HACKENSACK - Roy Cho, the sole declared Democratic candidate in New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, slammed a mailer recently sent out by incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R - 5) to constituents, calling the piece "campaign propaganda" and asking Garrett to reimburse taxpayers for its cost.
The mailer, a copy of which was obtained by PolitickerNJ.com, decries "Washington's unfair debt and out-of-control spending."
"Scott understands that in this time of economic crisis, every line-item in the federal budget needs to be examined to uncover waste, fraud, and abuse," the Garrett mailer reads.
Cho took particular umbrage with this statement, claiming Garrett himself was guilty of waste.
Gov. Chris Christie reportedly complained to New York’s governor over his appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s handling of the controversy surrounding lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Christie complained on the phone to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo about the authority’s executive director, Patrick Foye, “pressing too hard to get to the bottom of why the number of toll lanes onto the bridge from Fort Lee, N.J., was cut from three to one in early September,” the newspaper reports, citing an anonymous source.Read More >
TRENTON – The Assembly Budget Committee aligned the lower chamber tuition equality bill Thursday with the Senate version, setting up a showdown with Gov. Chris Christie. It passed along party lines.
The full Assembly could vote as soon as next Thursday on a bill that Christie has said he opposes because, among other things, it includes access to financial aid for undocumented students.Read More >
TRENTON – New homes in New Jersey could be required to come with fire suppression systems, according to legislation that cleared a Senate panel Thursday.
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs committee voted to release legislation that would require fire suppression systems be installed during new home construction of single and two family houses. According to the proposal, certificates of occupancy will not be issued for new homes until code enforcement signs off on the fire suppression system.
The bill, S2273 and A1570, cleared the committee following a 3-0 vote with one abstention.Read More >
TRENTON – The Assembly Health Committee, voting on party lines, this morning passed A4537, authored by Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-22).
The bill would permit qualifying patients to possess and use medical marijuana legally obtained from another jurisdiction.Read More >
TRENTON – The Assembly Budget Committee released an open space preservation bill Thursday that drew opposition from several environmental groups.
A4541 authorizes the issuance of $200 million in bonds to fund open space preservation.
This is one of several competing bills or proposed constitutional amendments in committees seeking to find a new funding source for preservation.Read More >
This year’s top 50 list of NJ elected officials comes in the aftermath of another legislative election cycle and relies heavily on those district-by-district outcomes for individual rankings.
This is obviously an inexact science, ultimately only prompting questions about the very nature of New Jersey power.
At the heart of those questions lies the difference between organizational power, where politicians work within a specific political structure to accomplish legislative or executive goals; versus individual power, where the right to exercise one’s First Amendment without care of organizational consequences, creates its own unique kind of influence.
By definition, New Jersey government renders those elected officials in the upper reaches of Trenton political circles best positioned to make an impact.
Look at key dominant regions. Look at organizational power connected from one region to another. Power concentrations north and south based on population and political organization take precedence. Those include mayoral and executive fiefdoms in charge of patronage.
But there are those on this list who by virtue of their own veteran status, name ID, or particular story can at times transcend those relationships and define power largely on their own terms.
Each has political value.
The most difficult part of this exercise involved the ranking of members of the U.S. House of Representatives, who obviously make many of their significant power moves in Washington, D.C. The federal elections next year will redefine those positions and create another opportunity for another set of rankings. For our purposes, the ranking of Congressmen on this list pertains to their regional New Jersey political power more than the committee assignments they occupy and jockey for in D.C.
Several insiders balked at their presence on this list.
“Why the %%$$ would I care about that?” one incredulous New Jersey boss told PolitickerNJ.com when questioned about Congressional power, and eagerly moved on to a conversation about Trenton politics.
Told about this list, a Trenton politician opined that congress-people shouldn’t be included.
“Why not?” PNJ asked.
“They don’t have any power,” was the answer.Read More >
National Democrats are weighing in on the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.Read More >
The Shavar shift: Jeffries campaign in Newark appears to gain traction with North and South Jersey playersNEWARK - On the front lines of the four-man Newark mayoral race, so far the most shots have been fired by competing candidates and councilmen Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Ras Baraka. The sons...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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