For now, 'I'm from New Jersey' derails four-song package of proposed state songs

For now, 'I'm from New Jersey' derails four-song package of proposed state songs
Songwriter Red Mascara

TRENTON - In 1960, Gov. Robert Meyner complained that New Jersey didn’t have an official state song that bands could play when he appeared, so songwriter Red Mascara wrote “I’m from New Jersey,” he tells the Senate State Government Committee.

Mascara’s state song passed both houses of the Legislature in 1972, however, the governor never signed the measure into law and Mascara’s ode to the Garden State dangled into history.

Now, as the state senate committee considers the passage of four official state songs packaged in a bill sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), an elderly Mascara fights for the inclusion of his song in the official canon.

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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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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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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