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Source: Prieto reaching out right now via email to caucus members

Source: Prieto reaching out right now via email to caucus members

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and his allies are emailing caucus members this afternoon ahead of a Thursday morning meeting to discuss the bail reform package championed by Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).

Prieto was noncommital in a statement.

“I think everyone understands the need to change the bail system, but I also expect a constructive dialogue," said the speaker amid complaints in the lower house about a lack of detail.

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Christie on bail bill: 'if it is put on the board it will pass;' but lawmakers still sweating details

Christie on bail bill: 'if it is put on the board it will pass;' but lawmakers still sweating details

Gov. Chris Christie today called on Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) to post a bill tomorrow that would eliminate New Jersey's constitutional guarantee of bail to all defendants and give judges the ability to detain violent offenders.

"If it is put on the board, it will pass," Christie said.

However, some lower house legislators say they won't support the measure without inducements. The details of the entire bail reform package remain in a state of flux, according to skeptical lower house lawmakers.

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Payne goes after the GOP over lawsuit against Obama: 'There's something about him'

Payne goes after the GOP over lawsuit against Obama: 'There's something about him'

U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) railed against what he cited as a frivolous, politically-motivated Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

In comments on the House floor, Payne hinted that racism tinges the GOP suit.

"There's something about him," the Newark congressman said.

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Sources: Irked Dem assembly sources want to bail on bail reform 'Christie photo op'

Sources: Irked Dem assembly sources want to bail on bail reform 'Christie photo op'

You could almost hear the sound of the surfboard getting waxed through grunted off-the-record obscenities by a lawmaker forced to take a reporter’s call in the lead-up to Thursday’s special session.

Irritated by Gov. Chris Christie’s mid-national stride demand to reconvene the legislature for a special session, sandwiching outrage ahead of a scheduled campaign stop in New Hampshire, the source went on a tangent about how he felt subservient to the governor’s national ambition as Christie does some polishing of his own: his image as a get-tough-on-crime nascent presidential candidate.

“We’re going to go in, he’s going to give a national speech aimed at Iowa – or New Hampshire - and we’re not going to pass bail reform,” groused the lower house lawmaker. “And we’re going to go home, having done nothing more than contribute to his live shot.”

The source further complained about the deal-making between Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Christie, which this week left Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32) once again with his nose pressed against the window – apparently reluctant to get in this time.

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Singleton says he supports bail reform amendment

Singleton says he supports bail reform amendment

Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) says he supports Gov. Chris Christie’s call for a constitutional amendment that would deny bail to dangerous suspects.

“That is an easy vote for me,” said Singleton, hours after Christie summoned the Assembly into a special Thursday session to vote on the measure, championed in the senate by state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5).

As part of his support for the amendment, Singleton said he also backs a measure that would require indictment within six months of arrest and trial within the year. “I don’t see a scenario where those two don’t go together,” Singleton said.

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GOP gubernatorial gutcheck: names circulating toward a post-Christie landscape

GOP gubernatorial gutcheck: names circulating toward a post-Christie landscape

A political insider this morning mentioned to PolitickerNJ that he thinks Gov. Chris Christie will stick it out through the end of his term if the feds drop indictments related to Bridgegate, compelled to stay in New Jersey - despite all the national bridge-building - by an unforgiving national media.

If nothing emerges from the GWB scandal, the governor will depart sometime next year to pursue an unimpeded, fulltime gubernatorial run, the Democratic source added.

The Democrat appeared keen on indictments not coming down on the governor as a way of speeding Christie's departure and hastening a Democratic takeover of the executive branch.

Either way, conversations within the Republican Party continue regarding a Christie successor...

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LD1: If Van Drew leaves, the chances of Fiocchi v. Andrzejczak 2017

LD1: If Van Drew leaves, the chances of Fiocchi v. Andrzejczak 2017

When and if veteran U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) retires, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) will get a crack at the seat first, according to sources in the Democratic Party establishment.

Running an aggressive campaign against LoBiondo, attorney Bill Hughes, Jr. wants to alter that perception and – if he can’t beat LoBiondo outright – demonstrate to South Jersey that he can put a 2014 dent in LoBo.

But Van Drew last year led a ticket dogged by the doomed Nelson Albano with Republican Gov. Chris Christie at the top of the opposing ticket - and still won.

Van Drew has long toyed with making a run for Congress.

In the event he does in 2016 – or if he decides not to pursue re-election in 2017 – the party has taken his political protégé in hand as his eventual successor, sources say.

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LD7: Eyeballing the implications of 2015 on 2017

LD7: Eyeballing the implications of 2015 on 2017

It’s every political insider’s favorite summertime parlor game: trying to figure out who will move up to succeed whom.

There have long been murmurs about state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) and 2017 – at least ever since the last election.

A veteran independent-minded Republican, Allen shows no signs of slowing her stride.

The same rumors about imminent retirement somewhat hounded her last year, and the year before, which she summarily stared down when she ran for re-election.

But there is talk in the party that this could be her last term.

That ongoing static prompts inevitable Democratic Party speculation about a primary between Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) and Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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LD2 Rundown: Destination Brown and the 2017 implications of 2015

LD2 Rundown: Destination Brown and the 2017 implications of 2015

So Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) is in Atlantic City today with Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2), who’s fighting to keep the Showboat open – and fighting for his political life.

Democrats want to take out Brown next year and turn the entire district blue, building on state Sen. Jim Whelan’s (D-2) 2007 victory, amplified by his re-election and successful effort to get a fellow Democrat elected in Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2).

He’d deny it, and so would those around him, but sources say state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2) probably won’t seek another term when he’s up in 2017.

According to party sources, Whelan’s allies had a tough time convincing him to seek the seat again in 2013.

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Sources: GOP State Committee soiree at Trump's tonight

Sources: GOP State Committee soiree at Trump's tonight

Members of the NJ Republican State Committee will thank donors tonight at a special party at the Somerset home of GOP business magnate Donald Trump, according to Republican Party sources.

A number of Republican luminaries are scheduled to be in attendance, sources said.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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