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Source: Destination Lyndhurst

The Northern County Democratic chairs are scheduled to test their newfound alliance tomorrow at a meeting of the principals in Lyndhurst, according to a party source.

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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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POLITICO: GOP on track to expand House majority by 5 or 6 seats

Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year, according to Politicker alum Alex Isenstadt, now of Politico.

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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

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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