Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that Paterson City Councilman Rigo Rodriguez - a candidate for mayor this year - and his wife were indicted today on charges that they engaged in mail-in ballot fraud in the May 2010 Paterson city council election and tampered with witnesses in connection with a subsequent investigation by the State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice. A former campaign worker also was indicted for alleged mail-in ballot fraud.
The Division of Criminal Justice obtained a state grand jury indictment today charging Rigo Rodriguez, 41, of Paterson, and his wife, Lissette Rodriguez, 34, of Paterson, who was a leader of his campaign, with the following counts:Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie's message to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday just outside of Washington, D.C. was direct: Republicans have the best opportunity to win policy battles not in the nation's capital, but in state politics.
"We've got to start talking about what we're for, and not what we're against," Christie said. "Our ideas are better than their ideas, and that's what we have to stand up for."
Christie cited the impact made by the Republican governors of Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Florida when making the argument that state governments now move policy initiatives forward more effectively than the federal government.
New Jersey lobbying expenditures climbed over $60 million in 2013, according to the latest state Election Law Enforcement Commission report issued Thursday.
Lobbying expenditures rose more than $2.2 million over 2012, representing a 3.8 percent increase, according to the report. The spike is likely the result of several controversial bills lawmakers considered in 2013, said Jeff Brindle, ELEC’s executive director.
“The primary purpose of lobbying is to represent the views of the wide range of interest groups that have a stake in our democracy,” he said in a statement. “Lobbying helps crystallize issues for our elected officials and the public, and helps decision-makers weigh the pros and cons of legislative action or inaction.”Read More >
A shakeup could be brewing in the legislative district that’s home to a top Democratic lawmaker eyeing the governor’s office, according to sources.
Assemblyman Celeste Riley’s (D-3) name emerged recently as a possible county clerk contender to challenge the county’s three-term Republican incumbent, according to Bob Greco, chairman of the Cumberland County GOP.
“The facts are there was a poll run in Cumberland County two nights ago asking, “If the clerk’s election were tomorrow who would you vote for?’” said Greco, adding the only choices given as possible contenders were Riley and the incumbent county clerk, Gloria Noto.Read More >
As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that three in 10 of all Republicans say they would not vote for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he ran for the White House, according to a report by the Washington Post.
Christie will address the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday morning. He was not invited to speak at last year’s event. What he says and the reception he receives will be closely watched and analyzed, and the new survey underscores the obstacles Christie will face if he seeks his party’s nomination in 2016.Read More >
TRENTON - If the words "Trenton makes, the world takes" on the city's famous bridge bear any meaning in recent months, it might be that the political culture of New Jersey's capital city has made the world take notice.
The conviction and subsequent removal of former Trenton Mayor Tony Mack after he was found guilty of bribery and extortion charges in federal court earlier this month creates the chance for change.Read More >
Jeff Bell and Steve Lonegan, New Jersey Republicans running for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, respectively, endorsed each other today in a joint statement. Lonegan, who is running in NJ-3, was the GOP nominee against Cory Booker in the special Senate election last year.
In his endorsement, Steve Lonegan said, "Jeff Bell blazed a path for New Jersey conservatives in the Reagan era and now he's back to challenge a very vulnerable incumbent, Cory Booker. He has my full support."
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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