Morin lists potential special election candidates

Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin said he takes no delight in the troubles of Democratic Assemblyman Neil Cohen, who’s under investigation for child pornography that was allegedly found on his legislative office computer.

But knowing  that a resignation from Cohen could come soon -- which would bring about a special election in the 20th Legislative District come November -- Morin does have a few potential Republican candidates in mind. 

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Caucus leaders want internet filtering software on all legislative computers

Amid the shockwaves that hit the political community last night over the revelation that Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union) is under investigation for possession of child pornography, four legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle have requested that the Office of Legislative Services begin installing the “most aggressive” possible internet filtering software on all of the legislature’s computers.

A joint statement by Senate President Dick Codey, Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce said that this morning they directed the Office of Legislative Services to “immediately pursue installing the most aggressive Internet filtering software available on all computers in the Legislature.”

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Union quiet in wake of Cohen shocker

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UNION - The front door to the District 20 Legislative Office swung open but inside the place was almost barren.

"I’ve been instructed to refer all press to the statement on the front door," said Thomas Lynch, chief of staff to Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union), chair of the Democratic State Committee.

A pair of sound trucks were parked on Stuyvesant Avenue and a handful of reporters stood in front of the office, studying the release taped to the door.

Cryan and state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) released the statement last night, which says they referred tbe actions of their colleague, Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle) to the Office of Legislative Services.

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James sentencing on Tuesday

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James, who was convicted on federal corruption charges in June, will be sentenced at 10 AM Tuesday is U.S. District Judge William Martini’s courtroom.  James faces a prison sentence of four to seven years, according to federal sentencing guidelines.

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Levy avoids prison, gets six months probation

Former Atlantic City Mayor Robert Levy, who resigned last year after a disappearing for two weeks, received six month probation for falsifying his military service record.  He earned a Bronze Star in Vietnam, but claimed to be a Green Beret and to have received combat infantryman and parachutist badges.  He was also fined $5,000, and has agreed to repay $24,683 in veterans benefits.

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Cohen update

Assembly Deputy Speaker Neil Cohen, whose office computer was seized by the state Attorney General's office after two other legislators told them it contained child pornograpy, remains hospitalized today and is seeking psychiatric help. Attorney General Anne Milgram's office continues to have no comment.

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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