Author: Alan Steinberg

Au Revoir,

Au Revoir,         Recently, I have been writing fewer columns as a contributing columnist for  The reason:  I am busily involved with writing a new book.  The target date for publication is November, 2014.

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Israeli "Settlements": A New Jersey Story

Israeli "Settlements":  A New Jersey Story    President Barack Obama is making his current trip to Israel in the hope of establishing anew the warm relationship that existed between the United States of America and the Jewish State during the administration of his predecessor, George W. Bush.  During the first term of President Obama, relations between America and Israel regressed to their worst point since Jimmy Carter left office in 1981. Both Obama and his then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attributed this to the continued existence of Israeli "settlements," defined as those Jewish communities situated in the West Bank beyond the "Green Line," the Israeli border with Jordan before its victory in the Six Day War of June, 1967. 


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Return of the Jebi

Return of the Jebi      Jeb Bush is now the main topic of discussion of the Washington political chattering class, specifically regarding whether he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.  After over four years in which he stayed mostly out of the political limelight, the former Florida governor is on television talk shows night after night, promoting his new book, Immigration Wars, co-authored with Republican attorney and policy guru Clint Bolick.





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The Sequester Drama: The Major Winner: The Tea Party. The Major Loser: Obama

The Sequester Drama:  The Major Winner:  The Tea Party.  The Major Loser:  Obama   The sequester is here, and the sky has not fallen.  The long airport lines, unpaid janitors, furloughed teachers and hundreds of thousands of other lost jobs predicted by President Barack Obama have not materialized.  His poll ratings are collapsing, and his credibility has been badly diminished.


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My fellow Republicans: Abortion takes an innocent life – same sex marriage does not

My fellow Republicans:  Abortion takes an innocent life – same sex marriage does not     I am a pro-life person and opposed to abortion, except in order to save the life of the mother.

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Amity Shlaes: An ideal intellectual-in-residence in a future Republican White House

Amity Shlaes:  An ideal intellectual-in-residence in a future Republican White House    A governmental chief executive, be it a president or governor, can significantly enhance his or her stature by having an intellectual-in-residence.  Such an intellectual-in-residence will in most cases later become the chronicler of the administration in which he or she served. 



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Rest in peace, Ed Koch, the passing of a giant

Rest in peace, Ed Koch, the passing of a giant    I went to sleep Thursday night, having just read on the Internet that Ed Koch was in the intensive care unit at Columbia-Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan.  I posted on my Facebook page a request that people pray for him.

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Chuck Schumer will support the Hagel nomination, thus assuring his confirmation.

Chuck Schumer will support the Hagel nomination, thus assuring his confirmation.    It’s all up to Chuck Schumer now.

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A Chuck Hagel appointment would pose a dilemma for Lautenberg and Menendez

A Chuck Hagel appointment would pose a dilemma for Lautenberg and Menendez       On September 17, 1947, President Harry Truman appointed James Forrestal as the first United States Secretary of Defense.  During his tenure, Mr. Forrestal fought vigorously against the establishment of the State of Israel on the grounds that it would infuriate the oil-rich Arab States.  With regard to the American Jewish community, Mr. Forrestal stated, " group in this country should be permitted to influence our policy to the point it could endanger our national security." 


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Lincoln – A cinematic triumph and true biography, rather than hagiography

Lincoln – A cinematic triumph and true biography, rather than hagiography    I was born in 1949 and grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Abraham Lincoln of my high school years was the mythic, heroic figure described in the books of Carl Sandburg and the movie his works inspired, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, as portrayed by the actor, Raymond Massey.


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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...


The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >


(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

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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