Thursday, February 28, 2013
Crowd laughs as second grade Montville resident's question is answered.
Audrey, a second grader from Montville, grabbed hold of the microphone during a town hall meeting in her town Wednesday to ask Gov. Chris Christie the question on most of the minds of people her age: "What's your favorite thing about being governor?" Christie first answered seriously, but then gave his "fun answer." Check out the video above to see what he had to say.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A petition has been filed to the NRC to address Hurricane Sandy-related concerns prior to permitting Oyster Creek Generating Station to return to service
Anti-nuclear advocates have filed emergency legal proceedings with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and have made an appeal to Gov. Chris Christie to intervene and ensure that "major flaws" at Oyster Creek Generating Station are addressed prior to the nuclear power plant returning online. “We’ve just been through a heart wrenching catastrophe with Sandy,” said Janet Tauro, chair of the Board of Directors of the NJ Environmental Federation (NJEF) and founder of Grandmothers, Mothers and More for Energy Safety (GRAMMES). “So many have lost their homes, been displaced, been made physically ill by the aftermath of the devastation that to add the greater risk of a Fukushima radioactive event to the mix would simply be inhuman.” The …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The committee issued a Request for Proposals to determine what properties are viable and how much projects would cost
The township may consider solar projects to power public places such as the Municipal Building and its parks after issuing a Request for Proposals. “It would help our tax dollars,” Committeeman Dave Most said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for us to catch some revenue, and I think that’s rare in municipalities.” Tom Brys, vice president of Renewable Energy for Birdsall Engineering, encouraged the township committee at last week’s meeting to pursue renewable energy. Approximately two weeks ago, Gov. Chris Christie signed Senate bill 1925, which was originally crafted to address the oversupply of solar renewable energy credits, Brys said. “Solar renewable energy credits are the key component for financing and subsidizing the price of …
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Governor speaks in Bridgewater about his week spent in Israel and Jordan
Gov. Chris Christie spoke before religious leaders at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center Wednesday in Bridgewater to relay information about his “extraordinary week” visiting Israel. Aside from some time spent sightseeing with his wife and children last week, Christie also met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres, he told invited religious leaders. Video of Christie's appearance Christie is also planning to hold similar meetings in other locations around the state to discuss his trip. “It was fortuitous that we went during Holy Week,” he said. “I got an incredible sense about Jerusalem, and why it is important that it remains under Israeli control.” “We saw people celebrating all religious …
Monday, February 27, 2012
Christie's budget to provide $20.7 million to district
The long-awaited 2013 state aid numbers that will determine the scope of school district budgets statewide have been released by the Department of Education, showing Lacey schools will receive $279,480 more in state funding than they did in 2011-12. "The increase in state aid is obviously good news, but remember, $290,000 dollars represents about a 1.5 percent increase in State Aid, and even combined with the $600,000 increase from last year it still only represents restoration of about a quarter of the $3.2 million cut we experienced in 2010," school board President Jack Martenak said in an email. After a $4.6 million cut in 2010, all employees of the Lacey Township School district accepted a salary freeze. The 2010-11 budget was reduced …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Township will receive $11,273,840 toward municipal budget
Lacey Township will receive flat state aid under Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget, with total formula aid maintained at $11,273,840. “Given the cut in aid in recent years I am relieved this trend has stopped,” Dykoff said. But the committee does not yet know whether the township is in the black or red, Dykoff said. Dykoff also could not speculate as to whether cuts will be made or if taxes would increase. “We will not know until the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) has incorporated all the numbers into the budget,” he said. Under the same state aid figures last year, the township faced a $3.2 million shortfall and raised taxes. For the average assessed house at $318,000, taxes were raised by $76.72 for the year and $6.32 per month. Lacey…
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Members walked to show their displeasure with Gov. Chris Christie's proposed changes to public workers' benefits.
Members of several large unions marched along Lacey Road earlier today, protesting Gov. Chris Christie's pension plan and benefits proposal, which, among other changes, would require public workers to contribute more money toward their benefits. Communication Workers of America, AFL-CIO, Retired Teachers and the New Jersey Education Association participated in the action. Carrying placards that proclaimed, "We are the middle class," the marchers said they understand that times are hard, but they resent being made into scapegoats for the troubled economy.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Communications Workers of America gathers for demonstration against collective bargaining and pension reform
Drivers honked their horns as they passed public workers chanting, “We pay taxes too” and “We are not the problem." More than 170 public workers including teachers, township employees, Teamsters, and bus drivers gathered for a rally at Bicentennial Park in Forked River as a part of the “We Are One” national demonstration. The union members called for the government to pay their "fair share" and start participating in collective bargaining. Union leaders began their movement in Lacey because township employees were furloughed 22 days last year in six months, causing a 20 percent reduction in salary, said Ellen Vidal, executive president of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1088. “It’s issue based. It’s not necessarily Democrat …
Thursday, February 24, 2011
School board argues for total restoration of aid, financial awards for efficient districts
The projected state aid for Lacey Township is up $612,488 from last year, the Department of Education has announced. Although any increase in aid may seem like a plus, school officials said the budget is slim and the plan will be a struggle financially. “This is certainly good news for the students and taxpayers of Lacey Township. It is about what could be expected given that $250 million dollars in additional state aid is being distributed among almost 600 school districts,” said, Jack Martenak, vice president of the school board. “Unfortunately this represents restoration of less then a 20 percent of what was cut last year so were not out of the woods yet.” After a $4.6 million cut last year, all employees of the Lacey Township School …
Township will receive $11,273,840 toward municipal budget
Lacey Township will receive flat state aid under Gov. Chris Christie's proposed budget, with proposed total formula aid maintained at $11,273,840. “For the most part it was positive news. The school’s numbers certainly came out a lot better as well which is another win-win for the town,” Mayor Gary Quinn said. “Any additional money whether it is to the schools or town out of Trenton, in any town, is certainly a plus versus what we have seen the last couple of years.” The $11.2 million is only a fraction of Christie’s proposed total state budget of $29.4 billion, which reduced spending 2.6 percent from last year. Christie’s plan also calls for pension, benefits, and education reform. “I think the biggest thing is we’re moving in the right …