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New NJ Min Wage Hikes: Good for Workers; Bad for the Economy?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Chris Christie won re-election by about 60 percent. Voters simultaneously approved an economic measure he vehemently opposed by about the same margin. It will raise the state's hourly minimum wage by one dollar to $8.25.

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Gov. Christie's Right Back in Campaign Mode

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Fresh off his 20-plus point win in Tuesday's election, many say Governor Chris Christie is right back in campaign mode — this time, for a run for the White House in 2016. Maggie Haberman, senior political writer for Politico, said the Republican is very good at capturing and leveraging national media attention.

"There is no question that he is extremely good about using the bully pulpit that he has, he's right next to the New York media market, and he is seen as a sort of quote-unquote sensible Republican by the press, that seems to work in his favor," she said.

To hear Host Amy Eddings' full interview with Maggie Haberman, click on the audio player.

 

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Christie Cruises To Victory

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Governor Chris Christie was re-elected in New Jersey Tuesday night with 60 percent of the votes.

The race was called for Governor Christie a minute after the polls closed. At his election night party - on the boardwalk in Asbury Park - the Republican Governor walked out with his arms raised, to the song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

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Companies Wary of Affordable Care Act Plans for Small Businesses

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

NJPR

Small businesses who offer insurance appear to be sticking with what they have rather than venture out into the Affordable Care Act marketplace. 

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Christie Re-Elected as NJ Governor

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

WNYC

The Associated Press called the race Tuesday as soon as the polls closed, based on interviews with voters as they left polling places.

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NJ Mall Shooter Didn't Want to Hurt Anyone but Himself, Say Authorities

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

WNYC

Authorities say they do not believe the alleged gunman who killed himself after causing a lockdown at New Jersey's largest shopping mall Monday night wanted to hurt other people.

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Updated: Paramus Mall Shooter Found Dead

Monday, November 04, 2013

Update: Authorities say they have found the body of the suspected gunman who opened fire late Monday night at Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Northern New Jersey. The body was found in an area under construction and inaccessible to the public. The Bergen County Prosecutor says the alleged shooter, 20-year-old Richard Shoop of Teaneck, N.J. apparently killed himself.

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What's with the No-Show Storm Czar?

Monday, November 04, 2013

WNYC

The guy appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to direct New Jersey's recovery from Sandy doesn't make public appearances or take calls from the press.

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Christie Runs on Rocky Economic Record

Sunday, November 03, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Chris Christie is making his case for re-election, in part, by portraying himself as a savior of New Jersey's economy. Here's an examination of his biggest economic development program.

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Just Your Average 10-Foot High Neighborhood Totem Pole

Friday, November 01, 2013

A totem pole. In Chatham. Right there on Edgewood Road.

As part of our "one-year-after-Sandy" coverage we have a story about a New Jersey artist who saw a golden opportunity in his Sandy-ravaged neighborhood. That damaged tree? Surely it's a future totem pole.

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NJ Election Spending Highest Ever

Thursday, October 31, 2013

WNYC

Independent special interest spending in Tuesday's election in New Jersey is more than twice its previous all-time high.

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Why a Vote for Christie Could Mean You're Voting in Guadagno as Governor

Thursday, October 31, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Chris Christie hasn't held a press conference in six weeks. His second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, hasn't had one in five months. Her campaign refuses to let her sit down for an interview and yet she could soon become the most powerful person in New Jersey.

 

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Tracking the Federal Sandy Aid Money One Year Later

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New Jersey Public Radio
NJ Spotlight

The Obama administration's $60.4 billion emergency funding request to Congress last December stated that part of the money for recovery and rebuilding should be used "to help the region prepare for future challenges, including future severe storms and coastal flooding, as well as impacts associated with a changing climate."

It also instructed that government officials at all levels should work together "to develop mutually agreed upon assessments of future risks and vulnerabilities facing the region, including extreme weather, sea level rise and coastal flooding, and incorporate these into their recovery planning and implementation."

One year after Sandy, here’s a detailed look at where some of that money has gone, how it’s trickling down to New Jersey, and how portions of it are hopefully being used to make the state safer and more resilient to severe weather along its coast.

 

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No Plan in New Jersey for Long Term Sea Level Rise

Sunday, October 27, 2013

WNYC

Coastal states throughout the region are coming up with strategies to prevent flooding from sea level rise in the next century. Except in New Jersey.  And that has planners and environmentalists alarmed.

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Inside the First Gay Weddings in New Jersey

Monday, October 21, 2013

WNYC

The first same-sex couples got married in various cities across New Jersey just after the stroke of midnight, Monday. Listen to the ceremonies, cake cutting ... and protesters. 

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Explainer: Gay Marriage in New Jersey

Friday, October 18, 2013

Confused about who can get married in New Jersey when? We break it down for you - with the assistance of Hayley Gorenberg, deputy director at Lambda Legal.

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New Jersey's Highest Court Rules Gay Marriages Can Start Monday

Friday, October 18, 2013

WNYC

New Jersey’s highest court says same-sex marriages can start in the state on Monday, denying Gov. Chris Christie’s request to postpone gay marriages until the state Supreme Court rules on the governor's appeal. 

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Gov. Christie Calls Booker's Senate Victory the 'First Win' for the NY Giants

Thursday, October 17, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker were together for the first time today since Booker was elected U.S. Senator last night.

The Republican Governor congratulated the mayor... but not before getting a dig in there.

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Booker's Replacement as Newark Mayor: Luis Quintana ... For Now

Thursday, October 17, 2013

WNYC

Cory Booker is expected to step down as mayor of Newark within the next 10 days, according to the Newark City Council’s office.

Speaking of his replacement at a groundbreaking ceremony in Newark, Booker said, "Hug the man. He has a lot of work ahead of him in the coming weeks."

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Booker Wins Open Senate Seat

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker handily won the special election for the U.S. Senate in New Jersey on Wednesday. He beat former Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan 55 to 44 percent. Booker will serve the remaining term of the late Frank Lautenberg - that means there are about 15 months before he will face reelection.

To hear New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon speak with WNYC's Soterios Johnson about the election click on the audio player.

 

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