Time to act is 'way past due' on Transportation Trust Fund, Sweeney tells Christie

Time to act is 'way past due' on Transportation Trust Fund, Sweeney tells Christie

ROSELLE - The Gordon Street Bridge -- a teetering, hundred-year old arch of rusted steel in Union County's Roselle township -- has a sufficiency rating of 22.5 out of 100, making it structurally deficient, by most building standards. Yet it's still used by tens of thousands of commuters who traverse the bridge daily, making their way to and from work.

It's just one example of many deteriorating transportation infrastructure projects in the Garden State in desperate need of repair, according to Senate President Steve Sweeney, who appeared here today to continue his fight to find funding for the state's Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

"These are the bridges we go over every single day, and we don't think anything of them because we expect the government to ensure our safety as we travel," said Sweeney. "These bridges aren't safe anymore. They need to be addressed."

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'The Midas Man': regardless of what Munoz does, Wiley in rev-up mode ahead of 2015 West New York Mayor's race

'The Midas Man': regardless of what Munoz does, Wiley in rev-up mode ahead of 2015 West New York Mayor's race

“Freedom, freedom, freedom.” It was one of those inspiring, uniquely American campaign trail moments - that soured irrecoverably right after the election.

We’re talking about the relationship between Mayor Felix Roque and Commissioner Count Wiley, forged on the streets of WNY during an unsuccessful recall effort five years ago, then fumbled into political oblivion soon after both men won the 2011 election on the same ticket.

By Wiley’s count, it took all of three months, when the mayor – a local pain doctor – tried to monkey with public workers’ workman’s compensation carrier, he says.

Now, as Roque seeks a second term in office after one of the most turbulent local one-term tenures in Hudson history, the man once visible in photos as his 60th Street renegade right arm, is pawing at the turf, eager to storm Town Hall and displace the sitting mayor.

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Lakewood, Singer, assisting Sofer family in search for missing student

Lakewood, Singer, assisting Sofer family in search for missing student

The Ocean County town of Lakewood is in a state of heightened expectation right now as the family of Aaron Sofer makes contact with Israeli authorities to try to determine the whereabouts of the missing 23-year old student.

“When an American is missing abroad, we as a country take this as a very important matter,” said state Sen. Bob Singer (R-30), who first talked to Sofer’s uncle on Saturday night.

The Sofer Family is well-known and well-respected in Sofer’s hometown of Lakewood.

Last Friday, “Aaron was hiking with a friend and took a different route to the top, there was an 8-hour delay before he was reported,” said the veteran Singer, who hails from Lakewood.

To date, no terrorist group has laid claim to being responsible for Sofer’s disappearance.

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Menendez heads to Estonia, Poland and Ukraine

Menendez heads to Estonia, Poland and Ukraine

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week will travel to Estonia, Poland, and Ukraine, focusing on ongoing security concerns caused by continued Russian destabilization throughout the region.

Menendez says he plans to pay particular attention to Ukraine, where thousands have been killed and injured and separatist militias are responsible for the savage downing of a civilian airline resulting in the death of 298 innocent people.

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In AC, Guardian readies for impact stage next month as three casinos close

In AC, Guardian readies for impact stage next month as three casinos close

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian didn’t try to paint a rosy picture, but insisted the city’s doing everything it can to capitalize on the structures still standing – and open – in his embattled home town.

Guardian’s losing three casinos next month: the Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino (August 31, 2014), Revel (September 2, 2014) and Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino (September 16, 2014), all belly-up victims of a confluence of factors, including greater regional competition and a recession.

 In a teleconference call this morning with reporters, Guardian, along with Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) Executive Director John Palmieri and Atlantic City Alliance President Liza Cartmell, and Mark Giannantonio, President and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel, today acknowledged that the coming weeks will be difficult for the employees and for the resort destination.

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Trenton Councilwoman Caldwell-Wilson going to her native Scotland to vote in referendum election

Trenton Councilwoman Caldwell-Wilson going to her native Scotland to vote in referendum election

Scottish-born Trenton Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson has a dual citizenship, and she’s watching with considerable interest those political events unfolding in the country of her birth in the lead up to a September 18th referendum election on independence.

Now in her second term on the city council, Caldwell-Wilson, a retired CWA labor leader, plans to go to Scotland for the vote and the aftermath, and to celebrate that country’s separation from England.

“The big conversation going on right now is about revenues from North Sea oil, which would be a big loss to the UK,” said the councilwoman.

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Morning Digest: August 26th

Morning Digest: August 26th

MacArthur on CD3 race: 'We're going to invest what we need to'

MacArthur on CD3 race: 'We're going to invest what we need to'

Tom MacArthur has the resources to outspend his competition, and he's not afraid to use them.

In fact, when it comes to winning over the hearts and minds of voters the Ocean and Burlington County-constituted congressional district 3, the Republican hopeful said his financial strategy is flexible.

He wouldn't put an exact number on what he plans to spend.

"Look I have resources and I'm willing to invest them because I believe in what I'm doing," MacArthur told PolitickerNJ in a phone interview last week.  "We're going to invest what we need to invest to get our message out."

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

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