Menendez's bill for Ukrainian military assistance, Russia sanctions, passes out of committee

Menendez's bill for Ukrainian military assistance, Russia sanctions, passes out of committee

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 today by a vote of 18 to 0.

Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the act along with Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN). According to Menendez's office, it imposes broad sanctions on Russia’s defense, energy, and financial sectors, as well as increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine.

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CD2 Crossfire: Hughes hits back at LoBo's fundraising record

CD2 Crossfire: Hughes hits back at LoBo's fundraising record

Words of anger and words of blame cascaded back and forth between the two opponents in CD2.

Democrat Bill Hughes, Jr., launched a television attack ad on incumbent Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2), prompting the incumbent to strike back.

The congressman said Hughes was hypocritical to stand with casino workers on one day then hobnob with former Governor Ed Rendell the next.

That caused the Hughes Campaign to return fire...

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Lawmakers, agency reps spar over bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission

Lawmakers, agency reps spar over bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission

TRENTON - Lawmakers, legal counsellors and business owners traded fiery words at a Senate Economic Growth Committee hearing today as they debated -- and ultimately released -- a bill that would dissolve The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, a bi-state regulatory agency created in 1953 to combat criminal activity at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The Commission -- the primary purpose of which is to license businesses and vet potential employees at shipping companies at the port to ensure hiring practices are in accordance with state and federal law -- has become the subject of criticism among lawmakers and labor leaders who see its involvement in the industry as crippling to the state's economic growth. The port's leading labor organizations have held protests over the that involvement.

More recently, the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) union joined with the region's main employer group, the New York Shipping Association (NYSA), in suing the agency over those hires, mostly vacant longshoremen positions they're not able to fill and which they insist are hurting business.

Frustration over the commission was on high exhibit again today, with legislators like state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and shipping labor leaders like John Nardy, president of the New York Shipping Association, slamming the commission for playing an overly bureaucracy -- and, they argue, unnecessary -- role in the industry's affairs.    

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CD2: LoBo lashes out at Hughes over planned fundraiser with Rendell

CD2: LoBo lashes out at Hughes over planned fundraiser with Rendell

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) struck back this afternoon at the Hughes for Congress campaign, going after this opponent's association with the politician who successfully launched legalized gambling in Pennsylvania in direct competition with Atlantic City.

Hughes has a scheduled fundraiser tomorrow with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, whom the Republican congressman fingers in part as responsible for collapsing Atlantic City.

“It is brazen hypocrisy that Bill Hughes Jr. can hold a press conference one day confessing his solidarity with casino workers and their families impacted by the recent closures, but then rub elbows and collect campaign contributions from the Pennsylvania Governor who instituted gaming at our borders,” LoBiondo said.

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Fulop fundraises for Lake Como mayoral candidate

Fulop fundraises for Lake Como mayoral candidate

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop last night put his thumb print on Brian Wilton, the Democratic candidate running for mayor in Lake Como.

Already helping Monmouth County Democratic Committee Chairman Vin Gopal try to dislodge two Republicans in the Nov. 4th election, the Jersey City mayor was the headliner last night at a gazebo fundraiser for Wilton attended by about 100 people.

Those in attendance included Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell (D-31), Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp, and Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.

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Christie calls on Joint Investigative Committee into Bridgegate to 'wrap up'

Christie calls on Joint Investigative Committee into Bridgegate to 'wrap up'

TRENTON - At his news conference today, Gov. Chris Christie said the Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) should disband.

“The fact is that they’ve been digging around for eight months now and have found absolutely nothing. Wrap up your work. Do your job,” said Christie.

The co-chair of the committee, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) was seated in the front row as Christie urged the ending of the committee examining the George Washington Bridge scandal.

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Assembly Higher Ed Committee releases Cryan's tuition assistance bill

Assembly Higher Ed Committee releases Cryan's tuition assistance bill

TRENTON – Not without debate, the Assembly Higher Education Committee this afternoon passed a bill prohibiting a four-year public or independent institution of higher education from increasing the tuition and fees of a resident undergraduate student for nine continuous semesters following the student’s initial enrollment in the institution.

“Hopefully what we’re going to say, with this bill, is let’s put families first,” said Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), Union Twp., the bill’s prime sponsor.

The bill applies to New Jersey residents.

“Here’s a tool that makes us competitive, to provide leverage for this state,” argued the veteran lawmaker.

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Garrett opposes Obama's ISIS plan

Garrett opposes Obama's ISIS plan

Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) issued the following statement after voting against the House Continuing Resolution (CR) because it included President Obama’s ISIS plan:

“While I did support the CR to ensure funding for the federal government," the congressman said, "I couldn’t vote for it because I do not support the president’s ISIS plan, which was added to the bill.  Though I support efforts to destroy ISIS, the president has not yet demonstrated to Congress that arming  a loosely organized and untrained Syrian opposition would counter the very real threat that ISIS poses.  

"Before I can support sending our military men and women on another mission to the Middle East, the president must lay out a specific strategy and endgame with special attention given to the questions of who we are helping, how they will use that help, and how we can ensure the weapons we provide don’t fall into the wrong hands—or worse yet, end up being used against us," Garrett added.

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The Back Room

Sources: Why Fox?

With the support of Gov. Chris Christie, Jamie Fox is on the fast track to get back to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The question is why?

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 18th

Guv prospects Fulop and Sweeney add voices to Silva, Stack and striking 1199 SEIU workers UNION CITY – They tried out their blue collar tough guy tonsils today in front of a purple-shirted crowd of striking healthcare workers – two of three as-yet-undeclared Democratic candidates for governor: Jersey City...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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“We’re going to hold the line until hell freezes over, and when hell freezes over, we’re going to hold the line on ice skates." - Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-31), at yesterday's SEIU 1199 rally.

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