Senator Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and Senator Joseph Kyrillos (R-13) today announced the planned introduction of legislation that will bolster the state’s legal position, they said.
Their bill, which will be officially introduced at the Senate’s next session, would explicitly abolish language in state law that prohibits sports betting, a move that would reinforce the state attorney general’s effort to lift the injunction preventing the state from moving forward on plans to allow casinos and racetracks to accept wagers on sporting events. The measure would also prohibit the transport of sports-betting equipment across state lines and set an age requirement of 21 years old.Read More >
THE MEADOWLANDS - From county to county, Democrats see opportunity in Cory Booker coattails blanking Republican incumbent freeholders.
The push is on - especially in Monmouth, Somerset, and Burlington, where minority county party chairs salivate over a mismatch in Booker versus Republican Jeff Bell.
State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) said no way.
"In Monmouth County, the Republican brand is so strong, you could even imagine the freeholders running parallel to [Booker]," said Beck. "While Jeff Bell will get the support of Republicans in Monmouth County, I don't think he plays a big role."Read More >
THE MEADOWLANDS - Standing in a parking lot amid whizzing planes and cargo trucks and Metlife Stadium looming in the background, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) led a bipartisan delegation of women legislators to demand stronger action by the NFL - and Congress - in response to former NFL running back Ray Rice's show of violence to his wife and the moribund reaction by the league until the release of an infamous Atlantic City video.
All the women want NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell canned.
It wasn't just Rice.Read More >
HACKENSACK - In the first TV ad of Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan's reelection campaign, the Republican incumbent goes on the attack, painting the Bergen County Democrats with a broad brush of alleged corruption.
The ad singles out not only Donovan's county executive race rival, Democratic Freeholder Jim Tedesco, but the Democratic Freeholder candidates, incumbents David Ganz and Joan Voss. Ganz and Voss are facing off against GOP candidates Robert Avery and Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, hoping to maintain the 5-2 Democratic edge on the freeholder board.
Voss is specifically referred to in the ad as being part of a Democrat-dominated board that has "given millions of dollars in no-bid contracts to campaign contributors and political cronies."
In an interview with PolitickerNJ, Voss refuted the Donovan ad's allegations about no-bid contracts.
"It's the executive's office that selects the companies for contracts. The freeholder board just pays the bills. The rest is not our prerogative," said Voss, hours before a scheduled Tuesday night freeholder candidate forum at the Teaneck Public Library. "This is my eleventh campaign for public office, and I didn't expect this to get so negative."Read More >
WEST ORANGE - Even in the midst of Monday night's raucous party for Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, where the mood was free and easy and the drinks plenty, state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz's response to a completely off-the-cuff question comes out like she's got it written down somewhere.
This one was about her longtime Newark political ally, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, and his re-election camapign against Republican Jeff Bell.
What makes Booker the better candidate? PolitickerNJ asked Ruiz, the Essex County Democratic Party's vice chairwoman and default guest liaison at last night's fundraiser.Read More >
WEST ORANGE - You could hear the blaring sounds of the band playing Pharrell's "Happy" and the raucous clatter of voices even as you walked up from the Turtleback Zoo and South Mountain Recreation Complex, down Cherry Lane, to the front of McLoone's Boathouse here in the geographic heart of Essex County's political establishment.
At the entrance, recently-vacated black SUVs idled in the driveway as guests clad in black suits and evening wear lined up to join the throngs inside, where boozy pols and their friends and family sat socializing freely at the bars, over martinis and plates of Horderves; out back, on the patio overlooking the glass surface of Diamond Mill Pond, others lounged in thickly-cushioned chairs around a stone-ring fireplace.
For those not politically acclimated to Essex County's political culture, the scene could have easily been mistaken for a lavish wedding reception or some Garden State celebrity's birthday party. But Monday's night's event at McLoone's was arguably more important, at least in Essex County's political circles -- it was a gala honoring Joe Divincenzo, Essex County Executive and orchestrator of the well-oiled establishment come together to celebrate his legacy even as he works to continue it.
"Look around," 10th district Congressman Donald Payne, noting the nearby zoo and recreation complex, two of the county exec's crowning achievements, told the party of around 700 people in between the band's setlist. "This county executive has made Essex the finest county in the United States."Read More >
TRENTON – They barged through the doors here at Tir Na Nog, where walls overhung with the faces of IRA and GPO heroes blend into the flesh and blood fabric of this Grateful Dead strumming present: bar stool locals and sidewalk spillover from Hamilton, where Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14) welds the cacophony of an Irish and Italian past into well-heeled district-wide politics.
“Wayne has really matured,” Trenton North Ward Councilman Marge Caldwell-Wilson said of the veteran Democratic Party lawmaker and assistant business manager of IBEW Local 269. “He’s really come a long way since he was first elected. He’s growing and he gets better the longer he’s in there. He’s become one of our most aggressive legislators.”Read More >
Democratic Party sources say the party organization has not positioned the successor to state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5), who's running to succeed U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) - but there are at least two names circulating as possible choices.Read More >
Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...
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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 >
"I see Loretta Weinberg in the back of the room. Loretta, you have my eternal admiration for what you did to rid the Democratic Party of a certain political boss. However, not everyone shares that distinction." - Bergen County Republican Freeholder candidate Robert Avery- PolitickerNJ
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