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CD12 aftermath: 'a mystery,' says Smith

TRENTON - Almost two weeks after Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) swept the CD12 Democratic primary over state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), state Senator Bob Smith (D-17) says he still has “no clue” what contributed to Coleman’s surprising margin of victory.

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Report: Christie to swear-in Paterson Mayor-elect Torres

Governor Chris Christie has agreed to come to Paterson on July 1 to give Jose “Joey” Torres the oath of office, the mayor-elect told North

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The Wall Street Journal's look at GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell

If you haven't read it yet, the Wall Street Journal's treatment of the Republican U.S. Senate candidacy of Jeff Bell provides some interesting insights into the man who wants to supplant U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the November general election.

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Rabner approves of Solomon

TRENTON - Appearing today before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner told state Sen. Nick Scutari (D-22) this afternoon that he approves of fellow nominee to the court Lee Solomon.

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At Newark unity party, Jersey City-based Hudson freeholder candidate says Fulop's support of diversity key part of Dems' future

NEWARK - In the midst of an exuberant post-election Unity Party in downtown Newark last week, Hudson County Freeholder Third District candidate Gerard "Gerry" Balmir Jr. underscored his belief that his main political ally, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, is a big backer of a key concept for Democrats: diversity. 

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Kennedy to endorse Hughes today

Patrick Kennedy, the former congressman and son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kenendy, will formally endorse CD2 candidate Bill Hughes, Jr., today in Atlantic City.

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Christie's dance moves

Gov. Chris Christie danced last night with the host of "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

Read More >'s Bonamo on WBGO tonight discussing Newark's transition to new political leadership's Mark Bonamo will appear on WBGO's Newark Today program tonight to discuss the transition to new political leadership in Newark, the state's largest city. 

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Pultizer winning author accused of plagarizing N.J.'s

The New Republic has a piece out today claiming a Pulitzer Prize author and former New York Times war correspondent plagiarized the work of a well-known reporter in New Jersey circles.

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Unofficial results in Bayonne mayoral runoff

Challenger Jimmy Davis beat incumbent Mayor Mark Smith in Bayonne, 51.27% to 48.73%, according to the Hudson County Clerk.

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As in Connecticut, Christie to visit Colorado 'often'

Travelling in Colorado today, Gov. Chris Christie, head of the Republican Governors Association, called Colorado's governor's race "winnable for Republicans" and pledged to visit the state often in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez.

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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 »

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