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Katz on Christie Chris Christie Joins the Race for The White House
The pool of GOP candidates running for president just got a little bigger. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined the ranks of more than a dozen Republicans hoping to become the party's nominee for 2016.
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The state DEP has issued long-delayed draft water permits for the two Salem nuclear power plants operated by PSEG Power. Critics claim the facilities kill billions of fish when water is withdrawn from the Delaware River. Under the terms of the permits, the company can continue to withdraw large amounts of water from the Delaware estuary. The issue is one of the most contentious and potentially costly facing the energy sector -- particularly companies operating nuclear units and coal-fired power plants, both of which rely on massive water withdrawals to cool their facilities. Read more
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July 1, 2015

Down in State, National Polls and Trailing Crowded Field, Christie Still Upbeat
John Reitmeyer | Politics
Declares in announcement of presidential bid that nearly six years of dealing with tough issues in NJ have honed his leadership skills
Not Everyone Felt Good About Christie’s Feel-Good Event at His Alma Mater
John Mooney | Education, Politics
Teachers protested outside while school board grappled with request to use school for political event
Christie’s Quest: Will He Beat the Odds or Quickly Become the Odd Man Out?
Carl Golden | Opinion
Governor plans to ‘tell it like it is’ in New Hampshire– but harsh truth about record in NJ could end longshot bid in short order
Newly Issued Permits for Salem Nuclear Plants Mostly Maintain Status Quo
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Environmentalists claim DEP action does little to stop deaths of billions of fish when water’s withdrawn from Delaware River
State Awards Millions for Research into Diagnosing, Helping Kids with Autism
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Grants will fund innovative clinical research, three hospital-based ‘medical home’ centers combining medical, behavioral healthcare
Bill to Curb Toxic Chemical in Drinking Water Awaits Decision by Christie
Jon Hurdle | Energy & Environment
Classified by EPA as likely carcinogen, TCP levels remain unregulated in Garden State
Poll: Should Candidate Christie Step Down as NJ Governor ?
Can he still serve the Garden State while conducting national campaign for GOP presidential nod?
Watch Gov. Chris Christie’s Announcement of Candidacy for GOP Nomination
NJTV News | Politics
NJ governor returns to his old high school to kick off bid for Republican presidential nod
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June 30, 2015

Chris Christie Joins the Race for The White House
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
Dems OK Boost in Low-Income Tax Credit But Won’t Budge on Pension Payment
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Resolution passed by Assembly and Senate pressures Christie to make contribution of $1.3B immediately instead of waiting until end of state’s fiscal year
Senate Advances Bill to Block Diversion of Money from Pollution Settlements
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
Voters would be asked this November to mandate using funds only for environmental purposes, not to help balance state budget
Explainer: 1999 Ruling Still Shapes NJ Policies for People with Disabilities
Andrew Kitchenman | Explainer
In Olmstead case, U.S. Supreme Court required that patients live in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting
Vetoes Get Attention But Some Education Spending Avoids Budget Ax
John Mooney | Education
More than $14M in new expenditures includes boost in funding for adult high schools, career programs and vo-tech schools
Bill Barring Out-of-State Owners Would Block Outpatient Surgery Center
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Pennsylvania hospital battle spills over New Jersey border as Warren County legislator urges Christie to veto measure
Op-Ed: Congress Needs to Fix Flaw in Laws Governing Life-Sciences Patents
Dean J. Paranicas | Opinion
Major loophole in intellectual property protections threatens to stifle advances in life-saving medicines and treatments

June 29, 2015

Ruling Could Put Nonprofit Hospitals on Hook for Millions in Property Taxes
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
But leading Democratic legislator says state could restore tax exemption if judge’s opinion stands
Winners and Losers: Looking Beyond the Numbers in Christie’s $34B Budget
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Millionaires and corporations gain, while homeowners and local schools take a hit. But the biggest setback may be to New Jersey’s future generations
Tax-Credit Hike Helps NJ's Working Poor -- and May Also Help Candidate Christie
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Governor’s conditional veto could put $120M in pockets of low-wage earners, and make Democrats' signature issue his own
Unlikely Partners Form Alliance to Shape the Future of Newark's Public Schools
John Mooney | Education
On heels of Cami Anderson’s resignation, Gov. Christie and Mayor Baraka name panel to work on returning district to local control
The List: Ten Major ‘Adjustments’ Christie Made to Proposed Budget
Staff of NJ Spotlight | The List
Some cuts, like the $1.6B lopped out of the state pension fund were a given; others, like money withheld from school districts in the Pinelands, may come as a surprise
Parent Company of JCP&L Wants to Spin Off Utility’s Transmission Assets
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
FirstEnergy looks to create new enterprise with JCP&L assets, along with those from two Pennsylvania utilities
Could Christie’s Record on Gay Marriage Hurt Him With Conservatives, Liberals?
Hank Kalet | Politics, Social
Does Christie have an identity issue that could hurt him in the primaries -- too conservative for moderates, too liberal for the right?

June 27, 2015

Budget Business as Usual: Christie Line-Item Vetoes $1.6B from Dems' Plan
John Reitmeyer | Budget, Politics
Governor volunteers one giveback, no-strings-attached offer to raise Earned Income Tax Credit to 30 percent, helping NJ’s lowest-paid workers
Christie Uses Budget Signing to Weigh in on Wide Variety of Issues
John Mooney | Politics
From Cami Anderson’s departure to Supreme Court’s decisions, governor wants New Jersey -- and the country -- to know where he stands

June 26, 2015

Budget Goes to Gov. Christie, Who Warns He’ll Be Watching ‘All the Spending’
John Reitmeyer | Budget
Extensive line-item vetoes expected, but the real surprise may be what the Dems didn’t include: fully funded school aid and relief for depleted Transportation Trust Fund
Panel Temporarily Delays Transfer of Green Acres Tract for Development
Tom Johnson | Energy & Environment
DEP claims conveyance of 80 acres of protected property has potential to create 1,000 jobs
Mapping New Jersey’s Highest- and Lowest-Rated Nursing Homes
Colleen O'Dea | Maps, Map of the Week
Medicare inspections of nursing-home facilities around the state generally reveal mostly mild problems
Democratic Lawmakers Add Last-Minute Funding for Pet Education Projects
John Mooney | Education
Nearly $40 million in spending tacked onto proposed state budget sent to Gov. Christie
Healthcare Advocates in NJ Cheer High Court’s Ruling Upholding ACA Subsidies
Andrew Kitchenman | Healthcare
Analysts say improvements needed in national health insurance law could be addressed at state level

June 25, 2015

Christie To Announce Tuesday That He's Running For President
Matt Katz | Katz on Christie
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