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GOP U.S. Senate candidate Bell reports nealy $18K COH

The man who beat the late U.S. Senator Clifford Case in the 1970s only to lose the general election to Bill Bradley only to leave New Jersey and come back to New Jersey in 2014 to run for the U.S. Senate again, Jeff Bell has $17,864 cash on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

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Bergen Record reporters finalists for Pulitzer but not for Bridgegate work

Avid readers of the Bergen Record were puzzled on Facebook this evening over the announcement of Pulitzer Prize finalists in journalism.

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Rice won't endorse in Irvington Mayor's race

Essex County insiders describe a building battle in the May 13th contest between incumbent Mayor Wayne Smith and challenger Tony Vauss, but one key player won't publicly pick a side owing to a longstanding alliance with a local renegade.

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Fonseca in Paterson

Pablo Fonseca, former chief-of-staff to former Newark Mayor Cory Booker, is working in Paterson mayoral politics to help elect Council President Andre Sayegh.

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CD2 Update: Hughes has $328K COH

Bill Hughes, candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, announced that for the first quarter of 2014, his campaign raised $190,515.

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POLITICO: Christie, Cuomo and the Arc of Irony

POLITICO has a hunter has become the hunted story, comparing and contrasting the political careers of two former headline-happy lawmen on either side of the Hudson: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Read More > reporters on weekend TV reporters Matthew Arco and Mark Bonamo will both appear on weekend public interest television programs. 

Read More >'s Bonamo appears on WBGO talking about Newark election's Mark Bonamo appeared on WBGO's Newark Today program on Thursday to discuss the May municipal election in Newark, the state's largest city. 

Read More >'s Bonamo on WBGO tonight talking about Newark election's Mark Bonamo will appear on WBGO's Newark Today program tonight to discuss the May municipal election in Newark, the state's largest city. 

The live broadcast, which begins at 8 p.m., can be found on 88.3 FM and will also be livestreamed on the Internet at The award-winning program is hosted by WBGO's Andrew Meyer. 

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Fulop venturing to South Jersey to host Democratic fundraiser

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop is traveling to South Jersey next month to host a fundraiser for a Democratic congressional hopeful.

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McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >


(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones



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