Articles by Geoff Mulvihill

Candidates in New Jersey House Race Air Disputes

The jabs and insults that had been confined to campaign commercials and news releases in New Jersey’s close and contentious 3rd District Congressional race were made face-to-face last Friday as the candidates appeared together for the first time. Democrat Aimee …

Civil Engineers Hit Lack of National Plan on Flood Mitigation

An organization of civil engineers is calling for a national strategy for mitigating flood risks, saying the U.S. has not fully heeded lessons from Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. The American Society of Civil Engineers released its recommendations this week …

Insurance Issues Loom Large in N.J.’s 3rd Congressional District Race

Democrats see New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District as one of their best chances to pick up a House seat in November’s general election in a race full of early spending on accusatory ads, and in which the insurance business looms …

N.J. Accelerates Disbursement of Federal Sandy Aid for Homeowners

New Jersey state officials say they have accelerated spending on housing programs from federal aid sent to New Jersey to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy amid improvements to a big program that got off to an uncertain start last year. In …

Critics Want More Details on Superstorm Sandy Spending in New Jersey

New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney says newly released reports on the state’s biggest Superstorm Sandy recovery projects are not detailed enough. Gov. Chris Christie’s administration released its first integrity monitor reports last week, more than 16 months after Christie …

After Ordeal, N.J. Legislator Pushes for Video Cameras in New Police Cars

For New Jersey Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, putting video cameras in new police cars became personal two years ago when he was arrested for drunken driving and video from a camera mounted on a cruiser helped get the charges dropped and …

New Jersey Senate Fails to Override Sandy ‘Bill of Rights’ Veto

The New Jersey Senate has failed in its effort to override Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto of the Superstorm Sandy “Bill of Rights” legislation. New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney pushed the measure, which was crafted by Democrats who were …

Christie: All Eligible Sandy-Damaged Homes in N.J. Will Get Funding to Rebuild

All New Jersey homeowners who were put on a waiting list for the state’s signature post-Superstorm Sandy housing program will receive funding to rebuild, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday. Christie said at a town hall-style meeting in Stafford …

In New Jersey, Rising Flood Insurance Costs Not Just a Shore Worry

If flooding were a real concern for Taylor Rambo in Burlington City, N.J., he says he wouldn’t have built a bar in his basement. Yet he pays about $2,700 each year for flood insurance that he is required to have …

Documents Show Ousted Sandy Contractor Billed N.J. $51M in 8 Months

Newly released documents show a company hired to oversee applications for a New Jersey home-rebuilding program after Superstorm Sandy billed the state $51 million over eight months before an agreement to end the deal. That meant that New Orleans-based Hammerman …