May 8, 2014 |
SECAUCUS, N.J. - When Gov. Christie in March demanded tighter restrictions in a bill to limit raises for some police and firefighters, Senate Democrats quickly accepted his revisions and sent the bill to the Assembly to consider just before the cap was to expire. But Speaker Vincent Prieto had already left the Statehouse for the day. His caucus had passed legislation to renew the cap, set to expire April 1, and Christie's conditional veto did not leave much room for negotiation. With that, Prieto, who became speaker in January, defied the Republican governor, parted ways with Senate President Stephen Sweeney, and sent them a political message: They can't get anything done without the Assembly.
April 30, 2014 |
Imagine: A Berkshire Hills back road on a scenic summer evening in 1974. One of my best friends is at the wheel, Zep is on the eight-track, and the skunky musk of marijuana is in the air. The guy in the back exhales and hands me a torpedo-size joint. "This stuff," he says languorously, "should be sold as a cure for cancer. " Forty years later, one might think such a marketing campaign is actually happening. The Garden State is among 20 that have authorized the sale of medical marijuana for palliative purposes, which I heartily support.
April 21, 2014 |
Gov. Christie faces an April 28 deadline on the New Jersey Adoptees' Birthright Bill, which would give adopted adults over 18 access to their full original birth certificates. The governor could s sign it into law by that day; conditionally veto it with recommended changes, as he did in 2011; reject the legislation (an outright veto); or do nothing and allow it to become law. But those directly impacted face a different type of clock. "A lot of adoptees like myself are getting older," said Karen Baranowski, 54, of Turnersville, Gloucester County.
April 18, 2014
IF THE "Daily Show," "The Colbert Report" and late-night gabfest monologues still don't quench your thirst for political and pop culture satire, you're in luck. Thursday, the jolly jokesters at 1812 Productions will raise the curtain on their latest edition of "That Is the Week That Is. " The plucked-from-the-headlines comedy revue runs through June 1 at Center City's Plays and Players Theatre. For the uninitiated, the 7-year-old "TITWTI" is inspired by the early-1960s TV show, "That Was the Week That Was," the granddaddy of everything from the "Weekend Update" segment on "Saturday Night Live" to current programs hosted by the likes of Jon Stewart and Bill Maher . "It's a political satire show based on current events," explained Don Montrey , the show's writer.
March 28, 2014 |
TRENTON A respected polling institute offered an explanation Wednesday for why it was way off the mark predicting the margin of victory for two key New Jersey elections last fall: Chris Christie for governor and Cory Booker for U.S. Senate. Survey participants were influenced by the order in which questions were asked, according to a report released Wednesday by Langer Research Associates, which was commissioned by the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University to study the error of its ways.
March 24, 2014 |
TRENTON Stuart Rabner rose from the ranks of federal prosecutor to New Jersey's chief justice with accolades from his former boss, Chris Christie. As U.S. attorney for New Jersey, Christie recommended Rabner to Democratic Gov. Jon S. Corzine, who recruited Rabner in 2005 as his chief counsel. Within 18 months, Corzine had nominated Rabner to the Supreme Court. Calling Rabner "a fabulous choice," Christie said: "There is not a job in the law that Stu Rabner could not do well.
February 20, 2014 |
AS I FIND myself obsessively searching for the latest news about the Chris Christie saga, I can't help thinking back to the '70s, when I was just as obsessed with Richard Nixon's unfolding troubles. Then it dawned on me that whether or not Christie turns out to be guilty of any wrongdoing, right now there are some amazing similarities between Watergate and Bridgegate (besides the obvious water jokes). First of all, both scandals began with a seemingly innocuous incident that no one outside Washington (in Nixon's case)
February 13, 2014 |
TRENTON A New Jersey elections panel voted Tuesday that Gov. Christie's reelection campaign can use money remaining in its account and raise more funds to comply with subpoenas issued by legislators and federal prosecutors. The subpoenas stem from investigations into September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, which caused massive traffic jams and were allegedly carried out by Christie allies to exact political revenge against the mayor of Fort Lee. "I think it's critical, considering what the state is faced with at this point, that all the information regarding what occurred in September get to the authorities as quickly as possible and get to the public as quickly as possible, so that everybody can finally get the answers we're looking for," Ronald DeFilippis, chairman of the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)
February 7, 2014 |
TORONTO'S CRACK-SMOKING mayor, Rob Ford , and his brother Doug Ford , a city councilor, are launching a YouTube series called "Ford Nation. " Ford asks people to "please judge me on my record, not my personal life" in a preview posted yesterday. Ford last year made international headlines when he admitted to having smoked crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor. He's also drawn attention for repeated erratic behavior - essentially the norm now for a politician - but he has resisted pressure to step down and is seeking re-election.
February 4, 2014 |
YOU PROBABLY know about the best Super Bowl commercials so we decided to offer up the best tweets: * Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (@mcuban) wrote that he got off to a better start than either team: "I HAD SAFETY ON THE FIRST PLAY IN VEGAS !!!!!!!!!! 1mm to 1. $20mm BABY. #Unbelievable" * Speaking of rich guys, Microsoft's Bill Gates (@BillGates), a Seattle native, posted a geeky photo of himself dressed in a Seahawks cap and jersey along with the words: "Good luck to my hometown.