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Christie feuds with Senate over judgeships

The Senate Judiciary Committee's failure to affirm David A. Cohen for a judgeship forced a retribution by Gov. Chris Christie.

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CD 5 Race: Poll shows upward trend for Dem Cho vs. GOP's Garrett

A poll conducted by a Washington D.C. research firm hired by Fifth Congressional District Democratic candidate Roy Cho shows Cho with increasingly positive results against incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) depending on how a critical poll query was asked. 

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NB attorney Klitzner retires

North Bergen attorney Herb Klitzner, a close ally of state Sen. (Mayor) Nick Sacco (D-32), spent his last day on the job today.

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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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Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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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 >


 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 »

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"And here was Christie — a tell-it-like-it-is, straight-talking, no-nonsense Jersey guy — telling about 60 members of the media what he really thought. 'Governor Branstad is a role model for me,' Christie gushed, referring to his 67-year-old counterpart from Iowa."

- The New York Times


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