Thirty-six hours into his trip to Israel, Gov Jon Corzine says he feels as though he's in New Jersey because of the large numbers of New Jersey visitors he keeps encountering.
He's hoping to build on the good connections.
"There is an enormous opportunity since Israel is focused on biotech and alternative energy," Corzine told reporters in an afternoon conference call. "There is a great opportunity to expand our business."
He noted the recent move of what he described as a small Israeli video telecom business to Fairlawn as an example of the kind of investment that benefits New Jersey.
Must of the geo-political discussions the governor says he has engaged in during his trip have had to do with the potential threat of Iran. He says among Israelis with whom he has talked, there is support for building an international coalition and imposing economic sanctions on Iran.Read More >
Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) will receive the nation’s highest state legislative honor this Wednesday in New Orleans at the 34th Annual National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Codey, and Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry commissioner Steve Sviggum are scheduled to receive the 2008 Excellence in State Legislative Leadership Award.
"These two men demonstrate a deep loyalty to the legislative institution and exemplify the varieties of legislative leadership that we have in this country," said NCSL Executive Director William T. Pound.Read More >
A week before former Newark Mayor (and state senator) Sharpe James is scheduled to to be sentenced in federal court, five state senators are requesting the maximum sentencing.
"We implore you," state senators Bill Baroni (R-Mercer), Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Gerald Cardinale (R-Begen), Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), and Kevin O'Toole (R-Essex), said in a co-authored letter sent this morning to U.S. District Judge William Martini.
"I was surprised to see Sharpe James's attorney advocating for lesser sentencing," said Beck. "This is a mayor who openly abused his power in office. We are at a low point in terms of public trust, and if citizens don't believe in their public officials it erodes our ability to administer our democracy."
According to the Star-Ledger, James's attorneys plan to meet with Martini on Wednesday to urge him to impose far less than a decade in prison on the 72-year old former mayor, who was convicted earlier this year on corruption charges.Read More >
Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden) told PolitickerNJ.com he believes Gov. Jon Corzine would do well to select Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) as his running mate in 2009.
Watson Coleman, a veteran of the Assembly and former state party chair, would be the state’s first lieutenant governor if Corzine were to run with her and win re-election.
"He’s got to pick someone who’s compatible with his style, of course," said Roberts. "I happen to be a big fan of Bonnie Watson Coleman’s. Her strengths are that she is highly respected, very well thought of in the legislature, where she was unanimously elected majority leader, and she is highly committed to the faith-based, African-American community."Read More >
State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden), who’s running for Congress in the 3rd District, this morning officially received the endorsement of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey (PFANJ) at a press conference at Mount Laurel Fire Headquarters.
"I am honored that the firefighters of New Jersey have decided to support my candidacy and stand with me in my campaign to bring common sense solutions and real change to Washington," Adler said in a release.
"Every day the brave men and women who comprise the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey risk their lives to keep us out of harms way," the candidate added. "In Congress, I will fight to make sure that all firefighters have access to affordable health care and the prescription drug coverage that they so rightly deserve."Read More >
Calling a published report that Democrat Frank Lautenberg used political connections to buy 40 premium tickets to a Bruce Springsteen concert for $108 and resell them to campaign donors for $1,500 “an outrage”, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer wants the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to give him forty equivalent seats to distribute to “real Springsteen fans at face value, rather than fat cat political contributors.”Read More >
Fearing political motivation, Newark Councilman Ronald C. Rice questioned the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office decision to ask a Superior Court Judge to remove Councilwoman Dana Rone from office.
"That’s what’s wrong with New Jersey: selective prosecution and selective enforcement of our laws," said Rice. "That’s why other people laugh at us."
Found guilty of obstruction of justice last year after a 2006 traffic stop involving her nephew, Rone appealed in state Superior Court two months ago and lost.
According to the Star-Ledger, Prosecutor Paula Dow now wants the court to enact a state statute requiring officials who have been convicted to forfeit public office. In this case, it means Rone, who ran twice with Team Booker - once in 2002, unsuccessfully; and a second time, successfully, in 2006 - would be gone.Read More >
Democratic Party insiders are converging tonight on the Morristown home of attorney Phil Sellinger.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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