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Rodriguez of the CIA to head up Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

Rodriguez of the CIA to head up Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness

Governor Chris Christie today announced his selection of Dr. Christopher Rodriguez as New Jersey’s next Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP). 

The governor's office said Rodriguez brings more than a decade of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency, where he held a variety of analytical and management positions. Rodriguez will replace Edward Dickson, who has led OHSP as Director since February of 2012, as he departs to pursue new opportunities in the private sector.

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Stockton wants 'open mic' debate between Booker and Bell

Stockton wants 'open mic' debate between Booker and Bell

Stockton College’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy today called for an Open Mic Debate between the candidates for the United States Senate.

“Open to the public, open to all media – that is the kind of debate that New Jerseyans deserve,” said Daniel J. Douglas, director of the Hughes Center, which also includes the Stockton Polling Institute.

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Sources: Prieto wouldn't be a party to Handlin letter

Sources: Prieto wouldn't be a party to Handlin letter

The names of lawmakers wanting the attorney general to apply a full cavity search to the former chief’s claims about his boss, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, don’t include any Democrats from the lower house.

That’s because Assembly Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32) wouldn’t be a party to the Senate Majority Office letterhead entreaty, sources say; neither would he let any of his caucus members.

“The Assembly Democrats know the AG can do his job,” a source told PolitickerNJ. “He doesn’t need a committee to do his job.”

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Weinberg and Greenstein join 4 Republicans wanting AG to look into ex-JC Chief's claims

Weinberg and Greenstein join 4 Republicans wanting AG to look into ex-JC Chief's claims

Lawmakers this afternoon affixed their names to a letter on Senate Majority Office letterhead backing up Assemblywoman Amy Handlin's (R-13) call to the state Attorney General to look into a charge against Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop made by the former police chief.

"We are forwarding Assemblywoman Handlin's letter to respectfully ask your office to review the matter to determine if an investigation is necessary," wrote the six lawmakers, referring to the letter, which Handlin last week brought to the attention of the Select Committee on Investigations (SCI).

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Malloy: Christie's appearance in Connecticut 'insulting'

Malloy: Christie's appearance in Connecticut 'insulting'

Gov. Chris Christie is hours away from his appearance in a Connecticut diner at the side of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley.

Foley wants to finish what he started in 2010, when he came within about 6,000 votes of beating Democrat Dan Malloy, Connecticut's sitting governor.

As Christie bears down on his event with Foley this evening, Malloy's allies launched a counter strike.

“It takes a lot of chutzpah for Governor Christie to insult the families of Newtown one week, then fundraise in their state the next," said Democratic Spokesman Devon Puglia. "He couldn't find the time to meet with the families of Sandy Hook victims when he vetoed commonsense gun legislation, but he can come to Connecticut to raise money for Tom Foley, another opponent of our smart, strict gun law? It's insulting - and Tom Foley should denounce Governor Christie's reckless actions and insulting comments towards Newtown families.”

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Union County Dems Chairman Green remembers mentor Sheriff Ralph Froehlich

Union County Dems Chairman Green remembers mentor Sheriff Ralph Froehlich

Growing up in Roselle, when he played ball summers in Warinanco Park, Union County Democratic Chairman Jerry Green remembers seeing Officer Ralph Froehlich and his partner Officer Arnie Highsmith on patrol.

Mr. Froehlich was a mentor then, but today Green feels like he lost a brother.

“Ralph used to talk to young guys like me, and used to tell me that there’s a life other than crime,” said the chairman and veteran 22nd District assemblyman. “He always treated you with the utmost respect.

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Moriarty tells traffic study-defending Egea that people also believe in tooth fairy

Moriarty tells traffic study-defending Egea that people also believe in tooth fairy

TRENTON - To Authorities Unit Director Regina Egea's claim of belief in a traffic study causing those infamous lane closures last year at the George Washington Bridge, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-4) expressed incredulity.

Pointing Egea to the discredited "traffic study" argument advanced by former Port Authority Deputy Director Bill Baroni and volunteering to bring her up to date, Moriarty said people also "believe in the tooth fairy."

"They did produce data," Egea said, repreatedly trying to turn back lawmakers who drubbed her on what they deemed was her over-reliance on Baroni as a source of information at the Port Authority.

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Egea Hearing: Baroni routinely griped about clashes with Foye, she says; Wisniewski wants emails

Egea Hearing: Baroni routinely griped about clashes with Foye, she says; Wisniewski wants emails

TRENTON – Select Investigations Committee (SCI) Chairman John Wisniewski wants emails between ex-Deputy Port Authority Director Bill Baroni and Authorities Unit Director Regina Egea, he told Egea’s attorney this afternoon during the SCI’s hearing.  

Appearing today before the committee Wisniewski co-chairs with Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), Egea told Wisniewski that Baroni (pictured) had numerous disagreements with Pat Foye of New York, director of the Port Authority. Throughout his questioning, Wisniewski wondered why the then-authorities unit director didn't try to divine more facts instead of simply relying on what Baroni told her. Egea said she interfaced exclusively with the former state senator turned deputy director of the port, who resigned amid the GWB scandal.

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Egea Hearing: What did she know, Weinberg wants to know

Egea Hearing: What did she know, Weinberg wants to know

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), co-chair of the Select Committee on Investigations, tried to ascertain from Regina Egea what, if anything, Gov. Chris Christie’s  director of the authorities unit knew about the infamous traffic snarl at the George Washington Bridge that infamously jammed up her boss.

“Once you saw those clips did you think there was anything further - I know hindsight, I know all the proverbs - but there was at least one clip that came to your attention and there were huge traffic jams,” Weinberg said. “Folks couldn’t get through. …It was beginning to become a story.”

Did Egea get involved on any level?

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Egea Hearing: O'Toole's reversal on Fulop

Egea Hearing: O'Toole's reversal on Fulop

TRENTON – State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) enthusiastically backed Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop in last year’s local election.

He gave Fulop’s campaign at least $25,000.

But O’Toole today got forcefully behind Assemblywoman Amy Handlin’s (R-13) motion to refer to the state Attorney General’s Office an allegation against Fulop made by the former police chief demoted by the mayor.

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The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 22nd

  Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83. (Editor/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/77506/union-county-sheriff-ralph-froehlich-has-died     Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November ...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

Contributors

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