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Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core?

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic testing scheme. The Common Core standards, which were intended to ensure American students remain competitive, have become a controversial political topic across the country.

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Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive

(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. Yet the Chief’s precedential opinion could help Christie win the presidency, should he become the Republican nominee.

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Casinos in Jersey City, Not Sports Betting

(7-16-14) Casinos in Jersey City, Not Sports Betting - Just as the US. Supreme Court was saying no to sports betting in New Jersey, a former Reebok chief executive announced his intentions to build a casino complex in Jersey City.  Gambling could fill NJ budget gaps, but authorizing it is an uphill battle.

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Ginsberg Dissent on Obamacare Contraception Choice

(7-9-14) Ginsberg Dissent on Obamacare Contraception Choice - Sometimes a U. S. Supreme Court dissent is more well-known and more influential than the majority opinion.  The dissent written by Ruth Bader Ginsberg last month in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, is one of those times.

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Privacy Interests to Dominate Justice Rabner’s Tenure as Chief Justice

(7-2-14) Privacy Interests to Dominate Justice Rabner’s Tenure as Chief Justice - The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that police must obtain a warrant prior to searching an individual’s cell phone, even when under arrest. The sweeping privacy ruling suggests that many of the old rules don’t apply to new technology.

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New Jersey Jury Benefits by Technology

(6-25-14) New Jersey Jury Benefits by Technology - During his Senate confirmation hearing Chief Justice Stuart Rabner received accolades for his ability to administer the New Jersey Courts.  In fact he has been one of the most progressive Chief Justices in the nation with respect to the use of technology in the courts.  One of the improvements he has made involving the jury affects every NJ resident in a very positive way.

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NJ Teacher Tenure in Danger After California Ruling?

(6-18-14) NJ Teacher Tenure in Danger After California Ruling? - Few subjects in education are more controversial than teacher tenure.  Following a California court’s ruling that subjecting students to bad teachers violates student’s fundamental right to a quality education, State Senator Joe Kyrillos is calling for tenure reform in New Jersey.

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“Job Banding” is Bigger than Bridgegate

(6-11-14) "Job Branding" is Bigger than Bridgegate - The upcoming fight over the separation of powers between the NJ State Legislature and the Governor involving the Civil Service Commission’s approval of “job banding” could make Bridgegate look like a snowball fight.

 

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Time to Re-write NJ Campaign Finance Laws

(6-4-14) Time to Re-write NJ Campaign Finance Laws - Yesterday’s primary elections offer more proof that New Jersey’s experiment to remove money from politics has failed.  Once again, millions of dollars were spent on elections and the public had no idea who contributed the money.

 

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The Supreme Court’s Guide To Legislative Prayer

(5-28-14) The Supreme Court’s Guide To Legislative Prayer - Many town New Jersey council meetings, like the City of Passaic, begin their meeting with a prayer before the public and the council members say the most unspeakable and inhuman things about one another during the public portion of the meeting.

 

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The Back Room

Monmouth Shore Local Newspaper, The Two River Times, Gets New Owner

The Two River Times, a weekly local newspaper covering affluent towns on along the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, was sold earlier this month. On July 11, Domenic M. DiPiero III of Rumson, bought the quirky community newspaper from its previous owner, Michael "Mickey" Gooch.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

  Christie to Newark hecklers: 'I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else' BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie's got nothing but love for The Brick City, or so he says. In response to a Newark school student here today -- a 17-year-old president of the Newark Student Union...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... 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 »

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"Go to Mayor [Cory] Booker and ask him if he thinks in the years that he was mayor if I ignored Newark. The fact is I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else." - Gov. Chris Christie

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