March 20, 2015 |
A POWDER KEG of emotion and frustration exploded last night, and its blast decimated a town-hall meeting featuring some of the city's top officials. "I understand there is a strained relationship, but what we saw today is embarrassing," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said in the wake of a melee between protesters and police in the Lawncrest Recreation Center, on Rising Sun Avenue near Comly Street. When the dust had settled, 10 people were taken into custody and were later charged with disorderly conduct, police said.
August 23, 2014 |
Philadelphia's Veterans Affairs benefits office will host two town hall events Wednesday for local veterans to voice feedback about the quality of their service. The meetings, among a series being held around the country, come as the city's VA health and benefits systems are facing separate investigations into data manipulation. At the benefits office on Wissahickon Avenue in Germantown, where Wednesday's events will be held, whistleblowers have accused administrators of encouraging employees to change dates on old claims to make them appear new. Across town at the VA Medical Center in University City, an internal audit found that appointment schedulers were encouraged to enter dates other than the ones patients had requested, one method of hiding delays.
August 16, 2014 |
OCEAN CITY - Unrest spurred by a spate of upcoming casino closures in Atlantic City confronted Gov. Christie on Thursday at the Shore, as workers showed up at a town-hall-style event and demanded that Christie take action. Christie, meanwhile, told the crowd in Ocean City that there was a limit to what he could do. "The government can't order private businesses to do things," Christie told those gathered for the event at the Ocean City Music Pier. "And you don't want to live in a world where we do. " At the same time, Christie said his administration was working to find jobs for the soon-to-swell ranks of the unemployed in Atlantic City, where the number of casinos that have closed or are slated to close grew to four this week.
April 26, 2014 |
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.
April 11, 2014 |
FAIRFIELD, N.J. - The same few questions appear to be following Gov. Christie from town to town. At the governor's 118th town-hall meeting Wednesday, at Winston Churchill Elementary School in Fairfield, Essex County, those in attendance yet again confronted the governor about his stance on medical marijuana, as well as his decision to veto a bill that would have outlawed pig-gestation crates, a factory farming tool that the Humane Society describes as...
March 15, 2014 |
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.
February 22, 2014 |
PORT MONMOUTH, N.J. - If people were expecting the bridge scandal or other controversies consuming Gov. Christie's second term to be the focus of his first town hall since June, that was not what faced Christie inside a VFW hall Thursday in a town roughed up by Sandy. Instead, Christie was inundated by questions from people consumed by their own difficult and personal problems - most of them Sandy victims, deep in the weeds of a protracted rebuilding process, many with lost or damaged homes.
June 2, 2013 |
HONEA PATH, S.C. - Four years after the summer of rage that fueled the tea party movement, the political circuit is much quieter - even in Republican bastions like this. It's not clear whether conservatives who rallied against President Obama's health-care overhaul during raucous town hall meetings are tired, wary, complacent, or simply saving their strength for a big push in next year's elections. Whatever the reason, the more muted tone was palpable as conservative lawmakers in South Carolina fanned out across their state to meet with constituents last week during the first congressional break since the disclosure that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
January 18, 2013 |
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - They began on stages, in front of small crowds, and starred a new governor selling his tax policies to constituents. Nearly three years later, Gov. Christie's town hall meetings are theaters-in-the-round with soundtracks, videos, and huge audiences. They are communications juggernauts that have helped propel Christie from rookie leader of a medium-sized state to potential Republican presidential candidate. On Wednesday at his 100th town hall meeting, held in a church gymnasium in this Ocean County town, Christie served up many of the same jokes and the theatrics that audiences in all 21 counties have experienced since February 2010.
October 13, 2012 |
State Sen. Diane Allen (R., Burlington) was backstage Thursday afternoon with Gov. Christie as he made his way into the gymnasium of the Mount Laurel YMCA for the 96th town hall of his term. "She saw the dazed look in my eyes. She goes, 'Governor, it's Thursday, and you're in New Jersey,' " Christie recounted in his opening remarks on stage. The Republican governor had just returned to the business of gritty New Jersey politics after a two-day swing through Ohio for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and six weeks of on-again, off-again campaigning for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates in eight other states.