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Exxon Settles Lawsuit With New Jersey Over Refinery Pollution — (Bloomberg) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. has reached an agreement with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's environmental regulators to settle litigation about pollution released over decades by an oil refinery and petrochemical plant. Lawyers for Exxon and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection told a judge in a Feb.

Christie Spokesman Michael Drewniak Leaving Administration — (Bloomberg) -- Michael Drewniak, a long-time spokesman for Chris Christie whose profane tussles with reporters came to light with the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, is leaving the New Jersey governor's administration. Drewniak, 53, once described by Christie as "fabulously bald," declined to comment in an e-mail on Tuesday beyond confirming his departure.

Republican Walker May Skip Exploratory Committee in 2016 Run — (Bloomberg) -- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican among the top tier of his party's presidential aspirants, said he may skip the traditional exploratory committee if he runs for president in 2016.

JPMorgan Worker Choked Wife to Death Before Suicide, Police Say — (Bloomberg) -- A JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee strangled and stabbed his wife to death before turning the knife on himself, according to police who are treating the couple's death in Bergen County, New Jersey as a murder-suicide. Michael A. Tabacchi, 27, and his wife, Iran Pars Tabacchi, 41, were found dead Friday about 11:30 p.m.

N.J. Property Taxes Rise to Record $8,161 Annually on Average — (Bloomberg) -- New Jersey's average residential property-tax bill rose 2.2 percent last year to an all-time high of $8,161, slightly exceeding governor Chris Christie's 2 percent cap on growth in the levies, according to state data. The average homeowner paid $173 more than in 2013.

Atlantic City Sells $12 Million of Notes to Bank of America — (Bloomberg) -- Atlantic City, the struggling New Jersey casino center, sold $12 million of notes to Bank of America Corp., part of a plan to repay $12.8 million of securities coming due this week. The city will pay the remainder through cash, according to a plan the City Council passed Tuesday.

Christie Defends Muslim Judge Pick, Calls Critics ‘Crazies’ — Aug. 5 (Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is defending his pick of a Muslim for a state judgeship, saying critics of a lawyer who represented suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are "ignorant" and "crazies". Sohail Mohammed, 47, was sworn in July 26 as a Superior Court judge in Passaic County.

N.J.’s Christie Travels to U.K. for Fourth Foreign Trip — (Bloomberg) -- With the 2016 Republican presidential contest looming back home, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie heads to the U.K. on Sunday where he'll meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, talk trade and take in a soccer game.

Atlantic City Changing $12 Million Note Sale to Negotiated — (Bloomberg) -- Atlantic City, which delayed a $12 million note sale this week because of a snowstorm, is converting it to a negotiated transaction to help meet a deadline for repaying debt due Feb. 3, Revenue Director Michael Stinson said.

Christie Said to Form 2016 Political Action Committee — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formed a political action committee, a step toward entering the 2016 race for president, according to a person familiar with the move. Christie, a second-term Republican, filed paperwork on Jan.
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Feb 25, 2015

Crowd gathers in Moorestown, NJ for 3 pm town hall with @GovChristie. It's his 128th so far and first since summer.

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