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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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Menendez on the Ukraine

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, on the Senate floor regarding the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014. 

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Senate judiciary moves on Christie nominations

TRENTON – If at first you don’t succeed…

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Spike Lee wants Newark to 'Do the Right Thing'

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, filmmaker Spike Lee, and dancer Savion Glover are scheduled as special guests at a fundraiser this Wednesday for Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka.

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NJ to veterans: go find work somewhere else

New Jersey’s veterans had an unemployment rate of 10.8 percent in 2013, the highest of all 50 states, according to new data released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Pezzullo gets the line for U.S. Senate in Monmouth; Sabrin wins in Middlesex

In Monmouth County, where two freeholder seats are up this year, Republican incumbent Lillian Burry survived a tough challenge by just 28 votes against Howell Councilman Bob Walsh at today's county party convention.

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SEIU New Jersey State Council backs Baraka in Newark mayor's race

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) New Jersey State Council, representing 40,000 service workers in the private and public sectors around the state, endorsed Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka on Thursday. 

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Sweeney on NJTV with Adubato this weekend

This weekend, NJTV's Steve Adubato interviews Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) from the Statehouse. 

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Goldberg gets another line

Running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, businessman Brian Goldberg picked up another county organization endorsement tonight. 

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Wanted (kind of): GOP candidate to take on Pascrell

HACKENSACK - The Republicans thought they had just the right fit for a respectable kamikaze candidate in CD9. Attorney Michael Oren Epstein of Englewood looked ready and willing, and had even "talked it over with family."

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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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