Declaring 'we are now at a crossroads,' Christie implores officials to work together

Declaring 'we are now at a crossroads,' Christie implores officials to work together
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

WASHINGTON D.C. – Gov. Chris Christie touted his relationship with the state’s top lawmaker Tuesday evening, bringing his message of bipartisanship to the nation’s capital as an example of putting politics aside to benefit constituents.

The governor, joking he and Senate President Steve Sweeney are both “soft spoken” elected officials, boasted his accomplishments over the last five years despite being a “conservative Republican” in a state where a “liberal Democratic Legislature” dominates the Statehouse.

Christie, calling out Sweeney by name, touted their relationship as his “most consistent partnership” in Trenton over the course of his gubernatorial career as he delivered comments a short distance from the U.S. Capitol about what can be done when lawmakers work together.

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Holt has little to say about CD 12 Dem primary, suggests endorsement could be pending

Holt has little to say about CD 12 Dem primary, suggests endorsement could be pending

WASHINGTON D.C. – If outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) intends to endorse a candidate to succeed him in Washington D.C. he’s unprepared to do so just yet.

The federal lawmaker had little to say about the contentious Democratic primary underway in his home district as four contenders vie for their party’s nod.

“There are a number of really good candidates,” he told PolitickerNJ while dashing from one event to the next.

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Fulop, without Sweeney in sight, sees parallels between his career and Newark mayor's race

Fulop, without Sweeney in sight, sees parallels between his career and Newark mayor's race

NEWARK - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was not suited up when he strode into the breakfast held before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning. Dressed casually, he was getting fueled up for the ultimate schmooze ride to the nation's capital. 

Fulop, a potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate, was perhaps internally cheered by the fact that his potential South Jersey rival, State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), was nowhere in sight because of what his office said were scheduling conflicts. Externally, Fulop radiated confidence as a line of politicos formed in front of him, looking for a few minutes to talk. 

Fulop took a few minutes to talk to about the Newark mayoral race, which pits South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka against former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. The Newark race reminds Fulop of his 2013 struggle to oust then-incumbent Mayor Jerramiah Healy in Jersey City. 

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Co-chairs of committee say Bridgegate investigation moving to a key stage

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation
has issued subpoenas to four people to testify before the panel in May.

The committee will receive testimony from:

           *    Christina Genovese Renna on May 6 at 10
           *    William "Pat" Schuber on May 6 at 2 p.m.

           *    Michael Drewniak on May 13 at 10 a.m. 
           *    Patrick Foye on May 13 at 2 p.m.

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Ruiz on potential future Newark mayoral bid: when the shoe fits...

Ruiz on potential future Newark mayoral bid: when the shoe fits...

NEWARK - With just three weeks left until the May 13 Newark municipal election, some might say now is not the time to take one's eyes off of the two men locked in political combat for Newark's mayoral chair - South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.

But as Newark's population continues shifting towards a majority Latino future, the first female, and first Latina, mayor of New Jersey's largest city waits in the wings - State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-29). 

Several sources have told that the name of Ruiz, an ally of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Newark Democratic power broker Steve Adubato, Sr., is being bandied about as a possible Newark mayoral candidate in 2018. She is up for re-election to the state Senate in 2015. 

According to Ruiz, the Newark mayoral candidacy shoe doesn't fit. Yet. 

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Senate leadership absent from this year's chamber trip

Senate leadership absent from this year's chamber trip

CHAMBER TRAIN – As chamber train goers packed the cars on the way to Washington D.C. there were a couple legislators noticeably absent.

Senate leadership from both parties.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-21) were nowhere to be found. Neither lawmaker is expected to attend the events in Washington D.C. later tonight, as well.

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Bridgegate committee issuing four subpoenas

CHAMBER TRAIN – Four subpoenas are being issued today for witnesses to provide testimony as part of the legislative committee’s investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closings.

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It's not Bridgegate, it's 'Wizgate,' says top GOP Assembly lawmaker

It's not Bridgegate, it's 'Wizgate,' says top GOP Assembly lawmaker

CHAMBER TRAIN – A week after announcing GOP legislators serving on the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are hitting a breaking point, a top Assembly Republican lawmaker now says the controversy dubbed Bridgegate is due for a name change.

“It’s Wizgate,” said Assemblyman John Bramnick (R-21) aboard the chamber train to Washington D.C., a reference to the co-chairman of the legislative committee, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19).

“You don’t run an investigation on MSNBC,” Bramnick charged, sitting one train car apart from Wisniewski.

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