Friday, May 24, 2013
Gov. Christie appeared at Seaside Heights boardwalk Friday to promote the Jersey Shore
The Jersey Shore is officially open for summer, Gov. Chris Christie said as he spent Friday morning in Seaside Heights promoting tourism in New Jersey. Early Friday, Christie appeared on NBC's Today Show, which broadcast its morning news program live from Seaside Heights. The governor later cut a ceremonial ribbon — a Guinness World Record at over five miles long — to officially declare the shore open. "It's an incredible day for New Jersey," Christie said in remarks. "I'm so thrilled that this morning we're here with the whole country welcoming the Jersey Shore back." After being battered by Superstorm Sandy, many businesses on the boardwalk are open and welcoming customers, though others continue to make repairs. Despite some grey …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The law, inspired by the national uproar created by Nutley's 'Tanning Mom,' seeks to protect New Jersey's youth from the most common form of cancer.
Wednesday, April 3
Teens looking to get tan this summer should read a new bill that passed in New Jersey on Monday and restricts certain types of tanning for minors. The new law bans anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed and anyone under 14 from getting a spray tan. Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law Monday and issued a lengthy signing statement expressing a desire to protect children from the skin cancer while keeping the rights of businesses—especially small businesses—intact. "Even if motivated by good intentions, rules and restrictions on the use of property, the exercise of rights, and the opportunities to prosper can have a corrosive effect on our state’s growth, and the lives of our citizens," Christie said. "When the regulations in …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The governor's budget relies heavily on federal aid for Sandy—aid that might disappear with sequestration.
Progress is evident. Momentum is building. So says Gov. Chris Christie as he laid out his $32.9 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 at the Statehouse Tuesday. Christie said the state’s future, both economically and in recovery following Superstorm Sandy, is moving in the right direction. With talk of compromise and bipartisanship—as well as a few customary jabs at former Gov. Jon Corzine’s administration—Christie called on the state’s Legislature to keep it going, to make the conscious decision to help New Jersey return to a position of prosperity it once knew. Of course, it will do so with the help of funding from the federal government. Included in the governor’s proposed budget is just $40 million in supplemental aid for Sandy-…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The federal government wants to block New Jersey's move to allow sports betting.
Wednesday, January 23
New Jersey shouldn't be allowed to flout a federal law banning sports betting, the U.S. Department of Justice argues in paperwork filed in federal court this week. The U.S. government joined a lawsuit Jan. 22 to prevent New Jersey's sports betting law from taking effect, Reuters reported. New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a 2011 referendum to allow sports betting in the Garden State. The nonbinding vote OK'd an amendment to the state constitution to legalize betting for professional and certain college sports at casinos and racetracks. Gov. Chris Christie supported the measure, despite federal laws against such betting. Professional sports leagues, including the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, the National…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie delivered his third State of the State address Tuesday in Trenton.
It’s been a consistent refrain from Gov. Chris Christie’s office following Hurricane Sandy’s landing on New Jersey’s shores. Make no mistake about it, he told the assembled crowd of lawmakers at the Statehouse Tuesday afternoon, New Jersey will be back. As expected, much of Christie’s State of the State address focused on Sandy’s impact on New Jersey and the ongoing effort to restore the areas most devastated by the storm as quickly as possible. During the approximately 45-minute speech—one marked by several standing ovations for both Christie and for residents who performed heroically during and after Sandy—the governor appealed for bipartisanship in politics at both the state and national levels as New Jersey works toward restoration. …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Save that candy until Nov. 5—West Deptford is following Gov. Chris Christie's Halloween postponement order.
West Deptford will comply with Gov. Chris Christie’s order and move trick-or-treating to Monday, Nov. 5. There is no official start time for trick-or-treating, but curfew is set at 8 p.m. The same curfew applies for Sunday, Nov. 4—normally the night before Halloween is Mischief Night, although with the mixed-up schedule this year, it’s unknown how many trees will get TP’d in town. RiverWinds already decided to can Spookypalooza this year. Confused reigned throughout the state after Christie issued the order Wednesday afternoon. The wording made it clear that only Oct. 31 trick-or-treating had to be suspended, but governor suggested that all towns fall in line. Also moving their trick-or-treating hours to Monday are Woodbury (3-8 p.m.), …
"Postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step" during post-Sandy cleanup, the governor says.
Effective immediately, Halloween is postponed in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie issued an executive order declaring that no New Jersey town can hold trick-or-treating today, Oct. 31. If towns had planned to do so, they must move trick-or-treating and any public celebrations to Monday, Nov. 5. Towns that already moved trick-or-treating to another day other than Oct. 31 can keep their plans, but state officials are still suggesting Monday instead. “I’ve taken this action to minimize additional risks to lives and the public safety as we begin the process of rebuilding and recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said in a statement. “In too many communities in our state, the damage and losses from this storm are still being sorted out, and…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie requested the declaration, which allows the state to receive federal aid.
Monday, October 29, 2012
President Barack Obama issued an emergency declaration for New Jersey, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make federal aid available to the state before Hurricane Sandy's arrival. On Sunday, Gov. Chris Christie formally requested the president declare a pre-landfall emergency for New Jersey. FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency, according to a press release issued by the agency. Emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding. "This assistance will enhance the State's capability to respond quickly and put assets into place where they are needed to help New…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Middle-Class Reform Agenda discussed in Howell during governor's 90th town hall appearance.
Under a banner touting a "Middle-Class Reform Agenda," Gov. Chris Christie called on legislators to enact a mix of reform measures and tax relief bills aimed at helping working New Jerseyans. Along with ethics reform the governor also gave his opinions on lower taxes, sick leave and shared services reform at a town hall meeting at Southard School in Howell on Wednesday. As he has done in his meetings throughout the state the governor mixed humor, facts and opinion in getting his message across to the nearly 300 people in attendance. As part of his presentation, the governor discussed what he called his "zero means zero bill." The bill focuses on alleviating the burden of paying sick time to public employees who have not taken their …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Party faithful say the governor hit all the right marks in his prime-time address to the nation.
In a speech that was both biographical and also touched upon Republicans' vision for the country, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday was in the limelight Tuesday as he delivered a nationally televised keynote address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. And state delegates in the St. Pete Times Forum who listened to his speech said the governor struck just the right tone in making his case for presidential candidate Mitt Romney.