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Scutari bill would lengthen term durations

Scutari bill would lengthen term durations
Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union)

TRENTON – Of interest in this Senate State Government Committee today is a bill sponsored by state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), which would change the term of members of the state Senate to five years, and the term of Assembly people to three years followed by two years in an alternating pattern. Presently, the committee will consider the bill.

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State government committee moves municipal elections bill

State government committee moves municipal elections bill
State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic)

TRENTON - The state Senate Committee today passed a bill that would give some towns the option of moving their nonpartisan elections from the second Tuesday in May to the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

The bill specifically targets towns with a population between 17,500 and 26,000 in a second class county or a population of 10,000 of fewer in any county.

State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) moved the bill, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) seconded the motion, and state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex) and state Sen. Nick Scutari (D-Union) joined them in voting in favor of the bill.

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Morning News Digest: February 2, 2009

Lesniak wins human rights competition

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) has won the Memorial de Caen International Human Rights Competition, where lawyers from the United States France, Belgium, Guinea, Senegal, and Switzerland competed with speech topics ranging from governmental to military abuses of human rights. Lesniak's speech, "The Road to Justice and Peace," won the acclaim of a panel of elite international judges.

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Beck to receive Millicent Fenwick Award

Beck to receive Millicent Fenwick Award
State Sen. Jen Beck (D-Monmouth)

BRANCHBURG - State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) will receive this year's Millicent Fenwick Award from the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women, the organization's president, Janice Fields, told a breakfast gathering this morning.

Fields said the women's group would bestow the public service award on the Monmouth County senator in honor of the late congresswoman from Bernardsville at a ceremony on March 26, with details forthcoming.

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Lonegan: 'I raised $25,000 yesterday'

Lonegan: 'I raised $25,000 yesterday'
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan

BRANCHBURG - Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan today boasted of his fundraising efforts over the course of the last 24 hours.

"I raised $25,000 yesterday," he told PolitickerNJ.com at the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women candidates' forum.

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GOP gubernatorial candidates meet for the first time at Somerset women's forum

GOP gubernatorial candidates meet for the first time at Somerset women's forum
From left to right: Steve Lonegan, Chris Christie, Brian D. Levine, Richard Merkt.

BRANCHBURG – The Lonegan forces tried to bill this event as “the Thrilla in Branchburg.”

But it proved no Ali-Frazier III this morning, and probably rated little better than the Republican gubernatorial primary of 1985 in terms of give and take, as four 2009 Republican candidates for governor assembled for the first time at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women at the Fox Hollow Golf Club.

Amid rumors that former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan planned to set a confrontational tone, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, the presumptive frontrunner, gave Lonegan and/or anyone else little room to generate drama.

After arriving moments before the event began, speedily working the room and delivering a five-minute set of remarks, Christie told the crowd of 150 people that he had to attend his son’s basketball game and hoped they understood.

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The Back Room

Conservative group slams Christie in TV ad

As Gov. Chris Christie's heads to New Hampshire tomorrow, a conservative group wants to welcome him with a television commercial critical of his record on judicial nominations.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

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Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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