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September 20, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - Gov. Christie on Thursday announced his selection of a veteran Democratic lobbyist and member of former Gov. Jim McGreevey's administration to lead the state Department of Transportation. Naming Jamie Fox as his choice for transportation commissioner at a Statehouse news conference, Christie said it would "come as no great shock" that Fox was a registered Democrat. Fox, a fixture in state political circles, served as chief of staff to McGreevey and former Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli.
SPORTS
September 16, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Penn State running back Bill Belton heard the trash talk all week, and, admittedly, it was hard for him to keep his mouth shut. But in a homecoming for 15 Penn State players from New Jersey, Saturday night's 13-10 win over Rutgers gave them something to talk about. Belton, a native of Sicklerville, N.J., created a stir when he stated at July's Big Ten media days that he passed on Rutgers to play at a big-time college program. The chatter between the two sides flowed since, but as Rutgers continued jawing throughout game week, Belton said the Lions made it a point to keep their heads down and not give the game any more unnecessary hype.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background, Holtec International's chief executive, Krishna P. Singh, in July faced the news media, Gov. Christie at his side, and talked about plans to build a $260 million factory on Camden's waterfront, bringing, eventually, 3,000 jobs to the impoverished city. Maybe, someday, Camden would be the place where newly designed small nuclear reactors would revitalize the nuclear power industry. "We look at this as our social responsibility," Singh, 67, told reporters as officials described how New Jersey would provide $260 million in tax incentives and Singh would guarantee 400 jobs.
SPORTS
September 15, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - As the Rutgers marching band reached the front of High Point Solutions Stadium, fans filling the driveway cleared a path. It all felt like big-time college football as the band stopped to play the fight song. A man in a rain slicker held up a sign: "We Believe That We Belong. " Not exactly a rousing manifesto, but appropriate for how Rutgers got started Saturday night in the Big Ten. Not too big of a claim: We're here, and we won't be embarrassed. Oddsmakers had this one right, to the point.
NEWS
September 15, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Carl A. Breitinger was up among some trees on one of his more memorable assignments as a photographer for the Philadelphia Bulletin. During the 1979 visit of Pope John Paul II, "Carl and I shared a tree platform" on Logan Circle, where the pontiff celebrated Mass before an audience of hundreds of thousands, his friend Jon Falk said in a phone interview. Platforms had been built in the trees surrounding the event, Falk said, and he and Mr. Breitinger were both there, competing for the best shot though they were both Bulletin photographers.
NEWS
September 15, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman and Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse from summer break facing a withering indictment of the state's finances: two credit downgrades from Wall Street ratings agencies criticizing poor long-term fiscal planning. The immediate effect, an increase in the cost of borrowing, may not be too burdensome given the current low interest rates. But the downgrades by Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings, the seventh and eighth on Gov. Christie's watch, magnify the state's systemic fiscal problems.
NEWS
September 13, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for children, finding that the law, signed by Gov. Christie last year, does not violate the free speech or religious rights of counselors. In its opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia upheld a federal court ruling, citing the state's "substantial interest in protecting its citizens from harmful or ineffective professional practices. " The law bans licensed counselors from using "sexual orientation change efforts" with clients under 18. The federal court disagreed with the lower court's finding that the law didn't affect speech, only conduct.
SPORTS
September 12, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - You don't need a cartographer to confirm the obvious: Penn State is a school in Pennsylvania. However, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood is driving home the point by not referring to Penn State as, well, Penn State. Rather, the third-year head coach uses terms like "the team from Pennsylvania" or "the neighbor to the west. " Penn State coach James Franklin took the high road Tuesday, saying he is "good about" Flood's comments. He also said he has a lot of respect for the coach.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
A KINGSESSING man involved with mob associate Ron Galati's alleged insurance-fraud and murder-for-hire schemes quietly pleaded guilty yesterday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Jerome "Rome" Johnson, 45, pleaded guilty to two counts each of attempted murder, witness intimidation, conspiracy and related charges connected to the case against Galati, a South Philly auto-body-shop operator with ties to reputed mob boss Joseph Ligambi and his nephew George Borgesi. The case is under court-ordered seal, but yesterday's development could signal more trouble for Galati if Johnson agrees to testify against him in Philadelphia.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
New Jersey's foreclosure-filing rate skyrocketed in August, by 115 percent over the same month in 2013, pushing the state into the Top Five, housing-data analytics firm RealtyTrac said Thursday. The Garden State had the fourth-highest U.S. foreclosure-filing rate, one in every 553 housing units, RealtyTrac reported. By contrast, Pennsylvania saw its filing rate continue to fall, by 12.06 percent year over year. Among the nation's metropolitan areas, Atlantic City had the second highest foreclosure-filing rate - one in every 292 housing units, or nearly four times the national average.
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