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Report: Egea slapped with subpoena

Regina Egea, the director of Christie’s Authorities Unit and his incoming chief of staff, received a subpoena to provide lawmakers with testimony, according to a report.

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Supreme Court rules 5-4 in favor of businesses in contraceptives case

Small buiness entities Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties of Pa. have religious rights, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday in a 5-4 ruling.

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With decision, Supreme Court deals blow to unions

The Supreme Court rendered its decision in Harris v. Quinn on Monday, arguing that partial public employees can't be required to contribute to unions.

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Political media strategist Chris Mottola joins Mercury

Bipartisan public strategy firm Mercury announced today the addition of political media consultant Chris Mottola, of Chris Mottola Consulting, Inc. in Philadelphia, NJ. Mottola, best known for writing, producing and directing campaign ads for political candidates, has served as president and founder of the political consulting firm since 1986.

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Bergen Record: Select Committee on Investigations wants to talk to 13 more people

The leaders of a legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures want to call 13 more people to provide sworn testimony, including members of Governor Christie’s office and top officials at the Port Authority, according to a report in today's Bergen Record.

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Caposela to serve as new Passaic Vicinage assignment judge

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner today announced that Superior Court Judge Ernest M. Caposela will be the new Passaic Vicinage assignment judge, effective July 27. He succeeds Assignment Judge Donald J. Volkert Jr., who will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 on July 27.

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Happy Birthday, Senator Connors

Today is state Sen. Chris Connors' (R-9) birthday.

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Lawmakers to take budget to the floors of respective chambers today

State lawmakers in the senate and assembly today will consider the $34.1 billion FY2015 State Budget that came out of their respective committees late Tuesday.

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Report: Fulop fires Police Chief

In a surprise move that has Hudson buzzing, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop fired the police chief today.

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Jacobson sits in judgment today in pension payment case

A judge today will hear a consider brought by public sector labor groups against Gov. Chris Christie concerning his decision to plug a budget gap by grabbing funds from the state pension system.

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Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... 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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