Pascrell appointed to House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee

Pascrell appointed to House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), right, with Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park).

Veteran U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) today accepted a new assignment on the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.     

“I am honored and excited to become a member of the Health Subcommittee during such a critical time in the history of our nation,” Pascrell said in a press release.  “Health care is inextricably linked to the American economy and both stand at a tipping point that demands bold and immediate action in Congress.  With health care reform a top priority on President-elect Obama’s agenda, Congress has a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the economy by lifting the incredible burden that health care costs have placed on American families.” 

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Roberts praises Brown as principled legislator

Willie B. Brown, the former Assembly Minority Leader who passed away on Monday at age 68, will be remembered for sticking to his principles and standing up for his beliefs, “even if that wasn’t the most expedient and popular choice,” Speaker Joseph Roberts said in a statement today.

“His fight in the 1980s to halt the investment of state pension funds in companies doing businesses with South Africa was not only righteous, but courageous and groundbreaking,” Roberts said.  “His willingness to get arrested outside the South African consulate in New York served as example to us all of standing up for what is right.”

Brown's wake is scheduled for Sunday from 4PM to 7PM at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark.  A funeral service will be held at 10AM Monday.

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Corzine allies respond to Christie news

Corzine allies respond to Christie news
Gov. Jon Corzine, right, and Democratic Party State Chairman Joe Cryan

Focused on the reelection of Gov. Jon Corzine, the Democrats issued a brief statement today, taking a three-candidate in one shot in the wake of former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s announcement that he's planning to run for governor.   

“Whether it’s a right-wing small town mayor, a right-wing mountain man assemblyman, or a Bush-Cheney political appointee, we’ll see who wins the nomination,” said State Party Chairman Joseph Cryan, referring respectively to former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, Assemblyman Richard Merkt (D-Mendham) and Christie.

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In Morristown, Cryan says Cresitello likely to pursue reelection

In Morristown, Cryan says Cresitello likely to pursue reelection
Morristown Council President John Cryan

He’s up for re-election this year, and no one knows whether Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello will run. However, Council president John Cryan, who four years ago ran on the Democratic Party line with Cresitello, said he believes the mayor is likely to pursue reelection. 

“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” said Cryan, a first cousin of State Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Cryan.  “But I can’t see him walking away when things are starting to click, when development projects are starting to take off in Morristown. I can’t see him turning down ribbon cutting ceremonies. So my money is on him running.” 

Sources say Cresitello at one point told former Councilman Timothy Dougherty that he wouldn’t run for mayor again. Dougherty was poised to run. 

But now the trypically headstrong Cresitello isn’t sure.

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Merkt on Christie

Although he pointed out that Chris Christie’s filing doesn’t constitute a formal declaration to run for governor, today’s news didn’t surprise gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham), Christie’s former running mate.  

“A lot of people file papers and then don’t run, but he’s clearly been pointing in that direction for months,” said Merkt. “I welcome his entry into the race. I hope this is competitive race where the public picks the candidate. I look forward to being able to express vigorous differences on policy in a way that’s civil and respectful and doesn’t demean the office we’re seeking.” 

A declared candidate since last fall, Merkt has positioned himself as the only one among former U.S. Attorney Christie, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan and Franklin Township Brian Levine who possesses state government experience.

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Lonegan reacts to Christie news

Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan today took credit for what he described as accelerating Chris Christie’s formal entrance into the Republican primary for governor.  

“I’m kind of proud of myself,” said Lonegan, himself a candidate. “I filed $400,000 in matching funds and people jump. Within 48 hours of me announcing my matching funds, he gets in the race.”  

A leader of New Jersey’s conservative movement, Lonegan said he still does not know where Christie, a former U.S. Attorney with a crime fighting track record, stands on the rest of the issues. 

“He opposes corruption,” said Lonegan. “So do I. But now that he’s declared and on the battlefield, we’re going to start comparing stands on issues. It’s going to be the experience of a mayor and business owner, versus an attorney. This is a classic case of a conservative, low-tax Republican versus the status quo.

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Christie will run for Governor

Christie will run for Governor
Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie will enter the race for Governor today.

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie is expected to announce today that he intends to seek the Republican nomination for Governor.  Christie will file formal papers with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.

Christie, 46, served as New Jersey’s federal prosecutor from 2002 to 2008, where he led a virtual war on political corruption.  His convictions included former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, former Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Wayne Bryant, and Essex County Executive James Treffinger.

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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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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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