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Re: Bergen Hill - Grand @ Summit
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Take a drive around the area at night and see for yourself.

Posted on: 2013/8/13 19:38
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Re: Where can I get an amazing burger downtown?
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Five Guys-great fries, burgers are hockey pucks. If the meat is so great, ground fresh onsite daily, why do they refuse to offer it anything but well done?

Posted on: 2013/8/11 21:36
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Re: Cory Booker: the inexorable rise of Newark's neoliberal egomaniac
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Who's winning the race between Newark and Jersey City in murders? Maybe these two should spend more time getting that under control than running down the shore and schmoozing with Oprah.

Posted on: 2013/8/10 22:52
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Hudson Riverfront Walkway repairs-LSP and below
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The repairs for most of the affected areas are complete, although the area in front of the Central Rail Terminal is still closed off. South through the Flag Plaza, then west to the Liberty National Golf Course is now open.

The good news is that the riverfront portion in front of Port Liberte is now in progress to be repaired. They began this Wednesday; once completed we will again be able to walk or cycle alongside the bay then beside the interior canal into Port Liberte itself. The workers I spoke to don't have a timeframe for completion (nor have I seen any repairs going on at The Point restaurant site in the complex), but at least repairs have begun. I was told that due to the upcoming Barclays golf tournament at Liberty National the repair work will be interrupted, as the trucks supporting the repair have been parking alongside the south end of the golf course and this won't be available during the tournament.

Posted on: 2013/8/10 9:43
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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If you knew the timeline of the tunnel to Macy's basement you'd know that Christie gave all the time needed to resolve the issues of who would bear the cost of the inevitable overruns. LaHood offered low interest loans to NJ to cover this, which didn't at all change the fact that NJ taxpayers ALONE would bear 100% of the overrun costs. Not NY (who benefit equally, if not more-remember their ONLY contribution was their half of the Port Authority contribution, not the 1/3 of the initial cost plus half the PA contribution of NJ), nor the Feds. Just NJ. Which would be many, many billions.

The 7 train extension is the best solution, especially we already built the vanity Lautenberg station on the Turnpike-but NY politicians are too savvy to partner with NJ when they think they can hose us totally.

If this tunnel is so important to the region then the Feds should step up and make it a priority-maybe get some of our tax dollars back after screwing us for decades and decades while our Senators have been complicit.

It's rather simple to figure out, even more so if you can look past myopic anti-Christie hysteria.


If you knew as much as you think you did, you would know that the reason the tunnel was cancelled was the governor planned on using the money to repave New Jersey highways. You would also know that there had been a handshake deal in place to keep the project going, but one party held a press conference before the other. Hint: Christie's presser was first. The Governor actually thought the Federal government would let NJ keep the money for some other project. Instead, New Jersey lost that money, taxpayers ended up paying $95,000,000 back, 6,000 construction jobs were never created, and New Jersey still doesn't have better access to New York.

What that really means is not relieving congestion on the PATH by avoiding the transfer in Hoboken to the PATH system. It also means a new line into Bergen County can't get built, a new line in Middlesex can't get built, direct service on the Raritan line will never happen, and additional lines to West Trenton and Scranton, if they happen, will only be indirect service, by way of other NJTransit or PATH trains.



The 7 train, which by the way, is not going to happen, was a plan that would bolster Long Island City's office development more than anything, which actually means more jobs leaving New Jersey. It would have hurt Jersey City's office market. Also, it still would mean a transfer for NJ Transit commuters and would fail to add any additional commuter rail. So while a nice fantasy, it really wasn't ever going to replace ARC, nor was it going to be particularly beneficial



New York doesn't need the ARC tunnel as much as New Jersey. The high paying jobs are in New York, and they are leaving the suburbs. The suburban office market is imploding, mostly because businesses and workers don't want to be there. There are also competitive advantages to being in centralized business districts. As far as New York is concerned, they don't need the ARC tunnel because there is plenty of room for suburban growth on Long Island and in upstate New York. Also, coincidentally, the East Side Access tunnel will save Long Island commuters 10 to 30 minutes on their morning commute, plus save on transfers. What's that mean for New Jersey? By comparison, much more of Long Island will have faster access to the high paying jobs that ARC was suppose to give access to.



Wrong on the highways. If the Feds and NY were willing to partner in the inevitable cost overruns the project would be a go. Christie pulled the plug for the right reasons-untold billions of tax burden on NJ taxpayers, already among the most taxed in the US.

The 7 line would bring NJ commuters not only directly to Grand Central, but to Metro North. The tunnel to Macys basement brings them 15 stories below ground. Just how well do those Penn Station escalators/elevators work now, lol?

The simple reason that NY doesn't want to contribute to the tunnel to Macy's basement, or extend the 7 line, is because of exactly the reason Christie pulled the plug on cost overruns. The East Side Access tunnel is Waaay over budget, with more overages expected as the project won't be finished at least until the end of this decade. Do you think the cost will go down over the next 6 years? Since it's a NY to NY project they are solely responsible for the overages and won't have any more to spare to work with NJ. Simple math, really.

Each day more and more people telecommute. Do you think that trend is likely to increase or decrease? We may be actually facing less commuter demand as years progress.

And let's not forget all the taxes that NJ commuters pay to NY state. They get to pay that, and get a tax credit to NJ. (Don't forget your NYC salary tax is based on your TOTAL family income, even if your spouse doesn't work in NJ!) Pretty good deal for NY-you pay taxes to educate their kids and keep their taxes down. Ever see what real estate taxes on, say, a million dollar condo in NYC vs NJ? Lots lower. Now you know why.

Posted on: 2013/8/9 21:04
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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Chris Christie's Ego is So Big that He Took $2m from Sandy Victims So He Could Be in a Commercial

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08 ... -Could-Be-in-a-Commercial


The money was earmarked by the Feds for promotion, saying he 'took it' from the victims is not only inaccurate, but stupid.

Posted on: 2013/8/9 20:46
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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Ianmac, don't be hating on the Short Hills Mall-after all, it probably sends more sales tax money to Trenton than all of Jersey City, not to mention how the local taxpayers there help pay for Jersey City school education.

(JC spends over 22K/year per student-of which local residents pony up just 16.2% of the cost, NJ taxpayers 76.2%, and the Feds 7.6%. Millburn/Short Hills spends 18K/year per student-of which local residents pay 86.2% of the cost, NJ taxpayers 11%, and the Feds 1.8%).

Those people driving from one side to the other have paid for the right to do so it would seem, as Millburn/Short Hills residents pay the highest average real estate taxes in NJ.

Posted on: 2013/8/9 18:56
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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I forgot to add that Christie negotiated the Fed repayment of the upfronted funds for the tunnel to Macy's basement from $300 million to less than a third of that.

And as far as PATH overcrowding, what does that have to do with the tunnel to Macy's basement? PATH trains wouldn't be using that tunnel . . . oopsie!

Posted on: 2013/8/9 18:18
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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The numbers (and points) are stupid. Christie didn't 'lose', for example, $3 billion dollars in transportation funds for the Tunnel to Macy's Basement.

He saved MANY billions of dollars in cost overruns that NJ taxpayers would SOLELY be on the hook for, as the other stakeholders in the project refused to share the pain of the inevitable extra costs. You may research the Big Dig overruns in Boston if you'd like to see the pain that would have been inflicted upon us.

That's just one of many errors/distortions in the slanted link.

Carry on.


Monroe, you ignorant slut. Christie in fact lost several hundred million dollars of the ARC money that needed to be repaid, plus legal fees, plus $18 billion in real estate values that won't be realized without better train access. Also, NJ lost all the tax revenue from the high paid white collar workers who won't be living in New Jersey because they can't commute to Manhattan by train.

Also, the misnomer "train to Macy's basement" is the sort of distinction only made by fat suburban nimrods who drive from one end of the Short Hills Mall to the other instead of walking through it. The entrance to the new tracks would have been across the street from the existing entrance to Penn Station-- true. But that won't be any farther away than NJTransit trains in Moynihan Station, across 8th Avenue. Or put another way, the tracks "under Macy's Basement" would be about as far away as the 1,2,3 trains from the A,C,E trains which both go to Penn Station. On top of that, the Gimbels tunnel connecting Herald Square subway and PATH trains to Penn Station was to reopen, connecting all this transit in one continuous system. You knew that right, or didn't you bother doing your research before reproducing Christie's talking points?

Okay, so yeah, carry on.

Oh, one more thing. Don't ever complain about how crowded the PATH was, is, or will be in the future, because there was $3 billion of federal money that was intended to ease trans hudson commuting that the state isn't getting.






If you knew the timeline of the tunnel to Macy's basement you'd know that Christie gave all the time needed to resolve the issues of who would bear the cost of the inevitable overruns. LaHood offered low interest loans to NJ to cover this, which didn't at all change the fact that NJ taxpayers ALONE would bear 100% of the overrun costs. Not NY (who benefit equally, if not more-remember their ONLY contribution was their half of the Port Authority contribution, not the 1/3 of the initial cost plus half the PA contribution of NJ), nor the Feds. Just NJ. Which would be many, many billions.

The 7 train extension is the best solution, especially we already built the vanity Lautenberg station on the Turnpike-but NY politicians are too savvy to partner with NJ when they think they can hose us totally.

If this tunnel is so important to the region then the Feds should step up and make it a priority-maybe get some of our tax dollars back after screwing us for decades and decades while our Senators have been complicit.

It's rather simple to figure out, even more so if you can look past myopic anti-Christie hysteria.

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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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I'd love an answer why, with Democratic Senators for over THIRTY YEARS (I think we can agree to give Chiesa a pass on his short tenure, lol) they have been unable to bring back more than $.53 of each dollar we've sent to Washington.

Using 'onenjorg' methods, I'd say NJ Democratic Senators have lost HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of NJ taxpayer dollars because of their ineptness, inability, or lack of interest to properly serve their residents. Hundreds of thousands of jobs lost! Incredible pollution because of lack of money to clean our soil and water!

Why is onenjorg silent on this abuse?

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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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Monroe, I am reposting the list of Christie items. I took your criticism out (line through). You have not addressed these issues below. Instead you blamed a "slanted" position on all these issues. That doesn't answer the fact that Christie has left NJ in a worse state then when he started. Yeah, he's popular but he's not getting things done for the majority of NJ residents. I'd be interested to hear if you have anything to say other than insults (i.e. facts):
Jobs Lost – New Jersey Falling Behind:
7th – New Jersey has the 7th highest unemployment rate in the country at 9.3 percent – the worst rate in the region (April 2, 2013)
15.5% – New Jersey residents who are underemployed (The Wall Street Journal, 7/30/2012)
47th – NJ’s economic growth ranking (The Times of Trenton 3/4/2013)
41st – New Jersey’s business climate ranking (CNBC, 7/10/2012)
35% –the amount of jobs NJ has restored since the recession (The Times of Trenton, 3/4/2013)
45,000 – Number of permanent jobs Christie cost New Jersey by killing the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project (The Star-Ledger, 10/28/2010)
6,000 – Number of construction jobs New Jersey lost when Christie decided to end the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project (The Star-Ledger, 10/28/2010)
7,000 – Jobs that could be lost if Christie succeeds in privatizing New Jersey’s state lottery (Asian American Retailers Association, 12/12)
174,100 – Net private sector jobs lost (NJ Spotlight, 7/23/2012)
10,000 – Teachers and school employees laid off in 2010 due to Christie’s budget cuts (Daily Journal, 12/29/2010)
16,600 or 2.8% – Public sector workers laid off (NJ Spotlight, 7/23/2012)


New Jersey Families Falling Behind:
$7,885 – New Jersey’s average property tax bill, up from $6,244 in 2009 (The Record, 5/14/13)
18.7% – Increase in New Jersey homeowners’ net property tax burden since Chris Christie took office, due to elimination of property tax relief (The Record, 5/14/13)
4 – Number of times Christie vetoed women’s health funding
6 – Number of family planning health centers closed, so far, due to Christie cuts to women’s health and family planning
82% – Percentage of New Jersey towns that saw some increase in the average property tax bills in 2011 (The Star-Ledger, 1/8/2012)
138 – Hours a week a minimum wage worker in New Jersey would need to work to afford a two-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rent (National Income Housing Coalition, 2012)
7.7% – New Jersey’s mortgage default rate, 4.5% higher than the national average (The Star-Ledger 12/4/2012)
8.4% – Mortgage loans in foreclosure, the 2nd highest percentage of mortgage loans in foreclosure in the nation; one out of every twelve mortgages in New Jersey is in the foreclosure stage (New Jersey Newsroom, 7/18/2012)
20.4% – Net property taxes higher since Christie took office (NJ Spotlight, 1/30/12)
82% – Percentage of New Jersey towns that saw some increase in the average property tax bills in 2011 (The Star-Ledger, 1/8/2012)
11% – Amount of income a New Jersey household spends on property taxes; the national average is just 3%
138 – Hours a week a minimum wage worker in New Jersey would need to work to afford a two-bedroom unit at Fair Market Rent (National Income Housing Coalition, 2012)
$200 – Lost, per family, in tax credits aimed at low-income workers during the past two tax years (NJ Spotlight, 8/8/2012)
83% – New Jersey’s graduation rate, down from 95% in 2010 (New Jersey Newsroom 11/29/2012)
24% – Percentage increase since 2000 in the number of New Jersey children living in poor neighborhoods (NJSpotlight.com, 3/8/2012)
7 – Percent that New Jersey’s homeless population rose between 2009 and 2011 (NJSpotlight.com, 4/19/2012)
48 out of 50 – New Jersey’s rank when it comes to serving school breakfast to low-income children, many of whom come to school hungry and unable to concentrate on their school work (Advocates for Children of New Jersey, 1/31/2012)




Crumbling Infrastructure & Rising Costs:
651 – The number of New Jersey bridges found to be “structurally deficient” by the Federal Highway Administration, up from 620 in 2010, the year Governor Christie took office. (The Star-Ledger, 6/19/2013)
$13 – Record high cash tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Lincoln Tunnel, Goethals Bridge, Bayonne Bridge and Outerbridge Crossing (USA Today, 12/3/2012)
25% – Increase in fares for NJ Transit rail and commuter bus lines since Christie took office (Asbury Park Press, 4/14/10)
10% – Increase in fares for local bus and light rail fares since Christie took office (Asbury Park Press, 4/14/10)
36% –Percentage of NJ bridges are “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” (NJTV, 3/29/2013)
66% –Percentage of NJ roads are in poor or mediocre condition, costing motorists $3.5B a year in extra repairs – $601 per motorist (NJTV, 3/29/2013)

Abusing Taxpayer Money:
$23.8 million – The total cost for primary and special elections to fill the seat of U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg in October of 2013, rather than waiting until the November general election one month later. (Bloomberg, 6/6/13)
$150 Million – The amount AshBritt secured in no-bid contracts from 53 municipalities throughout New Jersey after Christie Administration secured their contract (Star Ledger, 3/29/2013)
Over 100 – Chris Christie uses taxpayer money to fund GOP rallies under the guise of town hall meetings
164 – Christie and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno have flown 164 times on state police helicopters…and counting (Bloomberg, 4/1/2013)
$390,200 – Amount Christie and Guadagno have cost taxpayers using state police helicopters (Bloomberg, 4/1/2013)

$1.2 Million – Paid to politically-connected lobbying law-firm Patton Boggs for fighting demands from federal government to return $271,000,000 spent on Access to the Region’s Core project (NorthJersey.com, 7/5/11)
$279 Million – Loss to NJ taxpayers as a result of Governor Christie canceling the ARC Tunnel project for his own political gains (NorthJersey.com, 1/8/2012)
$300,000 – Taxpayer dollars wasted in January 2010 to lure businesses from Illinois to New Jersey; to-date, not a single business has relocated


Taxpayer-Funded Corporate Bailouts… And No Job Gains:
54% Fewer – Decrease in enforcement actions against industrial polluters, from 29,579 in 2008 to 13,555 in 2012 (The Star-Ledger, 7/12/13)
$2.1 Billion – In his first 3 years, Christie has doled out $2.1 billion in tax credits and subsidies to 171 various projects (NJPP, April 2013)
$2.3 Billion – Tax breaks for corporations in Governor Christie’s fourth and final budget alone (The Times of Trenton, 3/4/2013)
$261 Million – State tax credits was doled out to Revel casino which filed for bankruptcy just 10 months after opening (The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/21/2013)
$200 Million – Cost of tax breaks Christie promised to the foreign company that took over development of Meadowlands Xanadu project (NorthJersey.com, 5/3/2011)

Budget Mismanagement – Costing NJ Taxpayers:
Over $800 million – Money paid skimmed from the state’s Clean Energy Program – paid by New Jersey residents – to make up for lost revenue under Governor Christie’s administration (New Jersey Spotlight, 4/24/13)
46th out of 50 – New Jersey’s ranking as one of the worst run states in America (Yahoo Finance 11/27/2012)
41st – New Jersey’s business climate ranking (CNBC, 7/10/2012)
$282 Billion – New Jersey’s debt, the fourth-highest debt in the nation (NJBIZ, 8/29/2012)
$400 Million – Race to the Top federal education funding lost because Christie refused to compromise and work with teachers’ union on application for funding (The Star-Ledger, 10/10/10)
$3 Billion – The largest Federal Transit Administration grant in American history, lost when Christie killed the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project (Asbury Park Press, 12/27/10)
$145 Million – Amount owed to the federal government for Medicaid mismanagement (The Star-Ledger, 1/12/2012)
$171 Million – Minimum expected losses from 2012-2018 as a consequence of Christie pulling New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (Environment New Jersey, 2/15/2102)
$2 Billion – Amount Christie cut education by – a sum so drastic the state supreme court ruled it unconstitutional
3 – New Jersey has dropped to number three nationally in terms of solar capacity and installations (NJ Spotlight, 3/15/2013)
4 out of 10 – New Jersey’s emergency preparedness score. 43 states received a higher score than the Garden State (The Asbury Park Press, 12/19/2012)
2,832,000 – Shortfall in Christie’s payment to New Jersey’s pension fund for 2012 (The Star-Ledger, 1/25/12)
$2,100,000 – Shortfall in Christie’s payment to New Jersey’s pension fund for 2013 (The Star-Ledger, 1/25/12)
- See more at: http://www.onenewjersey.org/christie- ... ers/#sthash.lW5eIDS5.dpuf


Arcy, again-you have to put the 'stats' in context. I'll take the last two points to discuss. This stat is meaningless, because, as you may or may not know, previous Democratic Governors had either paid NOTHING or smaller amounts to the pension fund. So, in effect, what is a criticism of Christie actually shows he's trying to correct the problem, but actually putting money in the kitty and planning to increase the amount for towards the shortfall each year.

I know this silly 'activist' group wasn't around during most of the years that Democrat Governors either ignored the pension contribution entirely (while leaving the bank door open to greater pension abuses to their constituents, of course), but I'm sure they wouldn't have said a peep about it.

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Re: Bergen Lafayette?
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No flooding around the LSP Light Rail stop, at least in any of the surrounding streets west of the stop during Sandy. Not like Grand Ave for instance.

Posted on: 2013/8/8 23:00
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Re: Jersey City Economic Director Demeans Women
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You may disagree with her politics and her positions but calling Milly a "union toady" and Barbara a "Botox Barbara" is really uncalled for.


As opposed to public comments made about Christie's personal weight problem... "union toady" is not bad, basically means the union says jump and she says how high? You could also describe her as "water carrier" for "union hacks". it's not a personal attack, Botox Barbara might be rough but that's politics. Don't forget Corzine was bedding the head of the CWA union... also giving her 500K loans to buy property in the Tea Building Hoboken.


My favorite was when Jonnie had to drop 20K plus at Cartier with a make up gift after he neglected to bring Carla Katz to his daughters wedding!

(And any 'loans' he made Katz were later forgiven, btw).

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Re: Jersey City Economic Director Demeans Women
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You may disagree with her politics and her positions but calling Milly a "union toady" and Barbara a "Botox Barbara" is really uncalled for.


The title of this thread is basically calling someone a misogynist, wrongly. Are you offended by that as well?

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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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Yes, Arcy, I've already said many of those citations are plain wrong. Costing NJ 3 billion dollars for the tunnel to Macy's basement is one glaring example. Flushing that project saved NJ untold billions-again, refer to the Big Dig cost overruns.

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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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First, if shared services have been on the Democrats plates for a while, why hasn't it been done when the Dems had a Gov and control of the Legislature? How come all of the things that people are saying were Democrat ideas have finally come true under a Governor with a Legislature of another party? Because they didn't have the political will or guts to get it done. It's amazing how these great ideas passed through years of Democratic control of Trenton, but happened with a minority party Governor in charge. Corzine's missed opportunity for gay marriage is a perfect example of politicians wanting it both ways. Pension reform? Got done under Christie. Healthcare reform? Got done under Christie. And, only now, does a NJ Governor create a group to go after pension and benefits fraud? Is that something the Democrats have been pushing for years as well, lol? (Fulop wants to do the same, no?)

My major disappointment in Christie has been his unwillingness so far to go wolverine on the Port Authority. I'm hoping he's been warming up by going after the quasi governmental authorities like the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission and the Delaware River and Bay Authority that have been cesspools of mismanagement, financial shenanigans and patronage abuses since, well, forever.

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Re: Shocking conflict of interest between Booker and CNN
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The Star Ledger, always ready to dump on Christie, does mention the cozy relationship with Zucker-but somehow misses the stock options that were granted to Zucker's FIFTEEN YEAR OLD son!

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/ ... rt_says.html#incart_river

Posted on: 2013/8/8 9:34
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Shocking conflict of interest between Booker and CNN
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http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national ... ry_7jVu0L0hkP5FqvYsISlABO

Nothing like giving CNN boss Jeff Zucker's FIFTEEN YEAR OLD son a consulting gig WITH STOCK OPTIONS in your Internet startup to guarantee good press.

Oopsie, the news went out, and the deal is off. The stink is still there, however.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

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Pebble, Corzine put in a 4% cap. Christie halved that. In the decade before Christie took over as Governor NJ real estate taxes rose 72% under the Democratic Governors.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07 ... ey-towns-and-schools.html

As far as shared services, candidate and then governor-elect Christie said he'd push for it-and Governor Christie delivered.

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/ ... ect_christie_says_he.html

Specifically, here is a story on the Princeton merger with Christie commenting.
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2011 ... g_princeton_merger_g.html

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Pebble, Christie proposed and Sweeney and the Democratic Legislature agreed on pension reform AND tenure reform, both topics which had been hot topics for members of both parties for decades. In both cases, neither side got exactly what they wanted-which is how bipartisan deals get struck. Having the Democrats realize that reform needed to be achieved to keep the system from collapsing was a huge accomplishment for both sides. I'm sure Sweeney had to hold his nose to sign off on legislation that would go against public sector unions and the NJEA, but in the end even the NJEA signed off on the somewhat watered down tenure reform.

Tax relief for towns? 2% cap, with allowances if the voters want to exceed it. The recent merging of the Princetons, long advocated by Christie, will be a leading example to similar municipalities (of which NJ may lead the country per capita-a huge waste of money. Do we need Chatham Township AND Chatham Borough, for example?) Shared services is the way to go to save taxpayer money. Can't remember previous Governors of either party pushing for this.

The argument that slanted journalism is baseless is so ridiculous I won't even argue. Do you not watch the evening news, lol?

As far as Christie's choice of PR firm, did you miss the part that the Star Ledger said it's a favorite of BOTH parties? Oopsie!

I'll lay off the Barbara Botox cracks, though!

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Absolutely - Politicians over the years (Christie now) created this environment (law and order, local economy, taxes, employment, education, health needs, housing needs etc etc) This State is a mess and its no wonder NJ residents are pissed off and grumpy


Not at Christie, the Fat Man is overwhelmingly admired by NJ residents. Have you seen his 70% approval ratings, the highest ever recorded in NJ for a Governor?

NJ and private interests have been investing huge amounts of money into Newark (NJPac, Prudential Center, Abbott billions, etc) but you can't legislate away 70% of minority children being born out of wedlock, gang mentality, generational public assistance, public schools that fail, etc. At least Booker tried to move towards vouchers and charter schools, to the dismay of the entrenched NJEA obstructionists.

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NJ gets 2 mentions on the world arena - Well done Christie, you're doing a hell of a job - We should look for help from countries and cities in India and Afghanistan for help that didn't get a mention!


Christie is responsible for the problems in Newark-that began in 1967 with the riots? lol

Addonizio, corrupt Democratic mayor 62-70
Gibson, corrupt Democratic mayor 70-86
James, corrupt Democratic mayor 86-06
Booker, mayor since 06

Yup, blame it on Christie, lol! Camden, too!

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Well, it's not too friendly to policemen after a THIRTEEN YEAR OLD robbery suspect was shooting at him at 3:30 in the morning! Hopefully the parent(s) are arrested for having their hoodlum child on the street at that time.

Senator Booker, lol. On top of the 14 year old hoodlum in NYC killed by police during that child's shooting spree, will we see the national media react at these horrors like the Trayvon Martin case? Somehow I doubt it.

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I have no clue, never took it or any other bus in JC.

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It looks like the 6 stops at the LSP Light Rail.

http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0006.pdf

Posted on: 2013/8/7 8:42
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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Prostituting himself for personal ego and publicity at our cost.

We've had the Kardashians, now lets have the Chistie's ... so much for an upgrade to public transport needs across the Hudson!


Extending the 7 train to the Lautenberg transit hub makes a lot more sense in every way, but NYC and the Feds want NJ taxpayers to take the overrun burden by themselves. Christie is correct in wanting all the stakeholders to share costs and responsibilities.

Prostituting? Kardashians?? You've jumped the shark, lol.

Posted on: 2013/8/7 8:00
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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Thanks for keeping an open mind, but I'm not, after just in one post debunking a $3 billion dollar error, refuting each point. The fact that the errors are rife (or in many cases not facts but projections and suppositions) should be enough for anyone to figure out the activist organization is hyperpartisan and anti-Christie in its purpose.

Posted on: 2013/8/6 21:11
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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Another BILLION dollar error is the claim that Christie cut education-working off the previous year, Obama had funded almost a billion dollars of education aid for ONE YEAR for NJ.

When that expired, was Christie supposed to raise taxes another billion for every year to keep that in perpetuity?

And the helicopter claims are really silly-Christie has used helicopters far less than his predecessors.

In fact, the 'claims' look more and more ridiculous under further examination. For the elections to replace Lautenberg, he could've avoided it by naming a replacement until the next scheduled Senatorial election, saving money.

How would the looney left felt about that? They'd squeal like pigs. But bi-partisan, centrist, Christie said 'let the voters decide now'.

Posted on: 2013/8/6 19:07
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Re: Gov. Christie's shameless $2M self-promotion: Editorial
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You're right to be skeptical but their work is cited with sources. So you really can't deny the truth in many of their figures.


The numbers (and points) are stupid. Christie didn't 'lose', for example, $3 billion dollars in transportation funds for the Tunnel to Macy's Basement.

He saved MANY billions of dollars in cost overruns that NJ taxpayers would SOLELY be on the hook for, as the other stakeholders in the project refused to share the pain of the inevitable extra costs. You may research the Big Dig overruns in Boston if you'd like to see the pain that would have been inflicted upon us.

That's just one of many errors/distortions in the slanted link.

Carry on.

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Sadly, the promised Obama rally hasn't occurred. NJ's Democratic Senators have consistently had NJ at the bottom of states is return from DC from what we send. (It's currently at $.61 for every tax dollar we send).

As for the rest, it's more 'blah blah blah'. Just imagine where we'd be if Corzine had been re-elected . . .

But take ANY information from onenjorg with a grain of salt-it's a defacto anti-Christie organization created by people that had Barbara Botox as a client! I wonder if their non profit application was scrutinized/stalled by Obama's IRS! (Er, probably not).

Many state Democrats are quite critical of this group . . .

“All of my colleagues in the Legislature on both sides of the aisle have to disclose who our donors are and how we spend money and I think if you're raising and spending money to influence public policy there ought to be disclosure,” said Wisniewski.

But privately, some Democrats seethed over the hypocrisy of the “we won’t disclose” statements made by Joshua Henne, one of the founders of the group.

“Just because they call themselves progressive doesn’t mean they speak for the party,” said one Democratic legislative source. “We can’t call for transparency when it’s (Republicans) and then do something different when it’s us. That’s hypocrisy. If you believe in transparency for the Swift Boat people and Reform Jersey Now, then you have to believe in it for One New Jersey.”

That source said the group could wind up embarrassing state Democrats if the agenda is too transparent.

One New Jersey was founded by a group of Democratic strategists that includes Henne of White Horse Partners and Steve DeMicco and Brad Lawrence of Message and Media. Buono is a client of both firms and was quoted in a media report saying she believes One New Jersey’s mission to be far different from that of Reform Jersey Now and accusing the conservative group of circumventing the state’s pay to play laws. But despite that belief, the majority leader said transparency is key.


Read more at http://www.politickernj.com/49708/dem ... -new-jersey#ixzz2bEFKHZEo
or sign up for a free trial of State Street Wire at http://www.politickernj.com/freetrial

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