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June 5, 2013
(97% [D] or 98% [R] of vote) Democrat Barbara Buono . . . 165,589 Troy Webster . . . 22,327 Republican *Chris Christie . . . 199,688 Seth Grossman . . . 17,597 *Incumbent
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August 18, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah leaned heavily on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of political bribery in asking a federal court in Philadelphia on Monday to overturn his conviction on corruption charges. The former congressman's lawyers had telegraphed the move after the high court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in June, a decision that came days after a federal jury found Fattah guilty on 22 counts in a case with some parallels.
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March 15, 2012
Governor deserves respect I must heartily disagree with the perspective of the writer of "Governor's behavior shameful" (Tuesday). I wonder if the letter writer heard the exchange between Gov. Christie and William Brown? Brown gave an editorial of his own before asking a question, and when the governor attempted to answer, Brown repeatedly interrupted Christie. Brown was not interested in an answer to his question. He was there to further an agenda and try to shout over any reasonable explanation the governor had to offer.
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August 9, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The conservative Republican governor and the liberal Democratic senator do not agree. On anything. At all. And they want you to know it. Consider the flurry of news releases from Sen. Frank Lautenberg's office over the last several months eviscerating Gov. Christie for cutting money for women's health, refusing to raise taxes on millionaires, pulling out of a regional greenhouse-gas initiative, and signing a bill that forces public employees to...
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July 17, 2011 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Tom Corbett has been governor for six months, and in many ways, if you agree with his agenda - provided you understand what his agenda is - he's been a success. For the first time in almost a decade, the budget passed on time. Facing a $4 billion gap, he reduced state spending. True to his word, and his signed pledge to Grover Norquist, he didn't raise taxes, although why he feels it necessary to be beholden to a Washington management strategist is beyond me. But Corbett has been terrible - flat-out awful - in meeting with the general public and in communicating his agenda, not only to voters but also to his party brethren.
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August 13, 2012 | By Matt Katz, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Being governor of New Jersey means you have $30 billion or so to spend each year. It means the Lincoln Tunnel closes when you need to get to New York, a mansion in Princeton is open for parties, and a Shore house at Island Beach State Park is free for your swimming pleasure. And then there's this: You get to appoint six people to the Perfusionists Advisory Committee and nine to the Noise Control Council. The perfusionists (heart-lung machine operators) and the noise-control people (it's an environmental thing)
NEWS
March 12, 2012
Are you in the governor's crosshairs? Does he want to enact policies that you object to? Care to respond? No problem. It'll cost you just $10,875,011. That's what Gov. Christie's chief nemesis, the New Jersey Education Association teachers union, spent last year for "communications" lobbying: an anti-Christie campaign that featured TV ads, radio spots, and a plane that flew up and down the Jersey Shore proclaiming Christie's love for millionaires. The ads are needed, the NJEA says, to counter Christie's free arsenal (his regular national TV interviews, 45-minute news conferences and near-weekly town hall meetings)
NEWS
June 18, 2013
Jim Holshouser, 78, who was North Carolina's first Republican governor of the 20th century, died Monday. In a statement released by Gov. Pat McCrory's office, Mr. Holshouser's family said he had been in declining health. Mr. Holshouser was a state legislator who became North Carolina's youngest governor at 38 when he was swept into office by President Richard Nixon's 1972 electoral landslide. He served a single term. He is remembered for establishing rural health clinics, laying the plan for a criminal justice information system, and reorganizing state government.
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June 12, 2013
Former Massachusetts Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci, 65, died Saturday of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. His death was announced by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where Mr. Cellucci spearheaded an effort to raise funds for ALS research after publicly revealing his diagnosis in 2011. Mr. Cellucci was elected lieutenant governor in 1990 and became acting governor in 1997 when his predecessor, William Weld, resigned to pursue an ambassadorship.
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December 31, 2015
Mary Scranton, 97, the widow of former Pennsylvania governor and presidential candidate William Warren Scranton, died Saturday at a retirement community in Montecito, Calif. Her husband was a progressive Republican from the northeastern Pennsylvania city named after his wealthy family. He was elected to Congress in 1960 and served one term before he was elected governor in 1962. His foray into presidential politics occurred in 1964, during his one term as governor. He emerged as a moderately liberal alternative to conservative Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater.
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August 20, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, STAFF WRITERS
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday nominated a former top state prosecutor to serve as attorney general and replace the convicted Kathleen G. Kane, a move that would end the fleeting tenure of Bruce L. Castor Jr. Wolf said his nominee, Bruce Beemer, a Democrat, had the support of Republican and Democratic legislative leaders. Beemer's nomination must be confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate, a vote that is not expected before the end of the month. "Bruce Beemer has a depth of experience," Wolf said in a statement.
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August 18, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah leaned heavily on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of political bribery in asking a federal court in Philadelphia on Monday to overturn his conviction on corruption charges. The former congressman's lawyers had telegraphed the move after the high court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell in June, a decision that came days after a federal jury found Fattah guilty on 22 counts in a case with some parallels.
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July 24, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, Staff Writer
A "divider" like GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump will have a hard time winning Ohio, an important battleground that could help decide the election in November, said Buckeye State Gov. John Kasich, a former Republican presidential candidate. "Ohio's a snapshot of the country. People in Ohio want to see a positive agenda, a positive way to move forward," Kasich said Friday in an interview at the Union League of Philadelphia. He attended a fund-raiser for Brian Fitzpatrick, a Bucks County Republican running for an open congressional seat.
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July 23, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
CLEVELAND - He gave a speech that prompted a rallying cry on the floor of the Republican National Convention, defended the GOP presidential nominee's wife against plagiarism, and blasted a U.S. senator as selfish. As Gov. Christie capped a week in the spotlight - and as a top advocate for Donald Trump - he pledged to New Jersey Republicans that he would play a quieter role when his term as governor ends in January 2018. "I will retreat to the role of used-to-be," the governor said at a breakfast Thursday for the state's delegation, describing his role model for departing office as former President George W. Bush: "He never got out there and decided to become a pundit or talking head," but "conducted himself with honor and dignity.
NEWS
July 19, 2016
Former Minnesota Gov. Wendell Anderson, 83, a Democrat who was seen as embodying his state when he posed for an iconic Time magazine cover only to lose public confidence by arranging his own appointment to the U.S. Senate, died Sunday. Gov. Mark Dayton's office said Mr. Anderson had been in hospice care in St. Paul. Mr. Anderson was elected governor in 1970. Time featured the former Olympic hockey player in a glowing 1973 story about Minnesota, calling him "a Midwestern Kennedy. " At the height of his popularity in 1974, Mr. Anderson beat his Republican challenger by a better than a 2-to-1 ratio.
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June 29, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday vacated the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell with a ruling likely to reverberate through other high-profile corruption cases, including those against former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) Within minutes of the unanimous opinion's release, lawyers for Fattah - who was convicted last week on federal charges of racketeering, bribery, and fraud, and then resigned from Congress - were scouring the decision, which narrowed the scope of a law that bars public officials from taking gifts in exchange for official actions.
NEWS
June 24, 2016
OUR STATE CAPITAL runs on protocols. For instance, powerful people in Harrisburg don't dial their own calls. That's what staffers are for. Traditions like that can trip up a hands-on governor. The Department of General Services last Friday issued this advisory to government agencies: "Please advise your switchboard that if they receive a call for anyone in your department, claiming to be Tom Wolf they should not hang up on him. It may very well be the governor - he likes to place his own telephone calls.
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June 14, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Leaders in Philadelphia's gay community were horrified and heartbroken Sunday by the pre-dawn shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 50 people and wounded 53 more, the worst mass shooting in American history. Through shock and anger, fears and resolve, they universally described the massacre as feeling personal and terrifying, like an attack on the entire LGBT community. "It's a reminder that as much progress as the gay community has made, there's still an incredible amount of pushback and hate in America," said Malcolm Lazin, founder of the Equality Forum, an LGBT civil rights group based in Philadelphia.
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June 3, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Evesham Mayor Randy Brown, kicking coach for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens, announced the creation of a political action committee Wednesday, a move that some see as intended to score the governor's office. Although he has publicly expressed interest in running for governor in 2017, he declined to say on the record Wednesday whether the new PAC paves the way for such a run. Its formal mission is to promote small businesses across New Jersey, and he will serve as its honorary chairman. "Small businesses are the backbone of New Jersey," Brown said at a news conference at the office of his brother Rick's Evesham Mortgage Co. in the township's Marlton district.
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May 20, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Wednesday upheld his promise to veto a bill that would lessen the role of seniority in teacher layoffs. The Protecting Excellent Teachers Act, passed this month by the House and Senate, had become a political football. This week, a key Republican in the legislature warned the governor that the issue could resurface in next month's budget negotiations if he vetoed the bill. Supporters, including the state School Boards Association, said the measure would let districts protect their best teachers by using performance ratings, not seniority, in determining layoffs.
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