Stockton wants 'open mic' debate between Booker and Bell

Stockton wants 'open mic' debate between Booker and Bell

Stockton College’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy today called for an Open Mic Debate between the candidates for the United States Senate.

“Open to the public, open to all media – that is the kind of debate that New Jerseyans deserve,” said Daniel J. Douglas, director of the Hughes Center, which also includes the Stockton Polling Institute.

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U.S. Senate race: Bell releases federal tax return, calls on Booker to do the same

U.S. Senate race: Bell releases federal tax return, calls on Booker to do the same

U.S. Senate Republican nominee Jeff Bell released his 2013 federal tax return on Tuesday, then subsequently called on his opponent, incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), to do the same.

"I'm publicly releasing my tax return now because it's in the interest of voters to know about it well ahead of the November election,"said Bell in a written statement. "Cory Booker should do the same thing right away."

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Morning Digest: July 22nd

Morning Digest: July 22nd

FDU Poll: Christie job approval rating 44%

FDU Poll: Christie job approval rating 44%

As Governor Christie embarks on a multi-state tour as head of the Republican Governors’  Association, a statewide poll of registered voters from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds him unable to regain the luster he once had back home as a rising bipartisan star. His job approval remains unchanged since its January drop: a majority of voters are expressing concern over the direction the state is headed, and over half believe that it’s unlikely the governor was unaware of his aides’ behavior in the Bridgegate scandal.

Right now, 44 percent say they approve of the job the governor is doing, with 41 percent who say they disapprove. In June, the approval number was the same and in March it was 41 percent. These numbers followed a precipitous drop in January after the Bridgegate allegations came to light. The governor remains divisive with less than a third of Democrats (28%) who approve of his job performance and less than half of independents (46%), compared with two-thirds of Republican voters (67%).

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Democratic Party leaders mourn Sheriff Ralph Froehlich of Union County

Condolences poured in all day from Democratic Party leaders mourning the death of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich.

Mr. Froehlich died last night at 83.

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Cornered by press in Connecticut diner, Christie stumps for Foley

Cornered by press in Connecticut diner, Christie stumps for Foley

GREENWICH, CT - He came to stump for Republican gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley -- and to grab a bite to eat, maybe? -- but Gov. Chris Christie soon found himself doing little of either, cornered by a near-crazed pack of reporters and cameramen asking questions on all manner of issues here at a diner this evening.

Asked about the ongoing crisis in Israel, Christie said the country has “an absolute right to do what it’s doing” -- which includes a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip -- and chastised the Obama Administration for its lack of response in the region.

Criticized earlier this month for vetoing proposed gun control legislation in New Jersey and passing up a meeting with families of the victims of Newton's school shooting, Christie fired back, noting that he met with some of those families last month.

“I have nothing but sympathy for those folks that went through what they went through in Sandy Hook, but I don’t believe [gun control by limiting the number of rounds] is an effective way to do it, and that’s a difference of opinion,” he said. (At a second stop on his swing through here this evening at Belle Haven, 150 people opposed to Christie's gun control stance gathered in protest of the governor).

And what about Connecticut’s sitting governor, Democrat Dan Malloy, who earlier today called Christie’s visit ‘insulting’?

“Listen, I know [Malloy] is thrilled that I’m here today,” Christie said at one point. “And I know he’ll be thrilled when I come here again, and again, and again, to do the best I can to make sure Connecticut has a governor that will bring growth to the state and jobs in its economy. Dan Malloy has had four years to do that and he hasn’t done it. So he can say whatever he wants about me. I happen to like Dan personally.

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Reported anaconda sighting in Lake Hopatcong leaves locals defiant in face of roving reptile

Reported anaconda sighting in Lake Hopatcong leaves locals defiant in face of roving reptile

LAKE HOPATCONG - Politics, in some ways, is about control. Right now, it could be argued that man does not control the four municipalities in Morris and Sussex counties that border Lake Hopatcong. 

Instead, a reported sighting of a 16-foot-long anaconda swimming free in the lake has added a tinge of reptilian menace and psychological disturbance to an otherwise placid summer on one of the most beautiful bodies of fresh water in New Jersey. 

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After reviewing integrity monitor report re. Hurricane Sandy aftermath, Sweeney 'disappointed'

After reviewing integrity monitor report re. Hurricane Sandy aftermath, Sweeney 'disappointed'

After perusing integrity monitor reports on Hurricane Sandy, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) this afternoon unleashed a tornado of criticism on the Christie administration. 

“My intention when I sponsored this legislation was to have these reports done as quickly as possible so that we could both prevent problems and find ways to correct them,” said Sweeney.  “Unfortunately, these are months overdue and they are underwhelming to say the least. I was hoping for more detail, especially regarding what was just recently determined to be the second most expensive storm in the last half century. I am certainly disappointed in what was provided to us.  It does not resemble what my intention was when I proposed this legislation.”

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The Back Room

Christie v. Astorino in Aspen

Dismissed by Republican Governors' Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino plans to confront his tormentor tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Aspen.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

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Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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