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January 9, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie on Friday urged lawmakers to pass legislation that would ask voters to amend the constitution to expand gaming to North Jersey, weighing in on an issue that has divided Democrats in part because of 2017 gubernatorial politics. Christie, a Republican running for president, said it appeared unlikely that Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D., Hudson) had enough votes in his house to pass his version of the bill. Therefore, the governor said, lawmakers in both houses should move ahead with Senate President Stephen Sweeney's bill, which the senator has said will pass his chamber on Monday.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Gov. Christie blasted President Obama this week as a "dictator" and "petulant child" for taking executive action on guns, accusing the president of wrongly circumventing Congress. "If I tried to do that in New Jersey with my Democratic Legislature, they would be opposing me tooth and nail in the courts and every place they could oppose me," Christie said Tuesday in a radio interview. Yet Christie's own use of executive powers as New Jersey governor also has drawn accusations of overreach.
NEWS
January 9, 2016 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
TRENTON - Independent experts and Republicans on Thursday assailed a proposed constitutional amendment that they said would make New Jersey's legislative elections less competitive and help cement a Democratic majority for years to come. Democrats are fast-tracking the amendment, which would require voter approval, through the Legislature for a likely vote next week, in hope of getting the question on November's ballot. Democrats control the Senate, 24-16, and, based on November's elections, will expand their majority next week in the Assembly to 52-28.
TRAVEL
January 3, 2016
Beautiful blooms New Jersey. Orchids fill the exhibits at this show, with many species, including miniature and compact plants. Workshops on home growing; vendors with orchids and supplies. Held at Rutgers University Douglass Student Center. North Jersey Orchid Society Show , New Brunswick, Jan. 15-17. Comic relief Delaware. Artists and creators will appear, along with vendors of comics, manga, posters and original art, contests, prizes, and special guests. First State Comic Con , Marshallton, Jan. 10. Frozen fun Pennsylvania.
NEWS
January 2, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Bob Gutowski was steering his golf cart around pedestrians at the Morris Arboretum on Thursday afternoon when his eye caught a glimpse of yellow. The arboretum's education director skidded to a stop. "Are those zinnias ?" he exclaimed, and hopped over a loop of chain for a better look at a low mound of bright, cheerful flowers. His astonishment was understandable. Last month was the warmest, record-smashing-est, December that Philadelphia has seen since 1874, when official weather record-keeping here began.
NEWS
January 1, 2016
Correction: Please Touch Museum was originally described as closed. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Friday                                          Pennsylvania   New Jersey    Banks                     Optional          Optional    Savings & loans        Optional          Optional    Federal agencies      Closed            Closed    ...
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
WATERLOO, Iowa - Assailed by Donald Trump a day earlier, Gov. Christie on Tuesday said little as he brushed off the GOP rival's barrage, which encompassed attacks on New Jersey's economy, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, and Christie's embrace of President Obama at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy. "It just appears to me that the Christmas spirit left Donald after only three days," Christie told reporters at Elly's Tea & Coffee in Muscatine, in eastern Iowa. He then wished Trump and his family a happy New Year, adding, "I'll see him in New Hampshire.
NEWS
December 30, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, TRENTON BUREAU
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump unleashed a fusillade of attacks Monday on Gov. Christie, a rival, criticizing him on everything from New Jersey's economy to the George Washington Bridge scandal. Trump's remarks came in response to a Sunday editorial by the publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader, which called the celebrity real estate mogul's campaign "an insult to the intelligence of Republican voters. " Trump accused Christie - who was endorsed by the Union Leader and is gaining ground in Granite State polls - of encouraging the publisher, Joseph W. McQuaid, to write the editorial.
NEWS
December 29, 2015
ISSUE | WORKERS' RIGHTS A difference maker I was pleased to read about John Dodds and his continuing work at the Philadelphia Unemployment Project ("A veteran of Pa. wage fight soldiers on," Dec. 20). In 1981, my employer closed without notice, leaving several dozen of us suddenly unemployed. We learned that there were no laws requiring any type of advance notice or severance pay. The economy had soured, inflation was rampant, and jobs were scarce. My wife found the Philadelphia Unemployment Project and John Dodds.
TRAVEL
December 27, 2015
Snow boots on the ground Pennsylvania . Bundle up and head to Moraine State Park for an annual celebration, with snowshoeing, ice skating, hiking, dog-sledding demos, cross-country skiing, chili cook-off. Winterfest , Portersville, Jan. 16. Sawdust special Maryland . Interested in fine woodworking and woodturning projects? This show has tool exhibitors, woodturning seminars for all experience levels, and demos by clubs and guilds. At the Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace.
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