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Durbin: Menendez should stay

The second highest ranking Democrat in the Senate said today that U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez should keep the chairmanship of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, despite the controversy that continues to roil the political waters around him. PolitickerNJ

http://www.politickernj.com/63092/durbin-menend...

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Budget battle brewing between Christie, Legislature

When Governor Christie presents his budget to New Jersey at the end of this month, the document will lay out his priorities for the year ahead and how to fund them. Record 

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/budget/Bu...

 

Menendez and Melgen: Inside look at how the money, access flowed

Last fall, despite predictions of a sweeping victory on Election Day, Sen. Robert Menendez continued to campaign hard, taking nothing for granted. Star-Ledger

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/02/me...

 

Rising voice of gun ownership is female

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Mary Ann Froebe stood feet apart with knees slightly bent and aimed the .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic. N.Y. Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/11/us/rising-voi...

 

Shore rebuilding means lifting homes, paying a lot

TUCKERTON BEACH, N.J. - Contractors slid 80-foot steel beams through the crawl space beneath the beige ranch house. They turned on a compressor, inflating a series of air bags that had been placed under the beams. Inquirer

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130210_Secu...

 

Sandy relief group raises $1M, skirts N.J. law

A Sandy relief group that has raised $1 million in cash is not a tax-exempt organization, as it claims, nor is it registered in New Jersey to operate as a charity, an Asbury Park Press investigation found. Asbury Park Press

http://www.app.com/article/20130210/NJNEWS2003/...

 

Will online gambling be hit or miss in Atlantic City?

Supporters of Internet gambling see it as a way to transform Atlantic City into the high-tech “Silicon Valley” of gambling. Atlantic City Press

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/communities/...

 

Fulop accuses Healy of cronyism in judicial appointment

Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy’s recent appointment of a former councilman and ex-deputy mayor as a full-time Municipal Court judge has led Healy’s mayoral opponent to call for a committee to review potential candidates for the bench. Jersey Journal

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2013/...

 

As N.J. sheds pharma jobs, other areas emerge as life science hubs

The steady departure of pharmaceutical industry jobs in recent years has helped other states, but hurt the standing of the nation’s medicine chest. As more companies take root in far-flung locations, the New Jersey and New York City region has dropped significantly in the national ranking of life sciences markets, according to a recent report on commercial real estate. N.J.Spotlight

http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/13/02/10/as-...

 

Obama’s state of the union: aggressive

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech will be less a presidential olive branch than a congressional cattle prod. Politico

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/state-of-...

 

Obama weighs executive action on gays, housing, other issues

President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues. Huffington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-we...

 

Opinion

In praise of drones

On Sept. 30, 2011, a CIA drone lifted off from a secret base in Saudi Arabia, flew to the remote hideout of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, and fired a Hellfire missile that killed him. Star-Ledger

http://blog.nj.com/njv_editorial_page/2013/02/i...

 

Gov. should reveal Drumthwacket guest list

It was a simple request.

Star-Ledger reporters sought information on the holiday gatherings at Drumthwacket, the official residence of the New Jersey governor. Specifically, they asked for a list of the guests invited to the mansion in Princeton for the various parties and celebrations hosted by Gov. Chris Christie. Trenton Times

http://www.nj.com/times-opinion/index.ssf/2013/...

The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 23rd

Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LGI town hall LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

Contributors

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 »
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“We lived up to our end of the bargain. He didn’t live up to his end of the deal.” - Ed Connolly, president of the New Jersey Firemen’s Benevolent Association.

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