Politics & Government


Sandy Victims Frustrated with Recovery Process

Some victims of Hurricane Sandy have found the process of getting aid money difficult.

Mass. gives green light to gas-fired power plant

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts environmental officials have signed off on all the state and local permits and approvals needed for construction of a proposed 692-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant at the site of the existing Salem Harbor ...

NJ judge throws out NYPD spying lawsuit

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department's intelligence unit didn't discriminate against Muslims with far-reaching surveillance aimed at identifying "budding terrorist conspiracies" at Newark mosques and other locations in New Jersey, a ...

Democrats see chances for gains in governor races

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats face a tough map in the Senate and House in the 2014 elections but see opportunities to pick up seats in three dozen governors' races this year. As a bonus, they hope to score an early knockout against a potential 2016 ...

Assembly advances Sandy aid oversight bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A state Assembly panel advanced a bill Thursday aimed at fixing perceived problems with the way aid is being distributed to New Jersey's victims of Superstorm Sandy. The Housing and Community Development Committee approved a ...

Lawyer: Port Authority chair’s vote misrecorded

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A vote by the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey two years ago that has drawn scrutiny over a possible conflict of interest may get a do-over. A Port Authority lawyer has sent a letter to chairman David ...

NJ asks US for flexibility on health grant

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's banking and insurance commissioner is pressing the federal government for permission to use an expiring $7.6 million health overhaul grant as the state sees fit. In a letter sent Wednesday to U.S. Health and Human ...

NJ bar group backs chief justice, warns gov

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey State Bar Association says Gov. Chris Christie would undermine the independence of the judiciary if he refuses to reappoint the chief justice of the state Supreme Court. The association announced Thursday it ...

NJ adopts new safeguards for prescription forms

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Producers of prescription forms used by New Jersey doctors will soon have to add enhanced security features. The state Division of Consumer Affairs adopted new regulations that will be phased in over the next six months. ...

Ex-Christie aide gets post at Port Authority

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie who was his liaison to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has now landed a high-level job with the agency. The Star-Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/1gKsXbQ ) that Nicole Crifo has ...