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Another Connection Linking Campbell to Stepien – Rudy

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon broke the story that FLS Connect – which currently employs Bill Stepien, the former Christie campaign manager fired in the wake of Bridgegate – had been hired to do some work for the re-election campaign of Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan.

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Vanity Fair this week provides the latest deep dive into the George Washington Bridge scandal, examining its impact on the presidential ambitions of Gov. Chris Christie.

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NJ Building Trades Council backs Sweeney for guv

Unions take care of their own, too. 

At a convention in Atlantic City yesterday, The New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council took a page from Bruce Springsteen's song book when it unanimously backed Senate President Steve Sweeney as its choice for New Jersey's next governor. 

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Bob Roe's campaign manager for his first gubernatorial campaign

When the late U.S. Rep. Bob Roe (D-8) ran for governor in 1979, he enlisted as his campaign manager a man who would go on to become a familiar figure in New Jersey politics.

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Report: Menendez legal tab up to $700K

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has $700,000 in legal bills to represent him amid ongoing investigations, according to the IRS.

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WSJ: Stepien's consulting firm gets biz in NJ

A Minnesota political consulting firm now employing Bill Stepien—a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie who parted ways in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal—has gotten some New Jersey work this year, according to a report by Heather Haddon in today's Wall Street Journal.

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Politico: Christie plays part of prez frontrunner

An indefatigable Chris Christie insists on playing the role of the "man to beat" in the developing presidential contest, according to a report in Politico.

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Guv's Commssion to review effectiveness of K-12 student assessments

Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order No. 159 instituting a study commission that will review the effectiveness of all K-12 student assessments administered in New Jersey. 

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Twitter freak Booker on selfie kick, says WaPo

There's a familiar figure roaming the halls of the U.S. Senate asking his colleagues to pose for selfie shots.

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Report: Ledger hires former Hollywood celeb blogger to cover Christie

The Star-Ledger has hired a former Hollywood celebrity gossip blogger to be the senior political correspondent who will cover Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign, according to a report by former Ledger columnist Bob Braun.

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Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >


The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(7-16-14) Casinos in Jersey City, Not Sports Betting - Just as the US. Supreme Court was saying no to sports betting in New Jersey, a former Reebok chief executive... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »
New Jersey 2014 Primary Day Recap (6/4/14) - By the numbers. Worth the read for those interested in GOTV targeting and ballot position logistics.... more »

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