March 28, 2014 |
City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who has run afoul of the city's Ethics Board more than once in recent years, had another potential blunder last week when her office mailed a letter - on her official stationery - soliciting advertising for a program on WURD-AM (900) she was briefly involved with. The letter, sent out last month, explains that Brown would be the cohost of the weekly program, Talking Drumline, throughout March during the Annual Celebration of Women's History Month.
March 19, 2014 |
TRENTON - The legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures released new documents Monday that show more communications involving Gov. Christie's former campaign manager than previously disclosed. The e-mails and text messages, filed with Superior Court, indicate that the campaign manager, Bill Stepien, was notified of the Fort Lee mayor's frustration with the lane closures while they were underway in September. They do not show exactly what Stepien knew about the lane closures, or include new revelations about the incident.
March 10, 2014 |
PITTSBURGH Tom Wolf, the front-runner in the Democratic primary for governor, collected Western Pennsylvania support from a broad lineup of the party's regional leaders during a Saturday news conference in Pittsburgh. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, and U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle backed Wolf at the joint endorsement event, as did four state senators, four state representatives, seven local elected officials, and 29 party leaders. With six of the seven Democratic contenders hailing from east of the Susquehanna River, the west looms as an important and potentially decisive battleground.
March 5, 2014 |
An attorney for Gov. Christie's former campaign manager disclosed in a court filing Monday that federal authorities are investigating his client as part of a probe into September lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Bill Stepien "is undeniably a subject, if not a target" of the U.S. Attorney's Office's investigation into the traffic jams, attorney Kevin Marino wrote in a brief filed with Superior Court in Trenton. The brief says a subpoena issued by a special legislative committee investigating the traffic jams - which were carried out by Christie allies, allegedly for political payback - violates Stepien's Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
January 11, 2014 |
James Portwood listened carefully as Gov. Christie apologized Thursday for the role his inner circle played in causing a four-day traffic jam on the New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge last year. Something was missing. "I wish that I had heard [him say] that 'I have to go back and look at my impact on my inner circle,' " said Portwood, a management professor at Temple University's Fox School of Business. Executives, whether they run a state or a company, are most vulnerable to missteps by those they trust the most, said Michael Useem, a management professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
January 11, 2014 |
TRENTON - A day after one of his top aides was ensnared in a bizarre tale of petty payback politics, Gov. Christie on Thursday faced what he called a "crisis of confidence. " "You can't prevent everything," he said. "The test of leadership is: When you find it out, what do you do?" From Trenton to Washington, lawmakers and political analysts mostly praised Christie's response to the crisis, which ballooned into a full-blown scandal after documents surfaced Wednesday showing that some of his inner staff punished a Democratic mayor who did not endorse the Republican governor for reelection by closing his town's lanes to the George Washington Bridge for four days.
January 10, 2014 |
CLOUT HAS LONG admired Quinnipiac University Polling Institute's spot-on tracking of national and state political trends. Now we admire their timing. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie , in a marathon news conference yesterday about his staff's "embarrassing" abuse of power in the growing George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal, waved off a question about the potential impact it could have if he runs for president in 2016. Christie also shrugged off "meaningless" early presidential polls by universities Minutes later, Quinnipiac University emailed reporters the results of a "national thermometer" poll conducted from Saturday to Tuesday.
January 9, 2014 |
Gov. Christie's campaign manager is set to become chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee following the departure Tuesday of the organization's current head. After Samuel Raia announced his resignation Tuesday, he and Christie endorsed Bill Stepien for the job. A spokesman for the state GOP said it would vote on the matter in the coming weeks. "No one better understands how to grow our party, communicate our message, and, most importantly, win elections," Christie said in a statement released by the party committee.
November 27, 2013 |
THE WORD around Philadelphia's political, government and community circles was "Let Lana do it. " "If you want it done right, let Lana do it," was the cry. And whatever it was, no one would doubt that Lana Felton-Ghee would not only get it done, but that it would be done the best that anyone could do it. That ranged from political campaigns to civic celebrations, as well as cultural and a vast variety of community events, ranging from the...
November 25, 2013 |
THE BERKS COUNTY Board of Elections, in a report released Thursday, accuses Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers of funneling campaign contributions through the 2011 Reading mayor's race to circumvent Philadelphia's campaign-contribution limit. Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer drove to Philadelphia four days before the general election to pick up a campaign contribution of $30,000 at the union's request, the board said. Spencer's campaign then wrote two $10,000 checks that day, one for the campaign of Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green IV and the other for the campaign of Council candidate Bill Rubin.