Tittel delighted by Obama's selection of Jackson at EPA

Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, lavishes praise on Lisa Jackson, former director of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to head the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

“I think it’s a great appointment,” said Tittel. “She’s young, dynamic, well-spoken and has very strong, core environmental beliefs.”

Calling the 46-year old Jackson “Corzine’s star,” Tittel credited her with convincing the governor to support the state’s global warming initiative and for strengthening the alternative energy focus of the state’s energy plan.

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With 'business-friendly' message, Bucco says GOP can take back governor's office

With 'business-friendly' message, Bucco says GOP can take back governor's office
State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris)

BOONTON – State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said he has not yet committed to a gubernatorial candidate to challenge Gov. .Jon Corzine, but said he thinks whoever runs has a good chance of beating the incumbent Democrat – particularly if that person runs on an aggressive smaller government message. 

“I like Christie,” Bucco said of former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who hasn’t yet entered the Republican Primary, but whom many establishment Republicans favor as the best choice to square off against Corzine. 

“But I haven’t committed to anyone,” added the veteran senator, who attended his son’s formal campaign kickoff for the Assembly in District 25.

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Environment NJ praises Obama's choice of Jackson to head EPA

Environment New Jersey today issued a release praising President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Lisa Jackson to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

"It represents a 180 degree turnaround for the United States on the environment," spokesman Matt Elliot said of the former dircector of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. "While President Bush has stifled new environmental protections and unraveled old ones, Lisa Jackson has for the past three years been working to make New Jersey a national leader on some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time."

Elliot cited Jackson's work on the Global Warming Response Act and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

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As political jockeying continues in Atlantic, Ward stays in the mix

As political jockeying continues in Atlantic, Ward stays in the mix
Atlantic City Councilman Bruce Ward at Wednesday night's council meeting.

ATLANTIC CITY – Ward 1 Councilman Bruce Ward says he is not ready to announce which office he intends to seek next year: mayor or assembly. 

He may not pursue either, but Atlantic sources don’t think that’s likely. Given his recent advocacy at the local level of anti-handgun violence championed by Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and other stepped-up efforts that have a particular statewide focus, some observers suggest that Ward is preparing for an Assembly run.

For now, he won’t say. 

“If an opportunity came for me to represent my county at the state level I would give it consideration,” said Ward, a lawyer who has represented the First Ward since 2006. “I’m open to serving in a capacity where I can provide public service.”

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Smith and Frelinghuysen vote with Democrats on auto industry bailout

Smith and Frelinghuysen vote with Democrats on auto industry bailout
U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding)

Republicans U.S. Rep Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) joined the entire Democratic Party congressional delegation from New Jersey to vote in favor of the $14 billion auto industry bailout tonight. 

The bailout passed in the U.S. House by a vote of 237 to 170, mostly along party lines, with only 32 Republicans joining Democrats to vote in the affirmative. 

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Vineland), U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Burlington), U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-New Providence) and U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) all voted against the bailout package.

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Christie plays Hardball

Ten days after leaving his post as U.S. Attorney, Chris Christie is hitting the national television circuit to weigh in on corruption in other states.

Christie appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss the corruption scandal surrounding Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who allegedly tried to auction off President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for personal gain.

Christie said that Blagojevich is “clearly off his rocker, arrogant and drunk with power” and that the case was a “potpourri of corruption.”

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NBC: Jackson to head EPA

MSNBC reports that Gov. Corzine’s chief of staff, Lisa Jackson, will be the next EPA Administrator.

Jackson headed up New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection before being tapped in October to head the front office. Before joining the DEP, she spent 16 years working for the EPA. Last month, she was tapped by Obama to oversee the transition of the EPA.

Politico reported last week that Jackson would likely be appointed to the position.

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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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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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