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October 13, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Friday blamed Republicans and Democrats for the federal government shutdown, saying "it's irresponsible of both sides to have allowed this to get where it's gotten. " Asked during a meeting with the Inquirer Editorial Board what he would do if he were a U.S. senator right now, the Republican governor said: "If I was in the Senate right now, I'd kill myself. " "This is why I've never had any interest in being in a legislative body," Christie said. In the 1990s Christie was a county freeholder, a legislative position, and he also ran for the Assembly.
NEWS
August 21, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Senate passed a sweeping bill Monday restructuring tax breaks for businesses that locate or expand in the state, even as its sponsor criticized one of its provisions. The bill, which passed by 30-4, would make incentives more accessible to small and medium-size businesses as well as to companies in nonurban areas, sponsors say. The legislation places no cap on the incentives the state could award, although businesses would face individual limits. The bill also would grant tax credits for residential developments that include affordable housing - a requirement added by Assembly lawmakers that was slammed by the bill's Senate sponsor before Monday's vote.
BUSINESS
August 9, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
It might be the most important legislative contest you have never heard of. State legislative races typically are obscure events tracked mostly by political diehards and insiders - people who make their living off politics or follow elections as a kind of entertainment. Why anyone would, when television has rich offerings like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad , is an enduring enigma. But that's an issue for another day. There is one race, or group of races, that has the potential to smash this stereotype, and the results could resonate for years.
NEWS
August 8, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Last in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates. Cory Booker, seeking his first political office, was not quite 29 when he told his hometown newspaper, "I'm the most ambitious person you'd ever meet. " He has lived up to those words, spoken to the Newark Star-Ledger in early 1998. Booker, a former Stanford University football player who then studied at Oxford and got a law degree from Yale, won a Newark City Council seat that year, knocking out an old-guard incumbent in a race that then-Mayor Sharpe James described as the Rhodes scholar vs. "the road scholar.
NEWS
August 6, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
Fourth in a series of profiles of New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates . Steve Lonegan, conservative firebrand, had just finished tearing into the government assistance going to the city of Camden, its people, and its businesses when he explained that he, too, once received federal aid. After losing his eyesight to disease as a young man, Lonegan got disability payments from Social Security, he said as he sat in a pizza parlor by Camden's City...
NEWS
July 28, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The New Jersey Senate will return Monday for a last-minute vote on a ballot question to pay for open-space preservation with sales-tax revenue, although it's not clear whether the measure will pass the Legislature in time to go before voters in November. The bill would amend the state constitution to dedicate $200 million of existing sales-tax revenue each year for 30 years for open-space preservation. The amendment will "create a constant stream of funding" for preservation efforts, said Sen. Bob Smith (D., Middlesex)
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The family of the late Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg has endorsed U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D., N.J.) on Monday as the best candidate to fill his seat - and took a thinly veiled shot at the "celebrity" of the race's front-runner, Cory Booker. "Frank Lautenberg followed three fundamental principles as New Jersey's U.S. senator: stay true to his progressive values, put New Jersey first, and be a workhorse, not a showhorse," the family said in a statement released by the Pallone campaign.
NEWS
June 29, 2013 | Associated Press
TRENTON - A New Jersey Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would allow those who are in the country illegally to qualify for in-state tuition at colleges and universities. The measure remains stalled in the Assembly and it may not go before a Senate budget panel until late August. The bill was intended to take effect for the fall semester. To be eligible, a student must have attended a New Jersey public high school for at least three years and have a diploma or the equivalent.
NEWS
May 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephen Sweeney took the lectern Friday morning, looked out at a sea of undergraduates dressed in the robes he had never gotten to wear, and addressed the university he had not attended but has had a continuing hand in shaping. "This event is about much more than a diploma that you'll proudly display on a wall. It symbolizes the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for each of you. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't envy you," the New Jersey Senate president told the 2,195 students and 13,000 guests at Rowan University's undergraduate commencement ceremony in Glassboro.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Nearly two years after a state audit showed security problems and poor financial oversight at New Jersey's privately operated halfway houses, lawmakers took a first step toward creating a task force to study the reentry centers. Lawmakers in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly introduced 11 bills in December that would require sweeping changes to the halfway-house system: more visits and reports by state corrections staff, more financial disclosures by halfway-house vendors, and the creation of a task force.
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