Sunday, May 12, 2013
Dr. George Fielding, doctor who performed weight-reduction surgery on governor back in February, named in 12 malpractice actions.
The doctor responsible for the Presidents Day Lap-Band surgery on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in hot water over several malpractice suits, according to a published report Sunday. Dr. George Fielding, the chief of New York University’s Langone Weight Management Program, who performed the weight-reduction surgery on the governor and Jets coach Rex Ryan, has been sued by the families of three women who died and has been named in 12 malpractice suits – including a suit by former Met player Lee Mazzilli, whose teenage daughter suffered stomach perforations, the New York Post said. In addition, Fielding is the subject of 11 lawsuits in Australia, where he used to work, according the report, and is involved in an ongoing whistleblower …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
All state buildings will comply with executive order on Thursday.
Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order calling for flags to be flown at half-staff on all state buildings Thursday to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and show solidarity with the city, officials said. The order, which was issued late Tuesday, will effect state and U.S. flags on “all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in recognition and mourning of the passing of the victims of the bombings that took place at the Boston Marathon,” a release from the governor’s office said. Three people were killed and more than 130 injured when two explosions rocked the finish line of the world's most prominent marathon. The two explosions came as …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Governor calls Turtle Back Zoo "best zoo in the state."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie traveled to West Orange Wednesday to help Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. officially open the Turtle Back Zoo’s newest exhibit — an 82,000-gallon pool for sea lions and a 1,600-gallon touch tank for sting rays. Christie, accompanied by his daughter, Bridget, told the large and enthusiastic crowd that included visitors, county and state officials, zoo employees and volunteers the zoo is “the best zoo in the state,” and credited DiVincenzo for the improvements to the facility as it enters it’s 50th year. Sea lions have not been a regular part of the zoo in more than 20 years, officials said. The sea lion space will also allow for educational programs and special events, officials announced. “A …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Wednesday's grand opening of largest development in zoo history features governor, county executive.
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will join forces on Wednesday, April 10 at 11 a.m. for the grand opening of the Sea Lion Sound Exhibit in Essex County Turtle Back in West Orange, officials said Monday. The new natural habitat-themed display is the largest exhibit developed in zoo history and features an 82,000-gallon pool for sea lions and a 1,600-gallon touch tank for sting rays, county officials said in a release. The sea lion space will also allow for educational programs and special events, officials announced. In addition, for the first time in more than 20 years, the zoo will feature the return of the sea lions. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the zoo. The program will held …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Christie, Sweeney, Oliver to attend address at Essex County Hospital Center in Cedar Grove.
When Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. presents his 10th State of the County address on Tuesday, Feb. 19, he’ll deliver the address before an audience that will include Gov. Chris Christie, state Senate President Stephen Sweeney and state Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. The address, to be delivered at the Essex County Hospital Center, 204 Grove St. in Cedar Grove, begins at 7 p.m. and will focus on the progress the county has made over the past year. DiVincenzo is expected to stress the county’s accomplishments and offer a blueprint of the programs, events and progress being made throughout the county. At last year’s address, DiVincenzo touted the county’s fiscal responsibility and improvement of county parks and recreation…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
CBSlocal.com: Governor plays along with late-night host and jokes about his girth.
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" Monday night, the sparks began to fly immediately. Christie poked fun at himself as David Letterman pointed out his own reputation for making fat jokes at the governor’s expense, according to a clip released of the appearance on CBSlocal.com. Christie took the ribbing all in stride and even played along with Letterman throughout the segment.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Senate president bows of the out of the race before it starts, saying his attention is needed to keep Democrats in control of the state Legislature.
State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney announced Monday he has decided not to run for governor this year. Sweeney said on his Facebook page his focus will center on keeping a Democratic majority in the state Legislature: After careful consideration and much deliberation, I will not be a candidate for governor in 2013. I've decided my work now needs to be focused on ensuring the Legislature remains in Democratic control. Is there any question about the havoc and pain a Republican Legislature would inflict on the middle class, labor, women and our seniors? For over a decade, New Jersey voters have ensured we have a strong Democratic majority in both houses and I view it as absolutely essential and my job to keep that streak going. We will…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Gov. Christie: New Jersey back to 'new normal.'
New Jersey has entered a new normal, Gov. Chris Christie said Monday. With the recovery effort largely concluded, the focus of state and federal agencies will turn to rebuilding the parts of New Jersey devastated by Hurricane Sandy, he noted during an appearance at the newly established Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Joint Field Office at the former Avaya building in Lincroft. “We’ve returned to a sense of normalcy, that’s why I have the fleece off,” Christie said, joking about his signature accessory at a series of press conferences and appearances across the state. “It’s time to go back to work. It’s time to now focus on the task of rebuilding our state. The rebuilding process is not going to be easy. It’s going to be …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Governor said Hurricane Sandy is poised to strike New Jersey between Atlantic City and Toms River.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Governor Chris Christie formally requested President Barack Obama declare a pre-landfall emergency for New Jersey, according to a press release issued by the governor's office. The declaration would allow the state to request funding and other assistance for actions taken in advance of Hurricane Sandy. "We have taken this action to assist communities which have taken extraordinary measures to insure the safety of the public during this very serious and dangerous storm," Christie said in the release. Hurricane Sandy is expected to bring flooding, high winds and heavy rain across the state over a period of 36 hours starting early Monday morning. During a press conference in Pompton Lakes on Sunday afternoon, Christie said the hurricane is …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A new set of pension reforms will save the townships money in local taxes.
Verona Township will save $87,957 in 2013 as part of a series of pension reforms signed into law last year. Cedar Grove Township will save $74,833. The cuts are thanks to the reforms agreed upon by the New Jersey legislative bodies and signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie in June 2011. The bill, aimed at increasing contributions to health benefits and pension payments for public employees, makes various changes to the manner in which the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund (TPAF), the Judicial Retirement System (JRS), the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System (PFRS) and the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) Cedar Grove employees will pay an additional $31,356 into their pension fund …