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Grapevine: Unpleasant air in the State House

A fast-tracked bill that Gov. Chris Christie agreed to with Democratic leaders that would’ve allowed him to cash in on a book deal came to a screeching halt on the same day last week that another Christie-backed insider measure, which called...

Grapevine: Is Christie out of options?

If we've learned anything at all from 2016, it's that things can always change.

Grapevine: Trolling of the press corps

Gov. Chris Christie had reporters all fired up last week when he staged a large “press announcement” in the State House rotunda to announce that his administration would be moving ahead with a $300 million renovation for the building...

Grapevine: Always too early to predict Christie's downfall

We're not casting stones here. We've done it here in these pages, too.

Grapevine: Atlantic City casinos still under pressure

Atlantic City's casinos are facing pressure from both external competition and the dilution of competition within the state with the threat of a North Jersey casino. Though the ballot question for new casinos in the state failed, Atlantic City is...

Grapevine: Notes and quotes from Day 2 of the League of Municipalities Conference

There were a lot of people in at the League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City willing to talk about business and politics Wednesday — especially if it was without attribution, considering the nature of the subjects. Grapevine...

Grapevine: Notes and quotes from Day 1 of the League of Municipalities Conference

There were a lot of people in at the League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City willing to talk about business and politics Tuesday — especially if it was without attribution, considering the nature of the subjects. Grapevine allowed...

Grapevine Analysis: Gov. Guadagno? Or how about Attorney General Christie ... or future President Booker?

The 2016 presidential election is last week's news. At least it is in the how-am-I-doing-in-the-latest-polls world of politicians. So, as President-elect Donald Trump begins transitioning into the White House, there is already plenty of talk about...

Grapevine: Guadagno continues to dig in

Last week, we chronicled Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno's latest pivot away from Gov. Chris Christie: She had appeared on a popular radio show to break with the governor on the issue of this week's ballot question that seeks to dedicate revenues raised by...

Grapevine Analysis: The Bridgegate verdict - Our experts explain what happened … and what will happen next

Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly, two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie, were found guilty Friday on all counts pertaining to their involvement in the planning and executing of politically motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge...

Grapevine Analysis: Health care industry shocked as CarePoint, Barnabas escalate battle over satellite centers

A battle between two health systems may result in a lawsuit involving the Department of Health, according to health law experts in New Jersey.

Grapevine: Guadagno and Christie spat

In what was likely her boldest pivot yet away from Gov. Chris Christie, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno went on NJ 101.5 FM last week to not only voice her opposition to the recently passed 23-cent-per-gallon gas tax, but to also urge residents to vote no on...

Grapevine: TTF attention moves to ballot question

We're going on two weeks since Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund by raising the state's gas tax 23 cents per gallon.

Grapevine: Guadagno uses Trump as pivot away from Christie

For roughly four days, Gov. Chris Christie remained silent about the explosive leaked video from 2005 showing his choice for president, Republican nominee Donald Trump, making lewd and inappropriate comments about women to former “Access...

Grapevine: Labor won't forget stalling of TTF bill

It seems almost silly to have to mention in a state like New Jersey that the support of labor unions and groups shouldn't be discounted by politicians.

Grapevine Analysis: Sweeney's exit shakes up governor's race even further; what does that mean for Murphy?

And just like that, it seems as if Phil Murphy's path to Drumthwacket just got a lot clearer.

Grapevine Analysis: Why the TTF deal was struck now - and the winners and losers

On Friday, Gov. Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus) announced they had reached an agreement to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund with an eight-year, $16 billion plan...

Grapevine: Fulop-Murphy alliance changes game for 2017 race

Seemingly overnight last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy went from an intriguing outlier in a two-man race to a real, formidable challenger with momentum on his side.

Grapevine Analysis: Fulop's rapid rise may simply precede an even faster fall

The assumption was easy to make: When Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced he would not be running for governor — throwing his support behind former U.S. Ambassador Phil Murphy at the same time — many assumed Murphy had suddenly...

Grapevine: Special health care edition

Large health systems such as Atlantic Health, Hackensack Meridian Health and RWJBarnabas Health are looking to enter the health insurance market with their own products to offer as self-funded plans for employers.

Grapevine: Don't write Christie off yet

Last week was yet another bad one for Gov. Chris Christie and company.

Grapevine: An eye on salary history bill

Trenton observers are preparing for what one insider says should be a “busy agenda in the next couple of weeks.”

Grapevine: Christie playing politics with N.J.-Pa. taxes, some say

Some have likened it to the same brand of politics constantly on display in Washington, D.C.

Grapevine: Is McGreevey finally staging his political comeback?

The Jersey Journal had a story last week indicating that former Gov. Jim McGreevey recently moved about four blocks or so, from one Jersey City apartment to another.

Grapevine: Trying not to be cynical about American Dream

Believe it or not, we may have taken a step closer last week to finishing the long-stalled American Dream project in the Meadowlands.

Grapevine: More 'kicking the can down the road' on TTF?

With still no resolution to the ongoing dispute over how best to replenish the state's depleted Transportation Trust Fund, Gov. Chris Christie attempted to take matters into his own hands last week by issuing an executive order allowing the state to...