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Menendez's bill for Ukrainian military assistance, Russia sanctions, passes out of committee

Menendez's bill for Ukrainian military assistance, Russia sanctions, passes out of committee

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 today by a vote of 18 to 0.

Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the act along with Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN). According to Menendez's office, it imposes broad sanctions on Russia’s defense, energy, and financial sectors, as well as increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine.

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Fulop fundraises for Lake Como mayoral candidate

Fulop fundraises for Lake Como mayoral candidate

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop last night put his thumb print on Brian Wilton, the Democratic candidate running for mayor in Lake Como.

Already helping Monmouth County Democratic Committee Chairman Vin Gopal try to dislodge two Republicans in the Nov. 4th election, the Jersey City mayor was the headliner last night at a gazebo fundraiser for Wilton attended by about 100 people.

Those in attendance included Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell (D-31), Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp, and Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.

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Christie and Cuomo announce Homeland Security and State Police leaders

Christie and Cuomo announce Homeland Security and State Police leaders

TRENTON - Governor Chris Christie and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that they have directed their state’s respective Homeland Security Advisors and State Police Superintendents to immediately lead a bi-state review of current safety and security procedures. In light of the heightening of terrorist activity and increased tensions between America and terrorist networks, Governors Cuomo and Christie said they are "acting immediately" with steps to ensure that proper, effective, and coordinated protocols are in place and all appropriate law enforcement entities are proactively prepared for potential threats to the New York-New Jersey region.

The states will coordinate with the United States Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, the FBI, the New York Police Department, and  the Port Authority.

The review follows a meeting with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, local, state and federal security and law enforcement officials convened by the governors last week, and will demand and encourage engagement and cooperation with top officials from local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety offices to continue to keep the region’s public safety paramount.

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Assembly approves bill establishing statewide gun buyback program

Assembly approves bill establishing statewide gun buyback program

TRENTON - This afternoon, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27), Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), Charles Mainor (D-31), Mila Jasey (D-27) and Gary Schaer (D-36) to create a statewide gun buyback program to cut back on the number of firearms out in communities throughout the state passed in the Assembly by a vote of 53-22-5.

“Gun violence claims lives every day. In some communities, it is an-all too common reality,” said McKeon. “We realize a gun buyback program alone will not eliminate gun violence, but it can help enhance public safety by reducing the number of firearms in circulation.”

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Republican Simitz running for Garwood Borough Council

Tina Simitz joined the Republican ticket as a candidate for Garwood’s Borough Council and will run alongside Sal Piarulli, the Garwood GOP’s candidate for Mayor. 

Simitz is a 4-year resident of Garwood with her husband Michael, a local attorney, and their three children, Michael 11, Matthew 7, and Lia 5 years of age. 

As a Vice President of Client Services, Simitz said she has over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical marketing, managing promotional budgets of over $2.0 million and developing multi-channel campaigns for her brands.

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O'Scanlon: 'NJ's red light camera program appears... headed towards extinction this December'

O'Scanlon: 'NJ's red light camera program appears... headed towards extinction this December'

Assembly Republican Budget Officer Declan O'Scanlon (R-13) applauded passage out of the Senate Transportation Committee legislation (S-2325/A-3527) prohibiting New Jersey drivers' information from being shared with other states and private companies for purposes of speed or red-light camera enforcement.

“New Jersey’s red light camera program appears to be headed towards extinction this December - and we already wisely ban speed camera enforcement - but these systems continue to operate in neighboring states where our drivers often commute,” said O’Scanlon. “These programs have proven to be error-prone and ineffective. We shouldn't allow our motorists to be preyed upon when they are outside of our borders. 

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Former Knowlton BOE business administrator pleads guilty to embezzlement

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that the former business administrator for the Knowlton Township Board of Education pleaded guilty today to embezzling approximately $70,000 from the school district. 

Kevin M. Mulligan, 34, of Hasbrouck Heights, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree official misconduct before Superior Court Judge Robert B. Reed in Warren County, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that he be sentenced to three years in state prison, Hoffman said. Mulligan must pay full restitution to the school district and forfeit his entire state pension.  He will be permanently barred from public employment.

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Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 8th

Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 8th

So we have not yet entered the vortex of politics.

But we again felt that unmistakable seasonal acceleration this week in the post Labor Day grind up toward full blown battle stations...

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NJ AFL-CIO files ethics complaint alleging pay-to-play in pension investment decisions by Christie Administration

NJ AFL-CIO files ethics complaint alleging pay-to-play in pension investment decisions by Christie Administration

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO has filed a complaint with the State Ethics Commission calling for an investigation into lucrative pension fund management contracts awarded to top political donors to Gov. Chris Christie and the Republican Party.

In an 11-page complaint filed Friday, New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech highlighted reports exposing what he sees as a disturbing pattern of big contributions to Christie for Governor or Republican organizations by firms handpicked to manage hundreds of millions in state pension funds.

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Grand Jury returns superceding indictment against four rabbis in kidnapping case

A federal grand jury today returned a superseding indictment against four Orthodox Jewish Rabbis, one of their sons, and a sixth man for allegedly conspiring to kidnap and force Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces.

The superseding indictment adds one new defendant, Mordechai Eichenthal, 54, of Brooklyn, to the previous indictment earlier this year.

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The Back Room

Sources: Why Fox?

With the support of Gov. Chris Christie, Jamie Fox is on the fast track to get back to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The question is why?

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 18th

Guv prospects Fulop and Sweeney add voices to Silva, Stack and striking 1199 SEIU workers UNION CITY – They tried out their blue collar tough guy tonsils today in front of a purple-shirted crowd of striking healthcare workers – two of three as-yet-undeclared Democratic candidates for governor: Jersey City...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

“We’re going to hold the line until hell freezes over, and when hell freezes over, we’re going to hold the line on ice skates." - Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-31), at yesterday's SEIU 1199 rally.

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