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.
November 7, 2013 |
Despite a double-digit win by Gov. Christie, Democrats held on to control of the Legislature, with Republicans projected to make at best modest inroads as races were being called late Tuesday night. In an election marked by record spending - as of last week, outside groups had poured $38 million into state races and ballot questions - Republicans weren't on track Tuesday night to pick up nearly enough seats to wrest control from the Democrats, who had a 24-16 majority in the Senate and 48-32 majority in the Assembly.
November 6, 2013
All we are saying Is give peace a chance. - John Lennon That's the message Chris Christie hopes to spread across the country today with a predicted double-digit victory in his bid to remain New Jersey's governor and boost an expected presidential run. The Republican hopes to take enough Democratic votes from challenger Barbara Buono to prove he's a moderate who can stop the partisan fighting that has crippled Washington's ability...
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 5, 2013
LET'S TALK elections. Not the ones tomorrow in Philly. Doesn't whichever Democrat running for whatever always win anyway? Not the ones statewide for Superior Court or judicial retentions. Come on, we shouldn't be electing judges statewide. Let's talk about the 2014 governor's race. It officially starts tomorrow at 8:01 p.m. First, despite a bunch of buzz and polling that says that even Republicans don't like him, Gov. Corbett is running for a second term. He starts a multiday, multicity tour Wednesday in Pittsburgh and, says campaign manager Mike Barley, is "100 percent committed.
October 31, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY Reducing property taxes, growing the economy, and revitalizing Atlantic City dominate this year's Second Legislative District races in Atlantic County. Democratic State Sen. James Whelan, a former mayor of Atlantic City and a fixture in local and state politics for 30 years, is being challenged by Republican Frank Balles, the Atlantic County sheriff. Republican Assembly incumbents John Amodeo and Chris A. Brown face two Democratic mayors, Nick Russo of Longport and Vince Mazzeo of Northfield.
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.
October 3, 2013 |
HE'S GOT THE LEGS OF a 19-year-old. He is a 19-year-old. So how come intermittently inked, mega-pop-star Justin Bieber needed bodyguards to carry him on their shoulders up steps leading to a portion of China's Great Wall? Pants too baggy, Biebs? These strong men had to use their own burly shoulders, because, unfortunately, they did not think in advance to procure a gilded, silk-curtained, pillow-lined antique litter for transporting His Royal Biebsness in the manner to which he is accustomed.
August 29, 2013 |
POLITICIANS are used to making headlines. But the one in yesterday's New York Daily News referring to Chris Christie as "fatso" was over the top. It was a retaliatory strike that came after the New Jersey governor called Manish Mehta - the paper's Jets beat writer - an "idiot. " In type as bold as the governor, the headline screamed: "Who you calling an idiot, fatso!" Christie talked trash about Mehta while appearing on WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton sports radio show in New York on Monday.
August 23, 2013
THIS PAST Tuesday would have been my parents' 53rd wedding anniversary. As it happens, they only made it to the 21st, before daddy died of cancer at 43. Numbers don't mean that much in the grand scheme of things, because they're deceptive. Someone who has lived for decades can be a sorry shell of a human who never made a lasting mark on anyone or anything. Others, like Alex, of Alex's Lemonade, can shed this mortal coil after six short years and be remembered for having a spirit as wide and eternal as the sky. But the accumulation of days and then weeks and finally years does have an impact, whether negative or positive.