Prieto on Christie, arbitration cap bill: "We are talking"

Prieto on Christie, arbitration cap bill: "We are talking"

NEWARK -  At the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning, State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) downplayed his clash with Gov. Chris Christie regarding the ongoing debate over interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters.

"I wouldn't characterize it as a fight, I would characterize it as a negotiation. I have sat down with the governor. We are talking," Prieto told PolitickerNJ.com. "At this point in time, those conversations are private between me and him. We're trying to figure a compromise that's good for everybody." 

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Wisniewski on Bridgegate: state and federal investigations have "different goals"

Wisniewski on Bridgegate: state and federal investigations have "different goals"

NEWARK - In a rushed moment before getting on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip on Tuesday morning, state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) stopped in the lobby of the Newark Hilton and put down his black rolling suitcase. Someone nearby, perhaps after a few Bloody Marys, couldn't resist cracking a joke. 

"All the Bridgegate papers in there?" the man asked while scores of New Jersey politicos scuttled across the street to Penn Station to board the train. 

"Yeah, they're all right here," Wisniewski answered, smiling, patting the suitcase. 

The 77th annual train trip may inspire high frivolity in many who enjoy the ride to the nation's capital. But for Wisniewski, the co-chairperson of the state legislative committee investigating the Christie administration regarding the Bridgegate scandal, the ongoing investigation is no laughing matter. 

"There is a lot of work ahead of us," Wisniewski told PolitickerNJ.com. "We're going to continue to pursue all of the relevant information until we understand the fundamental question of how this could happen, and how we could stop it from happening happen." 

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Flare-up between Torres and Rodriguez at Paterson mayoral forum

Flare-up between Torres and Rodriguez at Paterson mayoral forum

PATERSON – At a mayoral forum this morning in this fast-intensifying contest with three weeks to go until Election Day, former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez collided for the first time.

In self-protection mode, Torres called out by name his tormentors who signed off on his controversial $74,000 severance package four years ago only to resurface now as chastising 2014 mayoral combatants.

Rodriguez objected, telling the former mayor that he was wrong, and noting that Torres’ severance pay he received for review as a councilman was hidden amid other city payments.

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Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Jeffries looks at campaign's last three weeks, outlines path to victory

Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Jeffries looks at campaign's last three weeks, outlines path to victory

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries worked the crowd at the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning. The Hilton stands a short distance away from Seton Hall University's law school, where Jeffries has worked as an associate professor. In just three weeks, Newark's voters will be his judge and jury in the May 13 municipal election. 

In an interview with PolitickerNJ.com, Jeffries presented a path to victory on Election Day that seemed to indicate a strategy that relies significantly on two of Newark's five wards. 

"Our message is resonating throughout the city. We're going to win by very large margins in the North and in the East in particular. We have clear organizational strength there," Jeffries said. "We're going to preserve our margins in other parts of the city. We're in great shape. We've just got to keep doing the work."

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Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Baraka looks at campaign's last three weeks, defends brother

Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Baraka looks at campaign's last three weeks, defends brother

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka walked quietly into the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning. The moment he entered the crowded room, all eyes were on him. 

Perceived by many politicos to be the favorite over his rival, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, Baraka told PolitickerNJ.com that he was taking nothing for granted with just three weeks left before Newark's May 13 municipal election.

"I'm knocking on doors and talking to as many voters as possible down the stretch," Baraka, Newark's South Ward councilman, said. "The ground game is always the most important thing on Election Day. It's about how ready your organization is. Going negative shows people that you don't have any ideas. It just shows desperation. Those type of people, who are part of the old politics in this city, aren't going to be around very long."

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Morning Digest: April 22, 2014

Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Support for municipal consolidation has declined since 2010

As NJ Gov. Chris Christie renews his call for merging local governments as a means to get rising property taxes under control, Garden State residents express less support for the idea than they did in 2010, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Just 45 percent support consolidating their municipal government with that of a neighboring community, down nine points from a March 2010 Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Opposition has climbed to 46 percent, up eight points.

“This decline in support may be partially a result of the smaller property tax increases seen over the last few years,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers. “While some towns have had large tax increases, many have not, which ironically may be reducing pressure to cut local government costs.”

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Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC report

Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC report

NEWARK - Newark First, the independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries in the run-up to the May 13 municipal election, has been on the attack lately against Jeffries' rival in the mayoral race, Ras Baraka. These attacks have centered on a critical aspect of political life: money. 

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Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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