Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop

Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop

The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind Fulop and help build the Hudson County mayor. 

These two men have a history, which didn’t begin well – and they have divergent styles, one characterized by a reliance on old school loyalty and punishing attention to detail, the other transactional - which may or may not lead them to a sustained statewide partnership in the name of their home county if Fulop runs for governor.

“As the trend of urbanization continues, our economic prosperity will come to depend even more heavily on our ability to move large numbers of people in and out of urban centers quickly,” Fulop told the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, chaired by Menendez. “This means direct federal investment in transportation infrastructure, and empowering the local communities to make those investments.”

Menendez listened dutifully, approvingly from his throne of federal power.

A lot of back brawling on the streets of Jersey City led up to that blandly governmental presentation by the D.C. touring mayor.

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Colorado Dems roll out welcome mat for Christie with Bridgegate bashing Youtube ad

Colorado Dems roll out welcome mat for Christie with Bridgegate bashing Youtube ad

The Colorado Democratic Party kicked muddy snow on Gov. Chris Christie's appearance in the Rocky Mountain State today, criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez for welcoming Christie.

"Go to Colordao and see if you want to live there," Christie said on a radio show to a question about legalized marijuana. "To me it's just not the quality of life we want to have here in the State of New Jersey."

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Lesniak on support for Chivukula's potential BPU post: "I haven't decided yet"

Lesniak on support for Chivukula's potential BPU post: "I haven't decided yet"

ELIZABETH - Sources have told PolitickerNJ.com that veteran state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) is in line for an appointment to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). But according to Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), three words to the wise might apply to Chivukula - not so fast.

"I haven't decided yet," said Lesniak in a Tuesday night conversation with PolitickerNJ.com. 

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FDU Poll: 55% don't know if they approve of new curriculum standards

FDU Poll: 55% don't know if they approve of new curriculum standards

While it’s been a hot issue in many states and among some segments of voters, people in New Jersey haven’t heard much about the Common Core standards for education. But, according to the most recent statewide survey of Garden State residents from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, people who have heard more about the new curriculum standards are much more likely to have misconceptions about them.

Forty-four percent of New Jersey residents say they have heard nothing at all about the Common Core, and only about one-third (32 percent) say they’ve heard “some” or “a lot” about it. Parents are more likely to have heard about them, with 20 percent of people with kids under 18 saying they’ve heard a lot about the standards, compared with just 12 percent with adult children or no kids at all.

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Morning Digest: July 23rd

Morning Digest: July 23rd

U.S. Honor Flag links funerals of two fallen police officers

U.S. Honor Flag links funerals of two fallen police officers

HO-HO-KUS - Under the scorching sun outside St. Luke’s Church earlier today, Waldwick police officer Chris Goodell’s casket was carried out to his burial site. Over it was draped an American flag.

It was the same flag that cloaked the casket of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago last week, as well as thousands of other firefighters, police officers and members of the United States Armed Forces killed in the line of duty before that.

Rumor has it that at one point, shortly after it was first gifted to U.S. Honor Flag CEO Chris Heisler by the Texas House of Representatives in 2001, it even stood among the rubble and twisted metal at Ground Zero.

“Everyone thinks it's just a piece of cloth, but it represents each and every man and women in America -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said Robert Kneer, a 42-year veteran of the Fairlawn Police Force and Commander of the New Jersey State Honor Guard (NJSHG). “Heisler decided it meant so much that he traveled to [NYC on 9/11] to have it there.”

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Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LBI town hall

Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LBI town hall

LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a friendly, sun-dazed crowd in this GOP stronghold.

“I’m the adult in the room,” Christie declared, a reference to the Statehouse, moments after his entourage of black SUVs tore up the gravel drive and deposited the head of the Republican Governors Association (and Governor of New Jersey) at the end of a ramp amid local, salt-tinged cheers.

“There’s Trenton speak, and then there’s regular language,” the governor said.

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District 2 lawmakers call on Casino Control Commission to keep Showboat, Trump Plaza open

District 2 lawmakers call on Casino Control Commission to keep Showboat, Trump Plaza open

In an effort to mitigate some of the negative effects brought on by a sudden decline in Atlantic City’s casino industry, three 2nd district lawmakers are calling on New Jersey’s Casino Control Commission to get involved.

In a letter released earlier today, state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2) and Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo and Chris Brown (D-2) urged the commission’s members to “direct both the Showboat and Trump Plaza to remain open and the sale be delayed by four months to give buyers a real opportunity for the due diligence necessary for this type of sale."

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The Back Room

Christie v. Astorino in Aspen

Dismissed by Republican Governors' Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino plans to confront his tormentor tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Aspen.

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Morning Digest: July 24th

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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 >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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