By Minhaj Hassan | January 14th, 2013 - 7:52am
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JC mayoral candidate Fulop opens his campaign headquarters

More than 300 volunteers and supporters crowded into a formerly vacant building on John F. Kennedy Boulevard today to mark the opening of Jersey City mayoral candidate Steve Fulop's new campaign headquarters.

(Max Pizarro;



Quigley endorses Healy for mayor

Former Assemblywoman Joan Quigley (D-32) today endorsed Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy for re-election in the May contest.

(Max Pizarro;



Gun bill triggers statehouse showdown between Jiminez and McHose

It’s the urban Palisades against the Mountain Man Appalachian foothills.

(Max Pizarro;




Schneider loses defamation appeal

Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider lost his appeal today of a defamation case related to his 2010 re-election bid.

(Darryl Isherwood;



Winners and Losers: Week of Jan. 7th

A State of the State sufficiently devoid of substance on issues unrelated to Hurricane Sandy and the divine subject of bipartisanship brought forth a hail of friendly media coverage for Gov. Chris Christie.

(PolitickerNJ Staff)


Amid party establishment chatter, Buono says she is committed to gubernatorial run

Whatever backroom worries torment a fractured Democratic Party, the lone gubernatorial candidate among Democrats, state Sen. Barbara Buono, (D-18), says she has no intention of budging from her mission to be the party nominee for governor.

(Max Pizarro;



Source: Inky newsroom employees ready to sue management

A source with the labor union representing Philadelphia Inquirer newsroom employees says the union is poised to file an unfair labor practice action against the owners of the newspaper.

(Max Pizarro;



In LD 34, Alexander focused only on Senate seat; not interested in Assembly

NEWARK - Whatever happens district-wide, Democrat Mark Alexander is committed to running for the state Senate.

(Max Pizarro;


Booker files paperwork  for 2014 Senate run

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has filed paperwork for a 2014 Senate run.

(Matthew Arco;



From State Street Wire


Assembly Budget Comm. To consider education funding resolution

TRENTON – The Assembly Budget Committee will consider a resolution on Monday critical of educational policies of the administration.

(State Street Wire staff)


Weekly Advance

TRENTON – New Jersey lawmakers will pack the Statehouse Monday for a marathon of committee hearings, as well as a full Senate voting session on one piece of legislation.

(Matthew Arco; State Street Wire)



Week in Review

TRENTON - It was Gov. Chris Christie’s time to shine - again.

(Minhaj Hassan; State Street Wire)



From the Back Room


Prospects line up for shot at Barnes’s LD 18 seat

The Middlesex County Democratic Organization's support for Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18) for Barbara Buono's Senate seat has created movement below among those eyeing Barnes's Assembly seat.

(Max Pizarro;





NJ faces $2B budget shortfall, but Christie holds out hope

With six months left in the fiscal year, New Jersey needs a nearly 12 percent growth spurt in tax collections to stave off possible cuts in education aid, property tax relief or the public employee pension fund.

(John Reitmeyer; The Record)


Popular South Jersey Democrat could be next Assembly speaker

John Burzichelli and his girlfriend were on their way home to Paulsboro one night several years ago when they saw the flashing lights of a police cruiser approaching in the rear-view mirror.

(Jarrett Renshaw; The Star-Ledger)


NJ shore towns race the clock for summer revenue

Picture the Jersey Shore postcard without its boardwalks and amusements, all iconic emblems of summertime.

(Juliet Fletcher; The Record)


NJ property taxes rise slightly for 2012

New Jersey homeowner taxes went up 1.7 percent last year, the smallest bump in more than two decades and a hard-fought milestone for one of the highest-taxed states in America.

(Salvador Rizzo and Eric Sagara; The Star-Ledger)



Politically connected Florida firm gets Sandy cleanup contract

Even before Hurricane Sandy struck, the Christie administration was fast-tracking a no-bid contract that could pay a politically connected company up to $100 million to clean up the wreckage left by natural disasters in New Jersey.

(Jarrett Renshaw; The Star-Ledger)


Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver weighing U.S. Senate Run


TRENTON — Add Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver to the list of Democrats considering a run for U.S. Senate in 2014.


(Matt Friedman; The Star-Ledger)



Booker questions assault weapons ban, deflects on 2014 Senate bid in TV appearance

NEWARK — In an appearance on a Sunday morning talk show Mayor Cory Booker said he would support an assault weapon ban, but questioned its overall effectiveness in reducing homicides.

(Tomas Dinges; The Star-Ledger)




Lack of records stymies law to keep guns from the mentally ill

WASHINGTON — After the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, Congress passed a law to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

(Joseph Tanfani; Chicago Tribune)



Newtown weighs fate of school where 26 died

NEWTOWN, Conn. — Talk about Sandy Hook Elementary School is turning from last month's massacre to the future, with differing opinions on whether students and staff should ever return to the building where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.


(Dave Collins; Associated Press)




NRA says Congress will not pass weapons ban

WASHINGTON — The powerful gun lobby is gauging enough support in Congress to block a law that would ban assault weapons, despite promises from the White House and senior lawmakers to make such a measure a reality.

(Eileen Sullivan; Associated Press)




What FEMA’s advisory flood maps mean for NJ

Last month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released advisory flood maps covering 194 municipalities in coastal areas in New Jersey. Here's a look at what they mean, in question and answer form.

(Geoff Mulvihill; Associated Press)



North Jersey towns rethinking the planting of trees following Sandy’s fury

Superstorm Sandy carved such a path of destruction through some of North Jersey's greenest suburbs that it has prompted some towns to rethink the way they plant trees.

(Richard Cowan; The Record)




Stile: Talarico decides against run for state Senate

So much for the Guy F. Talarico comeback.

(Charles Stile; The Record)






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The Back Room

Daily News: PVSC still a patronage cesspool

Despite Gov. Chris Christie's much-covered intevention and rearrangement of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) four years ago, the place is still a mess, according to a story in the Daily News.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 21, 2014

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop



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