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Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st

Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st

Maybe before it's all over, we'll see you out there somewhere, in Illinois, Florida or Colorado, covering the movements of the august chairman of the Republican Governors' Association (RGA).

Great states all, made better by their political status this season - but none better, than where you will find us this weekend, and every weekend until it's over.

NJ all the way.

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FDU Poll: 55% don't know if they approve of new curriculum standards

FDU Poll: 55% don't know if they approve of new curriculum standards

While it’s been a hot issue in many states and among some segments of voters, people in New Jersey haven’t heard much about the Common Core standards for education. But, according to the most recent statewide survey of Garden State residents from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, people who have heard more about the new curriculum standards are much more likely to have misconceptions about them.

Forty-four percent of New Jersey residents say they have heard nothing at all about the Common Core, and only about one-third (32 percent) say they’ve heard “some” or “a lot” about it. Parents are more likely to have heard about them, with 20 percent of people with kids under 18 saying they’ve heard a lot about the standards, compared with just 12 percent with adult children or no kids at all.

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FDU Poll: Christie job approval rating 44%

FDU Poll: Christie job approval rating 44%

As Governor Christie embarks on a multi-state tour as head of the Republican Governors’  Association, a statewide poll of registered voters from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds him unable to regain the luster he once had back home as a rising bipartisan star. His job approval remains unchanged since its January drop: a majority of voters are expressing concern over the direction the state is headed, and over half believe that it’s unlikely the governor was unaware of his aides’ behavior in the Bridgegate scandal.

Right now, 44 percent say they approve of the job the governor is doing, with 41 percent who say they disapprove. In June, the approval number was the same and in March it was 41 percent. These numbers followed a precipitous drop in January after the Bridgegate allegations came to light. The governor remains divisive with less than a third of Democrats (28%) who approve of his job performance and less than half of independents (46%), compared with two-thirds of Republican voters (67%).

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After reviewing integrity monitor report re. Hurricane Sandy aftermath, Sweeney 'disappointed'

After reviewing integrity monitor report re. Hurricane Sandy aftermath, Sweeney 'disappointed'

After perusing integrity monitor reports on Hurricane Sandy, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) this afternoon unleashed a tornado of criticism on the Christie administration. 

“My intention when I sponsored this legislation was to have these reports done as quickly as possible so that we could both prevent problems and find ways to correct them,” said Sweeney.  “Unfortunately, these are months overdue and they are underwhelming to say the least. I was hoping for more detail, especially regarding what was just recently determined to be the second most expensive storm in the last half century. I am certainly disappointed in what was provided to us.  It does not resemble what my intention was when I proposed this legislation.”

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Adubato special with McGreevey to air Friday on NJTV

Adubato special with McGreevey to air Friday on NJTV

NJTV will premiere a half hour "One-on-One with Steve Adubato" special with former Gov. Jim McGreevey this Friday, 7/25.  

The program will air at 7 and 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 am on WNET.

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Pascrell: downed plane further justifies more sanctions against Russia

Pascrell: downed plane further justifies more sanctions against Russia

PATERSON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) released the following statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, confirmed to have been shot down over eastern Ukraine:

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine yesterday. If the unconfirmed reports are true that pro-Russian separatists operating in Eastern Ukraine are responsible for shooting down this plane, then this is truly a heinous act which only further validates President Obama’s rollout of additional sanctions on Russia. Regardless of who is responsible for this disaster, Russia must cease supporting and arming separatist groups who are working to destabilize Ukraine. Russian President Putin has fanned the flames of division in Ukraine and is more interested in celebrity than building bridges.”

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Bergen Executive's Race: Wesley Clark to campaign next month with Tedesco

Bergen Executive's Race: Wesley Clark to campaign next month with Tedesco

Four Star General Wesley Clark (ret.) will join Freeholder Jim Tedesco, the Democratic nominee for County Executive, for two events in support of Tedesco’s campaign on August 6th, the campaign announced today, a day after Hillary Clinton signed copies of her book in Bergen. 

The former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Clark will first speak in Fair Lawn at a veteran’s community forum hosted by Tedesco before then headlining a campaign fundraiser that evening.

A Vietnam War hero, Clark's 2006 presidential campaign died in New Hampshire.

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Winners and Losers: Week of July 14th

Winners and Losers: Week of July 14th

The state takes a lot of well-deserved hits, let’s face it.

But if you can shovel your way through the winters and the political sound-bites, you can get to the summers in New Jersey, which is where we are now – for another six or so glorious weeks.

Revel in them, if you can, even if Revel can’t.

And know that through all weather, PolitickerNJ will supply, yet again, another edition of Winners and Losers…

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U.S. Attorney's Office: MS-13 gang leaders indicted in racketeering case

A dozen top-ranking members of the international street gang “Mara Salvatrucha” (MS-13) – including the California man claiming control over the gang’s United States operations – are charged by indictment with racketeering, drug trafficking and related crimes, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.  

Jose Juan Rodriguez-Juarez, 34, allegedly served as the leader of MS-13’s “national program.” This program, also known as the “unification of the barrio,” sought to bring all of MS-13’s local sets, or “cliques,” in the United States under a single, cohesive leadership structure, led by Rodriguez-Juarez and his deputies, including Amilcar Romero, 44, and Joel Antonio Cortez, 40, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Four charged with filing false applications for Sandy relief funds

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that four additional individuals were charged criminally today with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy.  Since March, the Attorney General’s Office has filed criminal charges against 12 people for allegedly engaging in this type of fraud, including the four individuals charged today. 

The Attorney General’s Office is continuing to aggressively investigate fraud in Sandy relief programs, working jointly with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Offices of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 25th

  After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman...

Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... 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

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

- Star-Ledger

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