Politics & Government


Legislators Investigating Port Authority Question Rate Hike Scheme

A report has suggested that Christie appointees to the Port Authority inflated a rate hike so motorists would accept a more modest increase.

Winter Storms Bust County, Town Budgets

The high number of storms this winter have drained county and municipal budgets for snow removal.

HUD to Monitor NJ’s Handling of Federal Sandy Aid

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be monitoring New Jersey's handling of federal Sandy recovery funds.

Police: Fake FBI agents rob north NJ jewelry store

RAMSEY, N.J. (AP) — Two men who claimed to be FBI agents robbed a northern New Jersey jewelry store at gunpoint and left three people tied up in a back room as they looted the store. Ramsey police tell The Record (http://bit.ly/1eNdhVn) that the ...

NJ Rep: More transparency needed with Sandy aid

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey congressman says the state should allocate more of its federal post-Sandy aid money to rebuilding damaged homes and make the program more transparent. Rep. Bill Pascrell sent the letter Friday and made it public on ...

Report: Christie appointees devised toll-hike plan

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Two of Gov. Chris Christie appointees to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey led a secretive campaign to quickly push through toll hikes on the Hudson River bridges and tunnels, according to a published report. Citing ...

Rap lyrics at heart of NJ Supreme Court arguments

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Rap lyrics will be the focus of arguments before New Jersey's Supreme Court in the case of a man convicted of attempted murder. Vonte Skinner's case is to be argued in front of the high court in Trenton on Monday. Skinner was ...

NY, Conn. up heat help in food stamp cut end-run

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut and New York are boosting spending in federal heating assistance to preserve far greater food stamp money in an end-run around federal budget cuts central to a massive farm bill. Social service advocates are ...

NJ lawmaker quits panel probing GWB lane closures

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey state lawmaker has withdrawn from a legislative committee that is investigating last year's lane closures on an approach to the George Washington Bridge Democratic Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman announced her ...

Christie returns to favorable pre-scandal playbook

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hoping to get out from under scandal by using the playbook that helped establish his national reputation as a blunt-talking governor who is unafraid to take on adversaries. Christie is hosting ...