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Bob Roe's campaign manager for his first gubernatorial campaign

When the late U.S. Rep. Bob Roe (D-8) ran for governor in 1979, he enlisted as his campaign manager a man who would go on to become a familiar figure in New Jersey politics.

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Report: Menendez legal tab up to $700K

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) has $700,000 in legal bills to represent him amid ongoing investigations, according to the IRS.

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WSJ: Stepien's consulting firm gets biz in NJ

A Minnesota political consulting firm now employing Bill Stepien—a former aide to Gov. Chris Christie who parted ways in the wake of the George Washington Bridge scandal—has gotten some New Jersey work this year, according to a report by Heather Haddon in today's Wall Street Journal.

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Politico: Christie plays part of prez frontrunner

An indefatigable Chris Christie insists on playing the role of the "man to beat" in the developing presidential contest, according to a report in Politico.

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Guv's Commssion to review effectiveness of K-12 student assessments

Governor Chris Christie today signed Executive Order No. 159 instituting a study commission that will review the effectiveness of all K-12 student assessments administered in New Jersey. 

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Twitter freak Booker on selfie kick, says WaPo

There's a familiar figure roaming the halls of the U.S. Senate asking his colleagues to pose for selfie shots.

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Report: Ledger hires former Hollywood celeb blogger to cover Christie

The Star-Ledger has hired a former Hollywood celebrity gossip blogger to be the senior political correspondent who will cover Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign, according to a report by former Ledger columnist Bob Braun.

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Incoming Chief of Staff to testify on Port Authority Thursday

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigations will hear testimony from the front office’s incoming Chief of Staff Regina Egea on Thursday, July 17 at 10:00 AM.

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Torres raises $220K at Paterson fundraiser

Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres raised more than $220,000 to pay for his recent inaugural festivities at a fundraiser event in Paterson Wednesday night, according to a Democratic source who was present at the party. 

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Zausner to join Greenberg Traurig

Andrew Zausner, most recently the Chair of Dickstein Shapiro's Public Policy & Law Practice, will join the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as Chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C. Government Law and Policy Practice. He will join with 12 others from Dickstein Shapiro, including former Senator Tim Hutchinson, former Representative Pete Hoekstra, former Representative Albert R. Wynn, and Rob Mangas, former Chief of Staff to Senator Wendell Ford.

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Five ideas for strengthening the state's political parties

By Jeff Brindle An August 15, 2014 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler reaffirmed the place of political parties in the State’s electoral system. By rejecting arguments that unaffiliated voters should have a right to vote in... Read More >


(8-20-14) Can You Take the ‘Partisan’ out of ‘Partisan Politics’? - Redistricting will not take place for another seven years. Yet the debate has already... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... 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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