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Scarinci's choice for governor

Donald Scarinci, an attorney and childhood friend of U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), already backs a candidate for governor.

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U.S. Attorney Fishman on Bridgegate investigation: probe has to be "done right"

NEWARK - U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman laughed and exclaimed "So close!" when asked by a member of the press about the ongoing federal investigation into the September 2013 George Washington Bridge access lane closure incident, a.k.a. the Bridgegate scandal, at a Tuesday press conference in downtown Newark. Then Fishman soberly addressed the progress his office has made. 

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Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Court decision wounds Obamacare

USA Today reports that a federal appeals court dealt a potentially major blow to President Baraka Obama's health care law Tuesday.

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MacArthur's former company purchased for $1.33 billion

Onex Corp. (OCX), Canada’s largest buyout firm, agreed to buy York Risk Services Group Inc. from ABRY Partners LLC in a deal valued at $1.33 billion, boosting its holdings in the insurance business, according to Bloomberg News.

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NJ Political Tidbit: on this date in 1928...

On July 22, 1928, humorist Will Rogers landed in a plane on the drill field at the Sea Girt National Guard Camp, according to the New Jersey State Society.

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WaPo: Atlantic City deathwatch

Monopoly took the street names of Atlantic City and put them in a boardgame, which put those names on the map.

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Funeral arrangements for Sheriff Froehlich

The following are the funeral arrangements for the late Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich...

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Dancer wants a return to the death penalty

Citing the murder of Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago, Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (R-12) wants New Jersey to reinstate the death penalty.

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Bloomberg: Christie's rose colored glasses-wearing economist punches out

Charles Steindel, "whose three straight years of optimistic revenue projections influenced six New Jersey credit downgrades," is resigning as Republican Governor Chris Christie’s chief economist, according to a report by Elise Young of Bloomberg News.

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Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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