New Jersey voters do not blame Governor Chris Christie for an epic September traffic jam on one of the world's busiest bridges, but think the scandal will hurt his chances as a 2016 presidential contender, a poll released on Wednesday found. The prominent U.S. Republican's repeated apologies for the four-day tie-up has softened his image with voters who recently reelected him to a second term, earning him one of the lowest "bully" scores recorded in a poll by Quinnipiac University.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spend a total of 600,000 years stuck in traffic every year. The nation has about 100,000 bridges old enough for Medicare. And a recent global ranking put the United States' infrastructure in 25th place, just behind Barbados. But Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says he sees signs the nation may finally be ready to tackle its "infrastructure deficit."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday will nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, who founded a Latino-owned community bank in Los Angeles, to lead the Small Business Administration, a White House official said. The nomination will round out Obama's second-term Cabinet. Contreras-Sweet founded ProAmerica Bank and is the chair of the business. The Mexican-born Contreras-Sweet immigrated to the United States at a young age. (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by James Dalgleish)
U.S. Representative Jim Moran said on Wednesday he will retire from Congress at the end of his term this year, making the Virginia Democrat the third liberal congressman to step down this week. Moran, whose district lies just south of Washington, has represented Virginia in the House of Representatives for more than two decades and is on the chamber's Appropriations Committee. On Monday, Representative George Miller of California, a political ally of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, announced plans to leave at the end of his term this year.