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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
ATLANTIC CITY — Democratic 2nd District Assembly candidate Vince
Mazzeo’s election victory in a recount was confirmed again Friday —
in fact his lead grew — after a judge ruled on the validity of 23
The race for a legislative seat in Cape May County was the
second- most expensive in New Jersey, followed closely by the
Atlantic County contests for state office, the state Election Law
Enforcement Commission said.
U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan’s surprise announcement that he would not
seek re-election all but guarantees South Jersey will be home to
two of the most closely watched congressional races in the nation
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - About two-dozen Democrats were on hand as
State Senate President Steve Sweeney entered the Shore Diner as
part of Sweeney's statewide victory lap Wednesday. The visit
came after Senate Democrats retained their majority in the
Legislature, following an election in which Republicans had hoped
to at least pick up a seat.
School board candidates rarely do much campaigning, but with
eight candidates running for three seats in Hamilton Township, some
signs were spotted near polling places Tuesday, alongside those for
the larger state races.
The governor's race and whether to raise the minimum wage
are the top issues today for New Jersey voters, who also will chose
the legislators for the 1st, 2nd and 9th districts and the mayor of
With thousands still displaced across the state, there is hope
that Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath will inspire constituents to
get out and vote Tuesday. The Ocean County Planning Board estimates
about 26,000 people in the county remain displaced from Sandy. In
Atlantic County, about 1,000 people are still out of their homes,
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said.
At 15, Carly Cordle admits she hasn't thought a lot about
the importance of voting. But by the end of the Oakcrest High
School Election Convention on Wednesday, the sophomore had lined up
to cast her vote at one of the voting booths provided by the
Atlantic County Board of Elections for a mock election in the Mays
Landing high school gym.
It was less than two weeks before the election, and Frank
Gleeson didn't seem to know what to think about his choices.
"Every time I see anything on TV, it's 'that guy
raised taxes and cost jobs,'" he said, sitting with his
wife and son at the Diamond Diner in Egg Harbor Township on a
recent Friday night.
Gov. Chris Christie spent another day campaigning in the region
Saturday, telling several hundred people in Somers Point to get out
the vote for Republicans and to emphasize his commitment to
Atlantic City in the resort. With just three days to go before the
election, candidates were making the most of limited time.
Christie's visit was one of seven planned stops, while state
Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate for governor, planned
to hit five places on Saturday in central and northern New Jersey.
Their prospective lieutenant governors also fanned out around the
MONTCLAIR — Struggling New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial
candidate Barbara Buono talked about higher education policy to an
audience of journalists Thursday morning while the incumbent,
Republican Chris Christie, stopped in his tour bus at a diner where
a crowd mobbed him to take pictures.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Property taxes, minimum wage, rebuilding
after Hurricane Sandy and economic growth were all issues in the
9th Legislative District Senate and Assembly debates Wednesday
evening at Richard Stockton College.
New Jersey's governor is a top Republican fundraiser, a
potential 2016 presidential candidate, and one of Time's 100
most influential people in the world. Just don't expect to run
into Gov. Chris Christie shaking hands outside the local Wawa.
The federal government shutdown has resulted in hundreds of
local employees furloughed and many others required to work without
pay, with the possibility of cutbacks to the veterans health care
system to come.
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — The Affordable Health Care Act limits
choices, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said at a rally Tuesday in
Smithville against “Obama-care” and for fellow Republican U.S.
Senate candidate Steve Lonegan.
TUCKERTON — Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan walked
through the grounds of the 31st annual Ocean County Decoy &
Gunning Show Sunday meeting supporters days before the first of two
debates between him and Democratic opponent Newark Mayor Cory
A majority of New Jersey voters are unfamiliar with
gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Barbara Buono, while her
opponent and incumbent Gov. Chris Christie has support from a
majority, according to a Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
TRENTON — A rising star in the Democratic Party
and a Republican former mayor won their parties' primaries on
Tuesday to set up a campaign of political and stylistic contrasts
as they seek to fill the final 15 months of the term of the late
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.