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Holley on LD20 assembly run: 'I'm still interested'

Holley on LD20 assembly run: 'I'm still interested'
Mayor Jamel Holley (middle) and councilwomen Kim Shaw (left) and Andrea Staten (right) of Roselle

One-time ironworker, senate president, and prospective gubernatorial candidate Steve Sweeney was busy making more inroads into North Jersey's political soil today, showing up at a presser in Union County to champion the state's Transportation Trust Fund and slap Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley on the back in appreciation for letting him use the small town as the backdrop.

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The Best of Bonamo

PolitickerNJ reporter Mark Bonamo continues to churn copy from the bunkers and bayous of New Jersey's political no man's land.

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Report: Vega repackaged with Director of Transportation job

Former West New York Mayor (and Assemblyman) Sal Vega will serve as the new High Tech High School – a part of the Hudson County Schools of Technology – Director of Transportation. He will earn an annual salary of $60,000 at his new job, according to a Hudson County View report.

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Illinois Dems would 'make New Jersey blush,' says Christie

Gov. Chris Christie is in Illinois today, stumping for fellow gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur). He had some harsh words for Democrats there, who he accused of using "every trick in the book" to get incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn re-elected.

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Booker campaigns in Colorado for Udall

The polls show incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in a closer-than-expected contest with GOP challenger Jeff Bell, but that didn't deter Booker from campaigning in Colorado over the weekend.

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Joan Bramhall missed by Morris County Library Foundation

As a Morris County Freeholder, the late Joan Bramhall established the Morris County Library Foundation.  

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The brother of James Michael Foley criticizes American government

The brother of slain American journalist James Michael Foley this morning criticized the American government for not doing more to help his brother.

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Answering the Bell

The Weekly Standard profiles Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell from his "campaign headquarters": the lobby of a convention hotel in Teaneck.

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Time for another talk

The Star-Ledger will make a "significant announcement" to employees early next month, according to a source.

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Green schedules candidates' screening for Union County Sheriff

New Jersey Assemblyman and Union County Democratic Committee Chairman Jerry Green today announced he will convene a special meeting of the members of Union County Democratic Committee for the purpose of selecting a Democratic candidate for County Sheriff to appear on the ballot for the November 4th general election.

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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 >


My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"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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