Democrat Bill Hughes is criticizing incumbent Republican Frank
LoBiondo for “patting himself on the back” for working on a new
flood insurance bill addressing problems created in an earlier bill
the congressman voted for.
Slates for this year’s Atlantic County races are coming
together, with the Democrats expecting all potential candidates to
announce by next week while the Republicans seem to have their
slate set with no announced challengers for any nomination.
TRENTON — It’s now up to a judge whether two
key figures in a political payback scandal ensnaring Gov. Chris
Christie’s administration will have to turn over text messages and
other private communications to New Jersey lawmakers investigating
OCEAN CITY — Beating the filing deadline by five hours,
challenger Ed Price on Monday submitted his petition to run for
mayor in the city’s May 13 election, where three at-large council
seats also will be decided.
Hiring a public safety director in lieu of chiefs was intended
to save Brigantine taxpayers money, but a succession of arbitration
and court decisions, combined with an impending special election,
may prove even costlier.
Former Assemblyman Vince Polistina says he is considering
challenging Keith Davis for his Atlantic County Republican chairman
position — although Davis says he has the backing of most party
leaders and officials and welcomes any fight.
HACKENSACK - As more subpoenas are issued by New Jersey
lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge scandal,
perhaps the most unforeseen aspect of the ongoing probe is the
Fifth Amendment protection being invoked to stymie requests for
documents and testimony.
County freeholders usually deal with issues such as tax rates and road paving, but now the national issue of abortion could affect whether a women's health clinic in Hammonton will continue to get funds for reproductive health care.
HAMMONTON — Three officers of the newly formed Hammonton United Republican Club — Michael Torrissi Jr., Otto Hernandez and Steve Furgione — will run in the June primary for three, two-year seats on Town Council, the club announced at a meeting Tuesday night.
HAMMONTON — Independent political party Hammonton First will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at The Alley at DiDonato’s Family Fun Center, 1151 White Horse Pike. Residents and business owners are invited to attend to discuss the town’s future.
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie helped direct federal Hurricane Sandy aid to a long-planned housing project in a community not hit hard by the storm just before the town’s mayor endorsed him for re-election, according to a published report.
By LESLEY CLARK
and ANITA KUMAR
McClatchy Washington Bureau
Posted: January 28, 2014
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama looked to revive his second term in a sweeping speech to the nation Tuesday, outlining an agenda that calls for creating jobs and addressing the widening gap between rich and poor.
WASHINGTON - Struggling to generate second-term momentum, President Barack Obama will use tonight's State of the Union address to announce new executive actions on job training and retirement security, while prodding a divided Congress to work harder on expanding economic mobility for middle class Americans.
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, long rumored to be considering a U.S. Congress run, announced Monday evening he will sit out the 2014 race, clearing a path for Northfield attorney Bill Hughes Jr. to pursue the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District.
By ANGELA DELLI SANTI
and GEOFF MULVIHILL
Posted: January 21, 2014
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie sought to turn back the clock as he was sworn into a second term Tuesday, saying voters gave him a mandate in November to “stay the course” and put aside partisan differences, even as Democrats ramped up an investigation into whether his administration abused its power.
TRENTON — Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s administration pushed back against a claim that Hurricane Sandy relief funding was withheld from a severely flooded city because its Democratic mayor would not sign off on a politically connected real estate venture.
By WALLACE MCKELVEY
and DONNA WEAVER
Posted: January 18, 2014
Officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration allegedly held Hurricane Sandy recovery funds “hostage” in exchange for expediting a development project, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Saturday. Zimmer alleged Christie’s lieutenant governor and a top community development official told her recovery funds would flow to her city if she allowed the project to move forward.
ATLANTIC CITY — Millions in transitional aid and a long list of projects will help the city as it digs out of a $40 million shortfall and looks to stabilize its future, Mayor Don Guardian said Tuesday as he laid out an ambitious plan for the resort.
Vince Mazzeo and Sam Fiocchi are taking a bus to Trenton today. The two were the only state legislative candidates who beat incumbents in the fall. Both plan to rent separate buses for their supporters to get to their swearing-in to the Assembly at the state Capitol. Mazzeo is a Democrat, Fiocchi a Republican. Their ceremonies will take place at noon in Trenton's War Memorial, a short distance from the General Assembly chambers, where Gov. Chris Christie is expected to deliver his State of the State speech at 3 p.m.
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP - Ocean County officials and residents were left wondering what happened Wednesday morning after Gov. Chris Christie's staff abruptly canceled a Hurricane Sandy recovery event at a Manahawkin fire station.
In his first time testifying before state legislators on Sandy recovery issues, the commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs on Wednesday defended his agency’s decisions on how it set up selection criteria for the various programs.
An intensely debated plan to allow a natural gas pipeline through preserved forest will go before the Pinelands Commission on Friday. Regardless of how the commission votes, the issue is unlikely to go away any time soon. The 22-mile pipeline proposed by South Jersey Gas is intended to serve the B.L. England power plant in Beesleys Point, Upper Township. The plant currently is powered by coal.
By ANGELA DELLI SANTI
and DAVID PORTER
Posted: January 08, 2014
TRENTON — A political dirty-tricks investigation of Gov. Chris Christie’s inner circle broke wide open Wednesday with the release of emails and text messages that suggest one of his top aides engineered traffic jams in a New Jersey town in September to punish its mayor.
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP — A prayer said as the new 4-1 majority on Township Committee held its reorganization meeting Monday night asked for the all-Democratic committee to have the strength to move beyond the dissension and personal animosity it has seen for the past two years.
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie endorsed U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo for another term in Congress on Monday, calling the fellow Republican a friend and an effective district representative. “I can tell you there was no better advocate on the floor of the House of Representatives last January when we were fighting for Sandy relief than Frank LoBiondo,” Christie said.
State lawmakers soon may change New Jersey’s drunken-driving laws, expanding the number of people who will have to use an ignition interlock to start their car while allowing them to legally drive sooner.
Six Democratic county chairmen signed a letter stating they will wait for state Sen. Jeff Van Drew to decide if he’s running for Congress before they endorse a Democratic candidate for the 2nd Congressional District.
By ANJALEE KHEMLANI and BRADEN CAMPBELL
Posted: December 11, 2013
Republican Assemblyman John Amodeo formally conceded his election loss to Democrat Vince Mazzeo on Tuesday afternoon, a full month after the general election and following numerous court hearings and a formal recount.