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May 15, 2015



By Brent Johnson  

Mark Worobetz, of Fredon Twp., has a spirited debate with Gov. Christie about pension reform. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s 137th Town Hall Meeting In Sparta at the Sussex County Technical School. Thursday May 14, 2015. Sparta, NJ, USA (Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

TRENTON — During a town hall meeting in Sparta on Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie said there’s no money in the state budget to make a full payment to New Jersey’s troubled public employee pension system.

The likely Republican presidential candidate also showed restraint at the meeting.

And he said he is against building “a 200-mile” wall on the Mexican border.

OBAMA TO STOP IN CAMDEN

President Obama will visit Camden on Monday to talk to law enforcement officials and meet with young residents.

HOWARD DEAN YELLS ABOUT CHRISTIE

Former presidential candidate and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean shouted some words about Christie in Atlantic City on Thursday night.

CHRISTIE’S POLLS COMPARED

Here is a look at how Christie’s poll numbers compare to past New Jersey governors.

ASSEMBLY CONDEMNS EXXON DEAL

The state Assembly condemned a proposed settlement between Exxon Mobil and Christie’s administration over pollution at the oil giant’s industrial sites around the state.

‘EBOLA NURSE’ BLASTS CHRISTIE

Months after being quarantined here, “Ebola nurse” Kaci Hickox has more criticism for Christie.

U.S. SENATE TO VOTE ON TROOP SALUTES

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the Senate will vote on whether to stop the Defense Department from paying sports teams for salutes to U.S troops in the wake of a controversy involving the Jets.

NATIONAL GUARD AND DRUNKEN DRIVING

An NJ Advance Media review of police records found at least four high-ranking colonels in the New Jersey National Guard were convicted of drunken driving since 2009.

LAWMAKERS TARGET OUT-OF-NETWORK COSTS

A group of state lawmakers introduced a long-awaited bill that limits how much out-of-network hospitals and doctors can charge for their services in New Jersey.

POLL: CHRISTIE AND BRIDGEGATE

Should Christie be held responsible for the actions of his then-employees and allies in the lane closings at the center of the George Washington Bridge scandal? Vote in the informal, unscientific poll below.

Should Gov. Chris Christie be held responsible for his allies’ actions in Bridgegate?

IN OTHER NEWS …

• The U.S. House of Representatives’s ethics committee approved a privately funded educational trip to Turkey and Azerbaijan taken by U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.) that is now under investigation.

• Christie’s 2016 leadership PAC, Leadership Matters for America, has hired two top staffers.

• Christie will travel to Athens, Ga., on Friday to speak at the Georgia Republican Party Committee breakfast.

• The U.S. House of Representative cleared legislation providing for congressional review of any nuclear deal with Iran, with U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett one of only 19 Republicans to vote no.

• Hurricane Sandy protestors targeted Christie at a rally at the Statehouse.

• Drivers in New Jersey who don’t yield to pedestrians and roll through stop signs would face heftier fines under legislation approved by the state Assembly.

• All county and municipal police personnel in New Jersey would be required to undergo cultural diversity training under legislation passed by the Assembly.

• The sale of powdered caffeine to minors would be banned in New Jersey under legislation that has begun advancing in the state Senate.

• New Jersey’s “lackluster” financial support of its colleges and universities has led to increased tuition, ballooning student debt, and erosion in the quality of higher education, according to a new report.

NJ Advance Media staff writers Christopher Baxter, Claude Brodesser-Akner, Adam Clark, Matt Friedman, Susan K. Livio, Samantha Marcus, Kathleen O’Brien, Erin O’Neill, Jonathan D. Salant, and S.P. Sullivan contributed to this report.

Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.