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Gov. Chris Christie's Inaugural Address

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chris Christie will be sworn in as New Jersey's 55th governor on Tuesday. The day will start with an Inaugural Mass in Newark's Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart at 8 a.m.

After the formal swearing in ceremony in Trenton, the focus will shift back to Newark, at an Inaugural Ball at the Prudential Arena. The proceeds from the $500 a ticket gala will go to non-profits like New Jersey's Community Foodbank.

Gov. Christie’s full inaugural address as prepared for delivery is below.

Lieutenant Governor Guadagno, Senate President Sweeney, Speaker Oliver, members of the 214th legislature, Chief Justice Rabner and the members of the supreme court, to all the former Governors, to my former U.S. Attorney colleagues, to my dear family and friends, and most of all to the hard working men and women of New Jersey, I stand here today as your Governor. I understand the task before me and I am well aware of your expectations for me and this government. You voted loudly and clearly for change and you have entrusted us with what may be our last, best hope for a stronger New Jersey—the New Jersey of our youth, full of hope and opportunity. New Jersey, you voted for change and today change has arrived—right here, right now.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Call In: Christie Inauguration

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's Day 1 of the Chris Christie Governorship in New Jersey. Tom Moran, political columnist for the Star-Ledger, discusses what he expects from the new era in Trenton.

What are your hopes and fears for the Christie era? Give us a call or comment below!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gov. Christie Inauguration

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

It's inauguration day in New Jersey, and a new administration is coming into office facing a litany of challenges. WNYC's Bob Hennelly previews the inauguration. Then, New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver previews both today's ceremony and a new legislative start.

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WNYC News

Christie To Be Sworn In As NJ Governor

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Today, the cities of Newark and Trenton will play prominent roles in the inauguration of New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The day will start with an Inaugural Mass in Newark's Catheral Basilica. Governor-elect Christie, who grew up in nearby Livingston, ...

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WNYC News

Corzine Signs Medical Marijuana Law

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Jersey has become the 14th state - and the first in the region - to allow medical marijuana.

A law granting chronically ill patients legal access to marijuana was one of over 50 bills Governor Corzine signed on his last full day in office. Governor-elect ...

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WNYC News

Reith Reappointed to Lead New Jersey National Guard

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Governor-Elect Chris Christie has re-appointed Major General Glenn Reith to continue commanding New Jersey's National Guard. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: In making the announcement, Governor-Elect Christie said that Reith had provided key leadership through a challenging time for the Guard that continues to cope ...

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WNYC News

Christie Appoints Education Commissioner and Head of DEP

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Gov.-elect Chris Christie has nominated former Jersey City Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Bret Schundler to be New Jersey's education commissioner. Schundler's been an outspoken critic of teachers unions, and a supporter of charter schools and school vouchers. At yesterday's press conference, Christie was asked if ...

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WNYC News

NJ Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Law

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

On the last day of their legislative session...the New Jersey Senate and Assembly approved a bill that would make the state the 14th. to legalize medical marijuana. WNYC's Isaac-Davy Aronson has more.

REPORTER: The measure allows patients with ailments such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis ...

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WNYC News

In NJ, New Leg Session Means New Leaders

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

A new legislative session begins in Trenton today, one that will usher in an across-the-board leadership change. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

REPORTER: When Essex County Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver takes the oath of office to become Speaker, it'll mark the first time in New Jersey ...

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WNYC News

NJ Assembly and Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Jersey's Assembly and Senate have voted to legalize medical marijuana. Under the bill, people suffering from conditions like cancer, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, or multiple sclerosis would be able to have marijuana prescribed by their physician through a state registry.

The measure passed the Assembly along ...

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WNYC News

Investigation Continues Into Faulty Landing Gear at Newark

Monday, January 11, 2010

Investigators are trying to determine why a United Airline jet's landing gear failed to deploy yesterday as it approached Newark Airport the malfunction forced passengers to crouch in their seats and brace for a crash before the pilot touched down safely on the runway. The ...

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WNYC News

NJ Groups Plan to Take Gay Marriage Case to State Courts

Friday, January 08, 2010

New Jersey's State Senate rejected a bill to grant same sex couples the right to marry by a vote of 20 to 14. Now, marriage equality advocates say they will press their case in the state's courts.

Minutes after the Senate roll call Leslie Gabel-Brett, director ...

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WNYC News

News Analysis: The Gay Marriage Vote in NJ

Thursday, January 07, 2010

A bill to legalize gay marriage was defeated in New Jersey's state Senate on Thursday. The vote, 14 for and 20 against, is a blow to gay marriage advocates, who were trying to get the measure passed before Gov.-elect Chris Christie, an opponent of gay marriage, takes office on January ...

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WNYC News

Officer Reassigned After Airport Security Breach

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

A security officer at Newark Airport has been reassigned after a security breach at the airport this weekend. On Sunday, a man walked the wrong way through a security checkpoint at Newark grounding flights for hours. Surveillance video shows the man entered through an exit, ...

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WNYC News

NJ Senate Plans to Vote on Gay Marriage This Week

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Gay marriage advocates in New Jersey are preparing for a last-ditch attempt to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. State Senate President Dick Codey has scheduled a vote on the measure for Thursday, just three days before the end of the legislative session.

Codey says the ...

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WNYC News

Newark Flyers Take Off After Security Scare

Monday, January 04, 2010

Airline passengers are boarding planes at Newark Liberty International Airport this morning after flights were grounded for hours last night when a man reportedly bypassed a security a checkpoint.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Ann Davis says the man walked down an exit lane at Terminal C, ...

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WNYC News

Marriage Equality Not Yet on Agenda for NJ Leg's Lame Duck Session

Monday, January 04, 2010

In Trenton today, hundreds of Gay Marriage boosters are expected to make an 11th hour push for a contested measure by rallying at the state capital. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

REPORTER: With just two voting sessions left, the lame duck Assembly and Senate will ...

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WNYC News

Another Set Back for NJ Same-Sex Bill

Friday, January 01, 2010

In a setback for same-sex marriage in New Jersey, a bill to legalize it will not get an Assembly hearing on Monday. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

REPORTER: In a statement released on New Year's Eve, outgoing Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts said the marathon public ...

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WNYC News

Bank Autopsy: New Jersey's First BankAmericano

Monday, December 28, 2009

One hundred and forty American banks failed in 2009. But only two of them were in the New York metro area. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz reports that in the case of First BankAmericano, an institution based in Elizabeth, NJ that was founded to serve the Latino ...

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WNYC News

New NJ Gov. Expected to Shake-Up Port Authority Board

Monday, December 28, 2009

When Republican Governor Elect Chris Christie takes office next month the impact will go well beyond New Jersey's borders. WNYC's Bob Hennelly explains.

REPORTER: For eight years, it's been up to a Democratic New Jersey Governor to pick half of the Port Authority's Commissioners and its ...

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