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March 8, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Federal auditors have found that the Christie administration complied with state and federal standards in issuing a no-bid contract to a Florida firm tasked with cleaning up debris in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In the interest of speed, New Jersey awarded a six-month contract to AshBritt Inc. two days after Sandy made landfall to clean up the hundreds of thousands of tons of debris at the Shore. Democrats held hearings on the subject last year, attacking Gov. Christie for hiring a politically connected firm that they suggested was overcharging for its work.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here it comes again. On a sunny first day of March the region braced for what could be a lion of a snowstorm charging in Sunday. Forecasters on Saturday predicted scattered rain Sunday night turning to a mix of rain and ice and then steady snow as temperatures drop into early Monday. The brunt of the snow is expected to hit New Jersey, with Burlington County expecting 10 to 14 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Philadelphia and Bucks and Montgomery Counties are projected to pile up eight to 10 inches.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  SBDC. In the resource-starved world of small-business owners, that acronym is tantamount to invaluable guidance, insightful research, and, for some, sheer survival. Small Business Development Centers are a national network of roughly 1,000 offices providing free assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs - that adventurous breed that generally doesn't have two extra nickels. But now, it's the SBDCs scrounging for funds. Without additional revenue, service cuts are likely, directors of the networks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey say. And that, they warn, could disrupt the economy's recovery - a turnaround the Obama administration has credited small businesses with leading.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
A story Thursday on efforts by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to provide relocation incentives to Dietz & Watson stated an incorrect amount for tax credits New Jersey has offered the company. The state has offered tax credits of $3.085 million a year for 10 years. In some editions Saturday, a story about Rovi Corp.'s Olympics coverage misstated the last name of Stuart James on a second reference. A story Thursday on the city's tentative agreement with AFSCME District Council 47 misstated the last of three wage increases in the multi-year pact.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
The Louisiana firm that administered a Sandy housing recovery program says the Christie administration demanded the company perform work that "far exceeded" its capacity and is seeking $18 million in outstanding invoices. Documents obtained and posted online Wednesday by the Fair Share Housing Center of Cherry Hill through a public-records request reveal an ongoing dispute between New Jersey and Hammerman & Gainer Inc. (HGI), whose three-year, $68 million contract was abruptly terminated in December without public notice.
NEWS
February 28, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hold the relish, New Jersey: Dietz & Watson wants to hear back from its other suitor, Pennsylvania, before it decides where to locate a new distribution facility that would bring hundreds of jobs. New Jersey officials announced an offer of $30.85 million in yearly tax credits this week in hope the deli giant would replace its huge storage and distribution plant in Delanco that was gutted by a fire in September. On Wednesday, however, Dietz's president, Louis Eni, said his company was waiting on an offer from Pennsylvania before deciding where to locate the plant.
NEWS
February 27, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
A proposal to have SEPTA or NJ Transit take over operations of the troubled PATCO commuter rail line won't win support from the New Jersey leadership of the bistate agency that runs PATCO. "That will never happen," said Jeffrey L. Nash, the Camden County freeholder who also is vice chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority, owner of PATCO. "PATCO is one of the most successful transit systems in the nation, with an extraordinary record of customer satisfaction," Nash said Tuesday.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
New Jersey's revenue shortfall appears to have exceeded $400 million through January, seven months into the fiscal year, according to an Office of Legislative Services memo released Friday. The memo, sent to members of the Senate and Assembly budget committees, indicates a widening shortfall as Gov. Christie prepares to deliver a budget address Tuesday. By the end of December, revenues were $331 million below expectations for the $33 billion budget, according to Department of Treasury figures.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON Republican lawmakers on Thursday pitched changes to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, arguing that the Legislature should act now to address problems at the agency as investigations continue into the George Washington Bridge lane closures. At a Statehouse news conference, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R., Union) and other Republicans said the ongoing nature of the legislative probe should not preclude adoption of policies to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she retired as clerk and controller of Stratford in 1997, the town elders named the place where she had worked for 40 years the Dorothy Carlson Borough Hall. "She loved it," her son, Barry, said. "It was by far the appropriate gift. " When she turned 100, a physician at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford questioned her, her son said, "to assess how sharp she was. " And when he asked in what town they were at the moment, she answered, "What town? We're in my town.
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