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Roll Call: DCCC Poll shows dead heat in CD3

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) poll shows a dead heat in CD3, according to a report in CQ Roll Call.

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Belgard v. MacArthur: CD3 Debate Schedule

The following is the tentative listing of confirmed joint appearances by the Democratic and Republican candidates in CD3:

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Report: NJ sells its stake in venture capital fund

According to a report in Fortune, "The New Jersey Division of Investments has quietly sold its stake in a venture capital fund managed by General Catalyst Partners, following allegations of impropriety related to a political contribution from General Catalyst 'executive-in-residence' and current Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker."


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Christie to campaign in NH for Havenstein and Brown

Gov. Chris Christie will head to New Hampshire on Wednesday to stump for GOP hopefuls Walt Havenstein (governor) and Scott Brown (U.S. Senate).

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Christie in Florida: 'You can't count on anything Charlie says'

Campaigning in Florida on Friday with incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, Gov. Chris Christie criticized Scott's challenger as a party-hopping weathervane.

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Source: Gonzo to stay-o

After a lot of backroom wrangling this week, At-Large Newark Councilman Carlos Gonzalez will stay put on the council, a source told PolitickerNJ.

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Will Lewis tell Hawkins to stop torturing Parisi in court?

Olympian Carl Lewis will be among the guests at a cocktail reception/buffett for West Orange mayoral candidate Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. on Tuesday, September 30th at Mayfair Farms, according to a Hawkins Campaign invite.

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Jersey City's Big Day on Monday

Mayor Steven M. Fulop will be joined by several distinguished federal and state officials for the opening of Martin’s Place, Jersey City’s new prisoner re-entry center, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15th, 2014, at 398 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

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Prieto and Wisniewski schedule upcoming TTF hearings

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) and Assembly Transportation Chairman John Wisniewski (D-19) on Friday announced upcoming Assembly hearings on New Jersey’s dwindling Transportation Trust Fund and what can be done to ensure the state has safe and secure infrastructure.

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Murphy generosity on display in Democratic Party circles

According to Mercer County sources, ex Goldman Sachs exec Phil Murphy made a hefty commitment to the party organization as his name remains in the mix for governor 2017.

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The Wire: Christie's Springsteen vulnerability

The Wire has a piece this afternoon contrasting Gov. Chris Christie's birthday tweet to rock and roll icon Bruce Springsteen with Bruce's post-Bridgegate public mockery of the governor.

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >


(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
Sports and politics do mix: Welcome the next NFL Commissioner, Condi Rice          There are many sports fans who insist on believing that old bromide that sports and politics do... more »
(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... 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

"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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