Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill

Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill
Credit: Liz Swain
Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7)

TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged - from peeling away an adequate number of his caucus members.

The bill received 45 votes in the affirmative, five in the negative, and 23 abstentions.

In a floor debate prior to the vote, Bramnick labored to offset the embarrassment of Republicans, whose caucus members would have to overturn an earlier vote on the issue to please Christie.

An original staunch backer of the bill, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-13) backed up the leader on a change of course after the treasury department notified Republicans that it would be inappropriate for the state, the issuer of the debt, to also issue an affordability analysis.

"I strongly urge that we pull this back," O'Scanlon argued, citing new information. "If there is another we to work this, then that's the way we ought to go."

Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-6) was aghast.

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Passaic GOP brings in Republican candidate from California to address LBGT issues

Passaic GOP brings in Republican candidate from California to address LBGT issues

Republican Congressional Candidate Carl DeMaio of San Diego, California will be in Clifton on September 30th to help the Republican Party connect with the LBGT community

"I see myself as a 'new generation Republican' who wants to challenge the party to focus on pocket-book, economic and quality of life issues in a more positive and inclusive way - rather than issues that are frankly, none of the government's business in the first place,” said DeMaio.

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Kennedy to headline Somerset Dems gala

Kennedy to headline Somerset Dems gala

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy will give the keynote address at the Somerset County Democrats Annual Campaign Gala Dinner being held on Tuesday, October 7th at the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Congressman Kennedy join us at our Gala”, said Peg Schaffer, Chair of the Somerset County Democratic Committee.  “The Gala has historically been one of our most superb events with great music and dinner together with fascinating and influential individuals who share their thoughts and ideas on the issues of the day.   I am sure Congressman Kennedy will bring a unique, inspiring perspective to the evening.”

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South Jersey Building Trades formally back Booker

South Jersey Building Trades formally back Booker

Declaring Sen. Booker “a true partner of organized labor,” the South Jersey Building Trades today announced the group’s firm support of Booker’s re-election bid to the U.S. Senate. 

"As mayor and now as senator, Cory Booker has always proven that he is a true partner of organized labor," said Dan Cosner, President of the South Jersey Building Trades. "We unanimously support the Senator's reelection as we need more leaders like him in Washington – leaders who will fight to increase the minimum wage, expand college affordability and ensure equal pay for an equal day's work.”

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Monmouth Poll: 57% of ticketed red-light camera drivers say behavior unchanged

New Jersey is reaching the end of a five year pilot program that uses cameras to enforce red light infractions and, according to the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll, state residents do not agree on what should happen next.  Most say that increased revenues rather than improved road safety are the primary reasons towns want to use the devices.

New Jersey is divided on the idea of using cameras to issue tickets to people who drive through red lights.  Overall, 44% approve of the concept versus 38% who disapprove of this type of enforcement.  Another 18% have no opinion.  New Jersey drivers who have received a red light ticket are opposed to the program by a 51% disapprove to 42% approve margin.  Other residents who have seen these cameras in their travels are divided at 42% approve to 40% disapprove.  Only those who have never noticed a red light camera in the state register majority support at 52% approve to 26% disapprove.

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In first TV ad buy, Donovan goes after Tedesco - and Ganz and Voss - all at once

In first TV ad buy, Donovan goes after Tedesco - and Ganz and Voss - all at once

The Kathe Donovan Campaign got tough in Bergen County this morning, looking to smother their Democratic challengers in Donovan’s first TV ad of the season.

The Republican county executive seeking her second term in office, Donovan bought $45,000 worth of cable and Internet ad time in an attempt to snuff out challenger James Tedesco, a county freeholder and former Paramus mayor.

The ad highlights Tedesco’s long-ago choice for Paramus attorney, Dennis Oury – who was later tried and convicted for attempting to profit from a secret business venture; and pokes at Tedesco’s running mates.

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Morning Digest: September 29th

Morning Digest: September 29th

Cooper University Health System Announces Death of Its President and CEO, John P. Sheridan, Jr.

Cooper University Health System Announces Death of Its President and CEO, John P. Sheridan, Jr.

CAMDEN - The executive leadership of Cooper University Health System is saddened to announce the death of its President and CEO, John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce.

Mr. Sheridan was remembered as a “a true gentleman and outstanding leader” by George E. Norcross, III, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Cooper Health System, and Adrienne Kirby, the President and CEO of Cooper University Health Care.  Mr. Sheridan had served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Cooper University Health System since February 2008.

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The Back Room

Report: Christie in Wisconsin with Walker

In his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Gov. Chris Christie campaigned in Wisconsin today with fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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Morning Digest: September 30th

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