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Report: Christie and Adelson to meet again

Gov. Chris Christie and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson are expected to meet again next month at a Jewish philanthropy event in New York City, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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'The General'

"General," state Sen. Sandy Cunningham (D-31) pronounced with zest in her address this afternoon of Acting Attorney General John Hoffman.

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Clergy members back Jeffries in Newark mayoral race

Sixteen Newark-area clergy members have announced their endorsement of Shavar Jeffries in the Newark mayoral race.

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Former Missouri lawmaker turned prison inmate says Christie woes aren't behind him

A former Missouri state senator turned professor of politics and advocacy after spending time in federal prison for campaign finance violations says New Jersey’s governor is “actually in worse shape than he was in when the scandal first broke.”

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Jamestown wins six Pollie awards

The American Association of Political Consultants honored Jamestown Associates on Friday night with six Pollie Awards for outstanding achievement in campaign communications during the 2013 cycle.

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Sweeney expresses "confidence" in Bridgegate grand jury

NEWARK - State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) stated that he was convinced that the grand jury convened to investigate the involvement of Governor Chris Christie’s office in the George Washington Bridge scandal, a.k.a. Bridgegate, would be effective in seeking the truth.

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DuHaime nabs a Pollie

Mike DuHaime of Mercury, LLC won a gold medal Pollie Award in San Diego for Campaign Strategist of the Year for Christie for Governor, 2013 New Jersey Gubernatorial Election.

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Sweeney Campaign gets a Pollie for TV ad

Not to be outdone by his North Jersey rival, the campaign of Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) also netted a Pollie Award - and in the same awards division.

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NJ: Trading HGI for ICF

TRENTON - The firm hired by the state to replace the quietly fired HGI as the distributor of Hurricane Sandy funds in New Jersey left the disaster area of Hurricane Sandy in Louisiana trailing some nightmare newspaper headlines.

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Kean undecided on whether he'll support Christie for president

Gov. Chris Christie's flaw, as seen by former Gov. Tom Kean, is that he keeps the enemies he makes along the way.

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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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