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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Republican Governors Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie has a full schedule of out-of-state political events Monday and Tuesday.Read More >
NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...
By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
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