Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Since leaving office in 2004, the former governor finds a new calling in public service.
Former Gov. James McGreevey, who made international news when he resigned his office nearly a decade ago and simultaneously became the nation’s first openly gay governor, received the Pride of Essex award during a ceremony Monday in Newark. “I’d like to say thank you for your understanding that the best of human nature is built in kindness, is built in understanding, is built in human decency,” McGreevey said upon receiving the award, bestowed by the county’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Advisory Board and Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo. “I want to thank you for being a county that does something like this not just for the LGBTQ community but for every marginal community,” said the 55-year-old McGreevey, …
Friday, June 14, 2013
The governor follows in the comedic footsteps of his on-again, off-again buddy Barack Obama.
Gov. Chris Christie appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night to break down his decision to “let the people vote” in a special election for Frank Lautenberg’s senate seat. As The Roots laid down a smooth R&B beat, the governor mostly played the straight man to Fallon. Christie “slow jammed” his talking points about the special election and dodged questions about whether he’d announce a run for president. Christie remained poised, good natured, and at times affected a mock-offended tone, as Fallon cracked fat jokes at the guv’s expense during the 5 minute segment. “Now look, I know that this election is going to cost tax payers some money, but these costs can’t be measured against the value of having an elected member of the …
Monday, June 10, 2013
Joseph DiVincenzo will endorse the governor's re-election bid officially on Tuesday.
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo will appear at a special West Orange event Tuesday to announce his endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie, according to NJ.com. DiVincenzo will state his support for the governor's re-election effort at noon Tuesday at McCloone’s Boat House in West Orange, NJ.com is reporting via anonymous sources. Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura reportedly is also backing Republican Christie, as will a number of Democratic mayors and African-American ministers, NJ.com reported.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The governor has not announced an appointment for Sen. Frank Lautenberg's vacant seat, which will be filled by an Oct. 16 election.
The governor’s race won’t be the only statewide office on New Jersey voters’ minds this year. During a press conference in Trenton Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie called for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of longtime Sen. Frank Lautenberg. A primary will be held Aug. 13, with the special election scheduled for Oct. 16. “Today, we begin the process of guaranteeing the voters of New Jersey have a voice in the process,” Christie said. “The issues the Senate is facing are too important for the people of New Jersey not to have an elected representative who represents the will of the voters.” Christie has not announced an appointment to the seat but said he expects to name one by next week. Christie would not say who …
Gov. Chris Christie has 30 days to announce an appointment, but conflicting state laws could have an election this November or November 2014.
The death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) leaves an open spot in the U.S. Senate, a seat Gov. Chris Christie will appoint a candidate for in the interim. However, when candidates face the voters is not yet known. The U.S. Constitution affords Christie (R) the power to appoint a replacement within the next 30 days, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Christie can appoint either a Democrat or a Republican. New Jersey Office of Legislative Services (OLS) Public Information Office Assistant Director David Inverso said two state statutes offer guidance on when appointments and special elections may occur following a vacancy. These statutes are somewhat in conflict, however. One state statute calls for an election this …
Gala dinner takes place in West Orange this week.
Gov. Christie and Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. host the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Gold Tie 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner, which takes place Wednesday evening at West Orange's Pleasantdale Chateau. As part of the celebration, a number of community business leaders will be honored for their support of the zoo: philanthropists Raymond G. Chambers and Ronald J. Mount, Investors Bank President and CEO Kevin Cummings, retired Prudential Insurance President and CEO Arthur F. Ryan, Appaloosa Management founder and Livingston resident David Tepper and Marc E. Berson, chairman of the Fidelco Group. Gov. Christie is serving as the event's honorary chair; Barnabas Health Chairman Barry Ostrowsky is chairing the dinner. All …
Monday, June 3, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans seek votes in their respective primary races Tuesday.
Sporting a sky-high approval rating that's fluctuated between the high 60s and low 70s percentile during New Jersey's recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie has more than a fair chance at re-election in the upcoming gubernatorial race this fall. His opponents, however, are hoping that public opinion proves to be fickle. In Tuesday's primary election, two Democratic candidates are seeking approval to face off against Christie in the next election under the party banner. On the Republican side of the ballot, Christie is facing a primary challenge from an opponent who believes the governor has failed to adhere to the sense of conservatism and small government demanded by Republican ideals. For the Democrats, frontrunner…
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
President and Gov. Christie greet cheering crowd in rain.
President Obama checked out a record-breaking sand castle, played a football boardwalk game and "high-fived" lots of kids during a short visit to Point Pleasant Beach early Tuesday afternoon before speaking in Asbury Park. The message from Obama and Gov. Chris Christie was clear: The Jersey Shore is back and open for business, but there is more work to be done. "I came back to let people know we're going to keep going until the job is done," Obama said in a short speech to the crowd who gathered along the boardwalk and beachfront in Asbury. Obama delivered his remarks in front of Convention Hall. "When I was here seven months ago, Sandy had just hit, but you kept going...The Jersey Shore is back in business, but the work is not over," …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
This will be Obama's first visit to Shore since just after Sandy.
President Obama and Gov. Christie will visit the Jersey Shore on Tuesday, according to The Record in Bergen County. This will be Obama's first visit to the area since Oct. 31, just after the storm struck. A full itinerary of the visit was not available. More information can be found here.
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 …