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Quinnipiac: Clinton 44%, Christie 36%

Gov. Chris Christie trails former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a new Quinnipiac University Poll but is inching up in Iowa.

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Dems heading into caucus room to discuss budget strategies now

Democratic lawmakers are heading into the caucus room at 11 a.m.

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Schaffer re-ups in Somerset

Re-nominated by acclamation earlier this month along with Vice Chair Zenon Christodoulou, veteran Somerset County Chair Peg Schaffer accepted the leadership position again - with a twist.

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Report: Christie talks up his pro-life stance

Speaking to a conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington, D.C. today, Gov. Chris Christie affirmed his opposition to abortion, heading off religious conservative critics prior to the RGA chairman's planned campaign swing through New Hampshire.

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Revel files bankruptcy petition

Revel Casino in Atlantic City filed bankruptcy papers today, according to a source familiar with the filing.

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Esquire: Fishman drills into Bridgegate

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman's investigation of the George Washington Bridge debacle continues, according to a story in Esquire. 

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Christie calls New Jersey voters 'crazy' at Daytop groundbreaking

On a blistering morning under a white tent at Daytop Substance Abuse Center in South Jersey yesterday, Governor Chris Christie likened New Jersey’s political make-up -- where Republican and Democratic interests often collide -- to an adolescent’s science experiment gone wrong. 

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Sweeney's Rutgers Board of Governors bulk-up bill to go before Senate

Senate President Steve Sweeney's (D-3) Rutgers Board of Governors bill (S.1860) will go before the full Senate this afternoon.

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Christie heads to New Hampshire on Friday

Gov. Chris Christie will head to New Hampshire on Friday in his role as head of the Republican Governors' Association.

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DeMarco named head of Bayonne transition team

Bayonne Mayor-elect Jimmy Davis named Joe DeMarco, Davis' campaign manager in his upset victory over incumbent Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith in the June 10 mayoral runoff election, as chair of his transition team. 

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Christie takes state helicopter to campaign in Connecticut

Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... 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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