Castner headed to Gibbons

Castner headed to Gibbons

Assembly Majority Executive Director Bill Castner will leave his post in January to become a Director at Gibbons P.C. – the law firm of his longtime mentor Chief Justice James Zazzali. Gibbons is ranked among the nation's top 200 law firms by the American Lawyer.

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More Treasury Secretary buzz about Corzine

The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported on increased buzz about Gov. Corzine being tapped by president-elect Barack Obama to become Secretary of the Treasury.

The article cited Service International Employees Union President Andy Stern’s praise of Corzine, and noted that “other handicappers are following Corzine because he has such a range of experience in both the public and private sectors.”

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Corzine on Clinton - and treasury

Corzine on Clinton - and treasury

Gov. Jon Corzine appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning and talked up Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) for the job of secretary of state in an Obama administration. 

"First of all she probably knows every major foreign leader," Corzine said. "She already has relationships where she can sit and talk directly about the problems that exist either on a bilateral or multilateral basis. She has a full grasp of the issues. She has studied it, and been as effective as any senator about articulating a point of view.

"She will bring instant credibility to those efforts," Corzine added. "She is smart. She works as hard as anybody ever has that I have ever been around. So, I think she could be a great partner with Barack Obama."

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Cooper sees a run higher office in her future

Cooper sees a run higher office in her future
Atlantic County Freeholder Alisa Cooper

Atlantic County Freeholder Alisa Cooper sees a run for higher office in her future, but she’s not sure what exactly it will be.

“Certainly down the line. In the future.  I’m not saying definitely 2009, but most definitely I would like to run for higher office. Whether it’s going to be 2009 or 2010 I’m not sure at this point,” said Cooper. 

Cooper just won reelection to the Atlantic County freeholder board, and said she’s still catching her breath from that hard fought campaign.  But she said that she wouldn’t mind following the legacy of her mother, who went from being a freeholder to an Assemblywoman, serving from the 1980s to the early 1990s. 

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Girgenti likes where he is, probably won't seek Judiciary chairmanship

Girgenti likes where he is, probably won't seek Judiciary chairmanship
Sen. John Girgenti (D-Passaic), a legislator since 1977, enjoys his chairmanship of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sources close to state Sen. John Girgenti (D-Passaic) say the vice chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee relishes serving as chairman of the Law and Public Safety and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

For that reason, it’s unlikely he would succeed state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Having beaten Medford Mayor Chris Myers last week, Adler’s leaving the state Senate to become the 3rd district Congressman.

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If Christie or Crowley gets in, Murphy out of governor's race

If Christie or Crowley gets in, Murphy out of governor's race
Morris County Freeholder John Murphy

A veteran of the last GOP gubernatorial primary, Morris County Freeholder John Murphy says he likely won’t run for governor if either biotech businessman John Crowley or U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie gets in the race to challenge Gov. Jon Corzine.

“Being from Morris County, it would not be prudent for me to run against Chris, who’s also from Morris, of course, and has great name ID,” Murphy said. “I’m not a glutton for punishment.”

Then there’s Crowley, a question mark ever since he looked ready to run against U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) then backed down – only to resurface as a GOP organizer and host of a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi River at the Republican National Convention.

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Is this the kickoff of Donovan for Lt. Governor?

With state agencies ready to cut back and homeowners potentially not getting rebate checks next year, Bergen County Clerk Kathe Donovan thinks it’s about time the state forces its two professional football teams to make some sacrifices.

But does she also think it’s about time to kick off a statewide campaign?

Donovan sent a letter to Gov. Jon Corzine asking him to consider forcing the New York Giants and Jets, who both play in Bergen County and receive millions in economic incentives from the state, to share part of their $800 million in windfall profits from the sale of Personal Seat Licenses.

“’Everything on the table’ means that Trenton’s commitment to return homestead rebates to hard pressed property tax payers may be broken. Aid for schools in suburban, rural and urban districts may be cut and state colleges will be forced to raise tuition costs to make up for reduced state aid,” wrote Donovan. “Hospitals here in Bergen County and elsewhere that rely on Medicaid and Charity Care payments will almost certainly see a significant reduction in state aid which could force a cutback in services. And this comes at a time when workers are being forced to switch from high paying to lower paying jobs without health care benefits which will add significantly to the Charity Care burden borne by hospitals at a time when Charity Care payments could be reduced.”

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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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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 >

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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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