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Bucco critical of Barnes' labor bill aimed at state of emergency employment

Bucco critical of Barnes' labor bill aimed at state of emergency employment

TRENTON – Citing his experience as a business owner, veteran Senator Tony Bucco (R-25) criticized a bill (S-1717) which would prohibit an employer from taking any adverse employment actions against an employee who is unable to actively work or perform regular duties at the employer’s place of business due to a declared state of emergency.

“I own a manufacturing business,” said Bucco. “None of my employees have skin in the game. I sign personally my line of credit. I have to make the decision whether I keep my business open. I don’t think the legislature is the one that should be making this decision. …I look at it as a business owner.”

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MacArthur goes negative with network TV attack on Belgard

MacArthur goes negative with network TV attack on Belgard

CD3 Republican Tom MacArthur went after his Democratic opponent Aimee Belgard today in a Philadelphia network ad.

"For as long as we need it to be effective," said MacArthur Spokesman Frank Luna, when asked about the duration of the ad.

The ad attacks Belgard's record as a freeholder (accepting salary) and her tax record as a committeewoman in Edgewater Park.

"We're fighting like we're ten points behind until 8 p.m. on Nov. 4th," said Luna.

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Governor 2017: most Dems don't know who they want; 27% prefer Codey

Governor 2017: most Dems don't know who they want; 27% prefer Codey

As Gov. Chris Christie paws at presidential turf 2016, some Democrats continue to gnaw at his heels, and Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll is there to monitor their movements.

According to this morning's FDU Poll, nearly three quarters of Republicans (74%) don't know who they’d like to run on their ticket for the state’s next governor, with the rest divided among the current lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno (12%), “someone else” (11%), and state senator Jon Bramnick (4%).

On the Democratic side, more than a half of respondents say they’re uncertain when asked who they’d prefer as their nominee, with about a quarter (27%) choosing former governor and current State Senator Richard Codey. State Senate President Stephen Sweeney garners 9 percent support, “someone else” gets 6 percent, and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop garners 3 percent support.

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Pascrell - with Tedesco - lays down South Bergen campaign footprint in Lyndhurst

Pascrell - with Tedesco - lays down South Bergen campaign footprint in Lyndhurst

LYNDHURST – When you’re late here on Sunday in this crammed-together conglomerate of Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Wallington, North Arlington, East Rutherford, Wood-Ridge and Carlstadt, the obvious explanation is mass went overtime.

That’s the excuse Jim Tedesco had as he rammed through the Reginald Marsh streetscape of ballparks, firehouses, gas stations, bakeries, statue-heavy Roman Catholic churchyards, and local town halls,  and into a sweltering room packed with recognizable politicos native to South Bergen and routine Passaic allies long part of the Bill Pascrell caravan.

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Gonzalez says thanks but no thanks to Baraka

Gonzalez says thanks but no thanks to Baraka

Nominated by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka for a municipal court judgeship, At-Large Councilman Carlos Gonzalez today declined the offer in a letter to the mayor.

“After much consideration and consultation with my family, friends and community leaders, I have decided to continue serving the community as a Councilman-at-Large for the great City of Newark,” Gonzalez wrote. “My passion has always been public service.

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Menendez hones in on protecting Democratic incumbents in Colorado and Alaska

Menendez hones in on protecting Democratic incumbents in Colorado and Alaska

Trying to preserve a Democratic majority in the Senate, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) this week sent out fundraising emails to help fellow Democratic senators Mark Begich of Alaska and Mark Udall of Colorado.

In the email, Menendez identifies Alaska and Colorado as "two of the six toss-up races that could determine control of the entire U.S. Senate."

"No matter where you live, you need to invest in these two races," says the message from Team Menendez.

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Stockton Poll: Christie approval rating at 53% in NJ; Obama's at 44%

Stockton Poll: Christie approval rating at 53% in NJ; Obama's at 44%

Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings in New Jersey crack 50%, while fewer voters approve of the job President Obama is doing, according to a Stockton Polling Institute poll released today.

The poll of 807 likely New Jersey voters found that 53 percent have a favorable opinion of the governor, while 43 percent view him unfavorably.  Asked to rate the job Christie is doing, 47 percent say it is excellent or good and 53 percent rate it as fair or poor.

Forty-four percent of New Jersey voters see Obama favorably, while 51 percent view him unfavorably and 3 percent are unsure. Regarding his job performance, 38 percent rate it as excellent or good and 61 percent rate it as fair or poor - which includes 40 percent who rate it as poor.

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Torque Point Mount Laurel: battleground potential in sprawling Burlington town

Torque Point Mount Laurel: battleground potential in sprawling Burlington town

Talk to the chairmen in both parties in Burlington and they both acknowledge Mount Laurel as a key Election Day torque point.

It’s not a control election but it is an impact election as Republicans play defense countywide.

Neither local  Republican incumbent is pursuing re-election in a town controlled 5-0 by the GOP where Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) has repeatedly tried but been unable to win.

So the race pits Republican Planning Board members Richard Van Noord and Dennis Reilly against Carol Murphy and Dan Rosenberg.

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Baraka nominates Gonzalez for municipal judgeship

Baraka nominates Gonzalez for municipal judgeship

Newark Deputy Clerk Kenneth Lewis told PolitickerNJ that a letter from Mayor Ras Baraka submitted today to the clerk's office nominates At-Large Councilman Carlos Gonzalez for a municipal court judgeship.

The seat in question is that of Judge Bahir Kamil, who has already moved on to claim a Superior Court Judgeship.

If Gonzalez leaves the council, the governing body would select his replacement.

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Mosquera stuns committee with story of domestic violence

Mosquera stuns committee with story of domestic violence

TRENTON -It's personal for Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4).

In the midst of Assemblywomen on the Women's and Children's Committee expressing outrage this morning over the Ray Rice story, Mosquera surprised her fellow committee members when she spoke about her personal life and the domestic violence victimization of her mother.

Five bills passed out of committee today dealing with domestic violence and in that context, Mosquera made her statement to a hushed chamber.

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The Back Room

The Norcross State Senate Seat: two names in the game, sources say

Democratic Party sources say the party organization has not positioned the successor to state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5), who's running to succeed U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) - but there are at least two names circulating as possible choices.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: October 1st

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...

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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(10-1-14) Mayor Fulop’s Working Family Rebellion Spreads - What began as a commitment between Mayor Steve Fulop and the people of Jersey City is fast becoming a movement spreading... more »
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(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

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