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Operating Engineers Local 825 back Sayegh in Paterson Mayor's race

The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 today endorsed Andre Sayegh in the race for mayor of Paterson. 

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Putnam's Fulop ad wins Pollie Award

When Mark Putnam's "Hudson" ad appeared on screens last year it endured no end of derision from locals who said it made mayoral candidate Steven Fulop look more like a flounder than a boots-on-the-ground mayor. But there are now officially two victories to report.

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ELEC: The top ren recipients of 2013 contractor contributions

The following entities represent the Election Law Enforcement Commission's (ELEC) top ren recipients of contractor contributions in last year's elections...

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Manzo publishes 'Ruthless Ambition'

Former Assemblyman Lou Manzo's (D-31) book about Gov. Chris Christie's rise to power is now available.

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The New Yorker on Christie at the Byrne Roast

The New Yorker offers its take on Brendan Byrne's birthday roast last week, inevitably bleeding into Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate.

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NJDSC South Asian American Caucus announces leaders in 21 counties

At a spring dinner reception Sunday evening, the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s South Asian American Caucus (SAAC) officially introduced County Directors for each of New Jersey's 21 counties.

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CD12 and Plainfield

Watch Plainfield in the 12th Congressional District contest on June 3rd.

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Chivukula brackets with EBOE ticket in Union

Running for Congress in the 12th District and off the line in the Union County portion of the district, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) found another renegade outfit to team up with on the June 3rd Primary ballot...

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Letterman's top 10: Christie delivers with a doughnut

Gov. Chris Christie’s doughnut moment on David Letterman’s “The Late Show” topped POLITICO’s top 10 Letterman political moments.

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Bad day at the Ledger

The state's paper of record, The Star-Ledger, today announced 167 job cuts, including 40 newsroom cuts.

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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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