Largest number of new members since 1992 sworn in to Assembly

Freshman Assemblyman Ruben Ramos today walked in Gov. Jon Corzine's entourage with fellow freshman Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande.Freshman Assemblyman Ruben Ramos today walked in Gov. Jon Corzine's entourage with fellow freshman Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande.Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts today called on his fellow lawmakers to be bold and to focus on the big issues: ethics, affordable housing, healthcare and property tax reform.

"Our obligation is not to be a rubber stamp," Roberts told a group of legislators that included 25 new assembly people, or the largest number of freshmen since the Florio tax backlash of 1992. 

Speaking in the War Memorial shortly after helping to swear-in the other 79 assembly people and then being sworn into office himself, 20-year veteran Roberts urged the Assembly to work hard and bring honor to the State of New Jersey.

Although he and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce complimented each other and committed themselves to bipartisanship, the latter didn’t clap when Roberts boasted about providing the largest property relief tax package in state history in 2007.

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Cryan says it's all about Feb. 5th as Obama backers exult

Cryan says it's all about Feb. 5th as Obama backers exult

Assemblyman Joseph CryanAssemblyman Joseph CryanWith a few hours to go before the end of the New Hampshire primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s statehouse supporters went into full-bore Rudy Giuliani campaign strategy mode, downplaying New Hampshire, and emphasizing the importance of the Feb. 5th primary in New Jersey and 21 other states.

Lagging behind Sen. Barack Obama in Iowa and likely New Hampshire, Clinton's supporters also found a comforting target in the former senator from North Carolina, whom Clinton had excoriated in in self-defense during Saturday's ABC debate.

Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, New Jersey spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said of tonight's primary, "It doesn’t matter whether she wins or loses. What’s going to happen in New Hampshire tonight is you’re going to see John Edwards eliminated. Then it’s going to be Barack and Hillary straight up."

Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney said he doesn’t believe Edwards - a second place finisher in Iowa after Clinton - is done after tonight. "I think they can go to South Carolina (Edwards' birthplace) and he can compete," said Sweeney.

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DiFrancesco interested in sports authority seat

After spending six years working as a private sector lawyer, former Acting Governor and Senate Co-President Donald DiFrancesco wants to get back into public service – perhaps as a board member of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.

“Would I be interested? Yeah, sure. Will I get it? I’m not sure,” said DiFrancesco. “It’s the other party. He probably has a lot of people who he wants to put on there.”

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Coleman hasn't put much thought into becoming lieutenant governor

When people talk about who New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor will be, one name that frequently pops up is Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman.

The diminutive African-American woman is the second highest ranking member of the Assembly, and could bring the oft-lauded diversity to the gubernatorial ticket. But although there’s buzz about the possibility, Coleman said that whether she seeks the position depends on a higher power.

“I haven’t really thought about it,” said Coleman just before being sworn in for her sixth term in the legislature. “I’ve been asked about it. But I love what I’ve been doing in the Assembly and hope to continue to work with Joe Roberts in the Assembly. And whatever God has for me in the future he’ll show to me.”

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Pallone convinced Clinton will win the nomination

In the Statehouse today for the goU.S. Rep. Frank PalloneU.S. Rep. Frank Pallonevernor’s state of the state address, three Democratic congressman, two in the Sen. Hillary Clinton camp and one undecided, had three different takes on today’s developing New Hampshire primary.

U.S. Rep Frank Pallone said he believes Clinton is firmly in the fight despite her loss in Iowa and likely loss in New Hampshire.

"New Hampshire is a small state," said Pallone. "The real battle is on Feb. 5th (when New Jersey and 21 other states are holding primaries), and I believe she’s going to win the nomination. She will continue to compete before then in Nevada and South Carolina."

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires isn’t so sure.

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Myers to enter race on Thursday

Medford Deputy Mayor Christopher Myers will formally announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination for Congress in the third district on Thursday in Medford.  Sources say that twelve-term Congressman Jim Saxton will endorse Myers, a Lockheed Martin Vice President.

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New Legislature takes office today; Governor delivers State of the State address

New Jersey Network will air Gov. Jon Corzine's State of the State address live today.

Governor Corzine delivers his State of the State Address
Governor Corzine offers his asset monetization plan in his State of the State Address before a joint session of the Legislature.

Republicans respond to the governor’s State of the State Address
Republican state lawmakers react to Governor Corzine’s plans in his second State of the State Address.

Political analysis of the governor’s State of the State
NJN News’s political insiders offer their insights into the governor’s State of the State Address.

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The Back Room

Daily News: PVSC still a patronage cesspool

Despite Gov. Chris Christie's much-covered intevention and rearrangement of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) four years ago, the place is still a mess, according to a story in the Daily News.

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Wake-Up Call

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