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GOP Assembly leader suggests Republican Bridgegate committee members are hitting a breaking point

GOP Assembly leader suggests Republican Bridgegate committee members are hitting a breaking point
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

TRENTON – A top Assembly Republican indicated Wednesday GOP legislators serving on the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are hitting a breaking point.

Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21) says GOP lawmakers are in discussions about whether they will continue to be a part of the joint legislative committee investigating the Gov. Chris Christie administration over the bridge controversy.

“We’re going to meet and discuss what the future is going to be with this committee,” Bramnick told PolitickerNJ.

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Wisniewski 'frustrated' over Mastro report interview notes

Wisniewski 'frustrated' over Mastro report interview notes

TRENTON – Thanks, but no thanks.

A state lawmaker helping to lead the charge into investigating the Gov. Chris Christie administration over the George Washington Bridge lane closings say he’s “frustrated” with the documents the legislative committee recently received from the law firm hired by the administration to conduct an internal review of the controversy.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) said while it appears Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher complied with the joint legislative investigatory committee’s demand to handover interview notes related to the so-called Mastro report, the documents will do little to further the committee’s investigation.

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Obama delaying bad parts of Obamacare until he's 'almost out the door,' Chris Christie says

Obama delaying bad parts of Obamacare until he's 'almost out the door,' Chris Christie says
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

SOMERSET – New Jersey’s governor charged President Barack Obama with delaying the “bad” parts of the Affordable Care Act Tuesday until he’s “almost out the door.”

The governor said Garden State taxpayers can expect to flip the bill for the health care reform’s so-called “Cadillac Tax,” telling residents that people with good health care plans – including many state workers – will be subject to the new tax in the coming years.

Since taxpayers pay public employees benefits they can expect to bear the increased cost if those plans are subject to the new tax, Christie argued.

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Christie putting increasing pressure on Prieto to post interest arbitration cap bill

Christie putting increasing pressure on Prieto to post interest arbitration cap bill

SOMERSET – Gov. Chris Christie sent a message to the new Assembly speaker at his latest town hall event Tuesday regarding the ongoing debate over interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters.

“What’s to negotiate?” Christie asked at his latest event a day after holding a rally with New Jersey lawmakers and mayors across the street from the New Jersey Statehouse.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” he said, referring to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) refusal to post the bill for a vote after allowing the law to sunset late last month.

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CD 12 hopefuls attend Christie's 119th town hall

CD 12 hopefuls attend Christie's 119th town hall

SOMERSET – A Democratic lawmaker locked in a primary against fellow Statehouse colleagues for an opportunity to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) in Congress didn’t miss an opportunity to hear directly from Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday.

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) snagged a front row seat for the governor’s 119th town hall meeting.

“I’m here out of respect for the governor,” he told PolitickerNJ ahead of Christie’s town hall in his backyard.

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Kean hosting N.J. fundraiser for Jeb Bush's son

Kean hosting N.J. fundraiser for Jeb Bush's son

State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. is reportedly set to hold a fundraiser for the son of a possible 2016 presidential hopeful.

Kean, who Christie had a hand in trying to oust from his leadership position in the state Senate, is hosting a fundraiser at his home for George P. Bush, son of Jeb Bush, on May 7, POLITICO reports.

Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, is a favorite for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination among establishment-class Republicans, a mantle Christie held before the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy tarnished his national image, POLITICO notes.

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Protesters wait for Christie at town hall on Tax Day

Protesters wait for Christie at town hall on Tax Day

SOMERSET – At least a dozen critics of Gov. Chris Christie were picketing outside of his latest town hall event to call attention to what they charge is the governor’s practice of wasting taxpayer dollars.

The groups, which have become a staple on Christie’s town hall circuit, charge the governor with wasting millions of public funds to promote his own political agenda, said Dena Mottola Jaborska, of New Jersey Citizen Action.

“Time and time again,” she said, the governor has used taxpayer dollars for the purposes of “promoting Chris Christie instead of helping the people of the state.”

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Attempted GOP leadership shake up after election was a 'mistake,' Christie spokesman tells internal review

Attempted GOP leadership shake up after election was a 'mistake,' Christie spokesman tells internal review

TRENTON – Tucked away in the interview notes of the administration’s internal review of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy is a fleeting reference to the state Senate’s minority leader.

State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. is briefly referenced in the Mastro report interview notes released Monday. Kean was mentioned in the interview notes of longtime Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak.

Drewniak described the governor being upset with staffers – including Drewniak – during a Dec. 13 senior staff meeting. The spokesman described Christie expressing frustration over a statement Drewniak issued in response to a story about an alleged conversation between Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Christie confronted Samson about Bridgegate allegations in January

Christie confronted Samson about Bridgegate allegations in January

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie first asked former Port Authority Chairman David Samson if he knew anything about the George Washington Bridge lane closings during an impromptu meeting at the governor’s mansion in January, according to documents.

Christie confronted Samson, who resigned as chairman of the bi-state agency late last month, during a crisis meeting at Drumthwacket. The governor met with key staffers and advisors in Princeton following the Jan. 8 news reports that first disclosed the now infamous “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email that ignited a firestorm that’s engulfed the administration.

The disclosure was made public after the firm that conducted an internal review into the Bridgegate controversy released interview notes from its report.

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Firm releases details of Chris Christie's internal Bridgegate review

Firm releases details of Chris Christie's internal Bridgegate review

The law firm commissioned by the Gov. Chris Christie administration to conduct an internal review of the George Washington Bridge lane closings released details of its report Monday.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher released the interview memoranda from its internal review of the so-called Bridgegate controversy. The firm posted the documents on its website shortly after turning over the material to the legislative committee investigating the administration.

The memoranda contains the list of individuals the firm interviewed as part of its review in addition to hundreds of pages of summaries of witness interviews.

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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 >

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