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NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal

NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

"The federal charges are now ruled out for Chris Christie," said NBC News anchor Brian Williams.

Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) issued the following statement in response to the news:

"NBC New York reports governor Christie is not involved,' said the minority leader. "Now it's time for the panel that prejudged the governor to end its relentless attacks."

See the NBC report here.

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Former Manalapan Mayor found guilty on 11 counts, including wire and mortgage fraud and obstruction of justice

Former Manalapan Mayor found guilty on 11 counts, including wire and mortgage fraud and obstruction of justice

The former mayor of Manalapan was convicted at trial today on charges related to his acquisition of farmland in Monmouth County, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.  

Andrew Lucas, 37, was found guilty today on all 11 counts of an indictment charging him with wire fraud, an illegal monetary transaction, loan application fraud, false statements to the IRS, aggravated identity theft, obstruction of a grand jury investigation and falsification of records in a federal investigation.

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Nurses and healthcare workers back Tedesco and Cho in Bergen County

Nurses and healthcare workers back Tedesco and Cho in Bergen County

NJ’s largest union of nurses and healthcare workers , the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), announced  endorsements today for  Roy Cho  for Congress in the  5th Congressional  district and Jim Tedesco for Bergen County Executive.

“Everyday, nurses and health professionals work hard to provide quality care for their patients and they need elected officials both locally and in Washington D.C. who will work just as hard to protect and put care first,” said Ann Twomey, president of the 12,000 member union. “As healthcare undergoes rapid change, our patients encounter a confusing system that doesn't always put their needs first. They need advocates like Roy Cho and Jim Tedesco who will.”work tirelessly to not only ensure that our health care system works, but that the men and women at the front lines of public health have the support they need to do their jobs.”

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Firefighters back Tedesco in Bergen County Exec's race

Firefighters back Tedesco in Bergen County Exec's race

The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey tonight announced their endorsement and support of James Tedesco for Bergen County Executive.

“In these difficult times in New Jersey, it is important to have people in place that are able to get the job done. James Tedesco is just what Bergen County needs, he shares the same values as does the taxpayers of Bergen County,” said Dominick Marino, President of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey. "As a professional firefighter’s union, our support for a candidate is not offered lightly. We endorse and support candidates based upon either their performance or stated positions or a combination thereof concerning our issues. Our membership consists of dedicated public safety professionals, hardworking taxpayers supporting families who cherish and exercise their right to vote! On behalf of the members of the PFANJ, I proudly endorse James Tedesco for Bergen County Executive."

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Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey issues endorsements

Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey issues endorsements

The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, IAFF, AFL-CIO, statewide representative of career professional firefighters, emergency medical andallied support services personnel affiliated with the 300,000 member International Association of Fire Fighters, has announced their endorsements for all 12 NJ Congressional Districts and United States Senate.

“In this point in our Country’s history, we need members of Congress and Senate who have the same values as the working men and women in our great Country”, said Dominick Marino, President of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey. “As a professional firefighter’s union, we have made it a point to endorse and support candidates based upon either their performance or stated positions or a combination thereof concerning our issues. Our membership consists of dedicated public safety professionals, hardworking taxpayers supporting families who cherish and exercise their right to vote-something too many aspiring politicians forget or purposely disregard when considering the value of our support.

“Having the right people in Congress is paramount for firefighters and emergency medical personnel to ensure safe working conditions and the necessary equipment to safely perform the duties of fire responders," Marino added. "With the threat of terrorist activity in New Jersey and the metropolitan area becoming more prevalent than ever, we need legislators that will respond to our needs. We believe our endorse candidates will respond for the first responders and the citizen of New Jersey.”

A complete list of this year’s endorsements are as follows:

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From AC to MC: Sweeney busts a move from casino closed door meeting to Dems event

From AC to MC: Sweeney busts a move from casino closed door meeting to Dems event

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) huddled with Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal and other Democrats tonight in a Wall union hall for a party leadership meeting.

Democrats are hoping to grab two seats on the freeholder board in Monmouth on November 4th as an entrenched GOP sees nary an opportunity for the challengers

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NJDEP's Siekerka tapped to head NJBIA

Michele N. Siekerka, Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, has been named President of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, the nation’s largest employer association representing over 20,000 member companies and 1.1 million employees within the state. In this role, Siekerka will work alongside a staff of 50 to set and execute the organization’s strategic plan while ensuring exceptional operational performance and member satisfaction. Ms. Siekerka was selected by the Board of NJBIA after an extensive search conducted by Evan Lindsay of Evan Lindsay LLC.

Siekerka, 50, brings a diverse background steeped in executive management and a reputation for effective leadership. Her understanding of business and government, and how they can productively interact, will enhance the NJBIA’s ability to advance its pro-business platform in a practical, solutions-based manner.

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Burlington County Freeholder Howarth's statement

Burlington County Freeholder Joe Horwath this afternoon announced his decision not to pursue re-election.

"It is with deep regret that I am officially withdrawing my name from the ballot for the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders general election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014," the incumbent Republican said in a letter. "As those close to me know, I have long-battled Crohn’s Disease, a chronic medical condition involving the digestive system that affects as many as 700,000 Americans."

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Report: Secretary of State's Office subpoenaed

Report: Secretary of State's Office subpoenaed

The New Jersey Secretary of State's Office has received a subpoena, according to a report in The Bergen Record.

The Record report infers that the subpoena may be related to a charge leveled earlier this year by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that Secretary of State (and Lieutenant Governor) Kim Guadagno threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy aid unless Zimmer signed off on a local development project.

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Ponzi schemer Weinstein admits new fraud charges

Convicted Ponzi schemer Eliyahu Weinstein, 39, of Lakewood, who was previously sentenced to 22 years in prison for running a real estate investment fraud scheme that caused $200 million in losses, today admitted that he also defrauded investors in connection with the Facebook IPO and several additional real estate deals and then laundered the proceeds of the scheme, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.  

Weinstein pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to three counts of an indictment pending against him: one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of committing wire fraud while on pretrial release, and one count of money laundering.

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The Back Room

Asbury Park Press corrects Williams error in Christie report

The Asbury Park Press last night mopped up after NBC anchor Brian Williams overreached when he said the feds had cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in a federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 19th

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

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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