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Brindle's PolitickerNJ Op-Ed a Must-Read

We are privileged to run today an opinion piece by Jeff Brindle, executive director of the state Election Law Enforcement Commision (ELEC). In the piece, Brindle lays out a blueprint for how to make party organizations stronger in order "to stave off the ever-growing influence of outside groups."

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Newark state correction officer sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

A former senior state correction officer from Newark was sentenced to prison today for trafficking 22 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to New Jersey, according to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

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There's Beltway buzz in the Democratic Party right now, an insider told PolitickerNJ.

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Corbett yanks Perry video endorsement

While Gov. Chris Christie rushed to Gov. Rick Perry's aid in the aftermath of his indictment, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election campaign wants to distance itself from the embattled Texan.

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Trenton gets doused on Statehouse steps

State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) took the ALS ice bucket challenge on the steps of the Capitol this afternoon and immediately challenged George Norcrss III, Joe Sanzari, and the Wood-Ridge Council.

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Perry's troubles

Accused of misusing the power of his office and attempting to coerce a public official, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the latest would-be presidential hopeful facing legal difficulty.

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PolitickerNJ's Bonamo on weekend TV

PolitickerNJ reporter Mark Bonamo will appear on a weekend public interest television program. 

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O'Toole taunts fellow lawmakers with a 'high noon' ALS Ice Bucket challenge

And the ALS Ice Bucket challenges continue...

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Throwback Thursday: Can you watch this with a straight face?

Take a look at this roast of then-California Governor Ronald Reagan by Don Rickles.

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Former Lautenberg staffer tapped to join top gov't. relations firm

Michael Pock, a former staffer for late United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), has been tapped to join the New York office of a prominent government relations firm. 

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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

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast


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