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."
Gov. Chris Christie, addressing the Bridgegate scandal in a live radio interview Monday night, said he wants the people of New Jersey to know, "I had nothing to do with this" and "I'm going to fix it." He also took a swipe at critics he said were engaging in "a game of gotcha."
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's weekend switch from Chris Christie booster to Christie accuser has drawn a sharply worded counter-attack from the governor's office. She says his office withheld Sandy aid to extort support for a development project.
Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday delivered a 2014 State of the State speech crafted to quickly address and just as quickly move past Bridgegate. He used the word "momentum" to describe his call for the bipartisan cooperation he will need to get the legislature's Democratic majority to act on his agenda, even as it presses the investigation that could bring it to a halt.
The State Assembly's Democratic leadership Monday moved to create a new Bridgegate "super investigative committee," armed subpoena power and a special counsel and chaired by Deputy Speaker John Wisniewski.
Confusion, distrust, anger and apparent stonewalling marked internal communications between New Jersey Port Authority officials, their New York counterparts and PA and Fort Lee police as surprise lane closings disrupted traffic at the George Washington Bridge Sept. 9 through Sept. 13 of last year.
Gov. Chris Christie, saying he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by the first major political scandal of his career, apologized to the public Thursday and fired his deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, "because she lied" about the September closings of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge.
Emails from Kelly, leaked Wednesday, showed she participated in the closings, as political retaliation against the mayor of Fort Lee.
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