Monday, December 10, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker hints at his political future. You tell us: What position should he go after?
Monday, December 10, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who increasingly finds himself on the national political stage, has a decision to make: run for governor or run for U.S. Senate? Booker, 43, said he's considering both, and will make a decision in the next two weeks, according to the Huffington Post. Speculation has swirled that Booker would seek higher office as his political star starts to shine brighter. Party officials gave him a coveted speaking spot at this year's Democratic National Convention and moves such as living off of the same allotment as food stamp recipients for a week garnered national attention. Now the question is: Which office will he seek and who will he run against? If he goes for governor and wins the Democratic primary, he'll almost …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Chris Christie announced he would seek a second term as New Jersey governor.
Gov. Chris Christie will seek a second term as New Jersey's governor. He made the announcement during an appearance at a press conference at the Port Monmouth Fire Dept. Monday afternoon. Christie declined to talk in detail about his bid, saying he is saving that for a more formal announcement in January. But he did say he sought the advice of his wife, Mary Pat, and four children, over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, and got their blessing. "I have a job to finish that I would have never anticipated to have six weeks ago," said Christie. He said loved the Garden State. "I want to leave it better than I found it when I'm done." The gubernatorial election will take place in November 2013. In response to a question about whether he would …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
New Jersey governor said 11,000 utility workers remain in state, set to respond to any damage brought by storm.
A nor’easter set to strike New Jersey Wednesday may cool the state’s post-Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts for a time, Gov. Chris Christie warned. “We may take a setback in the next 24 hours. You need to be prepared for that,” Christie said during a press conference at Long Beach Island Wednesday morning. Power outages may increase during the storm, which is set to bring a heavy, wet snow and wind gusts as high as 55 mph to the state. However, the governor was hopeful the pause in recovery efforts would be brief. He noted 11,000 utility workers remain in the state and the clear weekend forecast would allow the recovery push to continue in earnest. “I appreciate that we’re all tired,” Christie said. “I want to get things back to normal as …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie traveled across the state Tuesday to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, with stops in Belmar and Avalon. Got your own photos of storm damage? Add them here by clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button with this story.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The state Senate approved a 2013 referendum on raising the minimum wage and tying it to yearly increases
A proposal to raise the state's minimum wage could bypass Gov. Chris Christie and go directly to voters. During Monday's Senate hearings, Senate President Steve Sweeney of Gloucester County received preliminary support for a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to allow for an increased minimum wage and tie future yearly increases to national economic data. The initiative would be placed on the 2013 ballot for voter approval. Sweeney's proposal, which was approved by committee 7-6, would effectively remove Christie from the approval process. Christie had previously indicated he would not sign a bill that included automatic indexed adjustments, according to a report on nj.com. “For years, New Jersey has assigned a dollar amount…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Patch joins an NJ News Commons discussion following the governor's keynote address to the Republican National Convention tonight
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Several polls indicate that he is a strong choice, especially among people in the Northeast, but will the governor's temperament alienate voters across the country?
Speculation is running high on who Mitt Romney will pick for his vice president. And it appears that NJ Gov. Chris Christie is high on the list. Several polls show former Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice, rival Rick Santorum and Gov. Christie as voter favorites to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Also among consideration, is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. A Quinnipiac poll showed Christie as the lead choice. According to another poll, it's already a tight race between Obama and Romney, who have hit the campaign trail to woo voters. Could the ticket of Romney and Christie give the GOP hopeful the edge he needs to beat the incumbent president? What do you think?
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
NJ’s governor and Cory Booker channel Seinfeld in video parody for correspondents show.
Just because they're the state's two most prominent politicians doesn't mean they don't have a sense of humor. The office of Gov. Chris Christie yesterday released a lighthearted video co-starring Newark Mayor Cory Booker as a peripatetic go-to guy, riffing off his now national-scale image as a man of action following his rescue of a neighbor from a burning building several weeks ago. As the Democratic mayor of the state's largest city is depicted doing everything from coming up with a spare guitar for Bruce Springsteen to catching a falling baby, a faux-frustrated Christie hisses "Booker!" The video was produced for the New Jersey Press Association's Legislative Correspondents Club show.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Court rules that the governor lacks authority to reorganize an independent agency, saying future of Council on Affordable Housing is up to state Legislature.
A state appeals panel has overturned Gov. Chris Christie's reorganization of New Jersey's affordable housing bureaucracy, saying the governor lacked authority to abolish an independent agency. Christie issued an executive order in June 2011 that eliminated the state Council on Affordable Housing and transferred its responsibilities to the state Department of Community Affairs. Christie says he will appeal the decision. "We are obviously disappointed with the court decision, which only perpetuates the nightmare New Jersey has endured for decades with the COAH bureaucracy," said Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak. In its ruling, written by Judge Philip S. Charchman, the appellate panel said that the state Reorganization Act "does not grant …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Governor speaks to standing room only audience in Ocean Township gymnasium.
Gov. Chris Christie stopped in Ocean Township on Tuesday for a town hall meeting with hundreds of Monmouth County residents where he touted the "Jersey Comeback" and announced that state income taxpayers would see relief in 2012. Christie, before a standing-room-only audience of more than 500 at the Township of Ocean Community Gym, said that State Senate President Stephen Sweeney earlier Tuesday had introduced a bill to give every state income taxpayer a 10 percent credit. While the legislation doesn't exactly mimic Christie's proposal of an across the board 10 percent income tax cut, the governor said that the real achievement was getting Democratic legislators to discuss how, not if, to cut taxes in the state. The same Democratic Party, …