Egea Hearing: What did she know, Weinberg wants to know

Egea Hearing: What did she know, Weinberg wants to know

TRENTON – Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), co-chair of the Select Committee on Investigations, tried to ascertain from Regina Egea what, if anything, Gov. Chris Christie’s  director of the authorities unit knew about the infamous traffic snarl at the George Washington Bridge that infamously jammed up her boss.

“Once you saw those clips did you think there was anything further - I know hindsight, I know all the proverbs - but there was at least one clip that came to your attention and there were huge traffic jams,” Weinberg said. “Folks couldn’t get through. …It was beginning to become a story.”

Did Egea get involved on any level?

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Weinberg backs Hillary Clinton for President, says former Secretary of State would 'absolutely' beat Christie in potential 2016 election face-off

Weinberg backs Hillary Clinton for President, says former Secretary of State would 'absolutely' beat Christie in potential 2016 election face-off

TEANECK - On the day that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to arrive at a Bergen County bookstore to sign copies of her latest book, State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) made it unequivocally clear as to what her position is if fellow Democrat Clinton ultimately decides to run for President in 2016. 

"Yes, I support Hillary Clinton," said Weinberg, of Teaneck, in an interview with PolitickerNJ.com. "She has eight more years of experience, and so have I."

Weinberg's reference to eight years ago hearkens back to when she backed Barack Obama, not Clinton, for president during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries. During the epic duel between the two rivals, Weinberg called out Clinton for "acting like one of the boys" when what she felt the country needed was a bold and decisive alternative. Weinberg was also displeased with Clinton's support of the Iraq war resolution in 2002 when Clinton was a U.S. Senator representing New York state. 

But on Thursday, hours before Clinton comes to Ridgewood to the Bookends bookstore to promote her book "Hard Choices," all was apparently forgiven by Weinberg.

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Egea Hearing: O'Toole's reversal on Fulop

Egea Hearing: O'Toole's reversal on Fulop

TRENTON – State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) enthusiastically backed Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop in last year’s local election.

He gave Fulop’s campaign at least $25,000.

But O’Toole today got forcefully behind Assemblywoman Amy Handlin’s (R-13) motion to refer to the state Attorney General’s Office an allegation against Fulop made by the former police chief demoted by the mayor.

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Bramnick, Handlin blast Investigations Committee for lack of results

Bramnick, Handlin blast Investigations Committee for lack of results

TRENTON - Minutes before the Legislative Select Committee on Investigation began its questioning of Chris Christie’s incoming Chief of Staff Regina Egea here today, two Republican lawmakers on the committee called for an end to the man hunt. 

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13) and state Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-21) asked why the committee, led by chairman John Wisniewski (D-19), has yet to turn up concrete results on what caused last year's lane closings on the George Washington Bridge despite already hearing from a number of top Chris Christie aides.

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Torres appoints Paterson Democratic Committee vice chair to Planning Board

Torres appoints Paterson Democratic Committee vice chair to Planning Board
Abdel-aziz (left) with Assad Akhter of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell's (D-9) office.

Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres took steps to further neutralize his vanquished May rival in the mayor's contest last night and make nice with the Democratic Party when he appointed Al Abdel-aziz and Nelly Hidalgo Celi to the Paterson Planning Board.

Celi was Councilman Andre Sayegh's campaign manager in 2010, and went over to the Torres camp in this year's election. Her appointment is less of an immediate political statement than that of Abdel-aziz.

The latter was a key Sayegh ally in the 2014 contest, leading the get-out-the-vote effort in the 6th Ward.

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ELEC: Party committee fundraising the weakest it's been in 8 years

ELEC: Party committee fundraising the weakest it's been in 8 years

TRENTON - The so-called “Big Six” fundraising committees reported the weakest combined campaign finance activity in at least eight years, a sign that independent spending by special interest groups may be taking a toll on traditional fundraising committees, according to an analysis by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

“It may be no coincidence that in the year after special interest groups spent a record $41 million independently of parties and candidates, traditional fundraising committees are struggling,” said Jeff Brindle, ELEC’s Executive Director.

Reports filed by the two state parties and four legislative leadership committees revealed a combined reserve of just $800,994. At this point last year, the cash-on-hand for both parties totaled $3.2 million - nearly four times as much. Even compared to 2012, which was an off-election year, the total is low.

The following ELEC table representing Jan. 1 through June 30th of this year, shows the big six committees, the money they raised, spent, cash on hand, followed by their net worth.

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Morning Digest: July 17th

Morning Digest: July 17th

Ramsey mayor's race: three candidates vie for open seat in midst of contentious Bergen political season

Ramsey mayor's race: three candidates vie for open seat in midst of contentious Bergen political season

RAMSEY - One of the most distinctive features of this approximately 15,000-person northern Bergen County borough is the long, rolling lawn in front of the local high school. This November, Ramsey voters will roll into their voting booths with more choices on the ballot than usual. 

First and foremost, Ramsey residents will decide who will fill the seat left vacant by Republican incumbent Mayor Christopher Botta, who did not choose to seek reelection. Seeking a four-year term are Independent Richard Muti and Democrat Julie O'Brien and Republican Deirdre Dillon. At the same time, Ramsey voters will choose between Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan and her Democratic challenger, Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco, in the Bergen County Executive's race; six-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) and Democratic challenger Roy Cho in the Fifth Congressional District contest; and Bergen County native U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in his reelection bid against GOP challenger Jeff Bell.

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The Back Room

Christie v. Astorino in Aspen

Dismissed by Republican Governors' Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino plans to confront his tormentor tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Aspen.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 23rd

Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LGI town hall LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a...

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Op-Ed

Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

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