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
State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) reports $87,337 cash on hand toward her 12th Congressional District run to succeed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12).Read More >
East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made...
BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs. Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >
“Receiving $74,000 in severance pay is entirely inappropriate and unjustifiable. No elected official is entitled to sick or vacation time. You don’t put out your hand and beg, you raise your hand and say ‘Thank God I was healthy.' There’s no reason for anyone to collect money on the way out the door or for overtime.” - Council President Andre Sayegh, candidate for Paterson mayor.- PolitickerNJ.com
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