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Egea to testify to SCI

Gov. Chris Christie's chief of staff Regina Egea is scheduled shortly to testify before the Select Committee on Investigations (SCI) regarding what she knows about the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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CD12: Eck has cash edge on BWC right now

Republican Dr. Alieta Eck has more money in the bank right now than her CD12 general election opponent, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

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Another Connection Linking Campbell to Stepien – Rudy

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal's Heather Haddon broke the story that FLS Connect – which currently employs Bill Stepien, the former Christie campaign manager fired in the wake of Bridgegate – had been hired to do some work for the re-election campaign of Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan.

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Vanity Fair this week provides the latest deep dive into the George Washington Bridge scandal, examining its impact on the presidential ambitions of Gov. Chris Christie.

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NJ Building Trades Council backs Sweeney for guv

Unions take care of their own, too. 

At a convention in Atlantic City yesterday, The New Jersey State Building and Construction Trades Council took a page from Bruce Springsteen's song book when it unanimously backed Senate President Steve Sweeney as its choice for New Jersey's next governor. 

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Bob Roe's campaign manager for his first gubernatorial campaign

When the late U.S. Rep. Bob Roe (D-8) ran for governor in 1979, he enlisted as his campaign manager a man who would go on to become a familiar figure in New Jersey politics.

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Report: Menendez legal tab up to $700K

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has $700,000 in legal bills to represent him amid ongoing investigations, according to the IRS.

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WSJ: Stepien's consulting firm gets biz in NJ

A Minnesota political consulting firm now employing Bill Stepien—a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie who parted ways in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal—has gotten some New Jersey work this year, according to a report by Heather Haddon in today's Wall Street Journal.

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Politico: Christie plays part of prez frontrunner

An indefatigable Chris Christie insists on playing the role of the "man to beat" in the developing presidential contest, according to a report in Politico.

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Guv's Commssion to review effectiveness of K-12 student assessments

Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order No. 159 instituting a study commission that will review the effectiveness of all K-12 student assessments administered in New Jersey. 

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The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >


(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... 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

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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