Poll: Christie Hits Low With Jersey Voters

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He’s thought to be running for president in 2016, but Chris Christie hasn’t done much to stoke support among New Jersey residents back home: A poll shows he’s hit a new low in his favorability ratings among Garden State voters.

Reuters reports:

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll of 842 New Jersey residents showed that 42 percent of registered voters feel favorable toward Christie while 45 percent feel unfavorable. For the first time since August 2011, more voters in the state have an unfavorable impression of him than a favorable one, the poll said. Read more »

Trump Taj Mahal Asks Judge to End Union Contract

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AP reports that the Trump Taj Mahal is asking a bankruptcy judge to end its union contract, or else it will close in November.

Trump Entertainment Resorts said it needs relief from pension and health insurance costs in order to keep the casino open past mid-November. A judge in Delaware was to hear the request Tuesday morning, but it’s not clear whether a decision would be made that day.

The company said it needs big union concessions and massive tax breaks from Atlantic City and New Jersey — both of which already have rejected the demand.

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Feds Give SEPTA $87 Million for Infrastructure

The Federal Transit Administration is giving $87 million for infrastrature repair, the agency announced Monday — part of a broader $3.59 billion effort to recover from Hurricane Sandy and prepare for the region’s next big storm.

“While no one can predict the future with certainty, we believe these investments will help to harden transit facilities against future storms that Mother Nature dishes out,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a press release, “supporting President Obama’s call to address climate change now and reducing the risk of service disruptions and future damage to some of the nation’s busiest rail and bus services.”
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