Trenton's Caldwell-Wilson braces for result in Scottish independence election

Trenton's Caldwell-Wilson braces for result in Scottish independence election

Mulling over independence from England, the Scottish people have roughly an hour left before the polls close in their native land.

Among them is Trenton Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, who wants independence.

“It’s hard to say to say how this is going to go," Caldwell-Wilson told PolitickerNJ in an old country telephone interview. “A lot of the older people are afraid of change. There has been a huge late surge of young people for independence.”

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Echoing Christie, O'Toole says SCI should end its 'legislative meddling'

Echoing Christie, O'Toole says SCI should end its 'legislative meddling'

TRENTON - State Senator Kevin O'Toole (R-40) is firmly behind Gov. Chris Christie in ending the "legislative meddling"  into the circumstances surrounding last year's George Washington Bridge lane closings, colloquially called 'Bridgegate,' by members of the Select Committee on Investigations.

Just a few hours after Christie brought the hammer down on members of SCI, telling them to "wrap up" their work and "do their job," O'Toole expressed a similar sentiment to PolitickerNJ.

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Nurses and healthcare workers back Tedesco and Cho in Bergen County

Nurses and healthcare workers back Tedesco and Cho in Bergen County

NJ’s largest union of nurses and healthcare workers , the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), announced  endorsements today for  Roy Cho  for Congress in the  5th Congressional  district and Jim Tedesco for Bergen County Executive.

“Everyday, nurses and health professionals work hard to provide quality care for their patients and they need elected officials both locally and in Washington D.C. who will work just as hard to protect and put care first,” said Ann Twomey, president of the 12,000 member union. “As healthcare undergoes rapid change, our patients encounter a confusing system that doesn't always put their needs first. They need advocates like Roy Cho and Jim Tedesco who will.”work tirelessly to not only ensure that our health care system works, but that the men and women at the front lines of public health have the support they need to do their jobs.”

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Menendez's bill for Ukrainian military assistance, Russia sanctions, passes out of committee

Menendez's bill for Ukrainian military assistance, Russia sanctions, passes out of committee

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 today by a vote of 18 to 0.

Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the act along with Ranking Member Bob Corker (R-TN). According to Menendez's office, it imposes broad sanctions on Russia’s defense, energy, and financial sectors, as well as increasing military and non-military assistance for Ukraine.

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CD2 Crossfire: Hughes hits back at LoBo's fundraising record

CD2 Crossfire: Hughes hits back at LoBo's fundraising record

Words of anger and words of blame cascaded back and forth between the two opponents in CD2.

Democrat Bill Hughes, Jr., launched a television attack ad on incumbent Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2), prompting the incumbent to strike back.

The congressman said Hughes was hypocritical to stand with casino workers on one day then hobnob with former Governor Ed Rendell the next.

That caused the Hughes Campaign to return fire...

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Lawmakers, agency reps spar over bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission

Lawmakers, agency reps spar over bill to dissolve Waterfront Commission

TRENTON - Lawmakers, legal counsellors and business owners traded fiery words at a Senate Economic Growth Committee hearing today as they debated -- and ultimately released -- a bill that would dissolve The Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, a bi-state regulatory agency created in 1953 to combat criminal activity at the Port of New York and New Jersey.

The Commission -- the primary purpose of which is to license businesses and vet potential employees at shipping companies at the port to ensure hiring practices are in accordance with state and federal law -- has become the subject of criticism among lawmakers and labor leaders who see its involvement in the industry as crippling to the state's economic growth. The port's leading labor organizations have held protests over the that involvement.

More recently, the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) union joined with the region's main employer group, the New York Shipping Association (NYSA), in suing the agency over those hires, mostly vacant longshoremen positions they're not able to fill and which they insist are hurting business.

Frustration over the commission was on high exhibit again today, with legislators like state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-20) and shipping labor leaders like John Nardy, president of the New York Shipping Association, slamming the commission for playing an overly bureaucracy -- and, they argue, unnecessary -- role in the industry's affairs.    

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CD2: LoBo lashes out at Hughes over planned fundraiser with Rendell

CD2: LoBo lashes out at Hughes over planned fundraiser with Rendell

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) struck back this afternoon at the Hughes for Congress campaign, going after this opponent's association with the politician who successfully launched legalized gambling in Pennsylvania in direct competition with Atlantic City.

Hughes has a scheduled fundraiser tomorrow with former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, whom the Republican congressman fingers in part as responsible for collapsing Atlantic City.

“It is brazen hypocrisy that Bill Hughes Jr. can hold a press conference one day confessing his solidarity with casino workers and their families impacted by the recent closures, but then rub elbows and collect campaign contributions from the Pennsylvania Governor who instituted gaming at our borders,” LoBiondo said.

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Fulop fundraises for Lake Como mayoral candidate

Fulop fundraises for Lake Como mayoral candidate

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop last night put his thumb print on Brian Wilton, the Democratic candidate running for mayor in Lake Como.

Already helping Monmouth County Democratic Committee Chairman Vin Gopal try to dislodge two Republicans in the Nov. 4th election, the Jersey City mayor was the headliner last night at a gazebo fundraiser for Wilton attended by about 100 people.

Those in attendance included Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell (D-31), Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp, and Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty.

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The Back Room

Asbury Park Press corrects Williams error in Christie report

The Asbury Park Press last night mopped up after NBC anchor Brian Williams overreached when he said the feds had cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in a federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 19th

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

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Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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 >

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