March 23, 2012
Whitney Houston officially died of accidental drowning, according to the Los Angeles Coroner's office, that was aggravated by heart disease and cocaine use. Houston had a pre-existing heart condition called atherosclerotic heart disease and the coroner's office found cocaine in the pop diva's system but refused to comment on the level. But the levels indicated that she was a chronic user of the drug. Houston was found underwater and unconscious in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Feb. 11. Pictures obtained by TMZ also showed champagne, beer and prescription drugs in her hotel room but coroner's officials said they were not in excessive quantities.
September 29, 2011
WE DON'T care whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie runs for president. But we are inspired by the Republicans' willingness to keep recruiting candidates when the ones they have don't satisfy them. Here are recruiting offers we'd make: For schools chief: Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. runs the best organization in town. Come on, Ruben! Hit a home run for education! For City Council: Replace them with the gang from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. " Similar effectiveness, much more hilarity.
July 19, 2011
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie says he's not offended by the profanity-laced tirade directed at him by the Democrat who leads the New Jersey Senate. The Republican governor says he and Senate President Stephen Sweeney have "a passionate relationship," so things said in the heat of emotional battle should be forgiven. Sweeney exploded after Christie cut $1.3 billion from the budget Democrats had sent him. The cuts included programs for AIDS patients, sexually abused children and blind students.
April 9, 2013
TRENTON - Rutgers officials are scrutinizing practice videos of all sports to see if any coach engaged in behavior like the type that cost men's basketball coach Mike Rice his job, the university president announced Monday. The inquiry into Rice and how university officials responded is also going deeper as the school announced that it plans to hire a consultant to conduct an independent review. University president Robert Barchi, speaking Monday during a town-hall meeting on the school's Newark campus, said he wants any instances of bullying or homophobic language to be reported immediately.
April 13, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie continues to maintain a strong lead in his re-election bid. But the woman who wants to defeat him in November is gaining some ground in a new poll. A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Friday shows Christie holds a 30-point lead among registered voters surveyed. That's down from 42-points in a Rutgers-Eagleton survey conducted in February. The new poll shows Christie's support has dropped six points while Democrat Barbara Buono gained six points. However, Buono continues to suffer from name recognition and 61 percent of her supporters expect the state senator to lose.
November 9, 2013 |
TRENTON - Gov. Christie's postelection domination of national media continued Thursday with a new Time magazine cover featuring a silhouette of the newly anointed front-runner for the 2016 Republican nomination and the headline: "The Elephant in the Room. " The Internet's reaction was not kind, to say the least - to Time. First of all, some noted that with Christie's landslide win this week, he is not the proverbial elephant in the room - everyone is well aware of his presence. CNN devoted much of its week to what felt like wall-to-wall coverage of the New Jersey governor's political future.
January 2, 2015 |
My 2014 was a year of living powerfully. I demanded my first discounted movie ticket due to my - ahem - seasoned-filmgoer status, confirmed by a tousled lad who politely asked to see my ID. Being carded felt nostalgic, and seeing Birdman for a buck less than the flirting/texting millennials around me enhanced my enjoyment of one of the year's best movies. But because I'm a South Jersey columnist and not a Hollywood critic, this Year in Review will focus on local cast members whose performances lent 2014 such Transcendence . Beginning with three Transformers : George Norcross, Stephen Sweeney, and Chris Christie.
October 28, 2013 |
When the owner of the local diner kicked out his friends for not ordering food, he organized a boycott of the diner. When his baseball team's season ended in a loss, he wrote a letter to the local paper to publicly thank his coaches. And after a group of high school seniors painted their graduation year on the school roof, he promised the principal that it wouldn't happen again. Then he led the mission back up on the roof the following weekend to repaint "80. " Chris Christie, Livingston High School Class of 1980, was popular and a pretty good varsity catcher.
September 3, 2011 |
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. - Get the hell back on the beach! A week after telling people - in some not-very-subtle terms - to leave the shore as Hurricane Irene swirled up the coast, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie yesterday encouraged people to head back to the boardwalk with open wallets. Last Friday, Christie told sunbathers to "get the hell off the beach in Asbury Park," a quote that was replayed on national television for days. Yesterday, he took to the boardwalk to say that the worst was over, then headed to a local pub for a beer.
March 21, 2012 |
HAMILTON, N.J. - Gov. Chris Christie said he has no plans to scale back - or slow down - a planned merger involving three of New Jersey's public universities, despite vocal opposition from people with ties to Rutgers University's Camden campus. Christie said yesterday that the merger was an all-or-nothing plan that he expects to move forward as soon as July 1. He said he won't consider pleas from students, faculty and alumni that Rutgers-Camden retain its name. "It all happens or none of it happens," Christie said.