Christie Opposes GOP Bill to Repeal Obamacare

By Christian Hetrick • 09/20/17

Observer

Gov. Chris Christie.

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Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday came out against a Republican Senate bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, telling reporters the health bill would harm New Jersey residents and take away billions of dollars in federal funding from the state.

Christie, a close ally of President Trump, publicly stated his opposition to the bill for the first time as GOP lawmakers make a last-ditch effort to scrap former President Obama’s health law. Republicans must pass the bill by Sept. 30 or the measure will lose expiring legislative protections from Democratic filibusters. Several GOP health bills have gone down in flames this year after failing to get enough support in Congress, despite Republicans promising for years to repeal the law known as Obamacare.

The latest GOP bill, authored by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), would repeal major elements of the ACA, including the requirement that Americans must carry health care coverage or face penalties. It would also scale back the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, as states would instead receive Medicaid funding through block grants.

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Obama May Campaign With NJ Gubernatorial Candidate Murphy

By Alyana Alfaro • 09/19/17

Observer

Former President Barack Obama.

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Former President Barack Obama may soon join Democratic candidate for New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on the campaign trail, Murphy spokesman Dan Bryan confirmed on Tuesday.

“We can confirm that it is in the works but there are no details as of now,” Bryan told Observer. News of a fall event was first reported by the Hill but, according to Bryan, the event has not been confirmed and no date and location information has been released.

An event appearance by Obama would be Murphy’s latest and most high-profile endorsement to date. Earlier this year, Murphy was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden and former Vice President Al Gore.

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More than Skin Deep: Structural Racism and Poverty in New Jersey

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Murphy Calls for Free Tuition at Community College, but at What Price?

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‘Nobody’ in New Jersey Is Paying Attention to Race for Governor

NEWARK — The Democratic candidate for New Jersey governor opened his post-Labor Day blitz accusing his Republican opponent of abdicating her moral leadership. The Republican challenger retorted with accusations of race baiting.

They were the type of hyperbolic accusations often thrown around in a nail-biting, nasty political campaign with such vitriolic attacks feeding a frenetic news cycle hungry for daily conflict and a riled electorate packing town hall meetings and rallies.

This is not that kind of race.

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Why Doesn’t Guadagno’s Message of Tax Relief Resonate with Voters?

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At Troubled Essex College, Officials Point Fingers at Each Other

NEWARK — With the accreditation of Essex County College on the line, the school is slipping into deeper turmoil as two of its top administrators accuse each other of misusing funds.

Anthony Munroe, president of the college since June 1, wrote to the board of trustees on Sept. 6 asking that Joyce Harley, the vice president of administration and finance, be suspended and investigated for buying a half-million-dollar commercial copier without proper approval. The letter, which was obtained by The New York Times, also said Ms. Harley used school money to pay her personal cellphone bill and took improper leaves.

Ms. Harley denied the allegations and countered, accusing Mr. Munroe of misusing relocation funds to pay homeowner fees and his children’s tuition and to buy a television. Mr. Munroe also denied wrongdoing.

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Murphy Leads Guadagno by 25 Points in New Poll

By Christian Hetrick • 09/13/17

Observer

Phil Murphy.

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Phil Murphy trounces Kim Guadagno in the first public poll taken of likely voters in the New Jersey governor’s race.

Murphy, the Democratic nominee, is up by 25 points with less than two months to go until Election Day, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. Murphy had 58 percent support among likely voters, compared with 33 percent for Guadagno, the Republican nominee, the poll found.

Previous surveys of registered voters this year also have showed Murphy with whopping leads above 20 percentage points. But the new poll of likely voters is considered more authoritative because of the more reliable sample.

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Job No. 1 for Next Governor? NJ’s Transportation Infrastructure

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Christie spent big on Statehouse's 'shameful' health, safety conditions. Why not schools? | Opinion

By Jerell Blakeley and John McEntee 

Posted on September 12, 2017

Christie announces $300M N.J. Statehouse renovation project

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Last fall, Gov. Chris Christie forcefully outlined the dangerous condition of the Statehouse and the need for urgently needed repairs, announcing plans for a $300 million renovation. 

"To leave the Statehouse in this condition is an embarrassment to the people of the state," he said at the time. "It impacts the health and safety of the people who work here and visit here and have business here. And quite frankly, it's shameful." 

Shameful indeed.

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