Building on criticism lodged last week in a committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) continued to take shots at Governor Chris Christie on Monday, Save Jerseyans, this time from the Harbour Club in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, a key 2016 primary battleground.
“The main theme of his candidacy seems to be, I got you a lot of federal money,” Paul reportedly responded when asked why he considers the New Jersey Governor a “moderate” Republican (h/t theRun2016). “It doesn’t sound like a conservative message. It sounds like a moderate to big government message.”
“I’m not arguing against aid,” Paul continued. “I’m just arguing that the fiscally responsible way to do that aid would’ve been one year at a time and offsetting it with spending cuts elsewhere.” We can’t really disagree with him there.
Highlands Mayor Frank Nolan, Jets owner Woody Johnson, and Douglas Eagles, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County.
The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced yesterday that they are awarding $1.5 million to New Jersey youth serving agencies for repairs to recreational facilities and equipment that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
The announcement took place at the headquarters of the Puerto Rican Association for Human Development in Perth Amboy, in a play room that has recently been renovated with the first $100 thousand distributed of the $1.5 million dollar grant.
“The first person I saw when I got off the helicopter was a woman. She saw me and she burst into tears. And she said to me ‘everything’s gone, you have to help me.’ I think people wanted me to tell them that it was gonna be ok, and that I wouldn’t forget them. And I know that there’s nothing more important for me to do as Governor than to complete the mission of bringing their lives back to normal. I know we still have work to do, but I really believe, finally, New Jersey’s moving in the right direction.”
Governor Christie consistently acknowledges that the Sandy recovery effort is incomplete. Many affected residents, however, remain less than satisfied with the progress made thus far.
He’s the country’s most prominent Republican, Save Jerseyans, so when he grants an increasingly rare interview to the mainstream media on one specific issue (today it happened to be the one year anniversary of Sandy), you can be sure they’ll try to get him to comment on just about every topic under the Sun.
Here’s the video from Tuesday morning’s CBS World News appearance:
For the first time in three years, Save Jerseyans, the weather for October 31st looks normal at both ends of the Turnpike. No blizzards or superstorms on the horizon! And we’re certainly grateful for it.
Happiness over the promise of a normal Halloween certainly represents one point where we can all agree with Governor Christie who, as you might except, incurred some wrath at home for “cancelling” festivities last fall after Sandy struck:
Governor Chris Christie signed Executive Order 140 on Thursday and, in so doing, loosed the AG’s office on the beach; he’s moving forward with a state easement on beachfront dunes with or without the support of hold-out homeowners.
“It is a proven fact that having dunes along our coastline makes everyone safer, and today I’m acting to move the building process forward,” said Governor Christie in a statement accompanying the order. “As we rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, we need to make sure we are stronger, more resilient and prepared for future storms, and dunes are a major component of this process. I am doing everything in my power to get them in place as soon as possible. We can no longer be held back from completing these critical projects by a small number of owners who are selfishly concerned about their view while putting large swaths of homes and businesses around them at risk.”
Down big in the polls and with days growing short, Barbara Buono’s hapless gubernatorial campaign is finally going after Governor Chris Christie’s greatest strength on the campaign trail: his Hurricane Sandy record.
Buono scheduled two events for Friday at the Jersey Shore in order to highlight the recovery effort’s shortcomings; her camp also released this web video featuring dissatisfied storm victims:
Assemblyman Brian Rumpf, who served as Mayor of Little Egg Harbor between 2000 and 2003, on of the two towns on today’s Buono itinerary released a statement in response to the Buono campaign’s new offensive…
Governor Chris Christie’s pre-Labor Day Weekend Shore tour took him to Sea Bright on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, and he was uncharacteristically critical of the federal’s government’s approach to helping small businesses. The Governor reserved his strongest criticism for the federal Small Business Administration’s voluminous applications, urging New Jerseyans to forge ahead anyway and seek federal monies available to them:
The Governor is justifiably eager for Jersey Shore residents to seize upon state alternatives. For example, of the $260 million in federal aid allotted for a grant program designed to help damaged businesses, only $2.6 million has been disbursed thus far. That’s a lot of money left sitting on the field.