Public Workers: Working Hard, Paying More, Getting Less, Being Blamed. Solution?

Governor Christie wasn't back in New Jersey for two days before his administration and its apologists went back on the attack on public worker pensions and health benefits. The man who promised that he wouldn't touch pensions in his gubernatorial run in 2009, and who staked his presidential ambitions on a bipartisan pension and benefits bill in 2011 is now touting a plan recommended by his appointed board of campaign contributors and Wall Street executives that would further degrade the benefits...

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Chris Christie – No Refugees in New Jersey, Especially “Orphans under 5 years old”

Tough-talking Chris Christie showed his breaking point Monday when he interviewed by phone with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, and expressed his concern for Syrian refugees coming to his state. And as far as Christie goes, he's not having any of these people in New Jersey, not even "orphans under 5!" “I do not trust this administration to effectively vet the people who are proposed to be coming in in order to protect the safety and security of the American people, so I would not permit...

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Poll: Chris Christie’s Approval Hits New Low in New Jersey

How low will he go? I don't know, but according to these new poll results in New Jersey, Republican Governor Chris Christie just hit an all time low in the state he governs. New Jersey voters disapprove of the job Christie is doing by 56 percent to 38 percent, his lowest-ever approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll. Voters gave him the lowest marks for his handling of the state budget, education, the economy and jobs. The results come just days after the state of New Jersey’s...

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NJ Senator Bob Menendez Indicted on Corruption Charges

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Justice Department investigating New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, said, "Robert Menendez, a U.S. senator, and Dr. Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, were indicted today in connection with a bribery scheme in which Menendez allegedly accepted gifts from Melgen in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen's financial and personal interests," said Peter Carr, a Justice Department spokesman, in a statement. The two were...

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Pearson Jumps the Shark on PARCC

We are truly in deep PARCC mode now. Perhaps the April/May test administration should include readings from the Pentagon Papers. Pearson Education, the company that produces the PARCC tests, and is reportedly being paid over $22 million dollars in New Jersey alone, is monitoring social media to check for security breaches and other untoward activity.  The latest example is in the Watchung Hills Regional school district, where evidently a student tweeted a test question and Pearson was able...

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Chris Christie’s Approval Ratings Sink to All Time Low

He's running around the country gearing up for a 2016 presidential run, but back in the state of New Jersey, the state he actually governs, Chris Christie's approval ratings just hit a new low. In a Rutgers University-Eagleton poll released on Friday, 53 percent of New Jersey voters view Christie unfavorably and just 37 percent hold a favorable view of the governor — down 7 percentage points in two months. Story Continued Below The possible 2016 GOP candidate’s job approval ratings are facing...

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PARCC Storm II: Sunshine Peeks Through

Another week, and more snow is expected in the northeast. There's more over the PARCC testing storm as well, but this time, there is a ray of sane sunshine. Here in New Jersey, State Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Assembly’s education committee, has introduced a bill that would detail a procedure for how parents could opt out of the tests. He's working on another bill that would delay the use of the tests to evaluate students and teachers for up to three years....

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