Bell argues for intensified bombing against ISIS

Bell argues for intensified bombing against ISIS

Decrying genocide marked by the beheadings of innocents, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell wants the United States to expand airstrike operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

President Barack Obama this week ordered airstrikes against Islamic State militants, stopping their advance on the city of Erbil. Bell wants more, arguing that what the President has done so far will prove ineffective without bombing intensification.

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Sires: 'There's despair in the air;' Christie up against 'right-wing agenda' in prez bid

Sires: 'There's despair in the air;' Christie up against 'right-wing agenda' in prez bid

JERSEY CITY – Young people are despairing and the Democratic Party provides no hope, said U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), in a sit down interview Tuesday with PolitickerNJ.

“We are floating on a barge with no direction,” said Sires, the former West New York mayor and Assembly Speaker who whipped Joe Vas of Perth Amboy to win Bob Menendez’s vacant congressional seat.

“I think there’s despair. People see no future. Jobs are limited. I think there’s despair in the air,” said Sires. “Young people are falling into debt. They can’t afford their education. We get calls here all the time.”

Republicans implemented a better redistricting strategy 10 years ago to win statehouses and governorships, Sires said, but the GOP is mired in a fundamental cynical misunderstanding of the role of government in American life.

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Morning Digest: August 20th

Morning Digest: August 20th

Christie on Ferguson shooting: 'Give the justice system an opportunity to play itself out'

Christie on Ferguson shooting: 'Give the justice system an opportunity to play itself out'

LONG BRANCH - As protests in Ferguson, MO, continue to rage this week over the shooting of an unarmed black teen by local police, Gov. Chris Christie today urged observers of the controversy to use discretion when forming judgments based on media reports and headlines, especially when it comes to making "generalizations" about law enforcement officers.

Christie first tried to distance himself from the events in Ferguson last week, but reiterated the sentiments at a town hall this afternoon.

"None of us quite know yet what happened in Ferguson, this young man who was killed," Christie told a crowd of supporters at the Long Branch Amphitheater. "And I spent seven years in law enforcement, as the chief federal prosecutor, and what I learned during that time among other things is what you read in the newspapers and what you see on TV is almost always just a fraction of the story. I have been telling people to not prejudge anything from what happened here."

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Bergen County Exec's race: Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich sees Bridgegate investigations as potential election catalyst

Bergen County Exec's race: Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich sees Bridgegate investigations as potential election catalyst

FORT LEE - Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was the emcee of Tuesday's meet-and-greet event at the Richard A. Nest Adult Activity Center in his Bergen County borough, introducing U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., (D-9) to the lunchtime crowd of about 50 people. 

More than 50 members of the press were jammed on the grass of Fort Lee's neighboring Borough Hall in January as what has become known as the Bridgegate scandal erupted. Sokolich stood in the national spotlight as Republican Gov. Chris Christie came to apologize. 

Christie's mea culpa, accepted by Sokolich, came after the revelation of email exchanges between a deputy on Gov. Christie's senior staff and Port Authority executives that link the two parties to controversial local access lane closures in September 2013 on the George Washington Bridge. 

The email exchange, which included "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," created chaos in town, whose Democratic Mayor Sokolich failed to endorse Christie in last year's gubernatorial race. The Christie administration has been accused of exacting political retribution on Sokolich for not backing the governor's re-election effort. Christie has denied that any retaliation took place, and both state and federal authorities still seek answers in separate investigations of the matter. 

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Christie offers assessment of Newark's public schools, superintendent Cami Anderson: 'We're making progress'

Christie offers assessment of Newark's public schools, superintendent Cami Anderson: 'We're making progress'

LONG BRANCH - Facing increasing pressure from some state lawmakers who would like to see investigations into administrative and fiscal  mishandlings within the public school system of New Jersey's largest city, Gov. Chris Christie stopped to offer his own assessment of Newark's troubled education situation, as well as a brief job report for newly reappointed schools superintendent Cami Anderson.

On the embattled superintendent, who lies at the heart of ongoing controversy surrounding the city's public schools, Christie said that "on balance" she's doing "a very good job."

"I believe she's making improvements," Christie, who recently reappointed Anderson for another three-year term despite calls to the contrary from local community leaders and legislators, told a crowd of supporters at his latest "No pain, No gain" town hall here today. "Is she perfect? No, nobody is."

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Bergen County Exec's race: Tedesco, Pascrell see certain synergy in South Bergen

Bergen County Exec's race: Tedesco, Pascrell see certain synergy in South Bergen

FORT LEE - If Democratic Bergen County Executive candidate Jim Tedesco hopes to win in the fall, he will have to make inroads in a place where the streets are familiar to Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan: South Bergen County.

Donovan, who was raised in Lyndhurst, went to high school in North Arlington and now resides in Rutherford, is not an unfamiliar politician in the southern part of Bergen, a county in which the long-time politico has wide overall name recognition. 

But Tedesco, a Bergen County freeholder, could look to the 2012 Ninth Congressional District Democratic primary as a sign that some progress can be made against a candidate that has solid name recognition in the area. 

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Christie talks pension reform, Atlantic City and Bruce Springsteen at latest town hall: ' I know him and you're wrong'

Christie talks pension reform, Atlantic City and Bruce Springsteen at latest town hall: ' I know him and you're wrong'

LONG BRANCH - Gov. Chris Christie kicked off another installment of his "No pain, No gain" town hall  summer series here today as the season closes in on Labor Day, but this conversation at the Jersey Shore was different in at least one way than those he's held in weeks past.

There were no protesters -- and few challenging questions from the amiable crowd of beachgoers, at least two of whom couldn't help but ask: will the Republican run for president?

"We'll see, I'm not sure. I don't have to make a decision now an I'm not going to. I love the job I'm doing and I love living here," Christie said.

"We've got a lot of colorful characters including myself that come from here," he said later. "Not matter what happens in my life, whether I run or I don't, the eight years that I have in New Jersey will be a wonderful memory for me."

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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