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Arguing president's plan doesn't go far enough, Pascrell supports arming Ukraine

Arguing president's plan doesn't go far enough, Pascrell supports arming Ukraine

Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) released the following statement regarding the increased Russian military aggression in Ukraine:

“Today, the President made clear what the world knows: that Russia is supporting, arming, and fighting alongside the separatists,” said Pascrell.  “While multilateral sanctions are an important part of stopping Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, we must also ensure the Ukrainian people are able to defend their families and homeland. The United States stands with the Ukrainian people, and I am proud to have helped introduce bipartisan legislation that would authorize the President to provide military assistance to Ukraine and reaffirms our commitment to helping Ukrainians. Even though they are not in NATO, Ukraine is a friend of the United States, and it is unacceptable that we not provide them the means to defend themselves and preserve their territorial integrity.” 

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Ruiz seeks Hespe's intervention in Newark School's debacle

Ruiz seeks Hespe's intervention in Newark School's debacle

Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) today conveyed her dismay over the condition of the Newark Public Schools in a sitdown with Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe.

Seeking finalization of school assignments for their children under the “One Newark” plan, The Star-Ledger reported that more than 600 parents arrived at the school enrollment center in Newark on Thursday.

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Winners and Losers: Week of the West New York Waterfront

Winners and Losers: Week of the West New York Waterfront

Please forgive the above alliteration, which was unintended.

With all the love in Hudson County these days we'd lament the lack of a true contest next year.

Except when one considers (details below) that 2011 wasn't really supposed to be a contest either in West New York...

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Rutgers Eagleton: Christie approval rating just over 50%

Rutgers Eagleton: Christie approval rating just over 50%

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ramps up his travel schedule to states like Iowa and New Hampshire, back home his overall job approval continues to hover just above 50 percent, according to this morning's Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Remaining well below his post-Superstorm Sandy high of 73 percent, 52 percent of registered New Jersey voters now approve of the job Christie is doing overall, a slight dip from his 55 percent approval in April. Forty-one percent disapprove and 7 percent are unsure.

But voters' approval of the job Christie is doing on specific issues is a different story, with more disapproving than approving in most areas. At 59 percent approval, Hurricane Sandy recovery is Christie's highest rating, though a far cry from his high of 87 percent in April 2013. Perceptions of Christie's performance on the state pension fund crisis, asked for the first time this poll, are particularly negative, with 53 percent disapproving of Christie’s handling of the issue; only 24 percent approve.

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Menendez leads call for ban of Hudson River tourist helicopters

Menendez leads call for ban of Hudson River tourist helicopters

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today joined local residents and officials to decry the proliferation of helicopter traffic over the Hudson River and call for an outright ban of tourist choppers threatening the quality of life and public safety of residents living along the waterfront.  The coalition of electeds fighting for a ban includes members of Congress, state, county and local officials representing New Jersey and New York.  

“For months, we’ve been talking with stakeholders, convening roundtable discussions, and trying to take steps towards a rational way to deal with these helicopters, but the time for talk is long over,” said Menendez.  “It is time for the  FAA to use any-and-every tool they have to shut down these helicopters and put an end to this problem, and if they don’t have the tools they need, then we will do all we can to make sure they have them.”

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Winners and Losers: Week of August 4th

Winners and Losers: Week of August 4th

When you look at the list that follows you realize once again one of the central features of New Jersey politics.

We are reminded of those lines from Hemingway's "Death in the Afternoon."

"You went to the bullfight. How was it? It was disgusting. I couldn't stand it. All right, we will give you an honorable discharge but no refund. How did you like it? It was terrible. How do you mean terrible? Just terrible. It was terrible, awful, horrible. Good. You get an honorable discharge, too. How did it seem to you? I was simply bored to death. All right. You get the hell out of here."

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Turner to introduce bill curbing corporate inversions

Turner to introduce bill curbing corporate inversions

Senator Shirley Turner (D-15) announced today that she is introducing legislation that would deter companies from reincorporating overseas to avoid paying taxes in the United States. The bills come in response to a growing trend — called corporate inversions — where American companies merge with foreign companies to avoid paying U.S. corporate taxes.

“Multi-billion dollar corporations are exploiting tax loopholes and shifting the financial burden to hard working, middle class American taxpayers who must pay more to the government to offset the loss of billions of dollars,” said Turner. “We need to encourage economic patriotism and stop this mass desertion by American corporations.”

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Former AC inspector pleads guilty to taking bribes

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former Atlantic City inspector pleaded guilty today to accepting cash bribes from a taxi operator and operators of massage parlors and “stress therapy centers.” 

Logan F. Holt Jr., 55, of Galloway Township, pleaded guilty to a second-degree charge of official misconduct before Superior Court Judge Mark H. Sandson in Atlantic County.  Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Holt be sentenced to five years in state prison, including two years and three months of parole ineligibility.  He will be permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey.  Judge Sandson scheduled sentencing for Holt for Nov. 21.

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Feds kung 'Fu' with 38 months for role in racketeering conspiracy

An Ocean County man who is a reputed associate of the Genovese Crime Family was sentenced today to prison for his role in a racketeering conspiracy and tax evasion conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Also today, a New York man was sentenced to prison and a Hudson County, New Jersey, man pleaded guilty in connection their respective parts in the scheme.

John Breheney, a/k/a “Fu,” 49, of Little Egg Harbor was sentenced to 38 months in prison. He previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi, who imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court, to an information charging him with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, statute by participating in the activities of the Genovese Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra through a pattern of racketeering activity and through the collection of unlawful debt. He also pleaded guilty to tax evasion.

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Winners and Losers: Week of July 28th

Winners and Losers: Week of July 28th

We need to get on the road here shortly.

See you in Parsippany for the governor's executive order signing.

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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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