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Poll: N.J. going sour on Sandy recovery

Public satisfaction with New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy recovery effort has dropped below 50% for the first time since the storm hit nearly 18 months ago, according to the latest Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll.  Nearly 3-in-4 Garden State residents say that the aid process has been too slow and place the blame more on state management of the process than on federal regulatory requirements.

Just under half of New Jersey residents say they are either very (14%) or somewhat (34%) satisfied with the state’s Sandy recovery effort.  A similar number are either very (21%) or somewhat (22%) dissatisfied.  This marks the first time less than half the state expresses satisfaction with the recovery’s progress.  Statewide satisfaction surpassed two-thirds throughout 2013, topping out at 76% in September.  Satisfaction stood at 66% in December 2013 before falling to 55% in February of this year and then to 48% in the current poll.

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Former Labor Department unemployment insurance clerk indicted

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former unemployment insurance clerk for the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development was indicted today on charges that she stole $21,055 in unemployment benefits by using her access to the department’s computer system to redirect benefits from unemployment claims to her own bank account.

The Division of Criminal Justice obtained a state grand jury indictment charging Jeanette Rodriguez, 42, of Mount Laurel, with official misconduct (2nd degree), computer theft (2nd degree), and theft by deception (3rd degree).  The charges are the result of an investigation by the New Jersey Department of Labor-Office of Internal Audit and the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau.

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Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

A judge ruled on the subpoenas of the Select Committee on Investigations, another judge restored the candidacy of a congressional candidate, and the political ground wars continue in the state's most exciting mayoral elections coming to a head on May 13th.

It's all in this week's latest issue of Winners and Losers...

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Monmouth Poll: New Jerseyans split on pot legalization

New Jerseyans are divided on whether marijuana should be legalized and are not convinced that a recent proposal in the state legislature is a good idea.  The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll finds, though, that most state residents say alcohol and tobacco use pose greater dangers.  This is the first Garden State poll on the topic since State Senator Nick Scutari introduced a marijuana legalization bill.

New Jersey residents are basically split down the middle on whether the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use should be made legal.  Just under half (48%) support this and an almost identical number (47%) oppose it.  These results are similar to a national ABC News/Washington Post Poll conducted in January, which found 49% in favor and 48% opposed.

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Rutgers-Eagleton: Christie job approval at 55%

Rutgers-Eagleton: Christie job approval at 55%

Nearly three months into the George Washington Bridge lane closing controversy, New Jersey registered voters remain skeptical of the response by Gov. Chris Christie and his administration to the burgeoning scandals, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. While Christie has stemmed the fall in his personal ratings after a double-digit drop in the wake of “Bridgegate,” voters are generally negative about Christie’s truthfulness and recent developments in the investigation.

Half of voters have a favorable impression of the governor while 42 percent feel unfavorable, essentially unchanged since February. Job performance numbers also show little change: 55 percent approve and 41 percent disapprove. But, just 22 percent fully believe Christie’s explanation regarding the lane closures while 26 percent say they somewhat believe him. The largest group, 49 percent, says they do not believe him at all. As for the recent taxpayer-funded report commissioned by the governor’s office that cleared Christie of all wrongdoing, nearly two-thirds say the internal review does not offer an objective assessment, versus three in 10 who say it does.

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Weinberg and Dem colleagues launch Earned Sick Days Campaign

Weinberg and Dem colleagues launch Earned Sick Days Campaign

Led by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), state lawmakers, workers, small business owners, advocates and union leaders launched the New Jersey Earned Sick Days campaign. A2354 / S785 was introduced in the new legislative session in both houses earlier this year.

“Workers who need time off to care for themselves or a family member should not be forced to make the unfair choice between their health and a paycheck. Guaranteeing a minimum standard of earned sick leave for all workers is the compassionate and the sensible thing to do for our state. It will create a healthier and safer work environment for employees, but also will protect the health of the public. Businesses, in turn, will benefit from these improved conditions,” said Weinberg. “Cities across the country, and in our state, have already moved to provide earned sick leave to workers. Implementing a strong earned sick leave law in New Jersey that benefits workers, businesses and the public health statewide just makes sense.”

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N.J. Association of Pipe Trades backs Greenstein in CD 12

N.J. Association of Pipe Trades backs Greenstein in CD 12

State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) snagged the endorsement of the New Jersey State Association of Pipe Trades on Monday.

The group, which is comprised of more than a half dozen local unions, represents more than 10,000 members throughout the region.

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DCCC targets Lonegan and MacArthur with robocalls

A national Democratic group is targeting a pair of Republican congressional hopefuls engaged in a GOP primary in South Jersey.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching robocalls against Steve Lonegan and Tom MacArthur as the pair vies for their party’s nomination in the right-leaning 3rd District. The calls will begin later today and are expected to run through Thursday, according to a DCCC spokesperson.

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Watson Coleman nabs AFSCME Local 979 endorsement

Watson Coleman nabs AFSCME Local 979 endorsement

Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman’s CD 12 campaign picked up the endorsement of AFSCME Local 979 Monday.

The union, which operates out of the Menlo Park Veterans Home in Middlesex County, declared the state lawmaker “has always been a friend to labor,” said President Shirley Suddoth Lewis and Vice President Kimberly Patterson-Wuni in a joint statement.

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Singleton presses Constable on Hurricane Sandy aid dissemination

Singleton presses Constable on Hurricane Sandy aid dissemination

TRENTON – At an Assembly Budget this morning, legislators pressed Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard Constable to explain how the state dispensed aid to Black and Latino victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Constable objected to what he said is an offensive mischaracterization of minority victims disproportionately failing to receive Hurricane Sandy aid.

Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) noted that 80% of minority applicants to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation, and Mitigation Program did not receive aid.

Trying to fend off an aggressively questioning Singleton, Constable’s office supplied the following figures to the Budget Committee:

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The Back Room

Trenton mayor's race: Worthy campaign funds surge according to filed ELEC report

Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 15, 2014

East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made...

Op-Ed

Ryan's Budget Plan

BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs.  Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >

Contributors

(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"A break-in occurred early this morning at the offices owned by Carl Sharif and two others at 660 Stuyvesant Ave. in Irvington, New Jersey. Several items are reported missing, including two laptop computers owned by Carl Sharif. There is also reported damage in the building. The Irvington police were called and a report was filed." - Jeffries campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd

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