One of the top football players in the state – Jonathan Mumby – is headed to Washington, D.C. as a delegate to the U.S. Senate Youth Program.
The prestigious progam has numerous famous alumni who later went on careers in public life, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, Democratic presidential advisor Mack McLarty and longtime Republican consultant Karl Rove. Another participant was former Rhode Island resident Sara Lonardo, who is now the communications director for U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro.
Mumby, an All-State player and honor roll student at Bloomfield High School, will be joined by West Haven High School’s Yingxian Guo - an academic superstar and co-captain of the varsity girls swimming team who is headed to Yale University. Mumby is awaiting word on whether he will be accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point or to the U.S. Naval Academy.
The two students were selected by state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, and all 104 students nationwide who are going to Washington are ranked in the top 1 percent of their states academically. Continue reading →
On the day that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent nearly two hours apologizing for the George Washington Bridge scandal, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he believes that a crime was committed during a four-day traffic backup that was caused by the Christie administration.
“There is no doubt that a crime has been committed,” Malloy told reporters at the state Capitol complex in Hartford. “Who it’s been committed by remains to be seen. I’m aware that there is a legislative inquiry, as well as a federal prosecutor looking at it. … Obviously, this has a long way to go.”
When ask what the crime was, Malloy said, “To have abused one’s authority which runs from an office – whether appointed or elected to – in such an egregious manner, I am confident constitutes a crime. And that’s, I suspect, why the federal prosecutor has already opened an inquiry. … Having said that, I am more than willing to take the governor at his word with respect to that. So I’m not saying that he committed a crime.”
On the heels of Gov. Chris Christie’s election day thumping of his Democratic opponent, a fresh Q-Poll survey finds that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval rating has jumped to 62 percent and he leads the closest challenger by a 56-to-25 margin.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has weighed in on the race for mayor in Stamford, where former Lt. Gov. Michael Fedele is running for mayor against Democrat David Martin:
I’m pleased to endorse Michael Fedele for Mayor of Stamford because Mike is a leader who understands what makes cities like Stamford successful. He knows that keeping taxes low, building coalitions and working in collaboration with the community is the way to accomplish great things.
Mike isn’t afraid to step across party lines to get things done. His public service has been marked by putting the community’s best interests first – and that’s the best kind of public servant. Mike Fedele would make an outstanding mayor.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s sparring with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made for enetrtaining TV but when a massive fire struck Seaside Park and other shorefront communities ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, Malloy was quick to offer help.
“I called Governor Christie this evening and pledged whatever support we can provide for this summer-time landmark,” Malloy said in a statement issued Thursday night. ”After the tremendous effort to get the Jersey shore rebuilt after Super Storm Sandy, the fire that ravage the boardwalk today is an unimaginable next chapter. We stand ready to help in whatever capacity we can.”
Now that the U.S. Senate has passed the $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy Emergency Assistance Supplemental bill, the governors of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey are writing all 435 members of the House of Representatives asking for their support.
As you come back to Washington, D.C. to act on the remaining business of 2012, we request your help in finalizing the federal aid package for the states that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. President Obama has put forward a comprehensive package that has passed the Senate and, if passed by the House, will provide the critical support hundreds of thousands of small businesses and homeowners in our regions have been waiting for since the storm hit nearly two months ago.
Whenever a crisis or natural disaster has hit any part of the nation, elected representatives from affected regions have always been the most vocal and forceful, urging their colleagues to do their duty and vote to deliver much needed federal support. The congressional delegations of our three states have always been there to provide critical votes for these aid packages, because this is what America is all about – when one of us is in need, we step up to the plate to lend a helping hand.