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 1st

Christie makes his pitch on bail reform TRENTON -In a win-win moment for Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks tough guy points ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, both houses of the legislature packed into the assembly chamber and listened as Christie pleaded for a constitutional amendment on...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
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 »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Potentially, we can get this done, because it's important. We get it. We understand it. But there are issues. There's the speedy trial component. How are we going to pay for this? How is the risk-assessment piece of it going to be done?" - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), on bail reform.

- The Asbury Park Press

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