Closing arguments loom in trial of GOP powerbroker
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Testimony has concluded in the federal tax evasion trial of the head of one of New Jersey's most powerful Republican county organizations.
Ex-governor fired as head of prisoner re-entry program
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey has been fired as the head of a nonprofit that manages Jersey City's job training and prisoner re-entry program.
The board that oversees the program voted 5-3-1 on Monday night to fire McGreevey. That came after a meeting that lasted more than two hours and was attended by many McGreevey supporters.
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.
Ex-governor wants to reform state’s opioid treatment system
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey on Tuesday called on the state to overhaul how it deals with opioid addiction treatment.
McGreevey, a former Democratic governor who resigned from office in 2004, chairs the Jersey City-based New Jersey Reentry Corporation. He has been a prominent figure in the state urging the public sector to address the overdose crisis, which is on pace claim 3,000 lives this year.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's official portrait will cost $85,000, which is more than taxpayers shelled out for paintings of his three predecessors combined.
The Record reports that Australian artist Paul Newton will paint the portrait of the Republican who left office after eight years in January.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Brendan Byrne always had a soft spot for New Jersey's Hudson County, and now the late governor's ashes are residing at a saloon there — temporarily.
Admirers of Byrne, who died in January at age 93, congregated Friday in Jersey City for a ceremony led by another former governor, Jim McGreevey. Byrne's widow, Ruthi, and son Tom also attended.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey's late governors is getting his wish: His ashes will spend some time in a saloon.
A ceremony at Healy's Tavern in Jersey City on Friday will honor former Democratic Gov. Brendan Byrne, who died in January at age 93.
Byrne used to joke he wanted his ashes placed in Hudson County, known for its history of political shenanigans, so he could stay active in politics.
Christie ends term unpopular, but with legs left unbroken
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Republican Chris Christie left the New Jersey governor's office with his popularity in tatters, but at least he didn't break a leg.
Christie is the first elected New Jersey governor in more than two decades not to suffer a broken leg while in office.
— JON CORZINE: The Democrat broke his leg during a serious vehicle accident on the Garden State Parkway in 2007. He also suffered broken bones in his chest and back and spent more than a week in critical condition.
New Jersey’s new State Police superintendent takes office
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The new head of the New Jersey State Police has been sworn in to office.
Lt. Col. Patrick Callahan took the oath Tuesday. He succeeds Col. Rick Fuentes, who will formally retire Wednesday after leading the department since being appointed superintendent by Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey in 2003.
Christie appoints new leader for state police
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Wednesday a replacement for the head of the state police, who is retiring.
The Republican said that Lt. Col. Patrick Callahan will succeed Col. Rick Fuentes in the department's top job.
Fuentes is retiring on Nov. 1 after leading the department since being appointed superintendent by Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey in 2003. He has served in the department since 1978.
HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) — A longtime New Jersey official who served governors of both parties has been memorialized.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie was among those who attended the event for Jamie Fox in Hamilton Township Monday. The 62-year-old died Feb. 20 after a long battle with kidney disease.
The Latest: Christie calls for ending stigma of addiction
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Chris Christie's vigil on ending the stigma tied to addiction. (all times local):
Republican Gov. Chris Christie says it's time to quit the notion that there's shame in being addicted to drugs.
Correction: Prisoner Re-entry story
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — In a story Nov. 30 about an FBI probe in Paterson, The Associated Press reported erroneously on which building was raided by agents and where a prisoners' re-entry program was housed. The raid was on city office buildings, not a building housing the New Jersey Re-Entry Corporation. Also, the program is based in a church-owned building, not a city building.
Christie orders tight control of knockoff prescription drugs
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie has issued an emergency order subjecting certain drugs made from prescription medication to the strictest level of state control.
The order announced Tuesday states that drugs called fentanyl analogs are now considered schedule 1 controlled dangerous substances. Violators will face three to five years in prison and a $25,000 fine.