TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has reported to prison for his role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.
New Jersey lawmakers near vote on recreational cannabis
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.
The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes for...
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn't completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he said Thursday that currently "it doesn't make any...
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — While Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan isn't completely ruling out a potential primary challenge to President Donald Trump, he says that currently "it doesn't make any sense at...
NJ reaffirms official status of 2 Native American tribes
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has restored official state recognition for two Native American tribes.
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced separate agreements with the Powhatan Renape...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A convicted appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined his co-defendant's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will pay a law firm assisting Gov. Phil Murphy's task force investigating tax incentives $395 an hour.
That's according to a copy of the agreement between the...
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's state workers would get 2 percent raises annually and the state would save $70 million in health benefits under a four-year, $120 million labor contract Gov. Phil...
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A resentencing has been pushed back for a onetime aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.
Resentencing set for former Christie aide in bridge scandal
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A onetime aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be resentenced next month for her role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.
Bridge scandal defendant resentenced to less prison time
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An appointee of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called out his former boss Tuesday at his resentencing for his role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal,...
NJ lawmakers advance bill to pressure Trump to release taxes
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump could miss out on being on the 2020 ballot in New Jersey if he doesn't disclose his tax returns under a bill now advancing.
Murphy seeks new tax credits, but lawmakers raise questions
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Tax incentives that New Jersey enacted during Chris Christie's administration to lure businesses to the state are set to expire this year, and Gov. Phil Murphy wants to scrap his predecessor's proposals.
But his fellow Democrats who control the Legislature drafted the incentive programs that Murphy opposes and are skeptical about an audit the first-year governor conducted.
New Jersey OKs $20M subsidy for horse racing industry
FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is back in the horse racing business.
The return of state support is good news for tracks that have struggled to compete with rivals in adjacent states that offer casino gambling as well.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Thursday providing $20 million to help boost racing prizes this year. Although the legislation calls for $20 million each year for the next five years, future subsidies will depend on how each year's budget shapes up.
NJ Transit settles back-payments with Amtrak for $182M
NEW YORK (AP) — New Jersey Transit paid $182 million to Amtrak to make good on missed payments for use of the Northeast Corridor line, state officials said Wednesday.
NJ Transit Executive Director Kevin Corbett and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced the settlement Wednesday at New York's Penn Station alongside Amtrak CEO Tony Coscia.
Ex-Christie staffer to appeal bridge case to Supreme Court
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A onetime staffer to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to appeal her conviction in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to recently filed court papers.
Lawyers for Bridget Kelly notified a judge last week she will petition the high court.
2 big payouts may endanger New Jersey’s post-Sandy dune work
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. (AP) — After Superstorm Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast, then-Gov. Chris Christie set out to build protective sand dunes along most of the state's 127-mile (204-kilometer) shoreline.
Despite lawsuits from homeowners throughout the shore seeking to block the project, the state prevailed and much of the work has been done.
New Jersey eyes restoring subsidy for horse racing industry
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers passed a measure Thursday that would restore government subsidies for the state's horse racing industry.
The state Assembly and Senate gave final approval to a bill providing $20 million a year for five years to the racing industry as it struggles to compete with out-of-state tracks that have casino gambling.
The bill now goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.
‘Bridgegate’ co-conspirator to be resentenced next month
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former aide to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie faces resentencing next month for his role in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.
Bill Baroni is scheduled to appear in court in Newark on Feb. 26, according to an order filed by a federal judge last week.
Opioid addiction now eligible for medical marijuana program
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday his administration has added opioid addiction to the list of eligible illnesses in New Jersey's medical marijuana program as part of a new push to combat the state's drug crisis.
Murphy, a Democrat, announced the change at Cooper University Hospital alongside Cabinet members and took the rare step of crediting his Republican predecessor Chris Christie for fighting the epidemic.
Q&A: Why are tax incentives taking center stage in NJ?
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy took aim at $11 billion in tax credits handed out under his predecessors, casting them as a failure and proposing new awards that cap how much the state would give out.
Murphy takes aim at tax credits in speech on his 1st year
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said the state's tax incentive programs amounted in some cases to "crony capitalism" and called for the expiring credits to be overhauled during his first state of the state speech Tuesday.
Audit faults NJ agency for lack of tax credit oversight
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new state audit says the New Jersey agency responsible for awarding billions of dollars in tax credits if companies created or retained jobs failed to determine if those benchmarks were met.
The state comptroller's office released the audit Wednesday as required by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order.
Ex-Christie aide backs off on appeals in ‘Bridgegate’ case
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A one-time associate of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is backing off his efforts to appeal his convictions in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case.
Ex-New Jersey gov to states: Fight US control of sports bets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants lawmakers across the country to resist a bill that would give the federal government control over regulating sports betting.
The Republican said Friday at a conference of legislators that states have proven they can handle the job. Christie began a court battle against the major pro and college sports leagues that ended with the U.S. Supreme Court clearing the way for all states to choose whether or not to offer sports gambling.
The Latest: NBA says it is entitled to cut of sports bets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a call from former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for states to resist federal regulation of sports betting: (all times local):
The National Basketball Association says it is entitled to a cut of sports betting money because its business would suffer from a betting scandal.
NBA Senior Vice President Dan Spillane says the league should get one-quarter of 1 percent of the total amount bet on basketball games.
New Jersey raised tax rates in ’18 but dropped some too
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey bolstered its reputation as one of the country's highest-taxed states in 2018, raising rates on high income earners, businesses and motorists, and posting yet again among the nation's highest average property tax bills.
Some rates, though, like the estate and sales taxes declined.
Murphy benefits report calls for savings, but no cuts
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's public worker benefits programs should leverage their size to drive down costs, Gov. Phil Murphy's administration said in a report Friday, stopping short of calling for cuts to worker benefits sought by lawmakers and the governor's predecessor, Chris Christie.
The Democratic administration's task force unveiled the 12-page interim report Friday, promising to continue to examine its "larger charge" of pursuing long-term reforms.
New Jersey eyes renewed horse racing subsidies
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is considering renewing financial subsidies to its horse racing industry.
Former Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, ended state support for the industry seven years ago, diverting the money to help struggling Atlantic City.
But under his Democratic successor, Phil Murphy, the state is advancing a $100 million plan to subsidize the racing industry.
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‘Many’ candidates vying for chief of staff job, Trump says
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain.
President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief after his first choice to replace John Kelly bailed at the last minute and several other potential successors signaled they weren't interested.
Appeals court upholds most convictions in ‘Bridgegate’ case
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court upheld most of the convictions Tuesday against two former allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case, a scandal that helped derail Christie's presidential hopes in 2016.
Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni were convicted in 2016 in the alleged plot to cause traffic jams to punish a mayor for not endorsing Christie's re-election bid.
NJ reaches 4-year, $84M labor deal with corrections officers
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state has reached a four-year, $84 million labor contract with a corrections officers' union.
Murphy announced the deal with the Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 105 on Tuesday.
The agreement is retroactive from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019 and covers about 5,200 employees.
Christie portrait, most expensive in state history, unveiled
PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Former Gov. Chris Christie will live on in New Jersey's statehouse in one of his familiar poses.
Christie unveiled his official portrait at a ceremony Monday night. It shows the two-term Republican standing behind a podium he used for news conferences.
The Record reports the portrait cost $85,000, making it the most expensive in state history and more costly than his three predecessors' combined.
New Jersey governor criticized for storm response
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Commuters across New Jersey are facing a slow ride to work one day after a blast of snow and sleet brought traffic to a stop and led to a wave of criticism of Gov. Phil Murphy.
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Reps. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.; White House counselor Kellyanne Conway; former Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.
In New Hampshire, Christie criticizes Pennsylvania officials
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for declining to join President Donald Trump on a visit to the city where 11 people were killed at a synagogue.
Christie, who was in New Hampshire to headline a state Republican Party rally, said late Tuesday that Trump's Pittsburgh visit was an attempt to unify the country.
In New Hampshire, Christie criticizes Pennsylvania officials
BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is criticizing Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto for declining to join President Donald Trump on Tuesday as he visited the city where 11 people were killed in Saturday's mass shooting at a synagogue.
Christie says Trump's visit was an attempt "to bring the country together."
Chrisitie was interviwed during a stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday to headline the state Republican Party's major 2018 midterms rally.
Murphy brings top lawyer under Christie into assault probe
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy is bringing his predecessor's attorney general on board to help investigate his administration's handling of a sexual assault complaint by a state official.
The Democratic governor's office released a statement Monday from former Attorney General Chris Porrino.
Porrino, who served under Republican Chris Christie from 2016-2018, says he's helping respond to information requests regarding an investigation Murphy announced last week.
Christie ribs Murphy on taxes, getting people to leave beach
GLASSBORO, N.J. (AP) — Chris Christie, New Jersey's former governor known for blunt talk like telling people during a hurricane to "get the hell off the beach," opened up for the first time about his successor Phil Murphy on Thursday, ribbing him about politely asking people to exit the shore during a storm and criticizing his budget for raising taxes.
‘Bridgegate’ lawyer picked for Senate sex assault probe
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An attorney who represented a defendant in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case has been selected to advise a legislative committee probing Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's handling of sexual assault allegations against a former staffer.
Michael Critchley will act as counsel to the bipartisan committee formed this week.
New Jersey rolls out $425M film tax credit sequel
CRESSKILL, N.J. (AP) — Crews filming a new NBC spy thriller at a palatial suburban home were greeted Friday by Gov. Phil Murphy, who stopped by to say a New Jersey production tax credit is up and running.
Murphy, a first-year Democratic governor, and the Democrat-led Legislature approved the new tax credit program in July, renewing an incentive that Republican Chris Christie let expire.
Judge allows NJ case against drugmaker to advance
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey court is allowing most of the state's lawsuit against the maker of OxyContin to move forward.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Moore dismissed a public nuisance claim against Purdue Pharma. But he's allowing other the state's case to move forward.
The state attorney general filed a five-count suit against the Connecticut-based company last year seeking undisclosed monetary damages for fraud and false claims.
Murphy unveils plan to attract business to New Jersey
NUTLEY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday unveiled a proposal he says could jump-start the state's lagging economy by auctioning off tax credits to attract private venture capital investment and to overhaul how the state doles out tax incentives.
Murphy delivered the speech at ON3, a medical-biotech development campus in Nutley, about 16 miles (26 km) west of New York, before hundreds of business, Cabinet officials and lawmakers.
Murphy to push for economic ‘master plan’ in lagging NJ
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he will put forward an economic "master plan" during a speech Monday on the state's laggard economy.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Murphy said the state needs to reverse downward-trending wages and employment growth figures, as well as the poverty rate.
He revealed few other details about changes he's planning.
No instant end to New Jersey’s takeover of Atlantic City
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Democrat Phil Murphy campaigned for governor of New Jersey in part on a promise to end the state takeover of Atlantic City, the cash-strapped seaside gambling resort whose assets and major decision-making power were seized by his Republican predecessor, Chris Christie.
But after nearly nine months in office, Murphy is leaving the takeover in place, possibly for as long as the next three years — the entire term Christie intended.
Murphy sets up listening tour for health benefits panel
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is taking his administration's health benefits review on the road.
The freshman Democrat announced this week that the task force he put together this summer to review New Jersey's multi-billion-dollar public worker health benefits will go on a three-stop listening tour.
Former Gov. Chris Christie christens road named for him
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has helped christen a new road that's named after him.
Christie was a passenger in a vintage car that made the first trip Wednesday on Governor Chris Christie Drive, an access road to Central Park of Morris County.
The Republican politician lives in nearby Mendham Township and served in the county government in the mid-1990s.