With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session

With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today.

The legislation -- which includes a constitutional amendment to allow judges to deny bail to defendants they consider dangerous and a companion bill that establish bail alternatives for individuals charged with nonviolent offenses -- is said to have the needed votes in the Senate but has stalled in the Assembly.

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Morning Digest: July 29th

Morning Digest: July 29th

Jackson a likely fourth in crime-curbing urban mayor alliance

Jackson a likely fourth in crime-curbing urban mayor alliance

TRENTON - Violent criminals beware: New Jersey’s urban mayoral alliance against crime just got a little bigger.

According to Mayor Eric Jackson, Trenton may soon be joining the ranks of three other cities whose leaders pledged today to work towards lowering the violent crime rates in their respective jurisdictions. As of several hours ago, that team consisted of Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

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Jackson aims to 'bridge gaps, to heal from some old wounds' at first town hall

Jackson aims to 'bridge gaps, to heal from some old wounds' at first town hall

TRENTON - For the newly-minted mayor of this struggling city, neither a laundry list of economic and social problems -- nor an ominous and still-lingering shadow cast by his predecessor, Tony Mack -- will stand in the way of a brighter future.

“Over the course of the last 18 months, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a lot of you in this room about the problems of our city, things that were wrong, things that you wanted to see your next mayor pay attention to and focus on,” Eric Jackson, the former executive and community leader-turned-mayor of the state's capital city, said tonight. “I heard you. This is the time when we work together and bring about that change that we talked about individually, where we come now as a community, as a community of Trentonians -- one vision, one goal, one core, a common people, with a purpose to move our city forward.”

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Sources: GOP State Committee soiree at Trump's tonight

Sources: GOP State Committee soiree at Trump's tonight

Members of the NJ Republican State Committee will thank donors tonight at a special party at the Somerset home of GOP business magnate Donald Trump, according to Republican Party sources.

A number of Republican luminaries are scheduled to be in attendance, sources said.

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Sweeney on death penalty: ‘leave it where we left it’

 Sweeney on death penalty: ‘leave it where we left it’

NORTH BRUNSWICK - Two weeks after a Jersey City police officer was slain in cold-blood outside a Walgreens -- resurrecting a decades old debate on whether New Jersey should reinstate the death penalty -- Senate President Steve Sweeney today took a definite stance on the issue of capital punishment in the Garden State.

Leave it where it lies, he said.

“When a tragedy happens, like what happens with this poor officer being assassinated, everybody goes, ‘well let’s reinstate the death penalty.’ But what about when a child is murdered, or a brother or sister or parent?” Sweeney asked. “Because every time a tragedy happens, how many people sat on death row that were never executed? For me, the reason why I signed on, was because of the  the advocates, the families of the people who died in very violent ways that asked us to end the death penalty.”

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The mayors on Christie's RGA schedule: are they concerned?

The mayors on Christie's RGA schedule: are they concerned?

JERSEY – On the day the three mayors from New Jersey’s three biggest cities huddled up with a public vow to partner to fight crime, PolitickerNJ asked them if they weren’t a little alarmed about Gov. Chris Christie’s vigorous Republican Governors’ Association (RGA) schedule.

The governor is frequently in and out of the state on a robust mission to elect GOP governors around the country.

Do they sense a fall-off in statewide front-office vigilance?

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'Budget is more than just numbers on a piece of paper,' Sweeney says during Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey visit

'Budget is more than just numbers on a piece of paper,' Sweeney says during Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey visit

NORTH BRUNSWICK - Senate President Steve Sweeney highlighted the impact of the state’s latest budget on “everyday, hardworking families” during a visit to the offices of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey today -- but not before noting the tension that has surrounded talk about New Jersey’s finances in recent weeks.

“We’ve been going around talking about the budget, saying all these negative things about it,”  the senator said. “Well what I always thought is that the budget is more than just numbers on a piece of paper. It’s life, it’s people, it’s issues that are important.”

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The Back Room

CNN Poll: Christie leads Republican contenders by one percentage point

A new CNN poll places Gov. Chris Christie at the top of the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls eyeing the 2016 party nomination, garnering 13 percent of support-- a five percentage point jump from his standing in last month's poll. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

  Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...

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Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

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"And here was Christie — a tell-it-like-it-is, straight-talking, no-nonsense Jersey guy — telling about 60 members of the media what he really thought. 'Governor Branstad is a role model for me,' Christie gushed, referring to his 67-year-old counterpart from Iowa."

- The New York Times

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