March 20, 2013
TRENTON - Synthetic marijuana is now banned in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill Monday that would ban fake marijuana, which is sold under names like "K2," "Spice" and "Space Cadet. " Lawmakers overwhelmingly supported the ban. Christie's administration had already restricted access to the drugs last year by classifying them as controlled dangerous substances. Under the new law, people who make, distribute or possess them could face up to 10 years in prison.
October 31, 2012
WITH ONE WEEK to go, here are the ups and downs of Campaign 2012: UP - Chris Christie (left): New Jersey governor puts politics aside, will tour storm damage Wednesday with President Obama. UP - Al Gore: If someone's going to use Hurricane Sandy for political gain, at least he's talking about climate change. DOWN - Mitt Romney: In a memo to reporters, he takes out of context an Ed Rendell line about a "startling upset" being possible in Pennsylvania. DOWN - Donald Trump: Because of Sandy, he delays deadline for ridiculous stunt to get Obama to release records in exchange for $5 million to charity.
June 1, 2011
The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 12-0, Tuesday to retain Col. Rick Fuentes as head of the New Jersey State Police. Fuentes cited numerous accomplishments by the state police under his tenure, such as being granted a new accreditation. He detailed his efforts to combat the force's high retirement rate and to crack down on alcohol-related incidents involving state troopers. Fuentes was appointed in 2003 by Gov. James E. McGreevey and reappointed by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.
November 6, 2013 |
With polls predicting a commanding win for Gov. Christie on the eve of New Jersey's general election, legislative candidates entered the final stretch of campaigning Monday, with Republicans hopeful that they could capitalize on Christie's popularity by swinging Democratic voters. Democrats, meanwhile, were confident that they would hang onto their majorities in both houses, where all 120 legislators are up for election. Tuesday's ballot also includes county, municipal, and school board races and state and local ballot questions.
November 7, 2013 |
NEW JERSEY'S produced great leaders in the past - that blue-eyed crooner who rose to Chairman of the Board, or the loner on guitar who became The Boss, and that neurotic wiseguy who became leader of the Soprano crime family. But the Garden State hasn't produced a U.S. president in more than 100 years (Grover Cleveland), and out by icy Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, up in the bleachers at wrestling matches in Davis County, Iowa, and all along the Reedy River in Greenville, S.C., Republicans aren't quite ready to place all their dreams into Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in 2016.
October 5, 2011
IS GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE running for national office? Yesterday he answered with a definitive "no. " It's not the first time he's said it, in so many words. * Nov 4, 2010: "Short of suicide, I don't really know what I'd have to do to convince you people that I'm not running [for president]. I'm not running!" * Nov 24, 2010: "Can you see me as anybody's vice president?" * Feb 16: "Apparently, I actually have to commit suicide to convince people I'm not running. " * May 3: "I got enough damn problems in New Jersey.
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.