Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Governor chides reporters for obsessing about 'silly,' 'shallow' subject, says he is not a role model
Gov. Chris Christie reluctantly fielded reporters’ questions Tuesday about his February Lap-Band surgery, but said he would not be providing the public with any news as he heads towards his weight-loss goal, which he pointedly refused to disclose. "This is it. You ask me any more questions about this, I’m not answering,” Christie said during a groundbreaking ceremony at a Newark vocational high school. "I’m not going to be giving you all updates as this goes along. ... I’m not giving people a day-by-day, week-by-week, blow by blow," he said, adding, "I don’t care to be a role model for anyone. This is an intensely personal issue." The governor told the New York Post Monday night he’d had Lap-Band surgery in February because of concerns …
Governor tells New York Post that Lap-Band procedure was done at the urging of his family. An NYU doctor made house calls to Christie's Mendham home to not draw attention to the surgery.
Gov. Chris Christie underwent stomach-shrinking Lap-Band surgery in February, he confirmed to the New York Post on Monday night while refuting speculation that he was slimming down for a White House run in 2016. Christie quietly had the Lap-Band — or laparoscopic adjustable gastric binding —procedure done in a New York hospital, telling the paper that he agreed to the surgery at the urging of his family after turning 50 in September. Sean Conner, a spokesperson for Christie, confirmed the story to Patch Tuesday. The governor insisted that the Lap-Band was not inserted to help him lose weight in the run-up to 2016. "I know it sounds crazy to say that running for president is minor, but in the grand scheme of things, it was looking at Mary …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Money to go to balancing the general state budget rather than building houses for low- and middle-income residents
Defying several attempts at killing it off, the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing met for the first time in more than two years on Wednesday to begin the process of taking at least $142 million in funds dedicated to low- and moderate-income housing to help balance the state budget. COAH, which has few friends in the Legislature, was reorganized out of existence in 2011 by Gov. Chris Christie. The council voted 4-1 to ask municipalities to send proof of their plans to spend any money that had been dormant in their affordable housing trust funds for four years as of July 17, 2012 and transfer the remaining, unspent money to the council by May 22, according to the resolution. The resolution also gave its acting director approval to …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
FEMA representatives meet with local officials for update on maps and increase to flood insurance premiums.
At the request of Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, representatives from 23 municipalities impacted by flooding, including River Edge, met with FEMA representatives Tuesday for a status update on the Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) FEMA flood maps. According to FEMA representative Mark Roberts, the new ABFE maps were not a result of Super Storm Sandy--the process of updating the maps began in 2008. However, Super Storm Sandy expedited their release, resulting in three sets of advisory maps. Roberts said that each map will bring the details into sharper focus so that the final map will be a useful tool. According to Roberts, once the preliminary regulatory map is released, municipalities will then begin commenting and …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
NJ Spotlight reports Council being asked to try to take at least $142 million in local affordable housing trust fund dollars away from municipalities.
The New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing is scheduled today to hold its first meeting in more than two years, with the council being asked to try to take at least $142 million – though probably more -- in local affordable housing trust fund dollars away from municipalities. The Appellate Division of Superior Court last August stopped the state Department of Community Affairs from taking money in municipal funds to create low- and moderate-income housing, saying only COAH had the right to do so. The council hadn’t voted because Gov. Chris Christie abolished it, effective August 29, 2011. That reorganization, which the appellate court reversed two months ago, and the taking of the municipal housing funds, are two of three COAH-related …
The $1.2 million ad buy shows road to New Jerseyans' optimism in their state.
In Gov. Chris Christie's first television ad of his 2013 re-election campaign, the governor's leadership style is credited for renewing New Jersey residents' pride in their state after years of overtaxation and too much government spending. "Jersey Proud" shows how bipartisan reforms have helped "to strengthen New Jersey's future," according to the Christie campaign.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Check out what's going on in River Edge and Oradell this week.
River Edge The Planning Board will hold a work session on Thursday at 8 pm in Borough Hall. Registration for Spring/ Summer Adult Women's Softball begins in May. In-person Registration will be held on May 6 from 7pm to 9pm at the Recreation office. Click here to download a registration form to mail-in. Deadline is May 20. River Edge Summer Recreation Camp Registration is going on now. The Summer Playground Program at Memorial Park is available to students Kindergarten through 6th Grade. The camp runs 9 a.m. to noon from July 1 through August 2. The fee for the five-week program is $140 per participant. Click here to download a flyer for more information. Oradell The River Dell Board of Education will be meeting Monday, April 29 at 8pm…
One Bergen County bridge fell to the bottom of the list of structurally deficient bridges in New Jersey. Check out the interactive map below from NJ Spotlight.
Monday, April 29
The most structurally deficient bridge in New Jersey is right here in Bergen County, according to a new study. The Court Street Bridge a mile north of I-80 in Hackensack, which has been recently repaired, sits at the bottom of the list of deficient bridges across the state, according to a NJ Spotlight analysis of data from the National Bridge Inventory. The analysis looked at infrastructure across the state and found that one in four bridges "is in poor condition or inadequate to handle modern traffic loads." The price tag to fix the deficiencies across Bergen County comes in at approximately $400 million, while the cost to fix bridges across New Jersey is approximately $6 billion. According to NJ Spotlight, however, the ultimate cost to …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Despite calls from Borough officials and residents, United Water still has not fixed last Tuesday's Church Street water main break.
A water main that burst on Church Street last Tuesday remains unfixed, despite calls to United Water from borough officials and residents, officials reported at Tuesday's meeting of the Oradell Mayor and Council. The break is adjacent to the Oradell Library parking lot. According to Mayor Joseph Murray, the Superintendent of the DPW has been speaking with United Water about repairs, but they have not yet repaired it. Two residents in attendance said that they each spoke to a United Water representative and were told that the break would be fixed by today. As of Tuesday evening, the pipe remained broken. However, United Water has placed a rock on top of the burst pipe and cordoned off the area with cones and a small horse. Still, water …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Organizer denies political action committee sought to hide contributions
A political action committee financed largely by contractors doing business in Bergen County paid for an event celebrating the county Democratic party's election night victory last November in Hasbrouck Heights, the Star-Ledger reported Wednesday. The PAC that covered the $10,033.54 event, the New Leadership Council of New Jersey, was created by Daniel Ortega, a former Democratic party official under ex-chairman Joe Ferriero. The former party chair was indicted on mail fraud charges, but his conviction was later overturned. Ortega said the PAC was not seeking to hide contributions, according to the report. The celebration was not an official Democratic party event, he said. "The purpose of this PAC is to support current and new …