Codey says he won't invoke executive privilege

Senate President Richard Codey says he will not invoke executive privilege in the investigation of the Property Tax Assistance and Community Development Grants program approved during his fourteen months as Governor, and said he will support the release of all documents.

"Although legally we have the right to invoke executive privilege, to the contrary we want this information to be released.  People have a right to know how their money is being spent.  I think the public will see, as they scrutinize these lists, that this money helped support many good causes,” Codey said. “The release of these documents will help clarify many questions surrounding the grant program.

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Myers promised Armed Services Committee seat

U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Mount Holly) yesterday announced that his preferred successor, Medford Mayor Chris Myers, has been assured a post on the House Armed Services Committee if he wins the election.

Myers won the promise from House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Oh.), no doubt with the help of Saxton, who has served decades on that committee and leaves as a high ranking member.  He’s credited with saving the four military bases on the congressional district from closure. 

"By seeking out Leader Boehner’s commitment, Chris Myers has demonstrated clear intent and a solid plan to serve on the committee that will best serve the interests of the people of Burlington and Ocean Counties, and Cherry Hill,” said Saxton..  “He will be able to assist Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, Ocean County’s largest employer, and McGuire AFB, Burlington County’s largest employer. He will also be poised to help Fort Dix, which is split between Ocean and Burlington Counties. Leader Boehner’s support is absolutely essential to getting on the Armed Services Committee.”

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Jackson will be Corzine's new Chief of Staff

Jackson will be Corzine's new Chief of Staff

Gov. Jon Corzine's new Chief of Staff, Lisa JacksonGov. Jon Corzine's new Chief of Staff, Lisa JacksonGov. Jon Corzine will announce today that Lisa Jackson, the state Environmental Protection Commissioner, will be his new Chief of Staff.  Jackson will succeed Bradley Abelow, who will be staying on as an advisor to the Governor.

Editor's note: Corzine will not make an announcement regarding Jackson's appointment today, but will do so in the very immediate future.

Corzine will need to nominate someone to replace Jackson in his cabinet.

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Debate Sketchpad: Too little, too late

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Stender vs. Ledger

UPDATED

Linda Stender’s campaign chastised a Star-Ledger columnist for writing that a piece of campaign literature from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee came from her own campaign.

At issue is conservative columnist Paul Mulshine’s most recent piece, which was circulated by Stender rival Leonard Lance’s campaign via press release this morning. The campaign literature Mulshine referred to claimed that Lance was in cahoots with former Gov. Christie Whitman on pension bonding in 1997.

Lance was actually one of the most vocal critics of pension bonding, and has made that a centerpiece of his current congressional run.

Mulshine called the mailer “the single sleaziest campaign ad I have ever seen.”

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Montefusco gets 3 years probation for filing false tax return

Former Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education member John J. Montefusco, Jr. was sentenced to three years of probation today for intentionally filing a false tax return, according to U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

In the Trenton courtroom of U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson, Montefusco, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of failing to report income of approximately $159,000 on his 2003 federal income tax return, the U.S. Attorney said.

Thompson ordered Montefusco to file amended tax returns for the tax years 2003, 2004 and 2005, resulting in payment approximately $37,000 in back taxes, interest and penalties.

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In Trenton, Obama camp counters McCain's 'class warfare' argument

In their televised debate last night, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Il.) tax plan, arguing that it would unfairly punish business and redistribute wealth.

The Obama campaign's response here in New Jersey is to establish an "Obama Tax Cut Calculation Station" on State Street in Trenton.

"At the station, New Jersey workers on their lunch break will be able to... calculate the tax cut they will receive under Senator Obama’s 'making work pay tax plan for the middle class,'" said Obama spokesman Andrew Poag. "Senator Obama’s plan will cut taxes for 95% of working families and will not raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000 a year."

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The Back Room

Christie v. Astorino in Aspen

Dismissed by Republican Governors' Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino plans to confront his tormentor tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Aspen.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

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Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

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 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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