Author: matthew.arco

Caputo blasts Caesars' New York casino announcement as "hypocrisy"

A state lawmaker is calling Caesars Entertainment’s announcement to build a resort-like casino in neighboring New York pure “hypocrisy.”

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo issued a statement Thursday bashing the announcement by the company he says “has been a major roadblock for the state over the past few years” for expanding casinos and gambling in the Garden State. Caesars Entertainment, which owns a casino in Atlantic City, has argued expansion would revenue from Atlantic City.

“For Caesars to impede the progress we could have made in New Jersey then go to New York to build is plain hypocrisy,” he said. “This new move to build a casino resort in New York adds insult to injury.”

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CD 12 hopefuls discussing civil liberties at upcoming ACLU-NJ debate

Congressional hopefuls seeking to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) are slated to take part in a CD 12 debate next week dedicated to civil liberties and civil rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is hosting the CD 12 debate in which all five candidates are slated to attend. The event will be held in Princeton on May 1.

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Bridgegate committee co-chairman tells GOP assemblyman to stick with lawmaking, not comedy

Bridgegate committee co-chairman tells GOP assemblyman to stick with lawmaking, not comedy

CHAMBER TRAIN – The state lawmaker helping to lead the charge into investigating the Gov. Chris Christie administration over the George Washington Bridge lane closings has some friendly advice for his colleague who serves across the aisle.

Stick with lawmaking, not comedy, says Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) of Assemblyman Jon Bramnick.

Wisniewski, co-chairperson of the joint legislative committee investigating the lane closure controversy, was responding to Bramnick’s recent quip about changing the name of the so-called Bridgegate investigation to the “Wiz-gate” hearings.

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CD 12 Democratic hopefuls absent from chamber trip, but supporters along for the ride

CD 12 Democratic hopefuls absent from chamber trip, but supporters along for the ride

CHAMBER TRAIN – The Democratic candidates vying for their party’s nomination to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) may have been absent from Tuesday’s chamber trip to Washington, but that doesn’t mean their supporters were too.

Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-14), who’s backing state Sen. Linda Greenstein for CD 12, told PolitickerNJ he’s doing what he can to support the state senator’s congressional campaign.

“They’re all good candidates,” he said. “But obviously, I’m supporting Linda Greenstein.”

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Byrne says Christie 'handled himself very well' during keynote address

Byrne says Christie 'handled himself very well' during keynote address

CHAMBER TRAIN – Unlike the ride to the nation’s capital, the return trip aboard the chamber train is a bit subdued.

But among the closed eyes and quiet conversations are a handful of smiling faces, including that of former Gov. Brendan Byrne. Byrne, who recently celebrated his 90th birthday, has been attending the annual events for decades and says this year’s event was as good as any.

“I thought he handled himself very well,” said Byrne, referring to Gov. Chris Christie’s keynote address at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce dinner.

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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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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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 >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.

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