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Incoming Chief of Staff to testify on Port Authority Thursday

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigations will hear testimony from the front office’s incoming Chief of Staff Regina Egea on Thursday, July 17 at 10:00 AM.

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Torres raises $220K at Paterson fundraiser

Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres raised more than $220,000 to pay for his recent inaugural festivities at a fundraiser event in Paterson Wednesday night, according to a Democratic source who was present at the party. 

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Zausner to join Greenberg Traurig

Andrew Zausner, most recently the Chair of Dickstein Shapiro's Public Policy & Law Practice, will join the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as Chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Government Law and Policy Practice. He will join with 12 others from Dickstein Shapiro, including former Senator Tim Hutchinson, former Representative Pete Hoekstra, former Representative Albert R. Wynn, and Rob Mangas, former Chief of Staff to Senator Wendell Ford.

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World Cup soccer star Tim Howard to give name to New Jersey leadership academy

Soccer star Tim Howard, the goalkeeper who led America's team to the final 16 in this year's World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil, will now head a new leadership academy started by the New Jersey Center for Tourette Syndrome (NJCTS). 


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Christie plans second trip to New Hampshire

Gov. Chris Christie will return to the Granite State later this month, according to reports.

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Christie issues statement backing Bell

Gov. Chris Christie today released a statement through the New Jersey State Republican Committee endorsing its nominee, Jeff Bell, for U.S. Senate against incumbent Cory Booker this year.


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RNC Site Selection Committee recommends Cleveland for 2016 convention

Today, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee announced Cleveland, Ohio will be their recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

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Makarski tapped for Young Dems of America national committee spot

Michael Makarski of Hudson County political consulting firm Vision Media was appointed the National Committeeman of the New Jersey chapter of the Young Democrats of America at the organization's last executive board meeting last month. 

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Rabner appoints Thornton to lead Monmouth Vicinage

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today announced that Superior Court Judge Lisa P. Thornton will lead the Monmouth Vicinage as assignment judge, effective Sept. 1. She will succeed Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson, who is retiring after serving on the bench since 1987 and as assignment judge since May 1993.

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Report: Christie to make three stops in Iowa later in July

Gov. Chris Christie will take a three-city swing through Iowa later this month.

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Christie takes state helicopter to campaign in Connecticut

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >


 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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