Interest arbitration sunset shines light on back room dispute

Interest arbitration sunset shines light on back room dispute
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

TRENTON – The law the Assembly allowed to expire and that mayors say helped to slow property tax growth in the state has given Gov. Chris Christie and others something to talk about.

The governor, on his town hall circuit, has attacked the Assembly for “sticking their heads in the sand,” succumbing to special interest groups and refusing to do their job. Similarly, the New Jersey League of Municipalities has implored lawmakers to act before local leaders are forced “to make deep cuts in services.”

But the stalemate on the 2 percent cap on interest arbitration awards for unionized police and firefighters also revealed another back room discussion: There’s a new speaker in the house.

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Morning Digest: April 11, 2014

Newark's mayor race: Jeffries campaign worker arrested and charged for Baraka bus burning

Newark's mayor race: Jeffries campaign worker arrested and charged for Baraka bus burning

NEWARK - The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that a campaign worker of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has been arrested in connection with the burning of rival candidate Ras Baraka's campaign bus in February.

"I can confirm that Shareef Nash has been arrested in connection with the February 16 arson of a bus belonging to the Baraka for mayor campaign," said Thomas Fennelly, chief assistant prosecutor. 

A written statement from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office stated that Nash bas been arrested and charged with first degree arson for hire and conspiracy to commit arson. He is being held on $200,000 bail. 

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GOP lawmaker weighing in on CD 3 Republican primary

GOP lawmaker weighing in on CD 3 Republican primary

A South Jersey GOP assemblywoman weighed in on a local Republican primary Thursday after charging one of the congressional hopefuls for using “offensive rhetoric” during the campaign.

Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg (R-8) took a shot at CD 3 “perennial candidate” Steve Lonegan for his attacks against the Republican establishment’s favorite to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3). The Statehouse lawmaker railed against Lonegan for a television ad she referred to as “personally disturbing.”

Lonegan is vying for the Republican nomination against Tom MacArthur, who was criticized in a recent Lonegan television ad for supporting “liberal policies.”

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The Rodriguez Factor: Can a man under indictment turn the course of the Paterson Mayor's race?

The Rodriguez Factor: Can a man under indictment turn the course of the Paterson Mayor's race?
Rodriguez at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

PATERSON – In public, At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez shows no sign of being rattled by the fact that he’s under indictment, and, with a kind of Bill Musto gusto, runs his mayoral campaign as if he expects to win, as if he knows that in the end, the people will serve as his jury.

As the council approached the midnight hour Tuesday night, he turned the heads of colleagues who noticed him animatedly communicating with campaign personnel. Someone only half jokingly asked him if he intended to go pound on doors after the meeting.

Rodriguez proved the most consistently keyed in voluble presence on the dais Tuesday, seizing on citizens’ complaints and repeatedly criticizing the Jones administration for failing to act on certain council recommendations.

“That’s not cutting it,” rebuked the councilman, angling a stern look at a mayor’s representative on the issue of street maintenance.

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Morning Digest: April 10, 2014

Newark mayor's race: Political media group tied to Norcross paid for Jeffries independent expenditure TV buy

Newark mayor's race: Political media group tied to Norcross paid for Jeffries independent expenditure TV buy

NEWARK -  A Philadelphia-based Democratic political media and consulting group, whose clients include close associates of South Jersey power broker George Norcross III, has paid for current cable television campaign advertisements sponsored by an independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, according to documents. 

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Judge rules against Select Committee on Investigations in Stepien/Kelly case

Judge rules against Select Committee on Investigations in Stepien/Kelly case

A judge this afternoon denied an appeal by the Select Oversight Committee into the George Washington Bridge lane closures to compel Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly to go before the investigative committee.

“For the reasons set forth in this opinion, plaintiff’s applications for judgments declaring that defendants have failed, without justification, to produce documents in accordance with the subpoenas are denied, as are plaintiff’s requests for injunctive relief ordering defendants to comply with the subpoenas,” Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson wrote. “Plaintiff’s complaints in both actions are dismissed.”

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Morning Digest: April 15, 2014

East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made...

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Ryan's Budget Plan

BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs.  Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >

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When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
 (4-9-14) Campaign Finance Reform as "Theater of the Absurd" - The U. S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week in McCutcheon, et al. v. Federal Election Commission brings... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“Receiving $74,000 in severance pay is entirely inappropriate and unjustifiable. No elected official is entitled to sick or vacation time. You don’t put out your hand and beg, you raise your hand and say ‘Thank God I was healthy.' There’s no reason for anyone to collect money on the way out the door or for overtime.” - Council President Andre Sayegh, candidate for Paterson mayor.

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