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Sources: intensified talks around legislative committee examining Bridgegate spark backroom interpretations

Sources: intensified talks around legislative committee examining Bridgegate spark backroom interpretations

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie’s that’s-a-wrap call today to the Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) examining Bridgegate laid bare those underground arguments in the halls and chambers of the Statehouse about how lawmakers should proceed.

"Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg is the co-chair of the committee and, as I have said in the past, I will rely on her leadership and the work of the committee to determine when the SCI's investigation is over - not on the governor's opinion," said Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) (pictured).

But even as Christie denounced the SCI and urged an end, sources say Sweeney’s very recent inquiries into the committee’s actions have lawmakers and others close to the investigation questioning the senate president’s commitment at this point.

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Trenton's Caldwell-Wilson braces for result in Scottish independence election

Trenton's Caldwell-Wilson braces for result in Scottish independence election

Mulling over independence from England, the Scottish people have roughly an hour left before the polls close in their native land.

Among them is Trenton Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, who wants independence.

“It’s hard to say to say how this is going to go," Caldwell-Wilson told PolitickerNJ in an old country telephone interview. “A lot of the older people are afraid of change. There has been a huge late surge of young people for independence.”

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CD2 Crossfire: Hughes hits back at LoBo's fundraising record

CD2 Crossfire: Hughes hits back at LoBo's fundraising record

Words of anger and words of blame cascaded back and forth between the two opponents in CD2.

Democrat Bill Hughes, Jr., launched a television attack ad on incumbent Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2), prompting the incumbent to strike back.

The congressman said Hughes was hypocritical to stand with casino workers on one day then hobnob with former Governor Ed Rendell the next.

That caused the Hughes Campaign to return fire...

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CD2: LoBo lashes out at Hughes over planned fundraiser with Rendell

CD2: LoBo lashes out at Hughes over planned fundraiser with Rendell

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) struck back this afternoon at the Hughes for Congress campaign, going after this opponent's association with the politician who successfully launched legalized gambling in Pennsylvania in direct competition with Atlantic City.

Hughes has a scheduled fundraiser tomorrow with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, whom the Republican congressman fingers in part as responsible for collapsing Atlantic City.

“It is brazen hypocrisy that Bill Hughes Jr. can hold a press conference one day confessing his solidarity with casino workers and their families impacted by the recent closures, but then rub elbows and collect campaign contributions from the Pennsylvania Governor who instituted gaming at our borders,” LoBiondo said.

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Christie calls on Joint Investigative Committee into Bridgegate to 'wrap up'

Christie calls on Joint Investigative Committee into Bridgegate to 'wrap up'

TRENTON - At his news conference today, Gov. Chris Christie said the Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) should disband.

“The fact is that they’ve been digging around for eight months now and have found absolutely nothing. Wrap up your work. Do your job,” said Christie.

The co-chair of the committee, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) was seated in the front row as Christie urged the ending of the committee examining the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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Assembly Higher Ed Committee releases Cryan's tuition assistance bill

Assembly Higher Ed Committee releases Cryan's tuition assistance bill

TRENTON – Not without debate, the Assembly Higher Education Committee this afternoon passed a bill prohibiting a four-year public or independent institution of higher education from increasing the tuition and fees of a resident undergraduate student for nine continuous semesters following the student’s initial enrollment in the institution.

“Hopefully what we’re going to say, with this bill, is let’s put families first,” said Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), Union Twp., the bill’s prime sponsor.

The bill applies to New Jersey residents.

“Here’s a tool that makes us competitive, to provide leverage for this state,” argued the veteran lawmaker.

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Garrett opposes Obama's ISIS plan

Garrett opposes Obama's ISIS plan

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) issued the following statement after voting against the House Continuing Resolution (CR) because it included President Obama’s ISIS plan:

“While I did support the CR to ensure funding for the federal government," the congressman said, "I couldn’t vote for it because I do not support the president’s ISIS plan, which was added to the bill.  Though I support efforts to destroy ISIS, the president has not yet demonstrated to Congress that arming  a loosely organized and untrained Syrian opposition would counter the very real threat that ISIS poses.  

"Before I can support sending our military men and women on another mission to the Middle East, the president must lay out a specific strategy and endgame with special attention given to the questions of who we are helping, how they will use that help, and how we can ensure the weapons we provide don’t fall into the wrong hands—or worse yet, end up being used against us," Garrett added.

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CD2: Hughes goes up on television for the first time

CD2: Hughes goes up on television for the first time

Bill Hughes, Jr., a Democrat running for Congress in the 2nd District, went up on cable television for the first time today.

Hughes is running against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2).

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Sources: Danielson in good position to succeed Chivukula

TRENTON - Central Jersey sources say Joe Danielson, chairman of the Franklin Twp. Democratic Committee, is in a strong position to succeed Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) with the support of the Somerset County Democratic Committee.

Chivukula is seeking appointment to the Board of Public Utilities and appears to be on a strong glide path to land the job.

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Christie: Mroz and Chivukula to BPU

Christie: Mroz and Chivukula to BPU

TRENTON - Governor Chris Christie today announced his selection of two new Board of Public Utilities Commissioners.

Christie announced his choices of Richard Mroz, a former Whitman Administration Chief Counsel, Special Counsel, and Authorities director; and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, Chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.

The governor reappointed to a third term Commissioner Joseph Fiordaliso, a serving BPU Commissioner.

Mroz will serve as the next President of the BPU.

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The Back Room

Sources: Why Fox?

With the support of Gov. Chris Christie, Jamie Fox is on the fast track to get back to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The question is why?

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 19th

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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“The fact is that they’ve been digging around for eight months now and have found absolutely nothing. Wrap up your work. Do your job." - Gov. Chris Christie

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