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Report: Body found in Jerusalem forest

Israeli police have recovered a body in the same Jerusalem forest where Lakewood student Aaron Sofer went missing last week, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post.

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Menendez heads to Estonia, Poland and Ukraine

Menendez heads to Estonia, Poland and Ukraine

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week will travel to Estonia, Poland, and Ukraine, focusing on ongoing security concerns caused by continued Russian destabilization throughout the region.

Menendez says he plans to pay particular attention to Ukraine, where thousands have been killed and injured and separatist militias are responsible for the savage downing of a civilian airline resulting in the death of 298 innocent people.

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Winners and Losers: Week of August 11th

Winners and Losers: Week of August 11th

The state staggered toward the end of summer with politicians attempting to wrap bad news (Revel) in good (bail reform), and Gov. Chris Christie wrangling with angry commuter constituents via tweet.

"Wrangling via tweet."

If mighty Caesar could see us now...

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Menendez applauds Maliki's decision to resign

Menendez applauds Maliki's decision to resign

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki:

"I welcome the encouraging news today regarding Mr. Maliki’s decision to end legal challenges to the nomination of Dr. Haydar al-Abadi to serve as Iraq’s next Prime Minister.  This non-violent transfer of leadership is a critical for Iraq’s democratic transition, and is a vital step toward addressing the security crisis in Iraq.

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As promised, Christie rolls out his pension and benefits task force

As promised, Christie rolls out his pension and benefits task force

Governor Chris Christie today designated nine people to serve on a bipartisan commission to evaluate how the state can create an affordable and sustainable retirement and health benefits system for New Jersey taxpayers, retirees and current and future public employees.

“This commission’s work cannot be about politics, it must be about the cold hard facts which is why I have not appointed politicians to this group,” said Governor Christie.  “It’s time to think out of the box and be prepared to abandon the sacred cows that have long been off limits in reforming our entitlement programs to make them permanently affordable and sustainable. Only by bringing together such a non-partisan group -- none of whom are impeded by special interests -- can we truthfully assess the problem, its roots and its potential remedies.  I thank each of them for their willingness to lend their experience and valuable time to the Commission.”  

 The members of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission are:

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RIP: Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall

RIP: Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall

PolitickerNJ extends condolences to the family of retired Morris County Clerk Joan Bramhall, who was found dead in her home today, the victim of an apparent murder-suicide, according to published reports.

A longtime leader in the Morris County GOP, Ms. Bramhall of Denville was 75.

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CD2: NAPO backs LoBo

CD2: NAPO backs LoBo

U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-2) today received the endorsement of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) for his reelection. 

“I am truly honored to receive the support of the true heroes in our communities across South Jersey, the state and the nation - those who choose to wear the uniform to serve and protect,” said LoBiondo. “In Congress, I’ve worked tirelessly to ensure our law enforcement personnel have the resources and support they need, from life-saving bulletproof vests to funding for COPS grants. I will continue to be a partner with NAPO and the men and women they represent.”

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Cornell-Bechelli appointed Region II Director of Health and Human Services

Cornell-Bechelli appointed Region II Director of Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced her appointment of Jackie Cornell-Bechelli as Region II Director of HHS.

Cornell-Bechelli served as both the deputy field director in southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as - briefly - the state director in New Jersey for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012.

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ELEC: Led by Newark First's support for Jeffries, IEs spent $5.3 million on Newark elections

ELEC: Led by Newark First's support for Jeffries, IEs spent $5.3 million on Newark elections

Independent special interest groups spent $5.3 million on recent municipal elections in Newark, far exceeding the previous record for “outside group” activity in a local campaign, according to an analysis by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

The outlay dwarfs the $261,629 expenditure in Jersey City 2013 mayoral race by Better Education for New Jersey’s Kids Inc., which appears to have been the largest previous expenditure by an independent special interest group in a local election in New Jersey.

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Rest in Peace: Eva Christine Conaway

PolitickerNJ extends profound condolences to Assemblyman Herb Conaway and his family.

The Conaways this week are mourning the death of the Assemblyman's mother, Eva Christine Conaway.

The daughter of late Perlie D. Godard and late Eva Viola Godard, Mrs. Conaway was born on August 12, 1938 in Martin County, North Carolina.  After a long and valiant struggle from Alzheimer’s, she was called to glory on July 24, 2014 at her home in Bordentown.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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