Author: dscarinci

New Jersey Vote By Mail Law

(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 in at less than 40 percent. The number of voters casting ballots in the Senatorial special election was equally as dismal.

 

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Campaign Finance Reform as “Theater of the Absurd”

 (4-9-14) Campaign Finance Reform as "Theater of the Absurd" - The U. S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in McCutcheon, et al. v. Federal Election Commission brings New Jersey one step closer to overturning its absurd version of campaign finance reform – a system that empowers PACs, unions, and the wealthy while hiding the true identity of political contributors.

 

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The Open “Gate” To Legal Fees

(4-2-14) The Open “Gate” To Legal Fees - By paying $1 million at $600/hour for an internal review of Bridgegate, the State of New Jersey has opened a debate about whether there should be such a high disparity between public and private hourly rates for legal services.

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Supreme Court Says YES to Corporate Whistle Blowers

(3-26-14) Supreme Court Says YES to Corporate Whistle Blowers - Whistleblowers who work for businesses with government contracts are protected under Sarbanes-Oxley according to a new case decided by the United States Supreme Court. 

 

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Fifth Amendment-- King John to Bridgegate

(3-19-14) Fifth Amendment-- King John to Bridgegate - If the New Jersey Courts rule in favor of the Bridgegate witnesses on their motion to quash the subpoena of the legislative committee investigating their activities, they can thank King John of England.

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Bridgegate Players Should “Plead the Fifth”

(3-12-14) Bridgegate Players Should “Plead the Fifth” - Asserting the right to remain silent does not imply guilt.

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What’s in a Name?

(3-5-14) What’s in a Name? - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey does not need any more scandal.  However, there is still the small matter of people making money on the “World Trade Center” trademark. 

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Did Raritan have Legal Fee Phobia or Press Phobia?

(2-26-14) Did Raritan have Legal Fee Phobia or Press Phobia? - The borough of Raritan will pay Gannett Co $542,000, the highest legal fee ever awarded under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). 

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Will NJ Get High on Marijuana Proposal?

(2-19-14) Will NJ Lawmakers Get High on Marijuana Proposal? - With all the talk about the Democratic nominee for NJ Governor centering around Mayor Steve Fulop and Senator Steve Sweeney, will Senator Nicholas Scutari capture the liberal and progressive Democrats with his marijuana legalization bill?

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David Wildstein Has Unimpeachable Credibility

(2-12-14) David Wildstein Has Unimpeachable Credibility - It is impossible to impeach the credibility of David Wildstein when just about everyone who has had any serious involvement in New Jersey politics for the last 15 years has provided tips, information and opinions to him through his pseudonym, “Wally Edge.”  The substance of those emails, still reported to be in Wildstein’s possession, formed the basis of PoliticsNJ, now PolitickerNJ, which is the most widely read source of political inside information in New Jersey.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... 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

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

- PolitickerNJ.com

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