Investigators want to know whether Port Authority requests to increase tolls were purposely inflated so motorists would accept a more modest increase. And legislators investigating Port Authority operations are asking — how much did Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo know about the alleged scheme?Read more
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The George Washington Bridge is now smack-dab in the middle of another scandal, and it has sparked a call for independent oversight of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.Read more
A measure to ban smoking at state beaches and parks has advanced with the approval of the Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee.Read more
***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Prieto & Vainieri Huttle on Importance of Allowing Adoptees Access to Original Birth Records for Medical & Family Histories
(TRENTON) -- Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson) and Assembly Human Services Committee Chair Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) issued a multimedia package Friday in which they discuss the importance of legislation to allow New Jersey adoptees access to their original birth certificates and family history for medical purposes.Read more
LONG HILL — Gov. Chris Christie today defended his decision to move ahead with closing two institutions for people with developmental disabilities, saying he "cannot allow a vocal minority to stop progress.”Read more
By Star-Ledger Editorial Board
Pardon the insensitive pun, but smoking is a dying habit. Experts now predict Americans will eradicate cigarette smoking by 2050.
New Jersey banned indoor smoking, in places such as bars and restaurants, in 2006. Outdoor spaces are the next logical frontier. Given our growing awareness of smoking’s health risks, and its shrinking popularity among people of all ages, the outdoor smoking ban is a step whose time has arrived.Read more
By Matt Friedman, The Star-Ledger
TRENTON — Lighting up in a park or on the beach would land an offender a big fine under a measure to be considered today by a state Assembly panel.
The Assembly Tourism and Gaming Committee plans to take up a bill (A1080) that would apply the state’s law against smoking in indoor public places like restaurants to all public parks and beaches.
"I think it's time that we continue to pass legislation in the interest of good public health," said Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), a sponsor. "It reduces litter and reduces fire hazards in those areas. And the exposure to second hand smoke."Read more
The Record - Analysis: Christie's approach on Port Authority different from his handling of other agencies
By John Reitmeyer, The Record
Chris Christie launched his first term as governor in 2010 by putting pressure on what he said was New Jersey’s “shadow government” of unelected authorities, boards and commissions. He vetoed a $5 million contract at one agency. He rejected a $1.27 million change order at another. And he even said no to a $37,500 lobbying deal.Read more
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Steve Kornacki and Bob Ingle discuss Chris Christie’s relationship with Democrats in New Jersey in light of the “Bridgegate” scandal and Christie switching up his messaging.