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May 30, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie on Thursday disavowed the controversial Common Core education standards he once supported and directed his education commissioner to consider developing New Jersey-specific goals. Christie, a Republican considering running for president in 2016, had warned for months that he had "grave" concerns about the standards, which conservatives denounce as federal encroachment on the classroom. "We have to reject federal control of New Jersey's education," Christie told an audience of about 150 at Burlington County College.
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May 27, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie was gone, trailed by reporters as he left the Portsmouth, N.H., park where he had called for military investment and tougher intelligence. But not everyone had dispersed. "That's really important in politics - show who you are," Matt Mowers said, talking with a couple who approached him after last week's speech. Once tasked with assisting New Jersey mayors as an aide in Christie's administration and courting their endorsements for his 2013 reelection campaign, Mowers, 25, now is trying to build relationships for Christie in New Hampshire, the first-in-the-nation primary state, seen as key to the governor's presidential chances.
NEWS
May 27, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nobody would call New Jersey's property taxes appetizing. But when Glassboro Councilman Hector Cabezas buys his daily bagel egg sandwich and coffee from Ry's Bagels on Delsea Drive, you might say his tax bill decreases bite by bite. On his third-quarter property-tax bill this summer, Cabezas will save about $170 after less than a year of using a property-tax reward card during his typical transactions in the Gloucester County town. Cabezas pays more than $8,000 in property taxes annually, so the relief isn't monumental, but it's something.
NEWS
May 26, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Over the past 200 years, the country has lost half of its wetlands. Even in this era of environmental awareness, the rate has accelerated from 60,000 acres a year in 1998 to 80,000 a year in 2009. This matters because wetlands filter water for plants and animals that are integral parts of the food chain and provide rest stops for migratory birds. They also serve as a sponge in storms, protecting people and property. Some of New Jersey's wetlands have the misfortune of being near its popular beach towns.
NEWS
May 23, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
If Gov. Christie's relationship with New Jersey were a marriage, now would be the time to make a critical decision about whether to make up or break up. Christie's performance ratings are tanking, a trend exacerbated by his long affair with presidential politics. Because he was out buffing his national image, he hasn't slept in the state regularly for years. Residents aren't laughing at his jokes as much anymore either - such as telling a citizen to "sit down and shut up" or threatening a heckler while clutching an ice cream cone.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - See, Atlantic City does want you. The saga of the A.C. Expressway Welcome Sign - yanked down abruptly by the South Jersey Transportation Authority last week over permits - reached an amicable conclusion Wednesday as a new sign was installed - on orders of the state Department of Transportation. Crews put the new sign - with this season's green and purple "Entertainment Capital of the Jersey Shore" brand - back on the iconic, decades old, spot over the Atlantic City Expressway, just east of Exit 2. The sign replaced the old "One Mile to a Million Miles Away" sign that was removed last week after SJTA bureaucrats questioned its lack of permits.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey Inc., a nonprofit that attempts to educate the public on the potential problems of gambling, appointed Neva Pryor as executive director. Before joining the Hamilton, N.J., nonprofit, Pryor was gambling supervisor with the Office of Addiction Services for the City of Philadelphia. The council had $975,553 in revenue in the year ended June 30, 2014, most of it from government grants, according to its most recent tax return. hbrubaker@phillynews.com 215-854-4651 @InqBrubaker  
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A new nonprofit development corporation, first proposed by Gov. Christie's Atlantic City advisory commission, is in talks to bring the South Jersey Gas headquarters and a Rowan University medical school to struggling Atlantic City. The Atlantic City Development Corporation, or AC Devco, is an offshoot of the New Brunswick Development Corporation, and for the time being is chaired by Jon F. Hanson, who chaired the governor's Atlantic City commission that recommended its creation.
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writers
With new safety measures in place, passenger trains resumed shuttling between Philadelphia and New York City on Monday, restoring full service to the bustling Northeast Corridor for the first time since last week's deadly Amtrak derailment at Frankford Junction. Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said the railroad installed an automatic train-control system over the weekend on the northbound tracks to limit speed approaching the curve to 45 m.p.h. Train 188 was traveling at 106 m.p.h.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Bass Pro Shops opened here April 15, and the outdoor gear and apparel retailer surpassed expected sales by "40 percent" for its first month. "It was outstanding," said Eric Clements, the store's general manager, whose Springfield, Mo., firm doesn't release specific sales numbers. The Bass store sales represent a hopeful blip in this ailing gambling town, where four casinos closed last year, snuffing out 8,000 jobs. Retail is expected to play a bigger role here.
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