HCDO Sheriff Schillari running with backing of Jersey City mayoral rivals
Incumbent Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari held his annual Christmas party tonight and both Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy and downtown City Councilman Steve Fulop partook of the love in the room. Pizarro, PolitickerNJ
Booker helps Schaer raise $80,000
MOONACHIE – In a show of what he can do for Democrats regardless of whether or not he runs for governor, Newark Mayor Cory Booker stuck some oratorical power poses at Assemblyman Gary Schaer’s (D-36) fundraiser last night and helped Schaer rake in close to eighty grand. Pizarro, PolitickerNJ
Demonstrators hold candlelight vigil in support of letting Bush-era tax cuts expirs
Demonstrators in support of letting the Bush era tax cuts expire took part in candlelight vigils outside of six congressional offices earlier this week. PolitickerNJ
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Labor coalition raises money for Gill
Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill had a breakfast fundraiser with labor on Wednesday, burnishing a broad coalition of hardhat support. PolitickerNJ
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Prieto introduces bill aimed at requiring lawmakers to approve lottery privatization
TRENTON – An Assembly lawmaker says any attempts to privatize the New Jersey State Lottery should first be vetted by the Legislature. Arco, State Street Wire
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GOP may relent on Sandy aid
Republicans in Congress may not insist on spending cuts to pay for some of the billions in federal aid for Hurricane Sandy victims — a potential win for Eastern Seaboard Democrats who were fretting about that possibility. Politico
Mayor tells Rockland Electric: I’d fire you
Officials from several northern Bergen County towns vented Monday night about what they described as an utter lack of information from their public utility in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Sullivan, NJ.Com
Christie says weight no bar to presidency
The Republican governor was asked about his weight problem during an interview with Barbara Walters for her “10 Most Fascinating People” special airing Wednesday night on ABC.
Walters tells the governor that that some people say he is too heavy to be president one day.Associated Press
Springsteen talks of rebuilding Shore
NEW YORK — Sandy has come, but now it’s time to rebuild.
That was Bruce Springsteen’s message Wednesday night about the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore at the “12-12-12” superstorm Sandy relief concert at Madison Square Garden. Jordan, Asbury Park Press
Pipe repair leaves treated sewage in Hudson River visible
Although few people have seen it, there is nothing new about millions of gallons of treated sewage gushing into the Weehawken Cove daily, officials say. Hack, Jersey Journal
Questions surround UPS plan to move Paramus site to Woodland Park
It’s clear that United Parcel Service stands to receive more than $6 million in tax incentives for keeping nearly 1,000 jobs in New Jersey despite planning to close its Paramus data processing center. Most everything else remains a mystery. Fletcher, Record
DRPA adopts smaller budget than in 2012
The Delaware River Port Authority broke with tradition Wednesday as its board adopted an annual budget significantly smaller than the previous year's spending plan. Nussbaum, Inquirer
JCP&L parent admits not preparing for major storms
Eight months before Hurricane Sandy left more than 1 million customers of Jersey Central Power & Light without power, a top executive of its parent company told analysts during an earnings call, “there are literally events that I don’t think we should plan for.’’ Johnson, NJ Spotlight
Long Branch residents complain of trash pile next door
A pile of household debris from Sandy's ruins in Long Branch, N.J., is drawing complaints from residents of an apartment complex next door. WNBC
Burlco GOP freeholders outspent Dem challengers in losing campaign
Two Republican freeholders outspent their Democratic challengers by a margin of more than 6 to 1 during their failed attempt to hold onto their seats in county government. Levinson, Burlington County Times
Changes to competitive bidding rules would close loopholes
A plan under review in the state Senate would require competitive bidding for a wider range of public contracts. Trenton Times
Codey and Bayonne Bleeder get ready to rumble
What do the Bayonne Bleeder and Dick Codey have in common?
We can’t figure it out either, but Chuck Wepner, the guy who almost went the distance against Mohammed Ali in 1975 and inspired the movie “Rocky,” joins the former governor in Codey’s spoof video about his decision on whether he should run for the top seat in 2013. (Hat tip the The Record’s John Reitmeyer for turning us onto the video). Schoonejongen, Asbury Park Press
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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