Gov. Chris Christie has gained national popularity for his everyman persona and ability to summarize complicated matters into easily understandable terms. But when he went into a rant on Thursday during which he blamed $120 million of damaged trains during Hurricane Sandy on a mid-level NJ Transit manager, he apparently didn’t have his facts straight. Not only did Christie blame the hundreds of waterlogged locomotives and rail cars on the worker, he also told the editorial board of the Record of Woodland Park that the employee, being a civil servant, couldn’t be fired. Several sources said Friday the employee was
Comments: More to the story, in which 2016 establishment GOP favorite Chris Christie appears to be abetting what amounts to insurance fraud during Superstorm Sandy. NJ Transit´s own study showed 2 areas would flood during an extreme weather event, and that´s exactly where they stored the trains, some of them brand-new. Christie says in effect the top brass was blameless (e-mails show they knew exactly what was happening), everyone keeps their fat jobs, Jersey-style coverup.
Another article says the fall guy was demoted from a salary of $110,797 to a paltry $100,000. Not bad for allowing $120 million in damages.
Part of being a supervisor, Mr. Christie, is seeing that the supervised understand and do their jobs, not assuming things got done, then blaming underlings when they don´t. This underling doesn´t seem to possess a lot of power, including the power to have his side heard, while those with responsibility pass down the blame.
U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly dipped in November to a near two-year low as lower-income households worried about their job prospects and financial outlooks and negative views of the government lingered, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan´s preliminary reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment fell to 72.0 in November, its lowest since December 2011. That was lower than both October´s final reading of 73.2 and the 74.5 economists had expected this month. Lower-income households in particular worried about their future financial state. That was a contrast to richer households—those with
Philadelphia police and prosecutors are investigating an anonymous Instagram account with thousands of followers that for months has been identifying witnesses in violent crimes across the city - aiming, in its creator´s words, to "expose rats." The account, called rats215, has outed more than 30 witnesses since February, posting photos, police statements, and testimony on the photo-sharing website. Because many of the statements posted aren´t public records, authorities are investigating the page as a potential act of mass witness intimidation - in a city where police and prosecutors struggle daily to find witnesses willing to testify. Rats215 had nearly 7,900 followers.
A Government wind turbine installed at a cost of £48,000 is generating just £5 worth of electricity a month because it was put up in the wrong spot, it was revealed today. If it continues producing power at the same rate, it will take 452 years to pay for itself. Welsh Government officials had the 60ft taxpayer-funded turbine put up in a built up area of Aberystwyth where there is very little wind - two miles away from one of Britain´s breeziest coastlines. Paul Burrell, from wind power company Anemos, said: ´The problem is quite simple - it’s been put in the
Trenton — New Jersey voters may have set another record for low turnout Tuesday — this time for a gubernatorial election. With 99 percent of the voting precincts counted, 2,073,642 voters cast ballots for governor, according to the Associated Press. That´s a shade less than 38 percent of the state´s registered voters. The voter totals will go up because they don´t include provisional ballots yet to be counted, as well as those who may have voted for other offices but not governor. The record low for a governor´s race is 47 percent, set four years ago. The special U.S. Senate election held
Tucked away inside a first-floor office in Jersey City City Hall is a new city department that Mayor Steve Fulop says is the first in the state to explicitly cater to immigrants. Dubbed the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the division is staffed by two city workers who are tasked with reaching out to the city’s sizable immigrant community and providing them with basic knowledge of city services and the school system, often in their own language. (Snip) Nearly 40 percent of Jersey City residents are foreign born, compared to 21 percent statewide, while more than 52 percent speak a language
Indianapolis, Ind. – The three suspects arrested in an Oct. 29 home invasion on the northeast side are now listed as co-defendants and will each face dozens of charges when they appear in court Tuesday afternoon. Alexander Dupree, 23, Trae Spells, 18, and Michael Pugh, 21, now face the same list of 35 charges. Those charges include criminal deviate conduct, rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated battery, criminal confinement, carjacking and more. The charges stem from the brutal home invasion robbery that that terrorized a family in the 800 block of East 79th Street, in the Meridian Hills neighborhood. The early morning crime
Newark — Newark City Councilwoman Mildred Crump is in hot water with the state comptroller’s office after allegedly steering about $20,000 in taxpayer money to non-profit organizations she founded or was involved in, according to documents obtained by The Star-Ledger. (Snip) The report, a portion of which was obtained this week by the newspaper, says that in 2010, Crump steered $17,000 in city funds to a non-profit group called the Global Women’s Leadership Collaborative for a leadership summit in Ghana, West Africa. On her City Hall biography, Crump says she is a founding member the group. “This $17,000 payment
Irvington — A Pathmark employee´s attempt to flirt with a teenage girl sparked the argument that led to the shooting of an 11-year-old boy and an unidentified man in Irvington on Tuesday night, the injured boy´s father said today. Raheem Maldonado, father of the 11-year-old who was shot in the hand, said the child´s mother began arguing with a Pathmark employee after he allegedly started flirting with her 14-year-old daughter. The woman became incensed, according to Maldonado, who said the employee responded by telling the woman "let´s take this outside." On Tuesday, Irvington Police Director
Gov. Chris Christie swept to victory in Tuesday´s gubernatorial election — and Friday, his silhouette will grace the cover of Time magazine. How graceful is the headline on the story, though? That´s a matter for debate. "The Elephant in the Room." That´s how the magazine frames the package of stories asking whether New Jersey´s governor could be the savior of the Republican Party. The issue hits newsstands Friday, but The Star-Ledger got a sneak peak. The governor´s weight has been cheap fodder for comedians and opponents since he stepped into the limelight four years ago. The governor himself has addressed his
Newark — Two Sheriff´s officers investigating possible drug activity shot and killed a suspected drug dealer after police claim the man approached them with a loaded weapon, Essex County Chief of Detectives, Anthony Ambrose, said today. The two plain-clothes deputies were conducting a narcotics investigation and approached their target in a building on North 9th Street in Newark. Ambrose said the man came out of the building with a loaded weapon. The deputies fired one shot each, killing the man, whose name was not divulged, Ambrose said. A group of residents, who had a different story about what happened during the
Jersey City this afternoon finally opened the new 100 Steps, a nearly $1 million project in the works for two decades that connects the Jersey City Heights with Paterson Plank Road, near a Hoboken light rail station. The project is a restoration of the original “Franklin Avenue Steps” that were built more than 100 years ago and torn down in the 1990s after it fell into disrepair. The new, steel staircase is actually only 95 steps. (Snip) The project cost $946,228, according to city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill. That’s about $1,000 per step. Bill Gaughan, who represented Ward D on the City
The U.S. Marshals Service spent close to $800,000 on “swag” from 2005 through 2010, according to a government report released Tuesday. Defined as promotional materials, including scarves, challenge coins and Christmas ornaments, “swag” must be considered “necessary” to count as a legitimate expense, according to the investigation conducted by the Justice Department’s inspector general. But senior managers with the service’s Investigative Operations Division spent excessively and in violation of guidelines set by the Government Accountability Office, the report concludes. (Snip) The spending included $155,081 on challenge coins, $11,338 on neckties and silk scarves, $13,605 on Christmas ornaments, $16,084 on blankets and
President Barack Obama´s approval ratings have dipped to a record low in another poll — this time from Quinnipiac University. According to the poll, respondents disapprove of Obama´s job performance by a 54-39 margin. His approval rating of 39% is worse than his previous all-time low of 41% in the Quinnipiac survey, which came after a bruising fight over raising the nation´s debt ceiling in 2011. And for the first time ever, most people (52%) say that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. Only 44% say that he is honest and trustworthy. The only individual issue on which Obama scores
Washington: A woman, who claims to have been a classmate of Barack Obama, said that the president was gay and used cocaine in school. In a bizarre interview, Mia Marie Pope told right-wing preacher James David Manning that she believes Obama was not only active within the gay community, but also a heavy cocaine user during his years in Hawaii. Pope said that Obama always portrayed himself as a foreign student, adding that girls were never anything that he ever was interested in, but he would get along with older white gay men. She added that Obama at that time was also
Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the
WASHINGTON — While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Act authority. The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard. The Clean Water Act redefinition of “waters of the United States”
Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance. According to the Swampscott Patch, Greenfield has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this issue, and has spoken with other selectmen. At least one of the selectmen-
Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time´s executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he´s obviously a big guy. He´s obviously a big Republican. But he´s also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn´t only winning re-election as New Jersey´s governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state
Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.
Last week, the media went apoplectic after a 60 Minutes report on the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, turned out to be mistaken. Much of the report was based on the testimony of one Dylan Davies, a security contractor who said that he had climbed over the wall of the consulate in Benghazi and seen the body of Ambassador Chris Stevens. It turned out that Davies was lying, and 60 Minutes was fooled. Media Matters, which uncovered the lie, promptly declared victory in its war on behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with founder David
Protesting and getting arrested for civil disobedience wasn’t enough to move the needle on immigration, so activists announced Tuesday they are beginning a hunger fast to try to pressure Congress to pass a bill legalizing illegal immigrants. Saying they’ve done all they can to try to shift the political debate, the activists said the only option left is to pray and fast. “It is being blocked, and the political commentators will tell you it would be a miracle — that’s what they say — a miracle for immigration reform to pass. Sometimes you can organize and struggle and march as hard as
Naderev "Yeb" Sano, representative for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change talks, broke down in tears as he addressed delegates in Warsaw. Mr Sano, whose family is from Tacloban--one of the worst hit areas--announced that he was going on hunger strike until "a meaningful outcome is in sight". Representatives from 190 nations have gathered in Poland to try and thrash out a new pact to fight global warming. "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. "We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," Mr Sano
President Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday congratulating Hawaii for legalizing same-sex marriage, a move he said "exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation." "I want to congratulate the Hawaii State Legislature on passing legislation in support of marriage equality," said Obama. "With today’s vote, Hawaii joins a growing number of states that recognize that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the
First Lady Michelle Obama attended two of America’s finest schools - Princeton University and Harvard Law School. But on Tuesday she told a group of underprivileged Washington, DC high schoolers - many of whom are hoping to be the first in their families to go to college — that she once faced many of the same challenges and doubts as they do. “I was willing to do whatever it took for me to go to college,” Mrs. Obama said. “Get this - some of my teachers straight up told me that I was setting my sights too high. They told me I