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Holt implores lawmakers to invest in 'infrastructure,' support increased minimum wage

Holt implores lawmakers to invest in 'infrastructure,' support increased minimum wage

WASHINGTON D.C. – An outgoing U.S. congressman implored the state’s business community to support such measures as increased minimum wage in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) declared “we will be a great country” with a bright future if lawmakers and officials support investing in the nation’s infrastructure despite the country’s economic woes since being hit by the Great Recession.

“The dream seems remote for a lot of American people when we say, ‘Sorry, we can’t afford that,’” Holt said during the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s annual chamber trip in Washington D.C.

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Declaring 'we are now at a crossroads,' Christie implores officials to work together

Declaring 'we are now at a crossroads,' Christie implores officials to work together
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

WASHINGTON D.C. – Gov. Chris Christie touted his relationship with the state’s top lawmaker Tuesday evening, bringing his message of bipartisanship to the nation’s capital as an example of putting politics aside to benefit constituents.

The governor, joking he and Senate President Steve Sweeney are both “soft spoken” elected officials, boasted his accomplishments over the last five years despite being a “conservative Republican” in a state where a “liberal Democratic Legislature” dominates the Statehouse.

Christie, calling out Sweeney by name, touted their relationship as his “most consistent partnership” in Trenton over the course of his gubernatorial career as he delivered comments a short distance from the U.S. Capitol about what can be done when lawmakers work together.

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Holt has little to say about CD 12 Dem primary, suggests endorsement could be pending

Holt has little to say about CD 12 Dem primary, suggests endorsement could be pending

WASHINGTON D.C. – If outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) intends to endorse a candidate to succeed him in Washington D.C. he’s unprepared to do so just yet.

The federal lawmaker had little to say about the contentious Democratic primary underway in his home district as four contenders vie for their party’s nod.

“There are a number of really good candidates,” he told PolitickerNJ while dashing from one event to the next.

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Senate leadership absent from this year's chamber trip

Senate leadership absent from this year's chamber trip

CHAMBER TRAIN – As chamber train goers packed the cars on the way to Washington D.C. there were a couple legislators noticeably absent.

Senate leadership from both parties.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-21) were nowhere to be found. Neither lawmaker is expected to attend the events in Washington D.C. later tonight, as well.

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Bridgegate committee issuing four subpoenas

CHAMBER TRAIN – Four subpoenas are being issued today for witnesses to provide testimony as part of the legislative committee’s investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closings.

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It's not Bridgegate, it's 'Wizgate,' says top GOP Assembly lawmaker

It's not Bridgegate, it's 'Wizgate,' says top GOP Assembly lawmaker

CHAMBER TRAIN – A week after announcing GOP legislators serving on the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are hitting a breaking point, a top Assembly Republican lawmaker now says the controversy dubbed Bridgegate is due for a name change.

“It’s Wizgate,” said Assemblyman John Bramnick (R-21) aboard the chamber train to Washington D.C., a reference to the co-chairman of the legislative committee, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19).

“You don’t run an investigation on MSNBC,” Bramnick charged, sitting one train car apart from Wisniewski.

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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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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 22, 2014

Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC reportNEWARK - Newark First, the independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries in the run-up to the May 13 municipal election, has been on the attack lately against Jeffries'...

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"You know what? I'm still Vinny Prieto. I'm still the same guy. This is always a great event — to see people, to talk about business, to hear about issues and concerns." - Assembly Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32).

- The Star-Ledger

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