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Businesses Flee to New Jersey with Promises of Tax Breaks

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Jersey has doled out more than $4 billion in tax breaks to businesses over the past four years to boost economic activity.

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Bridgegate's Legal Bills Are $4.4 Million, And Counting

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WNYC

The Bridgegate legal bills are just starting to come in, totaling $4.4 million so far. But that number is going to increase exponentially -- that's because 43 people are getting their legal fees paid for by the public, and we have yet to see hardly any of those bills. Here's ...

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4 Reasons To Be Frustrated By Democracy In New Jersey

Monday, June 09, 2014

WNYC

1) None Of The Above did well in last week's election.

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate -- one of only three statewide elected positions in New Jersey -- last ran for public office 36 years ago. He hadn't even lived in the state until he moved back in a ...

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Christie Staffer to Testify on Bridgegate — And Then, Perhaps, Become Attorney General

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Is Christie acting as if the last five months were just a bad dream?

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Christie's Meh Job Approval At Home Consistent With 2016 GOP Rivals

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

WNYC

A new poll out from Fairleigh Dickinson University indicates that Gov. Christie's approval rating among New Jerseyans is 44 percent, a steep drop from the plus-50 percent approval ratings he enjoyed in his first term on the way to a landslide reelection victory. And an increasing number of New ...

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Port Authority -- Or Politburo?

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

N3

Both Democrats and Republicans seemed dumbfounded by the lack of oversight exercised by at least one member of the Port Authority's board of commissioners.

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Hoboken Mayor Zimmer and Her Big Sandy Check

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

WNYC

A pot of federal Sandy funds that Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer famously alleged to be part of an illegal Gov. Christie shakedown scheme will come to the city after all.

At an event Monday in Little Ferry, notable for Zimmer's absence from the stage and Christie's refusal to take questions, ...

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How Widespread Is Pay-to-Play in NJ?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

An investigation by the website Pando Daily shows possible widespread violations of state and federal pay-to-play laws in New Jersey.

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Christie's Blurred Lines

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WNYC

A 24-year-old former mid-level staffer for Gov. Christie's government office — and later, Christie's re-election campaign — withstood more than five hours of questioning Tuesday at a Bridgegate hearing that shed light on the Christie political operation at the Statehouse.

But the hearing didn't tell us is who was responsible ...

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Chris Christie's Immigration Story

Saturday, May 17, 2014

At his only commencement speech of the season Christie told a hushed audience a 16-minute story about the immigration experience of his grandmother.

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Bridgegate Now Has A Spaceship

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bridgegate is not just a traffic jam -- it is a scandal that touches on just about every mode of transportation mankind has so far developed. And now we have spaceships. A recap:

Cars: The Sept. 9-13, 2013, double-lane closures in the town of Fort Lee, NJ, to the George Washington ...

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Why Didn't Team Christie Hear The Bridgegate Alarms?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WNYC

Today's marathon (seven hour!) testimony from a calm, respectful Michael Drewniak, the governor's colorfully-spoken spokesman (and unofficial liaison between the Port Authority and the governor's office), focused not on the Big Bridgegate Questions (who did this, and why?), but rather on a secondary question: Was there a cover-up? 

Drewniak's testimony, ...

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What Won't You Find In Bridgegate Documents? Christie's Emails and Texts

Monday, May 05, 2014

Just one email.

The internal review of the office of Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of the Bridgegate and Sandy funding scandals yielded 4,612 pages —that included summaries of interviews with 75 people, plus dozens of emails and text messages from top Christie staffers. But the only shred of ...

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Republicans On Bridgegate Panel Are Getting Angrier and Angrier

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Republicans on the New Jersey Legislature's Bridgegate committee are getting angry.

"The committee's leadership and operations have demonstrated that the committee's purpose turned from an inquiry into the clearly flawed inner-workings of the Port Authority, into a political vehicle designed to damage the governor's standing and popularity," the Republicans ...

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Bridgegate Investigators To Samson: Time's Up

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

WNYC

Legislative investigators have sent a letter to former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, who resigned amid investigations over his role in Bridgegate and his business practices, mandating that he turn over documents that were requested more than three months ago.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, the Democrat who co-chairs the Legislature's investigative ...

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Christie vs. Colorado

Sunday, April 27, 2014

WNYC

Chris Christie has picked yet another fight. This time, with the state of Colorado. The response from the Rockies was initially mild. Then it got ugly.

In recent weeks Christie has fielded an inordinate number of questions about the legalization of marijuana. He is, as always, unequivocal in his opposition, ...

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Embattled Ethics Commission Confirms Samson Probe Underway

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NJ Spotlight

In an unusually stormy meeting, the embattled state Ethics Commission placated protesters by confirming that it is investigating former Port Authority Chairman David Samson. It also confirmed that the commission is dropping a five-year-old ethics complaint against a state union leader.

For Ethics Commission Chairman Andrew Berns, the media scrutiny ...

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Christie Warns of Crisis — Economic, Not Political

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Christie talks in DC, but not many Democrats were around to hear the message.

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Neighbors Watched Firefighters Call Out for Ambulance in Deadly Fire

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WNYC

Neighbors say they watched firefighters try to resuscitate two 4-year-old siblings as they waited for an ambulance that was dispatched late.

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Meet Christie's New Ombudsman

Friday, April 18, 2014

WNYC

As part of the internal review into the scandals whirling around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, lawyers recommended the governor hire an ombudsman. On Friday, Christie announced that he appointed Patrick Hobbs for the position.

Age: 54

Hometown: Basking Ridge

Party: Democrat

Experience: Seton Hall Law School Dean and chair ...

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