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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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Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith launches third TV ad of mayoral campaign

The campaign of Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith launched its third television ad on Wednesday, 33 days before the May 13 election. 

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Christie and Sweeney to receive honorary degrees

Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney are slated to receive honorary degrees from Rowan University, according to the college.

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Police and Fire labor leaders irritated by Christie Town Hall

Governor Chris Christie continues to poke public employees in the eye on a variety of issues ranging from pensions, working conditions, and overall attacks on their
integrity, according to New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police President Ed Brannigan and Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey President Dominick Marino.

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Quinnipiac: Voters say internal Bridgegate review was a 'whitewash'

The investigation clearing New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie of involvement in Bridgegate was a "whitewash," Garden State voters say, as the governor's job approval drops to 49 - 44 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

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Union IE releases second anti-Jeffries TV ad in Newark

The Working Families Organization (WFO) this morning launched its latest anti Shavar Jeffries commercial aimed at boosting the Newark mayoral candidacy of South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka.

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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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