There they all were sitting behind the great annointed one. The Teflon Governor. It seems that no matter how much legitimate criticism is foisted upon our Governor, nobody seems to care. Perhaps he is the best choice right now for our State, but has he really done all that needs to be done to help the average family in New Jersey during these hard economic times ? Ashbritt, the ARC tunnel, bailout of the Xanadu mall, are only a few examples of his sacrificing what is best for the most people, to favor a few.
Chris Christie made two stops in Lakewood today. At the Fairways retirement community where. he told a room full of residents he has kept his promises of four years ago — reformed the state’s fiscal affairs and put the brakes on rising property taxes.
“So we’ve now slowed down a train that was going 7 percent a year down to 1.4 percent a year and if we do things the legislature needs to do like shared services and fixing the holes in the property cap and getting rid of this ridiculous sick leave rule where people are getting paid for sick leave. We get rid of those, we’ll bring property taxes down,” Christie said.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS — Days after superstorm Sandy turned parts of this summer hotspot into a splintered ghost town, the order went out: clear the streets of every vehicle.
Residents were outraged soon after to find that not only had cars been towed from private property, but they would have to pay the tow operator up to $2,500 in fees to retrieve just one vehicle. The sole company that had the borough’s contract said it was following orders issued by the town’s emergency management coordinator, James Samarelli.
You see them on the streets. Unkempt, disheveled, and sometimes catatonic. They are the adult developmentally disabled. Very often they are homeless and have nobody to help care for them.
A new initiative by Governor Christie just may cause the number of these people on the street to swell. Perhaps his intentions are purely out of concern for those families in need of caring for those with special needs, and not driven by the desire to save the state money. The question remains, is this the best solution to the challenge of caring for our disabled?
New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities are being told they will have an easier time receiving publicly funded services at home, thanks to additional funding announced by Gov. Chris Christie in his budget address on Tuesday.
The Governor is using the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision as a reason for his proposed changes.
What’s considered a major eyesore in Trenton for decades will soon be a brand new nursing school for Thomas Edison State College. Although there’s not an official closing date, the school acquired the vacant Glen Cairns Arms site through a disposition agreement and has plans to demolish it this summer. The entire project will cost approximately $16.9 million.
Sen. Robert Menendez is being investigated by a Miami federal grand jury for his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
A story on the newspaper's website said that as part of the probe federal agents have questioned witnesses about the interactions between Menendez, D-N.J., and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen. The newspaper said the grand jury also issued subpoenas for Melgen's business and financial records. The newspaper cited unidentified people it said were familiar with the probe.
Federal agents have not contacted Menendez, one person told the newspaper.
At today's court case in Toms River between Lakewood Township and the residents of tent city an agreement was finally reached. The leaders of tent city agreed that Lakewood is not responsible to build a homeless shelter for the tent city residents.
It was furthermore agreed that the residents would allow a census to be taken and allow county officials to try and place residents in facilitators according to their needs. If Lakewood wishes them to vacate te property they can find them adequate shelter for at least one year to do so.
Judge Steven Foster made it clear that it was the responsibility of the County to help place the homeless people that are currently living in Tent City. Now it is up to our State, County and Township leaders to help find the adequate shelter and counseling to vacate the makeshift shelters that have been the homes to well over a hundred people for the last five years.
Sometimes the best journalism explains what’s right under our noses. In Steven Brill’s exhaustive Time magazine cover article “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us,” it’s the staggeringly expensive, grotesquely inefficient and inhumane way Americans pay for medical care.
“In the U.S.,” Brill reminds us, “people spend almost 20 percent of the gross domestic product on health care, compared with about half that in most developed countries. Yet in every measurable way, the results our health care system produces are no better and often worse than the outcomes in those countries.”