March 19, 2015 |
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)
November 12, 2012 |
From a man who had consistently and pointedly contrasted himself with the inhabitant in the White House, the words were startling to hear. "The president has been outstanding," Gov. Christie said, and he "deserves great credit," because his administration has been "excellent. " Christie praised President Obama without prompting. Asked about it, he doubled down on the praise. He even did it on Fox News. All this, days before an election in which Obama was running against the guy Christie had spent 13 months campaigning for. Is this what the savior of the GOP sounds like?
November 10, 2010 |
Allen Ginsberg , Martha Stewart , Tom Kean . What could these three otherwise fine personages possibly have in common? Jersey, baby. Jersey. No, not fake, MTV-made Jersey Shore Jersey. But the real, delish-tomato-producing Jersey. The late Beat poet (a Newark native!), the Jersey City-born domestic diva, and the former Jersey governor are among 30 boldfacers who on Tuesday were nominated for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Nominations for the Class of 2011 also went to John Travolta , Tony Bennett , Giants owner Wellington Mara , skating champ Dick Button , and another former gov, Brendan Byrne . Now in its fourth year, the Hall inducts people in various categories, including history, entertainment, enterprise, and sports.
October 20, 2010 |
OAKLAND, N.J. - Lifelong New Jerseyan, W. Cary Edwards, who served more than 30 years in state government, including as attorney general, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. The 66-year-old died in his Bergen County home surrounded by his family, with whom he arranged to spend Thanksgiving at Walt Disney World in Florida for 18 years. Edwards served as a commissioner and chairman of New Jersey's State Commission of Investigation from 1997 until his death. The independent watchdog looks for waste, abuse and corruption at all levels of state government.
July 14, 2010 |
When New Jersey Public Television launched its first broadcast, in April 1971, it carried the hopes of a determined band of activists, including future Gov. Tom Kean. They were convinced that, with its own television station, New Jersey would get the kind of news coverage it was routinely denied by network affiliates in New York and Philadelphia. In the 39 years since, the network has endured efforts to sell it, convert it into a commercial outlet, relinquish its broadcast license altogether, or turn it over to a foundation or other nonprofit entity.
July 7, 2010 |
Admissions strategist Steve Goodman helped two New Jersey students with their college applications this year. Both were accepted at Rutgers, the state's largest university. Neither will attend. Instead, Goodman said, they chose prestigious out-of-state research institutions: the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan. The decisions by his clients fit a long-term trend, say Goodman and New Jersey higher-education authorities. New Jersey exports more college students than any other state, and its colleges and universities attract relatively few students from elsewhere.
June 19, 2010
Most organizations would shy away from a campaign insisting they "don't stink" for fear of suggesting the opposite. New Jersey is well beyond that. Enter "Jersey Doesn't Stink," a public-relations campaign that confronts the state's image problem head-on - fittingly, given that its founding sponsor is a car insurance company. Will it work? Of course not. But its wry, direct approach does showcase Garden State traits that do not in fact stink. The campaign includes highway billboards; a growing following on Facebook and other social networks; and a plethora of physical and digital paraphernalia (iPhone wallpaper; fliers: "We smell better than you think")
June 10, 2010 |
FRED Barnes of the Weekly Standard calls him "the governor New Jersey's been waiting for. " The Wall Street Journal says he's a man "on a mission to make New Jersey competitive once again. " And George Will says he's "earned the name of the local minor league team, the Trenton Thunder. " But when I first met Chris Christie, he was simply campaigning town to town in an effort to win his party's nomination for governor against a strong conservative challenger. Before Christie emerged from his SUV to greet a group of local South Jersey residents, I didn't know what to expect.
April 27, 2010 |
When two juveniles set fire to their Gloucester County Jail cell mattresses and armed themselves with broken glass daggers in 1964, jail guards pulled the mattresses out and then-Sheriff Eugene J. McCaffrey went inside unarmed. Mr. McCaffrey sat on a 17-year-old's bunk and began to talk. Forty-five minutes later, the two teens surrendered. "I explained the court procedure to them and reminded them they had their whole lives ahead of them," Mr. McCaffrey said. Mr. McCaffrey used that kind of ease and kindness to win over opponents throughout a lengthy political career.
January 21, 2010
Professions of warm bipartisanship filled last week's swearing-in of New Jersey's 214th Legislature. But you didn't have to be a cynic to have doubts. You just had to wait a few hours. The august body hadn't even completed its first day of business before the bonhomie broke down. Harsh words were exchanged, motives were questioned, and business was postponed - all over a technicality. The Legislature's first minutes were auspicious enough. The new state Senate president, Democrat Stephen Sweeney of Gloucester County, vowed to work with the leader of the Republican minority, his "good friend" Tom Kean Jr., and the incoming Republican governor, Christopher J. Christie.