U.S. efforts to broker a Mideast peace agreement faltered after Israel refused to release prisoners as demanded by Palestinian leaders, then moved forward with plans to build new settlement housing in Jerusalem, America's top diplomat said Tuesday. But he still held out hope that negotiations would continue.
It was April Fools Day, but the latest edition of The New Yorker says the lack of warmth evident between Gov. Chris Christie and former Gov. Tom Kean, on the dais at a political roast, looked like no joking matter.
Claims that a traffic study was the true purpose of last September's chaotic lane closings at the George Washington Bridge have drawn skepticism for months. The Christie administration's internal report on Bridgegate leaves them in shreds.
Gov. Chris Christie Friday held his first news conference since his marathon Bridgegate session Jan. 9. Unsurprisingly, Bridgegate dominated this session as well. So the governor brought another headline: The resignation of Port Authority chairman David Samson.
New Jersey's two U.S. Senators are urging federal officials to expedite the state's efforts to get 40,000 tons of road salt transported to Port Newark, despite the setback posed by maritime law and the lack of an available American vessel large enough to carry the entire load.
As winter ice puts lives at risk on New Jersey roads, Townsquare Media has learned that a 1920 federal maritime law stranded a shipment of road salt at a Maine seaport while urgent requests for a waiver were denied by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Jim Simpson, commissioner of New Jersey's Department of Transportation said today's snow and ice storm presents "worse" problems for the state than the post-Christmas storm of 2010, in part because this unusually severe winter is forcing some tough choices in deployment of limited road salt supplies.
The editorial page editor of the Star-Ledger blogged Sunday that the newspaper's endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for re-election last November was "a mistake" that drew taunts from his "liberal friends."
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