Among state Senate campaign accounts, who has the most cash?
Sen. Dick Codey (D-27) has the most cash on hand among the state’s 40 senators, followed by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15), and Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean (R-21), according to reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission. PolitickerNJ
Sources: Baraka shows up at Jeffries’ house to try to talk him out of Newark mayor’s race
South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka wants former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries out of the mayor’s race, but Jeffries shows no signs of budging. PolitickerNJ
Christie issues warning to dune holdouts
SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Gov. Chris Christie said he would seek a legislative remedy to prevent dune projects from being held up due to a handful of property owners failing to give permission for such reasons as view obstruction. PolitickerNJ
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Feds tell schools to include disabled students in athletics
WASHINGTON — Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. The directive, reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come. Associated Press
Embattled Westwood schools superintendent resigns
The Westwood Regional school board on Thursday night unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Geoffrey Zoeller, who was widely criticized for taking a district-owned generator to power his home after superstorm Sandy. Record
Cooper Health System to pay $12.6M to end whistleblower suit
The Cooper Health System in Camden has agreed to pay $12.6 million to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging that it made improper payments to doctors in an effort to build its cardiology business, the U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey said Thursday. Inquirer
Pennsauken schools fail to respond to bias suit
CAMDEN — Pennsauken school officials are asking a judge to accept a late assignment.
But in this case, the school district risks more than a bad grade. Camden Courier-Post
Senate OKs modest filibuster limitations
WASHINGTON — The tradition-laden Senate voted Thursday to modestly curb filibusters, using a bipartisan consensus to make it a bit harder but not impossible for outnumbered senators to sink bills and nominations. Associated Press
Senate sets vote on Sandy aid
The Senate plans a Jan. 28 vote to complete congressional action on a $60.2 billion aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims three months after the storm hit the U.S. Northeast, Majority Leader Harry Reid said. Bloomberg
Governors push bigger reliance on sales taxes
WASHINGTON — Republican governors are moving aggressively to cut personal and corporate income taxes, including proposals that would increase reliance on state sales taxes, setting up ambitious experiments in tax reform that could shape what is possible on a national level. Associated Press
Analyst calls internet gambling one of Atlantic City’s last lifelines
With Gov. Chris Christie nearing a decision on whether he will sign a bill legalizing Internet gambling, an industry analyst issued a research note Thursday calling the legislation a desperately needed “lifeline” for Atlantic City. Atlantic City Press
NFL, N.J. prep for Super Bowl in 2014
The Super Bowl is coming to New Jersey in 2014 and the state is already preparing for the game and the cold.Governor Christie and the National Football League today announced a series of activities and events that will take place as we await the big day. 101.5 FM
Why Reid defused nuclear option
He could have gone nuclear. He could have forced senators to talk their mouths off. And he could have virtually dismantled the potent stalling tactic.
But in the end, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to pull the trigger. Politico
Christie decries Obama manifesto
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was willing to reach out to offer President Barack Obama congratulations after he won reelection in November, but after hearing the president's second inaugural address this week, the governor says he has concernsabout the next four years. Huffington Post
Filibuster flop: Reid’s fake reform
When children are taught about democracy, the first principle is that the majority rules. They get the idea right away. Star-Ledger
Christie’s gun-control strategy: Wait
The former federal prosecutor, who once hunted down out-of-state gun traffickers, had a chance to make a blunt, compelling case for tighter gun laws last week. But Governor Christie took a pass. Stile, Record
Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.Read More >
Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...
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 >
"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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