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February 23, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - A day after Gov. Christie held one of his signature town-hall meetings to assure wary New Jersey residents that he was committed to Sandy recovery, the state's top elected Democrat swung through this Shore town to promote legislation he says would put the process on track. "We know this government has failed. We're not about pointing fingers. We're trying to find solutions," Senate President Stephen Sweeney told about 50 residents at his town hall meeting at the Toms River Elks Lodge.
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April 26, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRICK, N.J. In yet another community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie on Thursday held his 120th town-hall meeting since taking office a little over four years ago, for an audience of nearly 500 people gathered in the gym of an elementary school. And the crowd was mostly friendly - composed mainly of adults over 40 and schoolchildren - who listened for more than 90 minutes to the governor discuss why he holds the forums, how much he loves New Jersey, and a story or two about his late mother.
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April 20, 2011 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
JACKSON, N.J. - A jam-packed crowd of senior citizens laughed and gasped Tuesday as Gov. Christie delivered a 40-minute, point-by-point condemnation of the Democratic-controlled "do-nothing Legislature" that may have served as a preview of election season. Christie began his morning town hall meeting in the clubhouse of a 55-and-older development by counting the number of times per month the Assembly and Senate have held voting sessions. (Usually there have been one or two.) He unveiled timelines that contrasted his initiatives over recent months to those of legislators.
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March 15, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
After touting a slowdown in the growth of property taxes during his administration, Gov. Christie was confronted with heckling - some of it affiliated with a liberal group - during a town-hall meeting Thursday in Mount Laurel. Police ejected at least five people from the event at the Burlington County YMCA after they stood and shouted at the Republican governor. To the first heckler - who continued after getting booed by the crowd - Christie paused from answering a question about education funding to say, "Either sit down and keep quiet, or get out. One or the other.
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February 15, 2006 | By Jennifer Lin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A national Islamic group yesterday launched a campaign to educate Americans about Muhammad that locally will include open houses at mosques, screenings of a documentary, and panel discussions. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is spearheading the initiative to counter backlash from the recent publication of caricatures of Muhammad in Danish newspapers. The political cartoons have sparked protests in Muslim communities around the world. After The Inquirer reprinted one of the caricatures as part of news coverage of the global protests, hundreds of Muslims chanted and carried banners and signs Saturday outside the Inquirer-Daily News Building.
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February 9, 2000 | By Frederick Cusick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Concerns about snow and trash collection, blight, and education highlighted the discussion as Mayor Street brought his "town hall meeting" tour to the lower Northeast last night. Speaking before an audience of several hundred at St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church at Oxford Circle, Street reiterated familiar themes and lines. He repeated his pledge to stay in touch with the neighborhoods. "We can't be a world-class city as long as there is blight in the neighborhoods," the mayor said.
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June 22, 2005 | By Elisa Ung INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Camden's redevelopment and relocation efforts must be informative, community-driven, and respectful of the city's ethnic diversity, residents told officials at a forum last night. The town hall meeting was titled "Responsible Relocation," a topic of much debate amid Camden's redevelopment boom. The city's biggest project, in Cramer Hill, could displace about 1,200 families. It has led to allegations that Camden's revitalization effort is intended to push out residents and enrich developers.
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February 10, 2000 | By Frederick Cusick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Responding to a citizen's inquiry, Mayor Street yesterday promised to put money in the capital budget for neighborhood libraries. Beth Ann Johnson, a library supporter, asked the mayor at a town-hall meeting at Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia if he would restore funding in the capital budget for neighborhood libraries. "It's done," said Street, who has been under pressure from City Council to insert the funds in his budget. Street, who has been holding community meetings in each of Council's districts, also used yesterday's session to back off from a pledge he made last month at a Germantown town-hall meeting.
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July 27, 1998 | By Robert A. Rankin, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Today in Albuquerque, President Clinton will host a town hall meeting focused on whether to partially privatize Social Security. Simply daring to hold such a meeting is a symbol of dramatic political change. In 1964, presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was ridiculed for suggesting that Social Security become voluntary. Even in the Reagan and Bush years, lawmakers of both parties agreed that Social Security was the "third rail of politics" - touch it with any proposed change and you die. Why would Clinton, generally considered an astute and cautious politician, dare to consider privatizing Social Security, the most successful and popular federal program in history?
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March 2, 2000 | By Frederick Cusick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Problems with Section 8 public housing and drugs were highlighted last night at a town-hall meeting that Mayor Street held in South Philadelphia. Philadelphia Housing Authority Executive Director Carl Greene was booed by some members of the audience when Street introduced him during a discussion of the problems the Section 8 program has created in the Grays Ferry area. "See, Carl, you have a way of engendering enthusiasm," the mayor said with a smile as the boos rose at the meeting, held at J&A Caterers in City Council President Anna Cibotti Verna's Second Council District.
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March 12, 2016
ISSUE | PHILA. SCHOOLS Action long overdue At a town hall meeting Tuesday at South Philadelphia High School, City Councilwoman Helen Gym made a PowerPoint presentation that showed how bad things are in Philadelphia's public schools. Hello! We in the audience, and just about anyone with a pulse, knew that. The question is: what can be done about it? But Gym didn't want to hear such questions. Instead, she insisted that speakers address the question: "What are the budget priorities for the public schools?"
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February 9, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
EXETER, N.H. - Ahead of the New Hampshire presidential primary Tuesday, the three governors fighting to prove themselves in the Republican race all have been campaigning on an asset that they argue the front-runners lack: executive experience. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are drawing voters at campaign stops torn on which governor to support. But the most explicit contrasts the candidates make are not among themselves, but with their rivals.
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January 31, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
MANCHESTER, N.H. - As presidential candidates make their final pitches to Iowa caucus-goers, New Hampshire voters likewise are trying to make up their minds. Gov. Christie, who trails rivals in recent New Hampshire polls ahead of the Feb. 9 primary, is making a case for his chances with those still undecided, a sizable voting bloc. Christie's campaign knocked on 23,000 doors over the last two weekends in New Hampshire and found 62 percent of people hadn't decided how they would vote in the Feb. 9 primary, according to a statistic cited several times by the governor.
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January 19, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, Staff Writer
Campaigning in Iowa during the weekend, Gov. Christie wouldn't say whether he supports Senate President Stephen Sweeney's plan for a state takeover of Atlantic City. But he said the local government hadn't done enough to turn around the beleaguered Shore resort's finances. "We now need to get the government under control in Atlantic City," Christie said after a town hall meeting in Fort Dodge. "The government in Atlantic City - and I've said this under the previous mayor, many times, and the current council - they cannot control themselves to do the job the right way," Christie said.
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January 5, 2016
DERRY, N.H. - One day before former president Bill Clinton arrives in New Hampshire to campaign for his wife, Hillary Clinton, she was confronted with questions about allegations involving his sexual history at a town hall meeting in the state on Sunday. Republican State Rep. Katherine Prudhomme-O'Brien repeatedly interrupted Clinton during the meeting, which was held in a middle school gymnasium. Prudhomme-O'Brien has for years followed the former first lady, peppering her with questions about allegations of past sexual misconduct by Bill Clinton.
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December 23, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
HOLLIS, N.H. - As he fielded questions from New Hampshire voters Sunday night - summoning emotional stories about the days after Hurricane Sandy - Gov. Christie turned the floor over to another governor. "If you've got a tough decision to make, Chris Christie's the right guy. Some people don't realize what a loving, caring guy he is," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan told the crowd at the Peterborough town hall. He then recounted advice Christie gave him during the recent Baltimore riots: "He told me to get up to Baltimore, show some leadership.
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December 7, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
An undocumented immigrant driving to a Thursday night meeting in Mayfair with Mayor-elect Jim Kenney - to advocate for driver's licenses for immigrants - says she was stopped by police, who impounded her car and had it towed, leaving her and her three children on the street. The woman, who identified herself as Estela Hernandez, was part of a group organized by the New Sanctuary Movement to speak to Kenney at the meeting. Hernandez did not say why she had been stopped; police on Saturday night were unable to pull records of the case.
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December 1, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Brad Pierce thinks the federal government has gotten too big, a cause that's driving the one-time President Obama voter to opt for a Republican in the 2016 presidential race. But the "middle-of-the-road" retiree from Rye, N.H., also names global warming as a top concern and wants more done to promote renewable energy. More than any one issue, however, Pierce - who used to work in computer sales and as a remodeling contractor - wants a president who can solve problems. To him, Gov. Christie is that candidate.
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July 15, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JUSTIN PARKER learned much more on his neighborhood basketball court than how to shoot a free throw. "I learned how to treat people," the 17-year-old said of his time on the pavement in Oxford Circle. "Being on that court taught me respect. " Chad Dion Lassiter, sitting inside a packed gym in South Philly last night, beamed at Parker's words and offered him a fist bump. If there were a poster child for "Brotherhood and Basketball" - as the event was titled - it would be Parker, a young African-American who found direction and focus through love of the sport.
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June 12, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE 10 PEOPLE arrested at a Lawncrest town-hall meeting in March protesting the death of Brandon Tate-Brown in Mayfair were acquitted yesterday, eliciting shouts of joy inside the Criminal Justice Center. They had shown up at the meeting, where District Attorney Seth Williams and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey were present, to protest the District Attorney's Office's decision to not file charges against two cops involved in the fatal shooting of Tate-Brown, 26, in December. Municipal Judge Joyce Eubanks, after viewing a nine-minute video of the loud and noisy protest, and after hearing testimony from prosecution witnesses - primarily police Civil Affairs Unit Lt. Joseph O'Brien and community activist Greg Bucceroni - acquitted all 10. The 10 included Mallori Lofton-Malachi, 27, a professional soccer player; her sister, Megan Malachi, 34; and their sister, Morgan Malachi, 32. They also included Asa Khalif, a/k/a Earl Pittman, 44, who is a cousin of Tate-Brown's; and Scott Williams, 26, a University of Pennsylvania student.
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