Singleton says he supports bail reform amendment

Singleton says he supports bail reform amendment

Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) says he supports Gov. Chris Christie’s call for a constitutional amendment that would deny bail to dangerous suspects.

“That is an easy vote for me,” said Singleton, hours after Christie summoned the Assembly into a special Thursday session to vote on the measure, championed in the senate by state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5).

As part of his support for the amendment, Singleton said he also backs a measure that would require indictment within six months of arrest and trial within the year. “I don’t see a scenario where those two don’t go together,” Singleton said.

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GOP gubernatorial gutcheck: names circulating toward a post-Christie landscape

GOP gubernatorial gutcheck: names circulating toward a post-Christie landscape

A political insider this morning mentioned to PolitickerNJ that he thinks Gov. Chris Christie will stick it out through the end of his term if the feds drop indictments related to Bridgegate, compelled to stay in New Jersey - despite all the national bridge-building - by an unforgiving national media.

If nothing emerges from the GWB scandal, the governor will depart sometime next year to pursue an unimpeded, fulltime gubernatorial run, the Democratic source added.

The Democrat appeared keen on indictments not coming down on the governor as a way of speeding Christie's departure and hastening a Democratic takeover of the executive branch.

Either way, conversations within the Republican Party continue regarding a Christie successor...

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Bramnick joins Brown in Atlantic City; says 'we need to continue our commitment to the five-year plan'

Bramnick joins Brown in Atlantic City; says 'we need to continue our commitment to the five-year plan'

ATLANTIC CITY - At a press conference on The World Famous Steel Pier here today, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) joined Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) and other Atlantic County officials in voicing his support for continuing the state’s commitment to a five-year plan that would revitalize the gambling mecca's economy and keep casinos out of North Jersey.

“There is no one in Trenton fighting harder for Atlantic City than Chris Brown,” Bramnick, flanked by local officials like Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson and Mayor Don Guardian, said. “We need to continue our commitment to the five-year plan. Chris has brought both parties together here at home to fight for a stronger Atlantic City and his common-sense proposals deserve the full attention of both parties in Trenton.”

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Two Union County men plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy

Two Union County men, including the owner of an illegal online sports betting website, today admitted to conspiring with the Genovese organized crime family, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.   

Joseph Graziano, 77, and Dominick J. Barone, 44, both of Springfield, each pleaded guilty before District Judge Claire C. Cecchi in Newark federal court to separate informations charging them with one count of racketeering conspiracy. Graziano agreed to forfeit $1 million to the United States and Barone agreed to forfeit $100,000.

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Affordable housing developer pleads guilty to making false statements

The developer of three Trenton affordable housing projects admitted today that he made false statements to a financial institution to divert project money for personal and other unauthorized purposes, and to conducting a transaction with the proceeds of this crime, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.  

Robert Kahan, 68, of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to two counts of an indictment charging him with making false statements in a loan application (Count 8) and to transacting in criminal proceeds that resulted from those false statements (Count 12).

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In Bergen County Exec's race, 'tank-like vehicles' spark controversy

In Bergen County Exec's race, 'tank-like vehicles' spark controversy
A Photoshopped image, produced by Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan's campaign, of Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco riding atop an armored vehicle. A Tedesco campaign representative called it a "disgusting cartoon."

How many armored vehicles does it take to militarize a small, well-to-do New Jersey suburb?

Just one will do, says Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan.

In a scathing letter today, Donovan lashed out at fellow county freeholders Jim Tedesco, David Ganz and Joan Voss for throwing their support behind Sheriff Michael Saudino’s recent request for not one, but two “tank-like military armored vehicles” -- also known as MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles) -- from the U.S. Department of Defense.

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Appellate Division of Superior Court upholds Christie's appointment to Rutgers Board

Appellate Division of Superior Court upholds Christie's appointment to Rutgers Board

The appellate division of the Superior Court of New Jersey today ruled in favor of letting Gov. Chris Christie's appointee to the Rutgers University Board of Governors remain in place.

Martin Perez of New Brunswick will stay on the board, according to the court, which decided that Christie's pick of Perez was a proper use of his authority.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) last year challenged Perez's appointment.

But Christie successfully fought back the challenge.

According to the court's ruling, "We are... convinced that the plain language of NJSA 18A: 65-14 supports the governor's interpretation of the statute. Since the governor nominated a Camden County resident to fill an existing vacancy on the board, his appointment of Perez to one of the additional two seats without the advice and consent of the Senate was an appropriate exercise of the authority conferred on him by the statute."

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LD1: If Van Drew leaves, the chances of Fiocchi v. Andrzejczak 2017

LD1: If Van Drew leaves, the chances of Fiocchi v. Andrzejczak 2017

When and if veteran U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) retires, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1) will get a crack at the seat first, according to sources in the Democratic Party establishment.

Running an aggressive campaign against LoBiondo, attorney Bill Hughes, Jr. wants to alter that perception and – if he can’t beat LoBiondo outright – demonstrate to South Jersey that he can put a 2014 dent in LoBo.

But Van Drew last year led a ticket dogged by the doomed Nelson Albano with Republican Gov. Chris Christie at the top of the opposing ticket - and still won.

Van Drew has long toyed with making a run for Congress.

In the event he does in 2016 – or if he decides not to pursue re-election in 2017 – the party has taken his political protégé in hand as his eventual successor, sources say.

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

  Christie to Newark hecklers: 'I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else' BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie's got nothing but love for The Brick City, or so he says. In response to a Newark school student here today -- a 17-year-old president of the Newark Student Union...

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"Go to Mayor [Cory] Booker and ask him if he thinks in the years that he was mayor if I ignored Newark. The fact is I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else." - Gov. Chris Christie

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