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The Fulop Back Story

The Jewish Standard did a piece this week on Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop that contains the most detailed background exploration yet on the mayor and his family and their roots.

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Human Trafficking story brings out The Beast

The Daily Beast today tears into Gov. Chris Christie on the issue of human trafficking, asking if the then-U.S. Attorney went easy on a trafficker just to bust a small time politician.

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The New York Times on the Newark Mayor's Race

New York Times columnist David Brooks was glimpsed over the weekend in Newark at a Shavar Jeffries campaign rally.

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Paynes to hold press conference on Newark mayoral race today

Sources have told that U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) will hold an 11 a.m. press conference at the Robert Treat Hotel to discuss his family's forthcoming role in the Newark mayoral race. 

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POLITICO: Stepien's Landing Pad

Former Chris Christie Campaign Manager Bill Stepien has joined FLS Connect to help the phone banking and data giant connect with sales and strategy on its voter contact products, according to POLITICO.

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Baraka hires campaign media heavyweights, sources say

Sources have told that the campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka has hired two notable campaign media firms in the run-up to the May municipal election. 

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Happy St. Pat's Day

We could attempt eloquence in bidding you Erin Go Bragh. 

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Mahr's St. Pat's Day Send-up

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) joined Union County Democratic Commtitee Vice Chair Colleen Mahr, a two-piece Irish band, and 150 guests at the Suburban Country Club Friday night for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Guests included...

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Burlington GOP officially backs MacArthur in CD3

The Burlington County Republican Committee endorsed their 2014 ticket this morning by backing Bruce Garganio and Joe Howarth for Freeholder, and Tom MacArthur (CD3), Frank LoBiondo (CD2) and Gary Cobb (CD1) for Congress.

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Condolences to Gov. Corzine and family

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to former Gov. Jon Corzine and his family on the death of his son Jeffrey.

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McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... 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

“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones



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