February 28, 2015 |
OXON HILL, Md. - Gov. Christie played up his pugnacious side as he appealed to a conference of conservative activists Thursday, pushing back against the idea that his presidential chances were faltering in the face of early momentum by rivals. Pledging to wage a "hard, fighting" campaign if he runs, the New Jersey governor drew a contrast with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has been seen as a threat to Christie's ability to win the support of establishment Republicans. "If elites in Washington make backroom deals where they decide who the president is going to be," then Bush is "definitely the front-runner," Christie said at the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in this Washington suburb.
February 27, 2015
ISSUE | BUSINESS AID Zoned out As a former mayor, I know that political speeches don't help small businesses and municipalities, but that the Urban Enterprise Zone Program does. With a proven track record of bolstering the stability and growth of the main-street business districts in 37 communities across New Jersey, it is a program that is ready on day one. So it is my hope that, on his next visit to New Jersey, Gov. Christie will reconsider the UEZ Restart Initiative, which he recently vetoed.
February 25, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers sent a bill to Gov. Christie on Monday that would expand restrictions on investments of state pension funds with outside money managers who donate to national political committees. The legislation also would require the state Treasury Department to regularly publish reports disclosing fees paid to private managers who invest state pension funds. Pay-to-play rules already prohibit the Division of Investment from awarding contracts to firms or investment managers who have donated to New Jersey political parties or campaigns in the preceding two years.
February 25, 2015 |
Trey Smith delivered in the fourth quarter Monday night and host Wildwood Catholic slipped past Middle Township, 40-38, in a Cape-Atlantic League basketball quarterfinal. Smith, who scored 17 points, sank two free throws with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining to put the Crusaders up by 39-35. He made another free throw with 40 seconds remaining to seal the win. In other quarterfinal action: Sa'eed Nelson scored 27 points and Justyn Mutts added 19 as St. Augustine rolled past St. Joseph, 73-60.
February 20, 2015 |
The Rev. Peter Manzo, in his black robe and clerical collar, made for an unusual sight for drivers on Route 70 in Cherry Hill as he vigorously beckoned motorists to pull in and get "ashes to go" in observation of Ash Wednesday. For more than an hour, Manzo stood in the cold, pointing to a small sign advertising the roadside ashes and his church, which is not easily visible from the roadway. Manzo received encouraging honks and waves from drivers who spotted him, and a steady stream of them pulled in. Route 70 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church was one of more than 30 locations across New Jersey, including the PATCO station in Haddonfield, where the "Ashes to Go" program offered ashes to those unable to attend Ash Wednesday services.
February 19, 2015 |
Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D., Gloucester) had a choice to make. He could stay in the Assembly, where he has served for 13 years, or he could take a $100,000-a-year job as head of the Gloucester County Improvement Authority. Burzichelli chose to do both. Amazingly, that's legal in New Jersey. Why? Because he and the rest of the state's 120 legislators get to make the rules, and the rules say they can, under certain circumstances, collect more than one government paycheck. Such double dipping may be legal, but it's also "very, very much unethical," according to former State Sen. Bill Schluter, vice chairman of the state Ethics Commission.
February 16, 2015 |
There's no doubt Mayor Don Guardian is serious about cutting the cost of Atlantic City government. On Wednesday, when Guardian delivers his "State of the City Address" to Atlantic City Council, he is expected to talk about plans to cut $15 million from the city's payroll budget as part of an effort to drastically reduce the cost of governing the city. When he rises to speak, Guardian does so as the only New Jersey mayor with a casino industry, one planted there by the state in the 1970s.
February 7, 2015 |
Jim Murphy will return as Roman Catholic's head football coach, according to sources. The school is expected to announce his hiring Friday. Murphy guided the Cahillites to a 64-34 record (.653 winning percentage) from 2000 to 2007. In his final season, the squad went 12-2 and defeated St. Joseph's Prep, 10-9, for the Catholic League Red Division championship. Murphy replaces Joe McCourt, a former Roman standout who compiled a 42-37 mark in seven years. Last season, the Cahillites went 5-6 overall and 1-2 in Catholic League Class AAAA action.
February 7, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey senators voted Thursday to change the penalties for drunken driving, requiring all first-time DWI offenders to install Breathalyzer-like devices in their vehicles in lieu of lengthy suspensions of their licenses. The legislation was praised by the safety group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which said New Jersey would become the 25th state to require first-time DWI offenders to install ignition-interlock devices. The bill, which passed the Senate, 29-4, on Thursday and was approved, 46-15 with 14 abstentions, in the Assembly in June, now heads to Gov. Christie.
February 6, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Like nature itself, the most important job for farmers in the Garden State is to evolve, according to agricultural officials hosting the 100th annual New Jersey State Agricultural Convention, which officially opened here on Wednesday. Hundreds of farmers of vegetables, fruits, nursery stocks, and even aquaculture packed the parking garage at the Tropicana Casino & Resort with their "No Farmers No Food" bumper-stickered pickups and cars. The two-day convention offers conferences and meetings on dozens of farm-related topics.