February 14, 2016
The headline "School leaders angered by Wolf" (Wednesday) following the governor's unveiling of his 2016-17 budget was misleading. Wolf was elected with the help of educators and parents across the commonwealth with a clear mandate: Reverse the damage done to public education by former Gov. Tom Corbett and the Republican-led General Assembly. Lesser politicians would have used Republican obstructionism as an excuse to give up on that goal. By sticking to his principles and maintaining his promise to voters, he is showing leadership.
February 9, 2016 |
EXETER, N.H. - Ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, the three governors fighting to prove themselves in the Republican race all have been campaigning on an asset that they argue the front-runners lack: executive experience. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are drawing voters at campaign stops torn on which governor to support. But the most explicit contrasts the candidates make are not among themselves, but with their rivals.
February 7, 2016 |
CONCORD, N.H. - Gov. Christie picked up the endorsement Friday of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a popular Republican from just south of the state that will host the first presidential primary Tuesday. The backing from Baker comes as new polls show Christie trailing key rivals in New Hampshire for likely GOP primary voters. The endorsement "should tell people in New Hampshire two things: First is that governors recognize how important it is to have a governor as the next nominee," Christie said Friday after a town-hall meeting in Stratham.
February 2, 2016 |
BLOOMFIELD, Iowa - Rick Perry took the microphone at a church here and lashed out at Washington elites whom he accused of consolidating power there in a "total affront to our constitution. " Perry, a former Air Force pilot, lamented the way the country had treated its veterans. As a former longtime governor of Texas, he said, "I wrote a letter a week to a mom or a dad, to a wife, to a loved one, that had lost an individual in the war against terror. We owe those individuals so much.
January 31, 2016 |
Last week's nor'easter at the Jersey Shore caused more than $67 million in public and private damage in Cape May County alone, according to preliminary figures released Friday by county emergency management officials. Local, county, and state officials have spent the week since Winter Storm Jonas struck assessing cost estimates to determine whether the region will be eligible to seek federal disaster assistance. Beach and dune erosion cannot be factored in, and other damage to private property and public infrastructure losses determine whether a region meets the federal thresholds for receiving aid, officials said.
January 25, 2016 |
NASHUA, N.H. - Not long after she entered Chez Vachon, a Manchester, N.H., restaurant known for its poutine - and visits by presidential candidates - Mary Pat Christie was hearing about attack ads featuring her husband. "We've been getting all kinds of mail, particularly from Bush's super PAC, about all the things that are bad about your husband," Earl Rinker said, after Christie took a seat at his table Saturday. "You guys have got to respond to that. " Christie said her husband's campaign had reached voters by knocking on 30,000 doors.
January 24, 2016 |
American Governor Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption By Matt Katz Threshold Editions. 464 pp. $28. Matt Katz's hefty Chris Christie biography, American Governor , can be a bit exhausting, but it is definitely not boring. If you have not given much thought to the New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate - whose popularity has been tarnished by Bridgegate, and who currently is in the low single digits in national presidential polls - American Governor might have you thinking twice.
January 21, 2016
Pa. budget situation is a two-pronged crisis THE LONGEST Pennsylvania budget crisis continues because Gov. Wolf and the Republican Legislature can't decide on how to spend and obtain taxpayer dollars. The governor wants to spend more on education and increase taxes in order to properly fund his agenda. His political position is called leaning toward the Left. The Republican-led Legislature leans toward the Right by not wanting to increase taxes. If you agree with the governor's position, you would be saying, The Left is Right and the Right is Wrong.
January 21, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - After a freshman year in office largely consumed by an ongoing budget struggle with the legislature, Gov. Wolf on Tuesday sought to ring in 2016 with a series of messages he could control. Participating in more public events in a single day than he has in months, Wolf announced a reduction in the state's prison population and new methane emission regulations. His office also released photos of the swearing-in of State Police Commissioner Tyrone C. Blocker, whose confirmation was a victory months in the making after the Republican-led Senate rejected Wolf's first choice last summer.
January 18, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - To unwind after a stressful day, Gov. Wolf says, he enjoys reading books or spending time with his wife at home in York. In the morning, he uses a treadmill to preemptively let off steam. Some politicians thrive on the energy and adrenaline from a messy, combative profession. But Wolf, the cerebral 67-year-old Democrat inaugurated a year ago this week, seems to cope with the weight of his office by seeking a constant state of serenity. "I don't remember screaming or pounding my fist," he said in an interview Thursday.