A federal judge was to have ruled today whether New Jersey casinos and racetracks can allow sports betting on their premises, but instead has postponed a decision at least until the end of the month.
Chris Christie has lost 85 pounds since undergoing weight-loss surgery in February 2013, the New Jersey governor has been telling political donors.
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Chris Christie got quite a bit miffed when talking yesterday about the report that New Jersey’s pension shortfall is due to risky investments Christie directed the state to make.
“The article that spurred all this conversation has been written by a guy who has been a completely discredited journalist who’s been fired for being inaccurate and inflammatory before,” Christie said. “Right now, anybody can pop up on a website and call themselves a journalist. David Sirota’s not a journalist, he’s a hack.”
Paul Carr of Pando Daily, where Sirota used to work, defended Sirota’s writing at the website and said Sirota was let go by the website during restructuring. “As Christie is well aware, not only does Pando stand by David’s reporting but we continue to cover any legal expenses he incurs as a result of Christie’s cronies threatening to sue over our coverage,” Carr wrote.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday it was time for a state legislative committee to end its investigation into the so-called “Bridgegate” controversy, saying the committee had leaked information designed to embarrass him without uncovering information he had committed wrongdoing.
“I’ve known all along that this has been a partisan pursuit,” Christie said, “and the leaking that’s being done by the legislative committee is just further evidence to the fact that this is a partisan pursuit.”
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David Sirota has a name familiar to many on the left — he became known first as a Democratic political consultant, then as a columnist and radio host. These days he’s aiming for a different job description: Muckraker.
Sirota, now with the International Business Times, last week published a story saying that under Gov. Chris Christie, New Jersey had increasingly invested state pension funds in high-risk Wall Street investments — often with politically favored firms — but without standard Wall Street results: New Jersey’s “alternative” investments underperformed the stock market by a total of nearly $6 billion in returns, Sirota said.
Now state union officials are demanding more information, two firms have dropped the state’s bond rating in the last week, and Christie administrators are trying to blame Sirota for inflammatory reporting:
Key donors to Gov. Chris Christie are being rewarded with “lucrative” pension fund management contracts, the New Jersey AFL-CIO said Thursday in a complaint filed with the state ethics commission.
Chris Christie announced last night that he was vetoing a bill that would have banned smoking in most of New Jersey’s beaches and parks.
“While I appreciate the sponsors’ concerns regarding the risks posed by smoking and second-hand smoke, I am not persuaded that a prescriptive, one-size-fits-all State ban on smoking at public parks and beaches is advisable at this time,” Christie wrote in his veto statement. “Too often, policy-makers at more centralized levels of government encroach into areas of public policy previously reserved for local governing bodies.”
Yes, it sounds like Christie is using this statement to help set himself up for a presidential run as a small-government conservative.
Gov. Chris Christie was mum Monday after a day of talks aimed at saving Atlantic City, the rapidly declining resort town. “I don’t want to” reveal details of closed-door talks with community and business leaders, Christie said.
Bookies in New Jersey suddenly have competition.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a directive Monday allowing his state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting without fear of criminal or civil liability.
His action is likely to be challenged in court by the professional and collegiate sports leagues that fought New Jersey’s efforts to overturn a ban on sports betting in all but four states. That effort ended with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear the case.
Christie had seemed to accept the Supreme Court’s ruling. Instead, Monday’s order seems to sidestep it. The state attorney general’s office provided an opinion (below) suggesting New Jersey officials had the authority to repeal old state-level prohibitions on sports betting — as long as the state essentially gets out of the way of the betting — so long as the state doesn’t license those operations for sports betting, in violation of federal law. (In plainer English: The feds can’t stop Jersey from repealing its own laws against sports betting. It can stop the state from licensing those operations. So Jersey is choosing a path forward that lets people bet without the state having quite so much regulatory control over it.)
Long story short: Casinos and race tracks can take sports bets starting today. Lawsuits almost assuredly to follow.
Chris Christie might be great at yelling at teachers, but you might not want to take financial advice from him.
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