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.
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.
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.
April 10, 2012 |
Matt Rooney's goal is nothing if not grand. Consider the website he founded as a Rutgers-Camden law student in 2008. He named it "Save Jersey. " "I love my state, and I was disgusted by what I saw the party bosses doing to it," Rooney, 28, explains. Whether New Jersey requires salvation due to the depredations of Democratic "party bosses" is debatable. What's undeniable is that Save Jersey.com has become a must-read among Republicans, Trenton-watchers, and even Democrats.
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?