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Partisan Finger Pointing Over NJ Property Tax Hike

Monday, March 14, 2011

WNYC

The latest data on local property taxes out of Trenton from the Department of Community Affairs has both Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for the biggest annual property tax increase since 2007.

According to DCA's stats in 2010, the average residential property tax bill jumped by 4.1 percent. That means the average homeowner property tax bill was $7,576. Of course there is not a New Jersey town actually named "Average," so in hundreds of places the annual levy was much, much higher.

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Christie Gets Down to Business With NJ Unions

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WNYC

After months of riding a national tidal wave of media attention for his battle with organized labor and waste in government spending, Christie now has to get down to the task at hand when his team meets tomorrow with representatives of the state's public worker unions.

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The Takeaway

The No-Run Candidate: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie's mantra in every national interview is that he is not running for President in 2012. But that hasn't stopped Republicans from asking, or voters from noticing. In a recent Quinnipiac University poll, respondents ranked Christie number three, just below first lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton (and one step above President Barack Obama) when asked to rate how they feel about public leaders. Christie is, in a word, a "hot" political commodity. But polls also showed Christie has issues with name recognition: 55 percent of respondents said they didn't know him well enough to make a decision.

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NJ Education Chief Details Tenure Reforms

Thursday, February 17, 2011

During Governor Chris Christie's State of the State last month it was his rhetorical flourish calling for the abolition of teacher tenure that made news. Without the details, it sounded like just an escalation in Christie's running battle with the New Jersey Education Association.

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Gang Presence in NJ Becomes More Widespread, Say Cops

Monday, January 31, 2011

Gangs are present in all 21 counties in New Jersey and extends to urban, suburban and rural communities, an analysis by the state police revealed.

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Rules on Illegal Snow Dumping May Be Eased in New Jersey

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Officials in New Jersey may relax the rule against dumping excess snow into waterways with a winter storm expected to bring heavy accumulation battering the state this week.

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Lawmakers Seek to Pinpoint Gaps in Blizzard Response

Monday, January 24, 2011

State officials say New Jersey has exhausted its snow budget, and has already spent $20 million. The news emerged during an Assembly committee hearing on Monday, where lawmakers sought to address gaps in the state's response to last month's blizzard.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

State of New Jersey '11

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mike Kelly, columnist at New Jersey's The Record, runs down Chris Christie's State of the State speech in New Jersey. 

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New Jersey's Tool Kit

Thursday, December 16, 2010

WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly gives an update of recent and upcoming legislative decisions in New Jersey. 

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The Chris Christie Brand

Friday, November 26, 2010

WNYC
"I don't send smoke signals. They know who I am. They know how I feel about issues... I think we have too little of that in politics."

- Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor, on Meet The Press.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Checking in on Christie

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tom Moran, political columnist for the Star-Ledger, discusses news in New Jersey relating to Governor Chris Christie, including capping public employee salaries, climate change and the ARC tunnel.

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WNYC News

Amtrak and NJ Transit End Talks on Salvaging ARC Tunnel

Friday, November 12, 2010

Talks between Amtrak and New Jersey Transit over an abandoned commuter train tunnel have broken down just two weeks after they began.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Congressman-Elect Runyan

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jon Runyan, Republican Congressman-Elect and former Philadelphia Eagles lineman, talks about his victory over the incumbent Democrat Jon Adler in the close New Jersey House race.

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New Jersey Democratic Incumbents in Tight Congressional Races

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Democrats currently hold eight of New Jersey's 13 seats in the House of Representatives. With just days to go before the midterm elections, the five incumbent Republicans all appear to be in pretty good shape. However, to varying degrees, three of the Democratic incumbents have fights on their hands. And unlike in earlier years, every House race is being contested by challengers from both parties putting their hearts and souls into their sometimes long-shot bids.

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Obama Holds National Infrastructure Meeting

Monday, October 11, 2010

President Obama meets today with governors and mayors from around the nation to talk about “investing in America’s infrastructure.”

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Voter Guide: New Jersey's 12th Congressional District Race

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rush Holt (D) vs. Scott Sipprelle (R)

The race to represent New Jersey's 12th Congressional District is a contest between Democratic incumbent Rush Holt, a physics expert who is a strong advocate for the environment, and Republican Scott Sipprelle, a venture capitalist making his first run for public office.

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Stucknation: Beyond the Newark Facebook Millions

Monday, September 27, 2010

Last week New Jersey could be proud when its pugnacious Republican Governor Chris Christie sat down with the Democratic Mayor Cory Booker on Oprah to thank Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg for his $100 million dollar gift to Newark's schools. The challenge grant could ultimately leverge as much as $250 million dollars to help Newark's students, or roughly 25 percent of the Newark's districts current annual budget.

But money is not at the root of the Newark problem. Targeting is. Already the state is spending $24,000 per student, quite a bit more than the $16,000 state per student average and more than double the national average.

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Contest for Congress: Adler Fights to Keep Seat in NJ's 3rd District

Saturday, September 25, 2010

In  2008, New Jersey Democrats scored a big win when they captured the 3rd Congressional District House seat after decades of Republican control Now, they are having to fight to hold on to the seat held by freshman Congressman John Adler.

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Facebook Head Gives Newark Schools $100M

Friday, September 24, 2010

Newark Public Schools, which have been rated the worst in the country, have been given an infusion of $100 million from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  The gift is a bonanza, but it is also highlights a school system in dire need. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Changes for New Jersey Public Workers

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lisa Fleisher, statehouse bureau reporter for the Star-Ledger, talks about Governor Christie's proposed changes to pensions and benefits for the state's public workers.

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