NJN News will provide live coverage of Gov. Jon Corzine's budget message at noon on Tuesday, March 10. The address will also be simulcast on NJN Public Radio, and on the Internet. NJN will rebroadcast Corzine's message to a joint session of the Legislature at 10PM.Read More >
Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen is scheduled to be appear in court this morning to be arraigned on child pornography charges, according to a report in The Star-Ledger.
Cohen was indicted on four counts in December – months after legislative officemates state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) and Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union) alerted the Office of Legislative Services to a printout of a nude girl found by a staffer on an office computer.
Cohen is set to appear before Superior Court Judge Gerald Council in Trenton.
TRENTON – However subdued his variations on this year’s most infamous catch phrase, “tough economic times,” members of both parties are prepared to hear Gov. Jon Corzine’s budget address tomorrow as a starter’s gun blast in the 2009 gubernatorial and legislative races.
Already exhilarated by Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Chris Christie’s argument that Corzine and the Democrats must accept responsibility for the state budget (which swelled from $25 billion to $33 billion in nine years) and not hide within the folds of an international economic crisis, the GOP wants to capitalize on a dismal tide statewide, which last year buried John McCain at the national level in a narrative of poor fiscal management by the Bush administration.
“It’s too late,” confirmed Assembly Minority Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) of Corzine. “You’ve been the governor. If the economy was doing great you would take credit for it. When it’s not doing well, you’re stuck with the hand you’ve been dealt. If the state ain’t getting better, end of story."
Presumably no longer able to rely on their most beloved if unwitting ally – President George W. Bush – to deepsix the Republican Party, New Jersey Democrats face a humbling nine point deficit in the gubernatorial contest, according to last week’s Fairleigh Dickinson Poll.Read More >
HILLSIDE – Against the backdrop of a local fight over raises for public employees in a dry season for state extraordinary aid, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Shelley Bates launched her grassroots campaign for mayor today in an email blast to supporters.
“A new day is coming and… I am making it official: I will be a candidate for Mayor of the Township of Hillside,” wrote Bates, a public information officer for the State of New Jersey and ardent 2008 Barack Obama supporter who is serving her first term on the council.
“Over the course of the next few days I look forward to introducing you to my slate of candidates for the three at-large council seats and discussing how we plan to make Hillside a better place to live and work,” said the candidate. “If the last year has proven anything, it's proven that change is within reach. It will be hard work and I will need as many of you as possible standing by my side starting today. I ask for your support and I promise to not let you down.”Read More >
The Senate Judiciary Committee, voting along party lines, voted 7-4 to approve the nomination of Jeanne Fox for another term on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The nomination will now head to the full Senate for a vote. The Senate is scheduled for a session next Monday.Read More >
Mayor Jun Choi once again plans to run against the local machine in the Democratic Primary, as the Edison Democratic Committee will back Councilwoman Toni Ricigliano for mayor in the June Primary, according to veteran Chairman Thomas Paterniti.
Pursuing reelection as mayor of New Jersey’s fifth biggest municipality, Choi did not submit his name to screen before the organization on Friday, which was the deadline - but sources close to the mayor say he has every intention of running with his party in this mostly Democratic town.
An early supporter of Barack Obama’s in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary, Choi went to Washington, D.C. as recently as last month to attend a meeting of the nation’s mayors with the new president.Read More >
The Asbury Park Press last night mopped up after NBC anchor Brian Williams overreached when he said the feds had cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in a federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.Read More >
NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...
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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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