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Summit, New Jersey (My9NJ) - In recent months Governor Chris Christie has been pounding the pavement in order to increase his presence in the Garden State. This week, the governor attended a groundbreaking ceremony in Summit for a company called Celgene. Celgene is a company that partakes in research for cancer treatments. Currently the company's Summit, New Jersey campus is due for a major expansion which gained the attention of the Governor along with Congressman Leonard Lance. Both representatives praised Celgene's efforts for creating an ideal workplace. The company is currently rated as one of the best places to work in the Garden State.

According to Business Insiders, 91% of employees at this company are highly satisfied, and their salaries even compete with such companies like Google and Yahoo. During his address, the governor made it a point to thank Celgene for their continuing work and investment within the state of New Jersey.

While the governor spent the bulk of his time attending Celgene's groundbreaking, democrats wasted no time attacking the governor in relation to money spent for road repairs throughout the state. Senator Raymond Lesniak has asked the FCC and the IRS to look into Port Authority spending. Lesniak argues that based on the bi-laws of the Port Authority that if you’re going to spend money on projects like the Pulaski Skyway, then you need go through the process of getting it legislatively approved first. Lesniak stated that the governor has partaken in "bully tactics" to get them to direct dollars to places that he legally cannot do.

To put this controversy in perspective, about $2 billion were used to fix some state owned roads which dated back to 2011. Senator Lesniak agrees that the dollars needed to be spent to fix the Pulaski Skyway, but he doesn't necessarily agree with how the current project is being funded.

"What they did in the process is quite frankly; violate the law, because Port Authority money is toll money. It's not allowed to be used for construction projects like the Pulaski Skyway without legislative approval. I would not vote for that legislative approval," Lesniak said.

While Senator Lesniak may have a point with this current argument, many people believe that this is just an attempt to push Governor Christie further down the political sphere.

"On a national level, Chris Christie's political ambitions are over. They're finished," Lesniak concluded.

Only time will tell if Lesniak is right about this when the 2016 presidential election season rolls by.


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