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April 1, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - After once scorning the Legislature's top budget analyst as the "Dr. Kevorkian of the numbers," Gov. Christie is now projecting revenue growth that closely tracks with the nonpartisan aide's estimates. Budget analyst David Rosen's projections of New Jersey's growth have proved more accurate than Christie's, and Wall Street ratings agencies say the Republican governor's overly optimistic numbers have increased pressure on the budget and weakened New Jersey's credit. On Monday, Rosen told lawmakers that Christie's projections for fiscal year 2015 and the next one, which begins July 1, were in line with Office of Legislative Services figures - more so than any other administration's in 21 years.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Six months ago, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office announced it was investigating the deaths of longtime New Jersey political insider John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, in a "fatal fire. " Until last week, authorities continued to conceal that the Sheridans had been stabbed to death and that they were trying to determine by whose hand. The office's seven-page statement Friday contains facts and arguments to support its disputed conclusion that John Sheridan killed his wife and then himself.
SPORTS
March 29, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
OCEAN GROVE, N.J. - Two and a half years ago, Joe Gigas sat in a hotel room and made a decision. His house had just been ripped apart by superstorm Sandy. The homes and lives of his neighbors had also been upended. Chaos reigned. As the race director of the New Jersey Marathon, he knew that there was one thing he could do to bring back some sense of normalcy: pronounce that the 2013 race would go on as planned. "I didn't have a clue how we were going to do it," he said. He did it by working with the governments and police departments of eight Shore towns in Monmouth County.
NEWS
March 28, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said Thursday that he doesn't think Republicans have the "political will" to raise taxes to replenish New Jersey's near-depleted fund for transportation projects. For months, Prieto (D., Hudson) and the rest of the Legislature's Democratic leadership have been pushing for a plan to raise revenue for the Transportation Trust Fund, which they had warned would run out of money July 1. "It looks like [Republicans] are heading in a different direction, again kicking the can down the road," Prieto told reporters Thursday.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former State Sen T. Milton Street Sr. will remain on Philadelphia's May 19 Democratic primary ballot for mayor after a judge ruled Wednesday against a challenger who claimed Street lives in New Jersey. Common Pleas Judge Chris Wogan ruled that the challenge filed by lawyer Kevin Greenberg was flawed because it was based on a 78-year-old law that was not relevant. Greenberg's challenge centered on a 1937 revision of the state Election Code, which essentially says a candidate lives where his spouse and family live.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Kelly Flynn, Inquirer Staff Writer
Father Kenneth Hallahan of the Black Horse Pike Ministry of the Diocese of Camden spoke of seeing parishioners separated from their children. One father was handcuffed in front of his 3-year-old son, he said. Some of his parishioners, undocumented workers, admit to not attending services because they fear police officers stationed on the Black Horse Pike might confiscate their cars, he said. "Our money says 'In God We Trust,' " Hallahan said in impassioned remarks. "Rejection of immigration is a rejection of that God. " Hallahan was among members of a newly formed coalition of activists calling themselves the New Jersey Alliance for Immigrant Justice who pressed the cause of immigration reform Wednesday from the steps of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in Camden.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The new chairman of the board that oversees New Jersey's $77 billion pension fund for public employees warned Wednesday against a bill passed by the Legislature that would expand pay-to-play restrictions on the state's investments, saying it would force New Jersey to sell top-performing assets at "disadvantageous prices. " Those remarks came as the state moved ahead with a $100 million investment in a fund controlled by a private-equity firm whose cofounder donated $2.5 million in the last two years to a Republican committee with close ties to Gov. Christie.
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie conditionally vetoed legislation Monday that would have repealed the mandatory suspension of driver's licenses for first-time drunk drivers and instead required them to install devices that would be able to detect alcohol and stop cars from starting. Christie returned the bill to the Legislature and proposed imposing both penalties on all drunken-driving offenders. "By combining our existing, rigorous system of mandatory license suspensions with the active monitoring provided by interlock devices, New Jersey will provide new hope in the fight against drunk-driving deaths and injuries," Christie said in his veto message.
NEWS
March 22, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
With few concrete details but a boatload of excitement, local and state elected officials gathered Friday to usher in a new life for a piece of property on the Delaware River in Gloucester County. Officials announced that the site of a former chemical plant in Greenwich Township would be sold to a New York investment group with plans to transform the site into a port facility. "This is all about re-creating, repurposing, putting people back to work," said State Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D., Gloucester)
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Even as Gov. Christie cruised to a landslide 22-point reelection in November 2013, some in his party complained that he had failed to help the GOP make gains in the Democratic-controlled Legislature. Christie, a Republican preparing to run for president in 2016, then tried to oust Senate Minority Leader Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R., Union), who led the Senate GOP's election efforts, from his leadership post and round up votes for a closer ally, Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R., Passaic)
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