Pocino to Foxx: 'We have a critical need for long-term transportation funding'

Pocino to Foxx: 'We have a critical need for long-term transportation funding'

PARSIPANNY - Standing in front of a battalion of orange t-shirted LIUNA stawarts and middle aged men in suits and sunglasses at the edge of a roaring highway, Vice President of the NJ Laborers Union Ray Pocino complained about the absence of a sustained plan to fund the federal Highway Trust Fund.

Congress has a temporary patch plan to replenish some of the fund's monies before the fund expires next week.

Pocino said he wants something more permanent.

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Fight of the Week: Christie v. Astorino

Fight of the Week: Christie v. Astorino

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looked askance at the chances of Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino versus New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent, it wasn't just the shot that echoed across the Hudson. Instead, the verbal skirmish that ensued could have national repercussions. 

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Menendez and Booker join Transportation Sec. Foxx in call for Highway Fund extension

Menendez and Booker join Transportation Sec. Foxx in call for Highway Fund extension
Labor backed up Booker and Menendez at the Parsippany press conference with Secretary Foxx

PARSIPPANY - Newly a resident of Bergen County, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) test drove his sun-dappled side here in equally leafy Morris County next to his fellow upper house federal lawmaker, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a brace of labor brass, including VP of the NJ Laborers Union Ray Pocino.

The Jersey guys welcomed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a call to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire next week.

“We are long overdue for a substantial multi-year transportation bill that will provide reliable funding, create thousands of jobs, and allow businesses to thrive,” said Booker, posing in front of a section of I-80 slated for $84 million in rehabilitation, money in the federal trust fund. “While I plan to support this critical funding patch, it is a temporary fix. We must take long-term action and stop kicking the can down the road.” 

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Morning Digest: July 25th

Morning Digest: July 25th

Bergen County Exec's race: Paramus, Tedesco's home base, could play strategic role in election's outcome

Bergen County Exec's race: Paramus, Tedesco's home base, could play strategic role in election's outcome

PARAMUS - Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco has reason to believe that based on his recent electoral history in his hometown of Paramus, the Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive might have a chance of defeating Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan in November.

Tedesco, who served as mayor of Paramus from 2003 to 2010, presided over an approximately 26,000-person Bergen borough that many political observers see as the bellwether town in New Jersey's bellwether county in statewide elections. 

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NJ business leaders decry 'initiative and referendum' trend

NJ business leaders decry 'initiative and referendum' trend

TRENTON - Oftentimes, the weightiest policy issues in New Jersey are decided not in the halls of the statehouse, but in the voting booths on election day. It’s a trend that has some New Jersey business leaders shaking their heads.

“It’s absolutely wrong,” Mike Egenton, a senior vice president at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, argued at a roundtable discussion on business reform strategies at the statehouse this morning.  “I don’t want to see this state turn into another [initiative and referendum] state.”

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Toss-up Time: Christie to fundraise tomorrow in Illinois for Rauner and Scott

Toss-up Time: Christie to fundraise tomorrow in Illinois for Rauner and Scott

Chris Christie, head of the Republican Governors' Association, will head to Illinois tomorrow to fundraise for two candidates for governor who are running in toss-up races.

First on the schedule are a retail campaign event and fundraiser for Bruce Rauner, the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois.

Christie later in the evening is scheduled to fundraise in Chicago for Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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CD 12 race: Labor unions rally around Watson Coleman

CD 12 race: Labor unions rally around Watson Coleman

TRENTON - Organized labor came out in force for state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) on Wednesday, demonstrating its commitment to getting the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District elected in November. 

Watson Coleman's labor support campaign rally, held at IBEW Local 269 in Trenton and attended by a significant number of union-member campaign volunteers, was co-hosted by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, the Mercer, Middlesex/Somerset and Union CLCs, and OPEIU International, according to a press release issued by the New Jersey chapter of the AFL-CIO.

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The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

  Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...

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Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

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