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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.”Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.”Read More >
State Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) reports $87,337 cash on hand toward her 12th Congressional District run to succeed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12).Read More >
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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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 >
“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.- PolitickerNJ.com
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