January 9, 2014 |
From bombastic, take-no-prisoners Chris Christie came something new Thursday, in an exhaustive news conference called to blunt a New Jersey scandal that has threatened his standing as a 2016 Republican presidential front-runner. A profession of humility. The governor was heartbroken, blindsided and sad, he said. Christie had been intensely loyal to aides and they had betrayed him with dishonesty. He had canned two of them, and threw another one, who had already resigned, forcefully under the bus. But Christie also repeatedly took responsibility for his aides' decision to tie up traffic on roads leading to the George Washington Bridge last September in pursuit of political retribution against a Democratic mayor who had not endorsed Christie in his laugher of a 2013 reelection bid. “I had no knowledge or involvement in this issue, in its planning or its execution, and I am stunned by the abject stupidity that was shown here,” Christie said in a discussion that stretched to nearly two hours.
January 9, 2014 |
A former New Jersey Port Authority official and appointee of Gov. Chris Christie, implicated in the political scandal over the deliberate lane closures onto the busy George Washington Bridge, refused to answer questions about the episode before a state Assembly panel on Thursday. David Wildstein took the 5 th Amendment and refused to answer questions, prompting lawmakers to vote to find him in contempt of the committee, a charge that will...
January 9, 2014 |
FORT LEE, N.J. - With a daylong public apology for political retribution he blamed on his staff, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried mightily Thursday to keep a local traffic issue from blossoming into a full-blown threat to his 2016 presidential aspirations. At least one constituent, Robert Tessaro, wasn't buying it. In Christie's first display of contrition, a nationally televised news conference that lasted almost two hours, the Republican governor announced he had canned two aides implicated in the plan to block access roads to the George Washington Bridge here in September, ostensibly because the mayor had not endorsed Christie's reelection.
January 8, 2014 |
More heads may be rolling in New Jersey: Recently released emails suggest a top staffer for Gov. Chris Christie was involved in a move to close lanes of the George Washington Bridge in September, in effect gridlocking a town whose mayor did not support Christie's reelection campaign. “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” wrote Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Christie, in an email on Aug. 13 to David Wildstein, Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
January 5, 2014 |
More than 26,000 people have worked to rebuild the World Trade Center complex, and many will continue working there for years until the five skyscrapers, transportation hub and retail complex on the site have been completed. It's a huge project, spanning 16 acres with an overall cost of about $14.8 billion - up from a 2008 estimate of $11 billion. And it has taken a long time to come to fruition. Although the site cleanup officially ended in May of 2002, construction on One World Trade Center, the 1,776-foot tall centerpiece of the site, didn't begin until 2006.
January 3, 2014 |
NEW YORK -- Flights into and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport were suspended for hours Friday, at least two deaths were reported in the region and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave more than 1 million pupils a day off as a winter storm dumped nearly two feet of snow in some areas and iced over roads. Thousands of flights were delayed or canceled, and while La Guardia and Newark-Liberty airports in the New York region were operating, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey took the step of halting operations at JFK early Friday “due to zero visibility and windblown snow on the runways.” “The airport terminals remain open,” the agency, which operates area airports, said in a statement released before dawn.
December 28, 2013 |
The National Security Agency mass collection of telephone data does not violate the Constitution, a federal judge in New York has ruled, creating a conflict within the federal courts and increasing the likelihood that the Supreme Court eventually will have to resolve the program's fate. The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley will bolster the position of the NSA and its allies just as President Obama is considering whether to impose new restrictions on the spy agency's activities.
December 23, 2013 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + Washington's Alexander Ovechkin is the NHL's first 30-goal scorer, his ninth consecutive season with 30 or more. On Friday, he recorded his 400th goal in his 634th game, the sixth-fastest player to reach 400 after Wayne Gretzky (436 games), Mike Bossy (506), Mario Lemieux (508), Brett Hull (520) and Jari Kurri (608). + Tampa Bay defenseman J.P. Cote on Thursday made his first NHL appearance since he played eight games for Montreal in 2005-06.
December 17, 2013 |
Every shopper's worst nightmare played out in an upscale New Jersey mall over the weekend, turning the joyful Christmas season to ashes for the family of a pair of young lawyers who will gather Wednesday for a funeral. Carjackers approached Dustin Friedland and his wife, Jamie, in the parking area at the Mall at Short Hills and opened fire. Dustin was gravely wounded and left to die by his assailants, who drove off in his late-model silver Range Rover which was recovered nearby in Newark - a scant 15 minutes away by vehicle but more than a lifetime away in wealth.