Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Harry, Christie survey the damage and have some fun.
Britain's Prince Harry did what most people do on a sunny, spring day in Seaside Heights – take in the ocean views, then play some boardwalk games. Harry came to Seaside Heights with Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday morning after the two toured destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy in Mantoloking. The pair drove south on Route 35 and entered the boardwalk at Grant Avenue where crowds of people were waiting for their arrival. "Prince Harry, we love you," shouted one small girl who was holding a welcome sign. Standing next to her was an Elvis Presley impersonator, hoping to attract some attention of his own from the prince. Harry and Christie were greeted by local officials, who escorted the pair out to Casino Pier, the site of the now-famous …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Governor chides reporters for obsessing about 'silly,' 'shallow' subject, says he is not a role model
Gov. Chris Christie reluctantly fielded reporters’ questions Tuesday about his February Lap-Band surgery, but said he would not be providing the public with any news as he heads towards his weight-loss goal, which he pointedly refused to disclose. "This is it. You ask me any more questions about this, I’m not answering,” Christie said during a groundbreaking ceremony at a Newark vocational high school. "I’m not going to be giving you all updates as this goes along. ... I’m not giving people a day-by-day, week-by-week, blow by blow," he said, adding, "I don’t care to be a role model for anyone. This is an intensely personal issue." The governor told the New York Post Monday night he’d had Lap-Band surgery in February because of concerns …
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band — or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding —procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. Sean Conner, a spokesperson for Christie, confirmed the story to Patch Tuesday. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary …
Christie rebate cuts cause 22.4 percent increase in net property taxes that hits those making under $150,000
Net property taxes in New Jersey rose 22.4 percent in Gov. Chris Christie's first three years in office, compared to just 6 percent in Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's last three years in office, a New Jersey Spotlight analysis shows. Christie, who has made attacks on “Corzine Democrats” a centerpiece of his reelection campaign, has been touting his record of holding down overall property tax increases. But when Christie’s rebate reductions are factored in, his property tax record is not so clear-cut. While Corzine doubled average property tax rebates from 2006 to 2009 and provided rebates to families earning as much as $250,000, Christie sharply cut the size of rebate payments and limited eligibility for non-seniors to those earning $75,000 …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The $1.2 million ad buy shows road to New Jerseyans' optimism in their state.
In Gov. Chris Christie's first television ad of his 2013 re-election campaign, the governor's leadership style is credited for renewing New Jersey residents' pride in their state after years of overtaxation and too much government spending. "Jersey Proud" shows how bipartisan reforms have helped "to strengthen New Jersey's future," according to the Christie campaign.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Christie-appointed panel’s proposals draw fire from both sides of issue
Nearly 50 recommendations, including tougher penalties for violating the state's gun laws, stricter regulation of ammunition and modernization of the gun-permitting process, have been made by a task force charged by Gov. Chris Christie with undertaking a comprehensive review of the state's gun laws and other factors that might contribute to gun violence in New Jersey. The task force’s report was met with little enthusiasm from those on both sides of the issue. It received lukewarm approval from gun-control advocates who are concerned that its recommendations do not go far enough to address access to firearms. Gun-rights groups remain skeptical of calls for stricter rules. The NJ SAFE Task Force was appointed in January by Christie …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie urges others to sign up as he proclaims April to be Donate Life Month
Gov. Chris Christie has agreed to be an organ donor when he dies. He wants other New Jerseyans to make the same pledge. New Jersey ranks just 40th in country in the percentage of residents who are registered donors, but bolstered state efforts to inform residents about donation options may be having an impact. Last year, a total of 718,000 New Jersey motorists who received or renewed their licenses volunteered to be donors, up from 639,000 in 2011. Christie said he hoped to see that number climb again this year, as he declared April to be Donate Life Month. “I would encourage anybody out there who hasn’t done it, to do it,” Christie said. “I think it’s incredibly important for saving lives.” Continue reading at NJSpotlight.com NJ Spotlight…
Tuesday, April 2, 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.
Tuesday, April 2
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. Christie signed the bill into law Monday andissued 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 …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Governor does not indicate if he would sign a bill outlawing the practice among minors.
Gov. Chris Christie has declared his opposition to the practice of "gay conversion" therapy but will not state whether he will sign a bill outlawing it should it pass the Legislature, nj.com reports. The governor said Thursday he opposes treatment that seeks to alter sexual orientation after stating Wednesday that he was of "two minds" on the issue. "Governor Christie does not believe in conversion therapy," spokesman Kevin Roberts said. "There is no mistaking his point of view on this when you look at his own prior statements where he makes clear that people’s sexual orientation is determined at birth." A bill to be considered by the full Senate would prevent counselors from offering such treatment to minors, and those who violate the law…
Gov. Christie: “I intend on living here after I’m governor... and I do not want to live under a Democratic governor.”
Gov. Chris Christie told Bergen County Republicans Thursday that members of his party should work together to elect strong Republican candidates across New Jersey in the coming years. Christie, speaking at Bergen County Republican Organization Headquarters in Hackensack, urged the audience that strong Republican leaders and candidates are needed at all levels of government. “This can’t just be about me,” said Christie. “After we win re-election in November it’ll be just four more years that I can be governor and then I’m term limited. [We need] good candidates that can run for governor, run for the legislature, run for freeholder, run for local offices. If we don’t have that set up then we haven’t done as good of a job as we could.” The …