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Bergen County Executive's Race: Tedesco goes up on cable TV with introductory ad

Bergen County Executive's Race: Tedesco goes up on cable TV with introductory ad

James Tedesco, Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive, goes up on cable television Tuesday for the first time this season.

In his introductory ad, the former Paramus mayor and first-term Bergen County freeholder highlights his daughters, family and his dedication as a local firefighter.

The ad shows Tedesco in turnout gear climbing into a rig at the local firehouse.

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Stockton Poll: Belgard and MacArthur tied in CD3

Stockton Poll: Belgard and MacArthur tied in CD3

In New Jersey’s key 3rd Congressional District race, Democrat Aimee Belgard and Republican Tom MacArthur are tied in an early poll conducted by the Stockton Polling Institute.

The poll of 606 likely New Jersey 3rd District voters found that MacArthur and Belgard each has 42.2 percent support of those surveyed. Undecideds made up 12.8 percent. The balance, 2.9 percent, indicated they supported someone else, “nobody,” or refused to answer.

The Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy called both landlines and cell phones from Sept. 12-14. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.0 percentage points.

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Hudson County 2015: O'Dea: 'I can't deny Tommy's lined up a lot of chess pieces'

Hudson County 2015: O'Dea: 'I can't deny Tommy's lined up a lot of chess pieces'

Hudson County politics junkies are either starting to resign themselves to Democratic Primary peace next year when it comes to county executive - or going on self-indulgent tangents of denial.

"It's not true," a source blurted to PolitickerNJ, when told of Hudson County Freeholder Bill O'Dea's increasing difficulty in being able to summon a rationale for challenging incumbent County Executive Tom DeGise.

When Steve Fulop won the 2013 Jersey City mayor's race, O'Dea was supposed to be the next sherpa in the renegade mountain party dedicated to throwing another HCDO establishment player out of office.

But the newly ensconced in City Hall Fulop indulged less in snaggle-toothed opposition with Hudson power and more in peaceful resonance, making a bombthrowing compadre like O'Dea an uncomfortable political appendage.

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Codey on gubernatorial polling: 'Stupid to run your life based on running for governor'

Codey on gubernatorial polling: 'Stupid to run your life based on running for governor'

TRENTON - New Jersey voters remember state Senator Richard Codey (D-27).

PublicMind Poll by Farleigh Dickinson University found Codey at the head of the pack of likely Democratic gubernatorial contenders among New Jersey voters, with about a quarter (27%) of the poll's blue-leaning respondents choosing the former governor over the competition as their favored nominee.

But the one-time Senate President and 53rd governor who served in the interim between a disgraced Jim McGreevey and Goldman Sachs executive Jon Corzine isn't taking the numbers to heart. 

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Senate Budget and Appropriations releases NJTEAM Act, among others; Webber pleased

Senate Budget and Appropriations releases NJTEAM Act, among others; Webber pleased

TRENTON - The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee blew through a host of bills during its hearing in the Statehouse today.

Among the docket of bills, which included legislation aimed at raising awareness for Parkinson's Disease (S1173) and a "Reader Privacy Act" (S967) that would extend reader privacy protections to book purchases, including the purchase of electronic books, was the New Jersey Tuition Equality for America's Military (NJTEAM) Act (S3114), a bill which would allow military veterans who attend public colleges or universities in New Jersey to pay in-state tuition rates.

The bill's release prompted a response from the sponsor of identical legislation in the Assembly.

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Christie and Cuomo announce Homeland Security and State Police leaders

Christie and Cuomo announce Homeland Security and State Police leaders

TRENTON - Governor Chris Christie and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that they have directed their state’s respective Homeland Security Advisors and State Police Superintendents to immediately lead a bi-state review of current safety and security procedures. In light of the heightening of terrorist activity and increased tensions between America and terrorist networks, Governors Cuomo and Christie said they are "acting immediately" with steps to ensure that proper, effective, and coordinated protocols are in place and all appropriate law enforcement entities are proactively prepared for potential threats to the New York-New Jersey region.

The states will coordinate with the United States Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, the FBI, the New York Police Department, and  the Port Authority.

The review follows a meeting with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, local, state and federal security and law enforcement officials convened by the governors last week, and will demand and encourage engagement and cooperation with top officials from local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety offices to continue to keep the region’s public safety paramount.

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On capitol steps, legislators join business leaders in blasting New Jersey's estate tax

On capitol steps, legislators join business leaders in blasting New Jersey's estate tax

TRENTON - Fired-up Republican and Democratic legislators on this cool Monday afternoon railed against New Jersey's estate tax -- or "death tax" -- for driving capital out of the state and burdening families during a press conference on the capitol steps.

Hosted by Americans for Prosperity, a taxpayer advocacy group, state Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) and Assemblymen Jay Webber (R-26) joined members from organizations like the 60 Plus Association, Commerce and Industry Association and the Common Sense Institute during the conference in calling for a repeal of the estate tax, which they say is contributing to an exodus of job creators and wealthier residents from the state.

"Now you might not think that the estate tax is going to impact you, even some of those in the media here today, but let me be very clear: the estate tax in the state of New Jersey is one of the most regressive, painful things that a family can go through," said  Daryn Iwicki, state director for Americans for Prosperity. "Forbes ranks us time and time again the worst place in the country to die in. And we have an opportunity to change that here in the state of New Jersey."

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NJ Assembly Republican Women to NFL Commish Goodell: resign

NJ Assembly Republican Women to NFL Commish Goodell: resign

The women in the New Jersey Assembly Republican caucus have a message for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: clear out your desk.

Their beef is with Goodell's handling of the domestic violence issue in the aftermath of last week's Ray Rice elevator video, which shows the star former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiance in Atlantic City.

“When someone sucker punches an innocent woman or takes a switch to his son, something is terribly wrong," said the Republicans in a statement. "The league either delays disciplinary action or issues a slap on the wrist of the offender. The victims are vulnerable to the power of these men. Commissioner Goodell is unsuccessfully trying to appease the fans and advertisers that the league takes these actions seriously. If he were truly serious, he would apologize and submit his resignation over his failure to take immediate steps to prevent these kinds of assaults. The NFL should send a message to society that it will not tolerate these actions, and implement a no-tolerance policy with severe repercussions.”

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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