Christie: I thought it was impossible for Dems to nominate someone more liberal than Corzine’
BRIDGEWATER – Surrounded by full-throated exuberant supporters, Gov. Chris Christie formally opened his campaign headquarters here in a squat, black and white office building on Route 22.
Max Pizarro- PolitickerNJ.com
Winners and losers: Two and a half weeks until Election Day
Democratic challenger Barbara Buono won the support of the New Jersey Environmental Federation, which backed Christie in 2009. For his part, Christie won the backing of the Plasterers and Cement Masons locals, which backed Jon Corzine in the last election. So the competitors were even on that front when another poll, this time from Quinnipiac, showed the incumbent Republican governor ahead of Buono, 58 – 26 percent.
Weekly Advance: Week of April 29
TRENTON – What excitement budget hearings to date have lacked Senate committees will likely make up for this week as lawmakers discuss firearms.
Matthew Arco- State Street Wire
Weekly Roundup: Week of April 22
TRENTON – The Lottery will remain under state control and will be bigger and better than ever.
That was the vow by Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, appearing before the Assembly Budget Committee “without being subpoenaed,” a reference to Chairman Vincent Prieto’s comment some time back about the difficulty of getting the treasurer to appear.
Minhaj Hassan-State Street Wire
Buono picks Watson Coleman as campaign chair
TRENTON — State Sen. Barbara Buono has tapped Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) to chair her campaign for governor, the campaign announced today.
Jarrett Renshaw- Star Ledger
Debris haulers’ windfall: Odd math jacks up Sandy’s tab
After superstorm Sandy struck, mountains of rubble were collected and taken to temporary storage sites. In Ocean County, those locations included a parking lot in Ortley Beach, a ball field in Bay Head, a recycling center in Berkeley. From there, trucks hauled it all to the county landfill in Manchester.
Shawn Boburg- The Record
Medical marijuana dispensary to open in Egg Harbor in September
EGG HARBOR TWP. — A nonprofit pharmaceutical company is renovating an old casino warehouse in Egg Harbor Township in order to grow and process medical marijuana for South Jersey residents with debilitating illnesses.
Don E. Woods – South Jersey Times
Christie’s tax cut fight offers more questions than answers
John Reitmeyer- The Record
Governor Christie wants Democrats to approve new tax relief. But he has yet to spell out exactly what he plans to do and how the state will pay for it.
New Jersey car insurance rates, already the highest in the nation, are on the rise
Auto insurers are raising rates in New Jersey this year, in some cases by double digits, unwelcome news for motorists in the nation’s highest-priced market.This time, motorists might be willing to cut the insurance companies some slack in light of the hundreds of millions of dollars they paid to policyholders whose sedans and SUVs were wrecked by superstorm Sandy in October.
Richard Newman – The Record
Commercial real estate is a barometer of New Jersey’s growth
Economists gauging the recovery in New Jersey can look to commercial real estate as an indicator. What they’ll find is a market that has been stagnant and struggling to get traction since the mid 2000s. And until jobs return, most sectors of commercial real estate remain on hold.
Tom De Poto- the Star Ledger
Jersey’s lacking in growth of women’s firms,
A new report indicates the growth of women-owned businesses in New Jersey has slowed dramatically compared with the national rate.
Mary Diduch -The Record
Poll: More people like Atlantic city for ‘vacations and getaways’
Long before the slot machines and blackjack tables turned Atlantic City into a gambling haven, the seaside resort was known as a vacation getaway for millions of tourists.
A new poll, however, suggests that the city may be shedding its modern, casino-centric image to recapture its old-fashioned glory as a vacation retreat. Visitors listed “vacations and getaways” as the main reason for coming to Atlantic City, pushing gambling to No. 2.
Donald Wittkowski-Press of Atlantic City
Editorial: NJ legislature should move quickly on pay-to-play campaign finance disclosure reform
Even with some of the nation’s strongest laws to prevent cronyism and corruption, New Jersey still has the unfortunate reputation as an incubator for corruption. Like matryoshka nesting dolls, layers and layers of opacity shield those covertly gaming the system.
Times of Trenton
A long hard climb to the surface
ABOUT a week ago, all three elevators at the subway station near my home were out of order. This is a deep-tunnel station, the last station in Brooklyn on the No. 2 line before the East River. It is about seven flights up to street level. That’s a guess, because the climb is broken into small components like a poor man’s spiral staircase.
Alfred Doblin – the Record
Gov. Christie’s towering hypocrisy on climate change
The kids at Demarest Elementary School in Bloomfield could teach Gov. Chris Christie a thing or two about climate change.
Tom Moran- Star Ledger