said the nominations are a "blessing to the county."

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Feds Call NJ-NY Gateway Tunnel ‘Most Important Rail Project in U.S.’

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NJ black caucus members won’t be subordinates, Rice says

By Chase Brush | 06/15/15

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TRENTON — Decrying what they characterized as a lack of respect between members of their own caucus and the rest of the Democratic body, leaders of the legislature’s black caucus convened today to unveil their eighth annual legislative and budget priorities agenda, a lengthy 10 page outline that includes preservation of funding for the Earned Income Tax Credit program, pension payments, and expansion and construction of affordable housing.

“What the members of the legislative black caucus have to say, both individually but collectively, is just as important in New Jersey as anyone else in the legislature. I constantly remind the Senate President and the Speaker — regardless of who the Senate president is at the time — that we are no subordinate to anyone in the state legislature, and we are not subordinated to the governor,” state Senator Ron Rice (D-28), the caucus’ chairman, said.

Joined by other ranking representatives of the 18 member group, Rice led an attack against what he called a “lack of ongoing communication” between the legislature’s Democrats leadership, such as Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-32), and his own group on issues affecting their districts. It’s a complaint the Newarker has made before, but one that was backed up by other members of the caucus today, who stood by as Rice lamented a relationship that “needs to be enhanced.”

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Black Caucus Ups Budget Ante

By Robert Hennelly | 06/14/15

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Senator Ron Rice (D-28), chair of New Jersey’s Legislative Black Caucus, says his groups feels their budget priorities are being ignored by both the Democratic legislative leadership and the Christie Administration. “There just seems no will here to help with issues like foreclosure, social justice and economic opportunity for our districts,” Rice told PolitickerNJ.

In Trenton on Monday, the 18-member caucus will hold a press conference to highlight those budget priorities.

Caucus member Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37) says that this year’s budget process is playing out at a time when cities like Newark and Paterson are still in the midst of a major foreclosure crisis that’s not getting enough attention. Gordon says, as a consequence, local code officials have to cope with an explosion in the number of vacant and derelict structures that are bringing down property values, eroding the tax base and threatening public safety.

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Governor, Democrats Face Complex Challenges in Wake of Christie's Court Victory

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Supreme Court decision reverses lower court ruling in pension payment case

By Max Pizarro | 06/09/15

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The New Jersey Supreme Court this morning reversed a lower court ruling that Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers must contribute more toward the pension funds for public workers.

In a 5-2 ruling, the judges focused their analysis on Chapter 78.

“Our conclusion that no enforceable contract was created here because the Debt Limitation Clause prohibited the Legislature and Governor from binding the State to an enforceable contract of this nature eliminates the need to engage further in a contract impairment analysis,” wrote the five.

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Fixing Newark's neighborhoods a long-term initiative, report says

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By Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 

NEWARK — Residents' opinions on the progress of Mayor Ras Baraka's initiative to turn around some of the city's most crime-ridden areas is mixed, according to an NPR 'For the Record' report.

Last Fall, Baraka rolled out the Model Neighborhood initiative, which targeted the Clinton Hill and Lower West Ward neighborhoods. The plan, he said then, was to increase the number of police officers and code enforcers in the area to decrease crime and poverty.

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Ex-Official Says Chris Christie Broke Grand Jury Law

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Real Estate Magnate Pushes for a Casino in North Jersey

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