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Governor’s visit will mean traffic detours in Phillipsburg

An event is scheduled Monday on South Main Street.

A section of Phillipsburg’s South Main Street will be closed late Monday morning when Gov. Chris Christie pays a visit.
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Gov. Chris Christie returning to Phillipsburg next week

He is scheduled to attend the grand opening of a drug abuse and mental health outpatient facility.

New Jersey’s governor will be back in Phillipsburg next week to help …

Joe Piscopo decides he won’t run as a Republican in N.J. governor’s race

Political insiders are divided as to whether the joke will be on Dems, Republicans — or naysayers.

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Christie ratchets up his fight against N.J. newspaper legal ads

The New Jersey Press Association said it will release figures next week stating how much legal ad revenue was generated last year.

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Christie: Absolutely no talk of Trump job during Valentine’s Day lunch

Christie’s talks with Trump centered largely on the issue of drug abuse and addiction.

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie insisted a day after he had lunch with President Donald Trump at the White House that there was absolutely no discussion with the president about taking a job in the new administration.

The governor, speaking at a bill signing event related to the state’s opioid crisis on Wednesday, pushed back against published reports that suggested Christie may be offered a national role to combat drug abuse across the nation.

“Let me be very clear, (the talks) did not include any discussion of me joining the Trump administration in some type of drug abuse role,” Christie said.

He cited, for example, the positions of drug czar for the Office of National Drug Policy Control, or, as he put, “God forbid the surgeon general” as possible jobs that would allow him to continue his work fighting drug addiction.

No job offer at Trump-Christie lunch

But Christie insisted there were no such talks or jobs offered, or any interest for him to occupy any of those posts.

“We did not talk about a job directly related to or indirectly related to the drug issue,” he said. “I talked to him about what we were doing here.”

Christie added: “There was no discussion about a job that would necessitate me leaving.”

Christie and First Lady Mary Pat spent three hours at the White House, the governor said. The two had been invited for an hourlong lunch with the president. But Christie said on Wednesday he and his wife spent more time Trump in what he called “a great day.”

The White House announced after the lunch that the discussion centered on “combating drug use” in the U.S.

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Citing an unnamed senior aide in the administration, CNN reported none of the conversation centered on Christie being considered for a job in the White House.

“There was zero, I repeat zero, conversation about that,” the aide told the cable news network. “The only thing he may do is head up a commission to investigate the opioid crisis.”

A source familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media Tuesday it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Christie could head a federal commission tackling the epidemic. But the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, couldn’t immediately confirm whether the specifics of such a role were discussed.

Matt Arco may be reached at marco@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewArco or on Facebook.

Warren County saw no reports of voter fraud, officials say

Donald Trump and Chris Christie say they believe it happened somewhere, though.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, echoing President Donald Trump, has said he is sure there was voter fraud in last year’s election.

However, there were no reports of any fraud — at least in Warren County.

County elections administrator William Duffy said no complaints were filed, and that the most unusual activity during Election Day was long lines. Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke also said he was unaware of any allegations of fraud.

On Wednesday night, Christie was on his monthly call-in radio show “Ask the Governor” and was asked if he thought there had been voter fraud as Trump had claimed during the 2016 presidential contest.

“I am sure there was,” Christie said, though he admitted that there was no evidence to support his claim.

Christie ‘sure’ of 2016 voter fraud

On Tuesday, Trump and his press secretary, Sean Spicer, both falsely claimed that 3 to 5 million unauthorized immigrants denied Trump a win of the popular vote in his 2016 showdown with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by voting illegally.

New Jersey’s election system is overseen by the state Division of Elections under Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno, who told nj.com that no fraud allegations had been brought to her attention, though they are generally handled on the county level.

New Jersey’s electoral votes went to Hillary Clinton, but Warren County was solid Trump territory. NJ Advance Media compiled town-by-town results of the presidential election across New Jersey, shown on the map below.

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Christie dedicates last year as governor to tackling ‘crisis of drug addiction’

Christie bucked State of the State tradition and made fighting drug addiction the focus of his annual address.

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Up in smoke? Marijuana’s expansion meets a newly strong GOP

Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada and California voters this week legalized recreational cannabis, as Republicans rolled.

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N.J. tax hit for Lehigh Valley commuters draws ire of lawmakers

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in September announced he’s ending a tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania.

Don’t do it.

That’s the message some Pennsylvania lawmakers have for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the wake of his decision to break from a nearly 40-year pact with Pennsylvania on how workers commuting between states are taxed.

Christie in September announced he was pulling New Jersey from a 1977 tax reciprocity agreement that allows New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents who work across state lines to pay income taxes where they live instead of where they work.

It will alter the paychecks of thousands of Lehigh Valley residents who everyday commute across the Delaware River to go to work in the Garden State. It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

Last month, more than two dozen Pennsylvania House members, including several from the Lehigh Valley, introduced a bill urging Christie to reconsider his decision. Although it is largely symbolic, the House members are hoping to persuade the governor that ending the pact is a bad idea.

Pennsylvanians who work in New Jersey currently pay their home state’s income tax at a rate of 3.07 percent, regardless of their income. When the pact ends, they’ll switch to New Jersey’s income tax rate, which varies depending on income.

“The state of New Jersey’s graduated income tax rate ranges from 1.4 percent for individuals earning $20,000 a year or less to 8.97 percent for individuals earning $500,000 a year or over,” the bill states.

In other words, if you live in Pennsylvania and make a lot of money at your job in New Jersey, you’re going to be paying a lot more in income tax come Jan. 1.

Even those who don’t make a lot of money will pay at least a little more in income tax. Anyone earning just $35,000 or more a year will end up in a tax bracket carrying a rate higher than the 3.07 percent flat rate they’re currently paying, according to the bill.  

The termination of the pact is expected to net New Jersey $180 million in additional tax revenue, but the authors of the Pennsylvania bill say it will hurt both states’ “mutual interest in creating jobs and opportunity,” in addition to hurting the livelihood of 125,000 Pennsylvanians who commute into New Jersey.

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Christie, a Republican, has said the termination of the pact was necessary to fill a budget hole created by his state’s Democratic-controlled Legislature. His called it a painful decision but stressed that it was the only acceptable option in his view.

“I will not raise state taxes, cut property tax relief, reduce aid to education or our hospitals, or reduce the state’s record pension payment to cover for this blunder by the Legislature,” Christie said in September.

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney called the governor’s decision wrong for New Jersey.

The Pennsylvania bill was referred to the state House’s finance committee on Oct. 7. 

NJ Advance Media reporter Samantha Marcus contributed to this report. 

Nick Falsone may be reached at nfalsone@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @nickfalsone. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

 

Christie signs bill raising N.J. gas tax 23 cents a gallon

The governor on Friday signed a 23-cent-per-gallon increase in the gasoline tax to renew the Transportation Trust Fund.

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