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Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for mayors' initiative

Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for mayors' initiative

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Paterson Mayor Jose Torres, and municipal officials on Monday will announce the launch of a strategic partnership with mayors from across the state to address public safety issues.

The mayors will kick off their initiative at 1 p.m. on Monday at HUB Shopping Center, 360 MLK Drive in Jersey City.

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Capitol Hill bromance notwithstanding, not everything is a Paul proposal, Booker says

Capitol Hill bromance notwithstanding, not everything is a Paul proposal, Booker says

PARSIPPANY – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) have partnered on key legislative fronts, but Booker today carefully avoided the implication of too much Paul love today when PolitickerNJ asked him if he agreed with Paul’s proposal to lower corporate taxes to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

“It’s not Rand Paul’s proposal,” said Booker, clarifying the question. “Everyone wants a lower corporate tax rate.”

Booker said he and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) caucused yesterday on Capitol Hill and discussed the issue with fellow senators. “Right now there’s a whole patchwork of loopholes,” Booker said. “We need to get rid of those loopholes and lower the tax rate. We need a predictable, stable tax code.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Central America: Menendez encouraged after meeting with three leaders

Humanitarian Crisis in Central America: Menendez encouraged after meeting with three leaders

PARSIPPANY – Following a meeting in person on Thursday with three Central American presidents, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said he is encouraged by the potential for a better partnership with the leaders of those countries as the United States seeks to stem a humanitarian crisis.

“I was impressed with the commitment of the Central American leaders with whom I met yesterday,” said Menendez, referring to their efforts to crack down on smugglers engaged in the human trafficking of tens of thousands of Central American minors.

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Coming soon to a stage near you: Booker singing 'Danny Boy'

Coming soon to a stage near you: Booker singing 'Danny Boy'

PARSIPPANY - They had a deal.

If Senator Bob Menendez's staff won a softball game against the staff of Senator Cory Booker, the sedentary Menendez would have to go out on a jog with physical fitness freak Booker.

If Menendez won, Booker would have to join Menendez - long comfortable with singing Irish songs - at the head of a very public room to join the senior senator for a rendition of "Danny Boy."

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Pocino to Foxx: 'We have a critical need for long-term transportation funding'

Pocino to Foxx: 'We have a critical need for long-term transportation funding'

PARSIPANNY - Standing in front of a battalion of orange t-shirted LIUNA stawarts and middle aged men in suits and sunglasses at the edge of a roaring highway, Vice President of the NJ Laborers Union Ray Pocino complained about the absence of a sustained plan to fund the federal Highway Trust Fund.

Congress has a temporary patch plan to replenish some of the fund's monies before the fund expires next week.

Pocino said he wants something more permanent.

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Menendez and Booker join Transportation Sec. Foxx in call for Highway Fund extension

Menendez and Booker join Transportation Sec. Foxx in call for Highway Fund extension
Labor backed up Booker and Menendez at the Parsippany press conference with Secretary Foxx

PARSIPPANY - Newly a resident of Bergen County, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) test drove his sun-dappled side here in equally leafy Morris County next to his fellow upper house federal lawmaker, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a brace of labor brass, including VP of the NJ Laborers Union Ray Pocino.

The Jersey guys welcomed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a call to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire next week.

“We are long overdue for a substantial multi-year transportation bill that will provide reliable funding, create thousands of jobs, and allow businesses to thrive,” said Booker, posing in front of a section of I-80 slated for $84 million in rehabilitation, money in the federal trust fund. “While I plan to support this critical funding patch, it is a temporary fix. We must take long-term action and stop kicking the can down the road.” 

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Toss-up Time: Christie to fundraise tomorrow in Illinois for Rauner and Scott

Toss-up Time: Christie to fundraise tomorrow in Illinois for Rauner and Scott

Chris Christie, head of the Republican Governors' Association, will head to Illinois tomorrow to fundraise for two candidates for governor who are running in toss-up races.

First on the schedule are a retail campaign event and fundraiser for Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois.

Christie later in the evening is scheduled to fundraise in Chicago for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help

After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help

New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman of the Republican Governors' Association, Gov. Chris Christie.

"The Aspen trip made it clear that governors from around the nation will be helping County Executive Astorino become Governor Astorino," said Jessica Proud, spokeswoman for Astorino for Governor. "It also made it clear that RGA Chairman Chris Christie will not be among them. We can live with that and we will move on."

PolitickerNJ asked the campaign if Astorino met with Christie last night as was his intention.

Yes, the campaign replied, "very briefly."

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Attorney fires off election year letter to Caride to consider bill of impeachment against Donovan

Attorney fires off election year letter to Caride to consider bill of impeachment against Donovan

As this election season intensifies in bellwether Bergen County, an attorney representing a canned Bergen County employee wants a Democratic legislator to draft a bill of impeachment against County Executive Kathe Donovan. 

Robert A. Tandy of Woodcliff Lake represents plaintiff Jane Linter, whom Donovan dismissed as the director of human services, and whom the freeholder board later voted to re-instate.

According to Tandy’s letter, which he sent to Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-36) on July 21st, “In or around December 2013, Ms. Linter complained directly to Freeholder Maura DeNicola about what Plaintiff reasonably believed to be violations of the law.

“Ms. Linter advised Freeholder DeNicola that she believed the County Executive was unlawfully abusing her power and falsely charging Rudy Pastercyzk with criminal activity in an effort to remove him from his position and replace him with the Chief of Staff, Jeanne Baratta’s, life-long friend.”

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Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop

Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop

The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind Fulop and help build the Hudson County mayor. 

These two men have a history, which didn’t begin well – and they have divergent styles, one characterized by a reliance on old school loyalty and punishing attention to detail, the other transactional - which may or may not lead them to a sustained statewide partnership in the name of their home county if Fulop runs for governor.

“As the trend of urbanization continues, our economic prosperity will come to depend even more heavily on our ability to move large numbers of people in and out of urban centers quickly,” Fulop told the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, chaired by Menendez. “This means direct federal investment in transportation infrastructure, and empowering the local communities to make those investments.”

Menendez listened dutifully, approvingly from his throne of federal power.

A lot of back brawling on the streets of Jersey City led up to that blandly governmental presentation by the D.C. touring mayor.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 25th

  After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman...

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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