Fight of the Week: Christie v. Clinton, pre-2016 warm-up round

Fight of the Week: Christie v. Clinton, pre-2016 warm-up round

Two political tigers prowled America's 2016 presidential campaign field this week, separated by about 1,100 miles: Republican Chris Christie and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

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Bergen Executive's Race: Wesley Clark to campaign next month with Tedesco

Bergen Executive's Race: Wesley Clark to campaign next month with Tedesco

Four Star General Wesley Clark (ret.) will join Freeholder Jim Tedesco, the Democratic nominee for County Executive, for two events in support of Tedesco’s campaign on August 6th, the campaign announced today, a day after Hillary Clinton signed copies of her book in Bergen. 

The former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Clark will first speak in Fair Lawn at a veteran’s community forum hosted by Tedesco before then headlining a campaign fundraiser that evening.

A Vietnam War hero, Clark's 2006 presidential campaign died in New Hampshire.

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Winners and Losers: Week of July 14th

Winners and Losers: Week of July 14th

The state takes a lot of well-deserved hits, let’s face it.

But if you can shovel your way through the winters and the political sound-bites, you can get to the summers in New Jersey, which is where we are now – for another six or so glorious weeks.

Revel in them, if you can, even if Revel can’t.

And know that through all weather, PolitickerNJ will supply, yet again, another edition of Winners and Losers…

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NJ State PBA President calls out Christie for "callous" choice of locale to start pension reform tour

NJ State PBA President calls out Christie for "callous" choice of locale to start pension reform tour

WOODBRIDGE - The president of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) decried the choice of locale for the start of Gov. Chris Christie's "No Pain, No Gain" pension reform tour as "callous," citing Christie's recent moves regarding public workers' pensions as something even more painful.

In a written statement, State PBA President Patrick Colligan specifically referred to the Christie administration taking out a $2.6 billion short-term loan with financial firm J.P. Morgan on July 1 to bolster the new $32.5 billion state budget and pay for the bills that will come due. Colligan's criticisms came in context of Christie's upcoming appearance next Tuesday, July 22, at the Bay View Park Gazebo in Long Beach Township to discuss his ideas on pension reform and to take questions. 

"His callous choice of venue is not lost on the policemen, firefighters and teachers who recently built a playground there as part of the Sandy Ground Project. That park was built in memory of Lauren Rousseau, one of the brave teachers who lost her life protecting her children at the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. It was built with the sweat of dedicated policemen, firemen and teachers who volunteered their time to honor this incredibly brave teacher who should have never expected to lose her life in her chosen profession. It is a personal affront to every volunteer that participated in the building of that playground and every public worker that continues to make their pension contributions and healthcare co-pays and don’t share the ability of saying “I can’t afford it” like the Governor can," Colligan said in the statement issued Friday. "Long Beach Island is approximately 18 miles long. There are many appropriate and convenient venues throughout the island that the Governor can roll out his disgraceful attempt to once again vilify the hard-working public workers who have made the hard sacrifices with his last round of reforms." 

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Morning Digest: July 18th

Morning Digest: July 18th

In Bergen bookstore, expectations high for Hillary Clinton as New Jersey voters anticipate 2016 presidential run

In Bergen bookstore, expectations high for Hillary Clinton as New Jersey voters anticipate 2016 presidential run

RIDGEWOOD - Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saved her words for those who came to Bookends bookstore in Ridgewood on Thursday to have a copy of her latest book, "Hard Choices," signed in person, not the press. 

But after the smiles, salutations and shaking of hands was over, several of those who got their books signed by Clinton commented on the sense of anticipation that hung as heavy in the basement signing room as the summer humidity. 

"I'm hoping that [a presidential campaign] would go in her favor, but I think it would be tight," said Danielle Reiffe, 37, a school social worker from Fair Lawn, as she assessed the potential Democratic candidate's chances in the upcoming 2016 election. "We hope to get the Democrats out in support of her, not only the women and the men in this state, but all those over 18 to vote for Hillary if she does go for it." 

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More subpoenas could be coming for unnamed Port Authority police sergeant, Wisniewski says

TRENTON - More subpoenas could be coming in the Select Committee on Investigation’s probe into the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal, this time for a police sergeant at the  Port Authority .

According to chairman John Wisniewski (D-19) at SCI’s hearing today, the committee may consider issuing a subpoena to find out the name of a Port Authority police sergeant quoted in the minutes of a 2013 closed Fort Lee council meeting, though it won’t be their first resort.

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Wisniewski says Egea testimony leaves questions unanswered

Wisniewski says Egea testimony leaves questions unanswered

TRENTON - At the close of a grueling seven hour testimony given by the front office’s Director of Authorities Regina Egea, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-37) and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) had a few things to say, but the chief message among them was simple: this isn’t over yet.

Weinberg and Wisniewski, both members of the Select Committee of Investigation charged with getting to the bottom of last year’s debacle over the George Washington Bridge lane closings, agreed that there’s more -- much more -- work to be done before they’re ready to issue a final report on the matter.

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The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 22nd

  Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83. (Editor/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/77506/union-county-sheriff-ralph-froehlich-has-died     Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November ...

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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 >

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"As soon as you step into the lake on foot or in a boat, you're in the state's domain. I feel bad for the snake, and I hope it gets rescued before it dies when it gets cold. It didn't mean to get let out there. This snake should be one thing we can get together on and not worry about party affiliation. Unless the snake's a Democrat." - Republican Mount Arlington Mayor Arthur Ondish

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