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New Jersey Governor Cancels Nation’s Largest Job Creation, Economic Recovery Project

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made national headlines last week by announcing that he is canceling the nation’s largest public works project – and sacrificing nearly 50,000 jobs in the process.  The Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel project would double the existing rail-commuting capacity from New Jersey to New York City with a nine-mile tunnel under the Hudson River to midtown Manhattan.   

Anti-Oversight Lobbying Coming to a State Near You

A trend is slowly but surely creeping throughout the country: eliminating oversight over phone services. Under the guise of reforming or modernizing regulations, telecommunications companies’ efforts may mean an end to the only access that many have to the outside world. Specifically, some telecommunications providers are seeking to preclude their states’ public utility commissions (PUCs) from exercising their authority to ensure that basic services reach all Americans.

Department of Justice to States: Don’t Sue Polluters

In a blow to states’ leadership over clean energy, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that states cannot sue power plant operators that generate pollution. The Justice Department alleges that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency has already started to regulate greenhouse emissions; and (2) states lack standing to assert a federal nuisance claim.

NJ: Error on 'Race to the Top' application costs N.J. $400M in federal funds

The Star Ledger:

After making a high-profile bid for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education reform money, New Jersey fell three points short of receiving "Race to the Top" funding, in part because of an error by the Christie administration in the state’s application, records obtained by The Star-Ledger show.

 

NJ: Poll finds 78 percent of parents want New Jersey to spend more on education

The Press of Atlantic City:

A poll of the parents of New Jersey high school students said education was the top state budget priority and one that is underfunded.

NJ: N.J. Democrats to launch campaign to override Christie's veto of $7.5M family planning funds

The Star Ledger:

When the state Senate voted to restore $7.5 million in family planning funds in June, 30 of the 40 senators supported it — more than enough to override Gov. Chris Christie if he vetoed the measure.

NJ: Law Firms that Employ Municipal Court Judges Are Banned from Making Political Contributions

Law firms in New Jersey that employ municipal court judges are banned from making political contributions, the state’s highest court ruled today.

To eliminate questions about the source of the money, attorneys can make political donations from their personal funds, but contributions cannot come from the firm’s business account, the state Supreme Court said in its unanimous decision.

NJ Privatization Panel Report Pushes Ideology Rather than Facts

Since he took office earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has waged an ideological war on state employees and programs, and advocated for unsustainable and costly privatization schemes.  Even in light of overwhelming public opposition to privatization and the significant pitfalls associated with these types of initiatives, the Governor established a privatization task force by executive order in early April, seeking to identify $50 million in savings.

NJ: Gov. Christie Vetoes Bill Restoring $7.5M Grant for Family Planning

TRENTON — Saying “the state simply cannot fund every worthy program,” Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have restored $7.5 million for family planning clinics that provide birth control and health screenings to thousands of uninsured women.

Christie also cited budget woes to veto measures creating a $100 million home buyer tax credit program and shifting $24.6 million from the hospital charity care fund to enroll 39,000 working poor parents in the FamilyCare health insurance plan.

DE: Special Report - Drinking Water at Risk

Special Report: Delaware Drinking Water at Risk: What you haven't been told about chemicals polluting the aquifer that serves Del., Md., N.J.

Tainted groundwater is spreading across thousands of acres in northern Delaware and has reached the Potomac Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to people across much of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.