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Braithwaite appointed to Atlantic County Freeholder Redistricting Commission

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today announced the appointment of retired Appellate Division Judge Dennis Braithwaite to the Atlantic County Freeholder Redistricting Commission.

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When the power is out, attend an NFL game

TRENTON – Even the governor wasn’t immune from the power outage that hit New Jersey as a result of the weekend storm.

Gov. Chris Christie’s Mendham Township home was out of power from Saturday afternoon to Sunday night.

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Report: Sweeney a bon vivant on old campaign account

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) has been using an old campaign account to spend money on cigars, steak dinners and South Jersey Democrat meetings, according to an Inky report.

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Menendez launches campaign website, new video

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who will come before voters a year from now as he vies for re-election, has launched his Menendez 2012 website, as well as a new video featuring his kids.

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Hair rising on the back of the neck in LD 1 Assembly race

There was some dislike there, more than a suggestion of needling discomfort between the two men as Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-1) and GOP challenger Cumberland County Freeholder Sam Fiocchi of Vineland locked horns hard at tonight’s debate at Cape May Court House.

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NY Post reporter to take WSJ slot

New York Post reporter Heather Haddon has been named the Wall Street Journal's New Jersey beat reporter.

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The calls are jumping the phones in Essex as this is being written.

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Politics: Bringing out the best in people since 1776

For a dull campaign season this one seems to have taken a serious turn for the unseemly.

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Codey rolls out television spot

Running for re-election in the new 27th, state Sen. Richard Codey (D-27) went up on cable television this week.

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Funeral arrangements for OCRO leaders Rupert and Kisselman

Over the weekend and yesterday, the Ocean County Republican Organization lost two members - Ocean County Undersheriff Wayne Rupert and Ship Bottom Republican Club President Charlie Kisselman.

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Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... 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

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop



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