The Inquirer reports: “New Jersey’s ranking for overall child well-being slipped to eighth best in the nation from fifth last year, and Pennsylvania inched up from 17th to 16th, according to data released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.”
Republicans love Chris Christie. CNN reports:
It appears the George Washington Bridge controversy New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s dealing with this year back in the Garden State hasn’t affected his standing as one of the GOP’s most potent fundraising rainmakers.
The Republican Governors Association announced Thursday that it’s raised $60 million since Christie was elected chairman of the organization last November.
Christie’s chairmanship of the RGA was seen as a possible stepping stone to a potential 2016 bid for the GOP presidential nomination. But six weeks into his tenure as chairman, the bridge controversy went viral. State lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney’s Office are investigating allegations that top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams last September by closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee to politically punish that town’s mayor for not endorsing the governor’s re-election.
But Christie has kept traveling — and that, in turn, has kept his political prospects alive even in the season of scandal.
Because people still fall for these things in 2014, state agencies in Massachusetts and New York are warning motorists about an email scam that purports to be from E-ZPass and says you have an unpaid toll charge.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has warned motorists, too, and it’s safe to say this scam is likely in the Philadelphia area as well.
Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes, according to people familiar with the discussions.
In a letter sent to Justice Department officials, the senator’s attorney asserts that the plot was timed to derail the political rise of Menendez (D-N.J.), one of Washington’s most ardent critics of the Castro regime. At the time, Menendez was running for reelection and was preparing to assume the powerful chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
According to a former U.S. official with firsthand knowledge of government intelligence, the CIA had obtained credible evidence, including Internet protocol addresses, linking Cuban agents to the prostitution claims and to efforts to plant the story in U.S. and Latin American media.
The Star-Ledger reports from New Jersey: “The state Legislature today approved a bill that would ban people from smoking in county and municipal parks but allow towns and counties to create a smoking section on their beaches.” The smoking sections would be limited to 15 percent of beaches.
OK, this is kind of scary. Fishermen encountered an apparent great white shark off the coast of Cape May, near a World War II shipwreck known as 28-Mile Wreck.
New Jersey Democrats are responding to Chris Christie’s plan to balance the state budget by lowering pension payments to state workers with a counter-proposal: Raise taxes on the rich, instead.
New Jersey is no longer a socialist paradise as far as cars are concerned: The free market can rule.
OK, maybe that’s hyperbole, but the state is closer to lifting restrictions that allow Tesla — the electric sportscar maker — to market its cars directly to New Jersey drivers without going through third-party dealerships. The state had ordered the company to stop selling its cars directly in April.