September 26, 2015 |
City Within a City. Project Arizona. Cherokee. Those are just a few of the Camden redevelopment schemes that have failed over the last 50 years in this tough old town, where empty promises are almost as common as empty lots. I'm reminded of this Thursday as a blockbuster announcement - a $1 billion mixed-use downtown waterfront complex anchored by two sleek high-rises - lures me to the Adventure Aquarium. I sigh as I remember how often I have sat in this very room, or others like it, scribbling madly as parades of politicos and assorted developers urge an audience to look beyond the Camden all around them and focus on the Camden of the future.
August 21, 2015 |
AN OPEN LETTER to Jim Kenney : Councilman, we hope this letter finds you well. Please excuse the public format, but we were concerned an email might be intercepted by your staff. We'll keep this short. Frankly, we are worried about you. Sure, we pouted when someone sucked all the joy out of your wild-and-crazy @JimFKenney Twitter account after you resigned from City Council and launched your triumphant bid for the Democratic mayoral nomination. No more tweeting from a bar stool in Center City and challenging a city employee to a fight when he dissed Jaromir Jagr . No more tweeting about Cowboys-loving Chris Christie 's "very fat ass. " No more stream-of-consciousness tweeting about soft porn and . . . Jasmine oil?
August 17, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Out on the Boardwalk, across from the Donald Trump-branded-but-no-longer-owned Taj Mahal, regulars have a unique view on the 2016 Republican presidential race. "They're fake," Tony Johnson, on a familiar family jaunt from North Carolina, said as he sat face-to-face with a big TRUMP sign. He was talking about the candidates, not the faux-Taj spires. "I came here because I hate Chris Christie," said Cinnaminson teacher Jackie Wilson, explaining her choice of the Taj, in effect voting with room nights.
August 7, 2015 |
AT THE END of the day, Trump gonna Trump. You were expecting anything else, America? Don't be "stupid" . . . like our nation's leaders. The much-anticipated first televised Republican presidential debate last night in Cleveland - the prime-time main course with surprise front-runner Donald Trump and his top nine rivals - was even more about the New York billionaire than an episode of his former reality show "The Apprentice. " Whether you're part of the majority of Americans who disapprove of Trump, his insult-flavored style of infotainment politics and his hot-button remarks about immigrants, or the 20-plus percent of GOP voters who revel in his lack of "political correctness," the short-fingered vulgarian of Manhattan real estate did not disappoint at the Quicken Loans Arena.
July 6, 2015 |
WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Rich Kalich had an impression of Gov. Christie: "Bravado, kind of. Almost like a bully. " But that was before he saw the governor, who spoke for 55 minutes Thursday night while standing on a patio outside a lake house in Spofford, N.H., rattling through his presidential platform, boasting of bipartisanship in New Jersey, and eliciting sighs with the oft-told tale of his mother's dying words that there was nothing left unsaid between...
June 5, 2015 |
The New Jersey agency that enforces election law has filed a complaint against Barbara Buono, alleging that the 2013 Democratic gubernatorial candidate illegally used her Senate campaign account to help finance her unsuccessful run against Gov. Christie. The complaint, disclosed Wednesday by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Committee (ELEC), says Buono could face up to $13,600 in fines. She can seek a hearing to argue her case. ELEC filed the complaint May 27. Buono, a former state senator, established a reelection fund in March 2012 and disclosed she used the account to pay $37,250 to Myers Research & Strategies, a public-opinion research firm, according to the complaint.
May 19, 2015 |
TRENTON - Chris Christie, then the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, declared in 2004 that an indictment of a fund-raiser for Gov. Jim McGreevey painted "a very vivid picture of the corrupt and broken political system in the state of New Jersey. " Preet Bharara, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, said in January that corruption charges against New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver exposed "the very core of what ails Albany: lack of transparency, lack of accountability, and lack of principle joined with overabundance of greed, cronyism, and self-dealing.
May 8, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, we described the city's political system as a "hot tub. " That did not mean we wanted to see any of you in an actual hot tub. Too late. City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson went ahead and mailed fliers to South and Southwest Philadelphia residents featuring his opponent, developer Ori Feibush , topless and possibly napping while in what appears to be a hot tub. To ensure that we're not the only ones who found this ad strange, we checked with former Gov. Ed Rendell , who liked to open the city's pools while he was mayor with a big ol' hairy-chested cannonball into the water.
April 16, 2015
ISSUE | SEN. MENENDEZ Friendship matters In its rush to judgment about the indictment of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.), The Inquirer took mocking aim at one of the key legal issues and missed the mark ("Friendship and corruption," April 3). Despite the editors' skepticism, the difference between friendship and corruption will make all the difference. The senator says that he and Dr. Salomon Melgen have had a 20-year friendship, attending family events, vacationing, and doing what good friends do. The Justice Department's Public Integrity Section has charged Melgen with bribing the senator.
April 16, 2015 |
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Gov. Christie proposed an overhaul of federal entitlements Tuesday that would cut $1 trillion in spending on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid over a decade, a bold stroke aimed at reviving his presidential aspirations. Christie, trailing potential rivals for the 2016 Republican nomination in polls, said the changes were needed both to preserve the safety-net programs and to stabilize federal finances. "Every other national priority will be sacrificed, our economic growth will grind to a halt, and our national security will be put at even graver risk" without cost cutting, Christie said during a speech at St. Anselm College.