EDGEWATER PARK - Standing in a diner deep in the behind-enemy-lines territory of his CD3 competitor Aimee Belgard, a freeholder here in Burlington County, Republican hopeful Tom MacArthur today accepted an endorsement from the American-Canadian Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).
"Whether it's securing the future of the Joint Base and the tens of thousands of jobs that depend on it, or helping the people of Ocean County rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, or ensuring every person has the opportunity to build a better life for them and their families, I pledge to work with people in both parties, find common ground and solve problems," MacArthur, flanked by workers of the half-a-million member union wearing LIUNA emblazoned t-shirts, said. "I am honored and humbled to receive the endorsement of the Laborers today. I look forward to working with them to bring local jobs to the Third Congressional District."Read More >
Cautiously hoping to turn the tables on the Republican competition in the lead-up to the November general election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched its second ad of the season in CD3, where Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard is facing off against conservative businessman Tom MacArthur.
The ad began airing yesterday throughout the district, a DCCC spokesperson told PolitickerNJ.Read More >
NEWARK - The Associated Builders and Contractors, New Jersey Chapter (ABC-NJ), a trade group representing construction contractors throughout the state, has filed suit against Jersey City over the city’s insistence on requiring Project Labor Agreements (PLA) on private construction projects that receive favorable tax treatment. The city ordinance at issue, the lawsuit contends, goes against both federal and state law and effectively prevents non-union “merit shop” contractors from participating in large construction projects underway or planned within city limits.
The lawsuit, filed Aug. 29, 2014, in United States District Court for The District of New Jersey, seeks to prevent future application of the union-only PLA requirement on private construction projects subject to Chapter 304, Article VII (Construction Project Labor Agreements) of the Jersey City code.Read More >
BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw as a star performance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Belmar's boardwalk was rebuilt before Memorial Day last year, supported by an aggressive rebuilding effort directed by Doherty. The reconstruction campaign was fueled in part by a borough-sponsored website that allowed residents and visitors to securely purchase the actual boards that comprise Belmar's new boardwalk.
The boardwalk was rebuilt with the considerable help of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who met with Democrat Doherty soon after the storm. Doherty continues to tout an approach to local government that has helped Belmar to not raise taxes in the years since Doherty took office in January 2011. But a recent setback related to Sandy recovery has put a pothole in Doherty's heretofore apparently smooth road to re-election.
On Aug. 19, Belmar voters rejected a plan to borrow $7 million to rebuild two beach pavilions that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The special vote, which defeated the pavilion proposal by a 1,041 to 756 vote margin, or 57 to 43 percent, was a win for the plan's opponents, who argued that the project could be completed for less by using Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and insurance moneys. Supporters, however, claimed that the project was worth the expense since the pavilions must be built stronger to hold up to potential future hurricanes.
In an interview with PolitickerNJ, Doherty, who is now considering options provided by Belmar residents regarding the future of the pavilions, took umbrage at the way the "no" side presented their argument. Ken Pringle, a former Belmar mayor and fellow Democrat, played a leading role in the pavilion opposition, sending out a letter shooting down Doherty's plan just before the referendum vote. The letter, the production and distribution of which was paid for by Pringle and his wife, left Doherty particularly miffed.Read More >
Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) released the following statement regarding the increased Russian military aggression in Ukraine:
“Today, the President made clear what the world knows: that Russia is supporting, arming, and fighting alongside the separatists,” said Pascrell. “While multilateral sanctions are an important part of stopping Russia’s military offensive in Ukraine, we must also ensure the Ukrainian people are able to defend their families and homeland. The United States stands with the Ukrainian people, and I am proud to have helped introduce bipartisan legislation that would authorize the President to provide military assistance to Ukraine and reaffirms our commitment to helping Ukrainians. Even though they are not in NATO, Ukraine is a friend of the United States, and it is unacceptable that we not provide them the means to defend themselves and preserve their territorial integrity.”Read More >
SEA BRIGHT - Queried by NJTV reporter David Cruz in the lead up to his trip to Mexico next month, Gov. Chris Christie, not a hair out of place on the shore as he sandwiched a quick New Jersey appearance between RGA stops on the national trail, said speaking Spanish isn't a pre-requisite for the presidency.
"No," he told Cruz bluntly, and claps and whoops filled the seaside air. "English is our language."
"English," a woman shouted in affirmation.
Christie said he took Spanish in school and "I was really bad at it."Read More >
On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will officially kick-off his re-election campaign with a three-event tour across the state.Read More >
Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080 ...
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By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students. The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >
"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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