PolitickerNJ’s first Annual Stack Awards: The FY2016 Budget
NEWARK – It seems appropriate, standing as we were in One Gateway Center a short time ago on a Friday afternoon, that someone should sidle up of the passing crowd to join us as another daytime television viewer, in this case taking in Gov. Chris Christie’s press conference on a suspended TV set.
“What’s he saying here?” sounded a familiar voice tinged with bemusement. (Pizarro, PolitickerNJ)
The top ten reasons why it’s GREAT that Christie’s running for president
Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 presidential campaign website this weekend, in advance of a full-fledged rollout in Livingston on Tuesday. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
Well, that was one of the all-time great American speeches, that eulogy President Barack Obama delivered today at the funeral of the Rev. Pastor Clementa Pinckney, who was gunned down last week by a rampaging hate-filled racist. It was so great that it momentarily stirred us out of the parochial swamps of our New Jersey existence to lend – for just a few moments between rage-filled highway jockeying – a toxic-ravaged ear. (PolitickerNJ Editor)
The FY2016 Budget and that other anaconda at Lake Hopatcong
This is a tale with more moving parts than a Lake Hopatcong weed harvester. (Daigle/PolitickerNJ)
Jeb Bush shakes money tree in Manhattan two more times
Jeb Bush has been Hoovering up campaign cash in the Northeast, surprising some with the strength of his appeal in what should be considered Chris Christie’s neighborhood, according to our sister publication The New York Observer.
Yesterday the money train continued, making two New York City stops, which you can read about here. (PolitickerNJ)
Christie on Cami Anderson: “She did an extraordinary job” as Newark Schools Superintendent, despite controversy, protests
TRENTON – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, in the aftermath of Cami Anderson’s abrupt exit from her position as Newark Schools Superintendent earlier this week, sang Anderson’s praises to the heavens on Friday, despite the fact that many Newark residents want to figuratively send her to Hell for the implementation of her controversial school reorganization plan. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Christie, on eve of 2016 Prez run decision: “The budget is done”
TRENTON – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, on the precipice of a 2016 presidential run, signed the state budget at the State House in Trenton on Friday, but underscored certain key conditions that highlighted his hard stance on certain policy positions, including the state’s beleaguered pension and benefits system. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Christie acts on FY2016 budget, slashing $1.6 billion from Dem plan
TRENTON — Gov Chris Christie took action on the state’s FY2016 budget today, vastly paring down a proposed $35.3 billion spending plan passed by Democrats yesterday with line-item vetoes of a handful of major tax hikes. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
NJ Citizen Action calls on Christie to resign before Tuesday prez launch
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie is finally set to announce a presidential bid next week — and the news isn’t sitting well with one liberal advocacy group in the state. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Bramnick: Christie deserves the respect of New Jersey for prez bid
Long loyal to Gov. Chris Christie and one of his stoutest public defenders in the aftermath of Bridgegate, Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) celebrated the news of Christie’s imminent entrance into the 2016 presidential contest. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie Teases Campaign Launch
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie released a video Sunday evening previewing his formal presidential announcement highlighting his commitment to “telling it like it is.” (Miller/TIME)
AP sources: NJ Gov. Chris Christie entering 2016 race
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is entering the 2016 Republican presidential nomination contest and will announce that Tuesday at his old high school, several people familiar with his plans told The Associated Press. (Colvin/Associated Press)
Has Christie’s ship already sailed?
In the summer of 2011, some Republican leaders and billionaire donors begged Gov. Christie to run for president to save the party. Less than thrilled with the available options, they loved his blunt style and success in a blue state. Christie wavered, but passed.
“Now is not my time,” he said.
As Christie prepares to announce his 2016 presidential intentions Tuesday, after months of travels to early-voting states, some question whether he missed his moment. The Republican electorate seems to have given a collective shrug and moved on; Christie is near the bottom of the polls. (Fitzgerald/Philadelphia Inquirer)
Red Mascara, Whose Song ‘I’m From New Jersey’ Almost Became a State Anthem, Dies at 92
Red Mascara, who became New Jersey’s most persistent lobbyist with his 55-year bid to make a ditty he had written the official song of the state of Sinatra and Springsteen, died on June 20 at his home in Phillipsburg, N.J. He was 92.
His death was confirmed by his granddaughter Rebecca Lee, who said he had had a stroke four days earlier. The day before that, she said, he had been calling members of the State Assembly to push his cause, which once came a veto pen away from succeeding but always remained out of reach. (Zernike/The Wall Street Journal)
Move On or Keep Fighting? GOP Candidates React to Gay-Marriage Ruling
The Supreme Court decision guaranteeing marriage equality to gay couples drew criticism on Friday from Republicans running for president in 2016, but the contenders took different tones and promised different degrees of pushback–signaling just what a tricky political issue this is for the party.
Some candidates expressed disappointment but signaled it was time to move on, while others blasted the court and vowed to keep fighting. (Wall Street Journal Roundup)
Christie and Baraka unveil ‘Newark Educational Success Board’
Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka this afternoon issued the following joint statement regarding Newark Public Schools:
“It is with great pride that we, the Mayor of Newark and the Governor of New Jersey, come together to establish a shared vision for empowering the people of Newark to make decisions over their schools, while sustaining and growing a culture of high educational expectations, accountability and results in the city. “Together, we have created a Newark Educational Success Board that will be charged by us with developing a clear, specific pathway with appropriate timelines and benchmarks for the return of local control to the Newark community. The panel will have nine members, four appointed by the Mayor and five appointed by the Governor, including Chris Cerf upon his confirmation as Newark Schools Superintendent. The following individuals will serve on the panel as well: (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)