An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena.
The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment in its investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.Read More >
NEWARK - A small but select crowd of Newark's business community rode up to the 26th floor of the neo-classical National Newark Building on Thursday to hear Newark's main mayoral candidates make their elevator pitch to run the city.
South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries stood before 50 people at an event sponsored by the Newark Regional Business Partnership to outline what they think the relationship between business and government should be in New Jersey's largest city.
"Newark is in a crisis. That crisis provides us with the opportunity to do incredible things" Baraka said to a group that included representatives from Verizon, PSE&G, McCarter & English and Barnabas Health. "It provides us with the opportunity to begin to develop our city, not just the downtown, but the neighborhoods where we live. I can talk to folks on the corner, and I can talk to people in the boardroom."Read More >
LINDEN – The head of the Union County Democratic Committee will issue an endorsement in the hotly contested race to fill the congressional seat set to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), the committee’s chairman said Thursday.
Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) told PolitickerNJ an open primary is unlikely and that Plainfield, Scotch Plains and Fanwood officials will meet with each of the Democratic hopefuls vying for their party’s nomination sometime next week.
“We’re going to endorse,” said Green, explaining he’s held off from endorsing a candidate until he garners additional local feedback.Read More >
LINDEN – The state’s top lawmaker returned to North Jersey Thursday as part of his continued Sandy Bill of Rights tour.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) delivered tempered comments to more than 50 Linden residents who are among the larger group of Union County homeowners still reeling the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.
“From going through this process and learning, [we learned] we can do better,” said Sweeney, who delivered sharp remarks against Gov. Chris Christie on the first stop of his tour in Perth Amboy last month.
“The governor did an outstanding job in getting the funding for this state,” he said, arguing Christie gets an “A+” for his efforts in lobbying for federal aid but garners a “D-“ on its distribution.Read More >
Assemblyman Upendra Chivukla (D-17) today announced key members of his CD12 campaign team.
“I am thrilled to be surrounded by such an excellent team of campaign professionals,” said Chivukula “ We have received great feedback throughout the district, and our message of progressive problem solving is clearly resonating. I look forward to a spirited campaign and I am confident I have the team in place to win on June 3rd”
The Chivukula Team is comprised of the following:Read More >
Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that Paterson City Councilman Rigo Rodriguez - a candidate for mayor this year - and his wife were indicted today on charges that they engaged in mail-in ballot fraud in the May 2010 Paterson city council election and tampered with witnesses in connection with a subsequent investigation by the State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice. A former campaign worker also was indicted for alleged mail-in ballot fraud.
The Division of Criminal Justice obtained a state grand jury indictment today charging Rigo Rodriguez, 41, of Paterson, and his wife, Lissette Rodriguez, 34, of Paterson, who was a leader of his campaign, with the following counts:Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie's message to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday just outside of Washington, D.C. was direct: Republicans have the best opportunity to win policy battles not in the nation's capital, but in state politics.
"We've got to start talking about what we're for, and not what we're against," Christie said. "Our ideas are better than their ideas, and that's what we have to stand up for."
Christie cited the impact made by the Republican governors of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Florida when making the argument that state governments now move policy initiatives forward more effectively than the federal government.
New Jersey lobbying expenditures climbed over $60 million in 2013, according to the latest state Election Law Enforcement Commission report issued Thursday.
Lobbying expenditures rose more than $2.2 million over 2012, representing a 3.8 percent increase, according to the report. The spike is likely the result of several controversial bills lawmakers considered in 2013, said Jeff Brindle, ELEC’s executive director.
“The primary purpose of lobbying is to represent the views of the wide range of interest groups that have a stake in our democracy,” he said in a statement. “Lobbying helps crystallize issues for our elected officials and the public, and helps decision-makers weigh the pros and cons of legislative action or inaction.”Read More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"I can talk to folks on the corner, and I can talk to people in the boardroom." - Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
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