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Weinberg wants Christie to go before Investigative Committee

Appearing this morning on Meet the Press, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) said she wants a list of the "70 so-called witnesses" who participated in the internal review of Bridgegate by attorney Randy Mastro that cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrong-doing.

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Baraka birthday fundraiser generates $200K in campaign funds

NEWARK - The star-studded birthday fundraiser for Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka generated more than the apperance of famed hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill, who serenaded Baraka with a rendition of "Happy Birthday."

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Devine resurfaces - this time as a candidate for mayor

Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman has a recognizable opponent in the June 3rd Democratic Primary.

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CD1 Dem Primary: Not so fast, Mr. Norcross

Logan Mayor Frank Minor is running for Congress in the 1st District, according to a CBS News report.

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POLITICO: Christie's Bridgegate stumbles throw prez race wide open

Gov. Chris Christie's Bridgegate woes have set other GOP prez players into over drive, according to a story in POLITICO.

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NJ GOP officials fundraising for Eck

New Jersey’s Republican congressional delegation is hosting a fundraiser for CD 12 GOP hopeful Alieta Eck.

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Goldberg nabs the line in Somerset County

Brian Goldberg tonight secured the line in Somerset County in his pursuit of the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

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Baraka defends James' criminal record, attacks Christie

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka defended the criminal record of former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who endorsed Baraka on Tuesday instead of the South Ward councilman's rival, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. 

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Essex County Roundup: Dem Chairman Jones unveils candidates

Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman, LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. along with the Essex County Delegation, county-wide elected officials, municipal chairs, and local state committee representatives welcomed this year’s candidates at an executive board meeting held last night at Essex County College in Newark.

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Silva on the move

2013 Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor Milly Silva spoke at party conventions in Atlantic and Monmouth Counties in recent days.

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Bonnie and the Lonny Factor

Rolled out this week as the finance chair of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman's (D-15) 12th District Congressional Campaign, Trenton attorney Lionel "Lonnie" Kaplan arrives with an unusual asterisk alongside his public endorsement record for someone burnished as a Democratic Primary weapon.

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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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