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Union IE releases second anti-Jeffries TV ad in Newark

The Working Families Organization (WFO) this morning launched its latest anti Shavar Jeffries commercial aimed at boosting the Newark mayoral candidacy of South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka.

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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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National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >


(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... 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 »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.



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