December 20, 2013 |
Four former New Jersey governors have urged the state Pinelands Commission to reject a proposed gas pipeline through protected forest, saying approval would "compromise the integrity" of the Pinelands' long-standing management plan. Deviating from the management plan would also "encourage future development" in protected areas, former governors Brendan T. Byrne, Thomas H. Kean, Christine Todd Whitman, and James J. Florio wrote in a letter released Wednesday. "We understand the reasons that are presented, often compellingly, to waive environmental protections in what may seem at the time to be unique or extraordinary cases," they told the 15-member commission.
December 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK The annual migration of the commonwealth's wealthiest and most powerful - otherwise known as the Pennsylvania Society gathering - roared into Manhattan this weekend. This year's event was supposed to be about the governor's race - and the question of whether Gov. Corbett will be able to overcome sagging public approval ratings to earn another term in office. Most of the Democratic candidates vying for his job made the trek to hold fund-raisers and rub elbows with potential supporters and influential advocacy groups.
December 14, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - For the last two decades, Manhattan billionaire John Catsimatidis has opened the doors of his Fifth Avenue apartment, overlooking Central Park, at Christmastime to toast the biggest names in Pennsylvania politics. This year will be no different. Catsimatidis is hosting a fund-raiser Friday afternoon for Gov. Corbett to start the weekend-long festivities of the Pennsylvania Society, the annual gala for Pennsylvania politicians, who travel to New York City to talk policy, raise cash, and, of course, indulge in wining and dining.
November 25, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Five of the eight Democrats seeking to unseat Gov. Corbett next year lobbied for the limelight and lit into the incumbent Saturday at a candidate forum that exposed few gaps between them on policy and yawning chasms separating their styles. Some had the raucous crowd of union members and community activists fired into a frenzy, while others left the auditorium at Temple University's Performing Arts Center lukewarm. "I want to jack up some Republicans who have never created a job in their lives and don't know what they're talking about," said State Treasurer Rob McCord, of Bryn Mawr, in a reach-for-the-rafters performance that bordered on the evangelistic.
November 23, 2013 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Gov. Christie took on a job Thursday seen as a political boon and potential launching pad for a presidential bid, becoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association. But the governor who has emerged as one of the Republican Party's leading voices - one many hope can lead the GOP back to victory - insisted his focus was on next year's gubernatorial elections, not the national race in 2016. "We have 20 incumbent [Republican] governors up in 2014, and I think any one of us in our individual capacity or many of us as leaders of this organization . . . start thinking about 2016 at our own peril, but, worse, at the peril of our colleagues," Christie said in his only public appearance at the conference.
November 22, 2013 |
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has seen Gov. Christie at his pugnacious best, so he knows what the rest of the country should expect as New Jersey's famously blunt governor takes on a new job that will have him crossing the nation to campaign for fellow governors. "Christie, he's now like a force, so people want to be around him," Kasich said at a conference at the luxurious Phoenician resort here, where Christie is set to become chairman of the Republican Governors Association on Thursday.
November 11, 2013 |
Let the games begin! Two days after our exhilarating off-year election, Gov. Corbett launched the Philly leg of his reelection campaign at an American Legion post in Fox Chase, and offered a preview of what is to come. While the faithful chanted "Four more years," a vocal horde of protesters outside yelled "One-term Tom. " His wife, Susan, noted: "There's a party going on outside, and they've worked up a really nice beat to what they're saying. So I vote for you all to join me in a conga line when we leave.
November 10, 2013 |
Paul Vallas, the former Philadelphia schools chief, was picked Friday to be Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate in 2014. Vallas, currently superintendent of public schools in Bridgeport, Conn., was picked to run as lieutenant governor by Quinn, himself a former lieutenant governor who rose to the governor's office to replace his scandal-plagued predecessor, Rod Blagojevich. Illinois law requires that candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run as a team. "I've known Paul Vallas for 30 years, and he's never been shy about fighting for education, reform, and opportunities for working people," Quinn said in a statement.
November 7, 2013
DUE TO MY DEEP affection for competitive politics, and since I know how much Gov. Corbett values my advice, I offer guidance for his re-elect announcement tour, which starts today in Pittsburgh. See, polls show any generic Democrat beating TC. That means the guv needs a run of positive coverage to appear viable in next year's race. A big part of that means not getting knocked off his message, which in his case is "promises kept" on taxes, spending, on-time budgets, etc. So if the guv faces a few dicey questions as he travels the state - including a stop at a Northeast Philly American Legion post tomorrow morning - here are ways to stay on message and deflate the lamebrain, left-wing, liberal-obsessed media.