Menendez applauds Maliki's decision to resign

Menendez applauds Maliki's decision to resign

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Iraqi President Nuri al-Maliki:

"I welcome the encouraging news today regarding Mr. Maliki’s decision to end legal challenges to the nomination of Dr. Haydar al-Abadi to serve as Iraq’s next Prime Minister.  This non-violent transfer of leadership is a critical for Iraq’s democratic transition, and is a vital step toward addressing the security crisis in Iraq.

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Christie sizes up national political scene at town hall: 'We are at a tipping point'

Christie sizes up national political scene at town hall: 'We are at a tipping point'

OCEAN CITY - In a tirade against Barack Obama’s policies as U.S. President at one of his summer town halls here today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he’s “embarrassed” that he has to pay $3 dollars for his kids’ prescriptions when he goes to  his local pharmacy.

“I get this health plan now,” Christie said, referring to ObamaCare, the president’s signature health care legislation. “And I have to tell you the truth, it’s embarrassing. I go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for one of my kids and you know what I pay most of the time? Three dollars. Three dollars for anything. And the guy behind the counter is looking at me, knowing he’s paying for me to get that. I’m embarrassed by that. It’s too rich. We can’t afford it.”

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Christie 'thinking' about presidential run

Christie 'thinking' about presidential run

OCEAN CITY - Gov. Chris Christie may not have a solid answer to the question of whether he’ll run in 2016’s Republican primary just yet, but he seems to be growing more comfortable with the question.

“I’m thinking about it,” he told an attendee at one of his summer “no pain, no gain” town halls here today. “It is an enormous decision to make not only for me, but my family.”

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Christie makes Atlantic City a top priority at latest town hall

Christie makes Atlantic City a top priority at latest town hall

OCEAN CITY - Premature whispers and perked ears greeted a lonely U.S. Rep. Frank Lobiondo as he entered the Ocean City Music Pier here today ahead of Gov. Chris Christie, who found himself tied up with sunscreen-greasy handshakes and polite greetings with eager beachgoers on the boardwalk outside.

Lobiondo, who Christie fundraised for today as the 20-year incumbent makes another go at re-election in the 3rd congressional district, joined Christie for his latest “no pain, no gain” town hall along the Jersey Shore.

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CD 5 race: Bergen GOP Chairman Yudin challenges Cho, national Dems on Israel

CD 5 race: Bergen GOP Chairman Yudin challenges Cho, national Dems on Israel

HACKENSACK - Some observers may claim that Congressional candidate Roy Cho's recent trip to Israel was a step beyond what most first-time candidates do. But Bergen Republican Chairman Bob Yudin's response to the Democrats' Fifth Congressional District candidate's visit to Israel was that Cho is out of step with the national Democratic Party.

"Mr. Cho is completely out of step with the rank and file of the Democratic Party. The majority of the rank-and-file Democrats are not supporting the way Israel is defending itself from Hamas terrorists," Yudin told PolitickerNJ in reference to theongoing conflict along the frontier of the Hamas-controlled Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip that began with a wave of rocket attacks. "The polling data clearly shows that."

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Who would be best positioned to succeed Fulop as mayor of Jersey City?

Who would be best positioned to succeed Fulop as mayor of Jersey City?

Everyone in the New Jersey political establishment is watching the 2016 presidential election, and gaming the dominos that lead to the door mat on the front steps of Drumthwacket.

That game may lead through Jersey City in the event that Mayor Steve Fulop musters the necessary support to succeed Chris Christie as governor.

If that happens, who would be best positioned to succeed Fulop?

Our list of seven possible contenders…

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On redemption, repentance, and a Jim McGreevey comeback: Is it in the cards?

On redemption, repentance, and a Jim McGreevey comeback: Is it in the cards?

Since leaving the governor’s desk 10 years ago, Jim McGreevey has resigned himself to a quiet life of worship and personal reflection that, from the looks of it, couldn’t be farther cry from his days in Trenton. One gets the impression, from talking to him, of a man who’s gone through deep, personal reform, and whose last concern is the political ambition that defined his younger years. “It’s profoundly different,” he says when asked how his life today compares with that of his past. “Hopefully it’s about my sense of trying to contribute and trying to give back to the community.”

Indeed, if the McGreevey of today met the McGreevey of yesterday, they might not recognize each other. One was a full-blown political animal, a natural talent that was tapped (beginning with none other than the elder Thomas Kean, “a true statesman,” in McGreevey’s words) for higher office as soon as he hit the floor of the Assembly as a young staffer.  “It was very much chasing the proverbial golden goose, the young person in a hurry with political ambition and ascending office,” he says. Today’s McGreevey, however, stands in stark contrast -- humble, religious, working to rehabilitate former prisoners at a church in New York City. It’s part of a life he calls “more introspective -- a journey to seek better angles, if you will.”

But on the week of the 10 year anniversary of his departure from public office -- the day he stood in front of a dumbfounded public, proclaimed “I am a gay American,” a resigned from the governor’s seat in disgrace -- McGreevey’s reformation begs an important question. A decade on, how long can the political animal in McGreevey continue to resist a return to elected politics?

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Middlesex crossroads: developing guv's race places Central Jersey county in battleground column

Middlesex crossroads: developing guv's race places Central Jersey county in battleground column

Once the towering inferno of John Lynch, the Middlesex County Democratic Organization now tries to refashion on those charred remains, something out of Chris Christie’s squeak-out win over Jon Corzine (2009), his trouncing of home county candidate Barbara Buono (2013), and Bonnie Watson Coleman’s 2014 demolition of Linda Greenstein. 

Despite the run of wrong-ended butt-kickings, Middlesex (156,782 registered Dems to 54,475 Republicans) finds itself now in an optimal position to rebuild as at least three Democratic candidates scuffle ahead of the 2017 nomination and look to the sprawling county for a boost.

Everyone has a sturdy baling hook in Middlesex.

A Building Trades icon, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) has obvious close ties to the Carpenters, who employ Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe.

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The Back Room

Newark state correction officer sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

A former senior state correction officer from Newark was sentenced to prison today for trafficking 22 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to New Jersey, according to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

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Simplify Pay-to-Play with one state law

By Jeff Brindle A lone PAC contribution to Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson’s campaign highlights the need for pay-to-play reform in New Jersey. During the recent mayoralty election in Trenton, newly elected Mayor Eric Jackson received an $8,200 campaign... Read More >

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