Author: Darryl.Isherwood

Booker grabs Ledger, Inky, Courier Post and APP endorsements

Booker grabs Ledger, Inky, Courier Post and APP endorsements

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who polls show up by about 13 points in his bid for U.S. Senate, today grabbed the endorsements of four major newspapers covering the state.

The Star Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier Post and Asbury Park Press all gave the nod to Booker over Republican challenger Steve Lonegan in the upcoming election for U.S. Senate.

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"All Clear" at Capitol

The U.S. Capitol was locked down briefly this afternoon after a woman reportedly rammed a security barrier near the White House then headed to the Capitol where she reportedly was shot by police.

Several reports say the woman was killed and that a young girl, who was also in the car, was unharmed.  A police officer was reportedly injured.

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Shots fired at the Capitol

There are numerous reports of shots fired outside the U.S. Capitol.

Staffers and members have been told to shelter in place and according to reports, the building is in lockdown.

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Who wins in the government shutdown? Christie, that's who.

Who wins in the government shutdown? Christie, that's who.
Gov. Chris Christie

There are few winners coming out of last night's epic - and some would say catastrophic -  showdown between the president and the Republican controlled House of Representatives.

After all, 800,000 people are out of work this morning, hundreds of programs encompassing billions of dollars are at risk, at least temporarily, and our government this morning reeks of dysfunction.

But to the extent that anyone wins when the trains stop running, New Jersey's governor walks away from this with a big W. 

How?

Let's look at the facts.

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Ad war continues in LD1 as GOP leaves out some facts on Obamacare mailer

The ad wars are continuing in the 1st Legislative District this week as the GOP is out with a mailer that skews some facts.

As the federal showdown plays out in Washington, South Jersey Republicans are hoping to capitalize on it by accusing moderate Democrat Jeff Van Drew of voting to "Speed up Obamacare in New Jersey."

The mailer is likely to score some points among Republicans, especially conservatives, who have fought since the law's inception to keep it at bay.  The vote in question has to do with the healthcare exchanges, a key tenet of the president's health care reforms and among its most controversial.

There's only one problem: Van Drew voted "No" in the Senate on a bill seeking to implement New Jersey's exchange.  So how does a "No" vote translate into a "speed up of Obamacare?"

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LoBiondo asks for wage freeze in the event of shutdown

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo has requested that his $174,000-per-year salary be frozen in the event that the cuirrent stalemate over Obamacare leads to a government shutdown.

In a letter to the U.S House of Representatives Chief Administrative Office, LoBiondo requests the suspension "until normal operations are returned."

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Wagner won't finish out term

Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, who earlier this year announced she would not run for re-election, has decided not to finish out her term and will resign from the Assembly effective tomorrow.

In a letter to to the Assembly clerk, Wagner said she plans to move out of state to "assist my son and his wife following the birth of my healthy new grandson this past August."

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Speziale set to be named police chief in Alabama

Speziale set to be named police chief in Alabama

Former Passaic County Sheriff Jerry Speziale, who left elected office to take a job as the number two cop at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, is set to be named police chief in Prichard, Alabama, according to reports.

The move to Alabama caps off a two year search for Speziale, during which his name surfaced as a candidate for several top cop jobs.

Speziale left Passaic County in 2010 amid a flurry of questions over how his hiring came about.

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Outside groups step up for Lonegan

Outside groups step up for Lonegan

Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan is getting some help in his campaign from a pair of conservative groups, who have paid for radio and television spots on behalf of the GOP nominee.

American Commitment Action Fund, the conservative Super PAC with ties to Lonegan's former employer, Americans for Prosperity, spent $23,000 this week on a web video supporting Lonegan, entitled the American Dream. The American Commitment fund is run by Phil Kerpen, a former vice president for policy at AFP.

At the same time, the Conservative Campaign Committee spent about $5,700 on a pair of radio ads slamming Lonegan's opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker. 

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Kean U. poll says races are tightening

Kean U. poll says races are tightening

A new poll released today shows that both the gubernatorial and Senate races are tightening .

Gov. Chris Christie leads Democrat Barbara Buono 52 to 34, according to the new Kean University poll.  The 18-point margin is the closest of any poll to date and well below the 34- and 28-point margins predicted yesterday by Quinnipiac and Stockton, respectively.

On the Senate side, Newark Mayor Cory Booker leads Republican Steve Lonegan by a 19-point margin, 52 percent to 33 percent.  That margin falls right in between the 12-point margin predicted yesterday by a Quinnipiac poll and the 26-point margin outlined Monday in a Stockton poll.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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