'Budget is more than just numbers on a piece of paper,' Sweeney says during Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey visit

'Budget is more than just numbers on a piece of paper,' Sweeney says during Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey visit

NORTH BRUNSWICK - Senate President Steve Sweeney highlighted the impact of the state’s latest budget on “everyday, hardworking families” during a visit to the offices of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey today -- but not before noting the tension that has surrounded talk about New Jersey’s finances in recent weeks.

“We’ve been going around talking about the budget, saying all these negative things about it,”  the senator said. “Well what I always thought is that the budget is more than just numbers on a piece of paper. It’s life, it’s people, it’s issues that are important.”

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Fulop on Cowan's intentional traffic jam charge: 'This is all political'

Fulop on Cowan's intentional traffic jam charge: 'This is all political'

JERSEY CITY - Mayor Steve Fulop slapped back against his former police director's charge that politics motivated the mayor to punish the Port Authority with a traffic jam.

"This is all political," Fulop told PolitickerNJ, deriding the machinations of Trenton that caused the Senate Majority Office - run by statewide rival Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to send a letter to the Attorney General's Office to polk around on former Chief Robert Cowan's charge.

"I live by the premise that common sense rules," said the mayor, who added that he is confident nothing will come of the complaint made by a "demoted employee."

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Former Jersey City boxer Dupree laments the state of his city

Former Jersey City boxer Dupree laments the state of his city

JERSEY CITY – Frank Dupree fought five pro fights in the day, according to the record, losing four of them, one by KO, but his father had a gym of renown down here, and taught boxing to Jersey City youth for 33 years.

So it’s with some pain, said Dupree, son of the late Jimmy Dupree, that he showed up at the mayors’ press conference looking to land a jab on the establishment, for not properly taking care of the city’s troubled youth, in his opinion.

He’s also nursing a grievance about getting busted last year on what he claims was a false city drug charge and the unfair dredging up of his past record.

He did 11 months in jail.

His time in the can sped the death of his own father – of heartbreak - claims the ex-pug, who helped his dad in the gym when the younger Dupree went to Lincoln High School.

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Baraka doesn't quibble with Christie's 'decider' comment; but still wants a different decision

Baraka doesn't quibble with Christie's 'decider' comment; but still wants a different decision

JERSEY CITY - Standing on MLK Boulevard, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka responded today to Gov. Chris Christie's comments at a Republican Governors' Association (RGA) meeting last week.

Channelling former President George W. Bush, Christie boasted to other Republicans that he is "the decider" on whether or not Cami Anderson remains as Newark's superintendent.

Baraka wants her gone.

Christie wants her to stay on the job.

"I don't want to get into whether or not he said it," Baraka told PolitickerNJ. "But he's right. The state gets to decide. I just wish they'd begin to decide differently."

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Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership

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 Fulop and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at a podium on MLK Boulevard and pledged partnership to an urban mayoral alliance to fight crime.

Murders in the state’s three biggest cities have Newark, Jersey City and Paterson – three-quarters of a million people - on high alert.

On one level, Baraka-Fulop-Torres showed the fiber of local urban governments.

But the threesome also appeared heavily tinged with politics. It’s hard not to note that both Fulop and the mayor’s rival in a budding gubernatorial drama, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), made a purse strings play for Torres love after their mutual first choice for mayor went belly up on May 13th.

Who was going to corral Torres as he settled into City Hall?

Today, it was Fulop – and his strongest ally, Baraka.

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Consumer Affairs files suit against CHW Group

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has filed a Complaint against CHW Group, Inc., d/b/a “Choice Home Warranty,” an Edison-based company that allegedly induced consumers to buy “comprehensive” coverage for crucial home systems and appliances, and then denied consumers’ claims for repair or replacement through the use of various deceptive tactics.  As a result, consumers who paid hundreds of dollars for CHW’s so-called “home warranties” – which are actually residential service contracts – were forced to pay out-of-pocket for air conditioning, refrigerator, or other repairs that allegedly should have been covered under their “warranties” with CHW. 

"This company’s alleged false advertising and flagrant violations of the terms of its residential service contracts affected consumers not just in New Jersey, but in at least 25 other states from here to Nevada, according to the Division's consumer complaints,” Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said. “It is time to bring these alleged violations to a close and prevent further harm to consumers.”

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ELEC: Led by Newark First's support for Jeffries, IEs spent $5.3 million on Newark elections

ELEC: Led by Newark First's support for Jeffries, IEs spent $5.3 million on Newark elections

Independent special interest groups spent $5.3 million on recent municipal elections in Newark, far exceeding the previous record for “outside group” activity in a local campaign, according to an analysis by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

The outlay dwarfs the $261,629 expenditure in Jersey City 2013 mayoral race by Better Education for New Jersey’s Kids Inc., which appears to have been the largest previous expenditure by an independent special interest group in a local election in New Jersey.

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Morning Digest: July 28th

Morning Digest: July 28th

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Christie makes his pitch on bail reform TRENTON -In a win-win moment for Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks tough guy points ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, both houses of the legislature packed into the assembly chamber and listened as Christie pleaded for a constitutional amendment on...

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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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"Potentially, we can get this done, because it's important. We get it. We understand it. But there are issues. There's the speedy trial component. How are we going to pay for this? How is the risk-assessment piece of it going to be done?" - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), on bail reform.

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