CD3 race: MacArthur's wife calls latest Belgard For Congress press release "disturbing and sad"

CD3 race: MacArthur's wife calls latest Belgard For Congress press release "disturbing and sad"

A new voice has entered the congressional debate between Republican businessman Tom MacArthur and Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard in CD3. The speaker?

It’s the candidate's wife, Debbie MacArthur.

In a letter today, Debbie MacArthur fired back at a recent Belard For Congress press release that called the Republican’s latest campaign ad “deceitful.” She said she took offense to the characterization, and accused the Burlington County freeholder of “some strange attempt to score a few political points.”

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Rest in Peace: Eva Christine Conaway

PolitickerNJ extends profound condolences to Assemblyman Herb Conaway and his family.

The Conaways this week are mourning the death of the Assemblyman's mother, Eva Christine Conaway.

The daughter of late Perlie D. Godard and late Eva Viola Godard, Mrs. Conaway was born on August 12, 1938 in Martin County, North Carolina.  After a long and valiant struggle from Alzheimer’s, she was called to glory on July 24, 2014 at her home in Bordentown.

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AG's Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

AG's Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former top official of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC) pleaded guilty today to conspiring to manipulate testing of the agency’s water supply to falsify results and report lower levels of a regulated contaminant in the drinking water supplied to customers. 

William Mowell, 52, of Wyckoff, the former assistant executive director and engineer for the EOWC, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree conspiracy before Superior Court Judge Carolyn Wright in Essex County.  Mowell was indicted on Feb. 12, 2013, along with Harry L. Mansmann, the former executive director of the EOWC.  Mansmann is now deceased.  Mowell pleaded guilty to a charge that he conspired to engage in a pattern of official misconduct, tamper with public records, and violate both the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act and the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act.  Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Mowell be sentenced to three years in state prison.  Judge Wright scheduled sentencing for Mowell for Nov. 7.

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Spat over sexual harassment lawsuit adds color to Ocean County freeholder race

Spat over sexual harassment lawsuit adds color to Ocean County freeholder race

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a county supervisor earlier this year against a former private contractor is creating waves in an otherwise uneventful Ocean County freeholder race, where Republican incumbent Joseph Vicari is looking to stake out another year on the board.

Debate over the lawsuit, which was filed by general supervisor of building services for the county Rosemary Mennona and her husband, John, on April 4 in state Superior Court in Monmouth County, was resurrected earlier this month when Tim Ryan, the Democratic hopeful bent on unseating Vicari from his 33-year post, brought it up at a July 2nd council meeting. At the meeting, Ryan asked the board who would pay for the legal fees incurred as a result of the lawsuit, which is currently in litigation.

In response, Vicari quickly dismissed the suit as “frivolous,” adding that the contractor, Joseph Veni, was fired shortly after the allegations arose.  The exchange was recorded in a video released by Ryan’s campaign earlier this week.

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Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st

Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st

Maybe before it's all over, we'll see you out there somewhere, in Illinois, Florida or Colorado, covering the movements of the august chairman of the Republican Governors' Association (RGA).

Great states all, made better by their political status this season - but none better, than where you will find us this weekend, and every weekend until it's over.

NJ all the way.

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Capitol Hill bromance notwithstanding, not everything is a Paul proposal, Booker says

Capitol Hill bromance notwithstanding, not everything is a Paul proposal, Booker says

PARSIPPANY – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) have partnered on key legislative fronts, but Booker today carefully avoided the implication of too much Paul love today when PolitickerNJ asked him if he agreed with Paul’s proposal to lower corporate taxes to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

“It’s not Rand Paul’s proposal,” said Booker, clarifying the question. “Everyone wants a lower corporate tax rate.”

Booker said he and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) caucused yesterday on Capitol Hill and discussed the issue with fellow senators. “Right now there’s a whole patchwork of loopholes,” Booker said. “We need to get rid of those loopholes and lower the tax rate. We need a predictable, stable tax code.

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Humanitarian Crisis in Central America: Menendez encouraged after meeting with three leaders

Humanitarian Crisis in Central America: Menendez encouraged after meeting with three leaders

PARSIPPANY – Following a meeting in person on Thursday with three Central American presidents, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said he is encouraged by the potential for a better partnership with the leaders of those countries as the United States seeks to stem a humanitarian crisis.

“I was impressed with the commitment of the Central American leaders with whom I met yesterday,” said Menendez, referring to their efforts to crack down on smugglers engaged in the human trafficking of tens of thousands of Central American minors.

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Coming soon to a stage near you: Booker singing 'Danny Boy'

Coming soon to a stage near you: Booker singing 'Danny Boy'

PARSIPPANY - They had a deal.

If Senator Bob Menendez's staff won a softball game against the staff of Senator Cory Booker, the sedentary Menendez would have to go out on a jog with physical fitness freak Booker.

If Menendez won, Booker would have to join Menendez - long comfortable with singing Irish songs - at the head of a very public room to join the senior senator for a rendition of "Danny Boy."

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The Back Room

Conservative group slams Christie in TV ad

As Gov. Chris Christie's heads to New Hampshire tomorrow, a conservative group wants to welcome him with a television commercial critical of his record on judicial nominations.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

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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 >

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(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
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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 »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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