Christie Whitman: Trump's EPA cuts put lives at risk

By Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on April 01, 2017

TRENTON -- Former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman is warning that President Donald Trump's "unprecedented" proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, which she used to run, pose a "great danger to Americans' lives."

Whitman, a Republican who served as governor from 1994 to 2001, made the declarations in an op-ed she wrote that was published by The Atlantic magazine on Friday.

"Practically speaking, funding for climate-change research would be axed, public-health programs would be effectively defunded, state environmental programs would be closed, and regional projects would end," Whitman writes. "Make no mistake: Human health would be endangered."

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Wisniewski Joins the Fray in Murphy-Johnson Feud

By JT Aregood • 03/30/17

Observer

 

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, left.

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In New Jersey’s heretofore lukewarm Democratic primary many expect to be a coronation for frontrunner Phil Murphy, Assemblyman John Wisniewski is piling on after fellow Murphy opponent Jim Johnson announced that he will be filing a complaint to the state’s Election Law Enforcement Commission alleging that he improperly used an ostensibly unaffiliated nonprofit group to raise funds and boost name recognition ahead of the actual nominating contest.

While Johnson says leaked emails show the Murphy campaign coordinating with the groups New Start New Jersey and New Way for New Jersey “to avoid disclosing some contributors and expenditures that were for the sole purpose of supporting his candidacy.” Murphy’s camp retaliated by accusing Johnson of helping to secure a $10 million no-bid contract for the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton to “represent New York City in response to the federal investigation into allegations that the [Mayor Bill] de Blasio administration traded political favors for contributions.”

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2 Christie Allies Are Sentenced in George Washington Bridge Scandal

NEWARK — Two former allies of Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for their role in closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as political payback against a New Jersey mayor, a key chapter in the plot that derailed Mr. Christie’s presidential aspirations and then dimmed his chances to become President Trump’s pick for vice president.

Bridget Anne Kelly, 44, who was a top aide to Mr. Christie, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, while Bill Baroni, 45, who served as deputy executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was sentenced to two years in prison.

The scandal, which became known as Bridgegate, was as brazen as it was bizarre. In an effort to punish Mayor Mark J. Sokolich of Fort Lee, a Democrat, for not supporting Mr. Christie’s re-election bid and his desire to cultivate bipartisan support ahead of a presidential run, members of the governor’s administration schemed with Port Authority officials to trigger a massive traffic jam in Fort Lee. Over five days in September 2013, the gridlock ensnared emergency vehicles, school buses and commuters, even as Mr. Baroni ignored Mr. Sokolich’s messages seeking an explanation.

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Trump Infrastructure Flip-Fop Could Put Gateway Tunnel Project in Peril

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Making a Priority of Getting Lead Out of Drinking Water in School

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Quinnipac: NJ’s Murphy Holds Substantial Lead, Guadagno Ahead of Piscopo

By JT Aregood • 03/15/17

Observer

Murphy wears and SEIU 32BJ hat and scarf after being endorsed by the union in the 2017 governor’s race

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Murphy wears and SEIU 32BJ hat and scarf after being endorsed by the union in the 2017 governor’s race. Alyana Alfaro for Observer

A Quinnipac poll released Wednesday found that Democratic former U.S. ambassador and Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy is holding onto his early lead in New Jersey’s gubernatorial contest, while Republican lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno is coming in ahead of comedian Joe Piscopo, her chief primary rival.

In a general election matchup, Murphy leads Guadagno 47 – 25 percent, with 25 percent undecided as to who they would choose to succeed Governor Chris Christie when he is term-limited out next year.

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Poor, Elderly Stand to Be Hardest Hit Under GOP Healthcare Plan

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How Long Can NJ Transit Keep Rolling with Flat State Aid?

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Opposition Builds as Details of GOP’s Healthcare Overhaul Become Clearer

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Mosque Rejected in New Jersey Amid Fear of 'Dangerous' Muslims

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