ForwardNJ coalition announces membership and mission on TTF issue; Prieto welcomes support

ForwardNJ coalition announces membership and mission on TTF issue; Prieto welcomes support

TRENTON - At a press conference in the Statehouse today, ForwardNJ – a recently announced advocacy coalition for New Jersey's transportation infrastructure -- announced its members and mission, taking aim at the state's depleted Transportation Trust Fund and calling on lawmakers to come up with solutions for financing it.

“Put quite simply, New Jersey’s transportation system has run out of gas," Chair of ForwardNJ, President and CEO of the NJ Chamber of Commerce, Tom Bracken said in a statement released shortly after the presser. "We must replenish the fund to protect the safety of our families and the health of our economy. There is no greater priority for the business community right now than replenishing the trust fund in a smart, robust, sustainable way. In addition, we believe the revenue should be constitutionally dedicated to prevent any potential diversion of funds down the road from these critically important transportation projects.”

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Bramnick urges Atlantic County prosecutors to use discretion in Shaneen Allen case

Bramnick urges Atlantic County prosecutors to use discretion in Shaneen Allen case

TRENTON - Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) today urged prosecutors in Atlantic County to reconsider the case of Shaneen Allen, a Pennsylvania woman who was arrested for possessing a legal firearm in Atlantic County earlier this year, and called on lawmakers across the state to revisit the issue of prosecutorial discretion to better deal with similar circumstances. 

Bramnick held an impromptu press conference in the Statehouse where he passionately explained why he thinks Allen ought to receive a lesser punishment -- either a disorderly persons offense or the opportunity for pretrial intervention, he said -- for her crime.

"There comes a time as a legislator, as a human being, that something happens that mandates you to make a public statement," Bramnick said. "Now the reason I became a public legislator, a public official, is because when I see something that goes against my grain, that to me defies common sense, I need to speak out."

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Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey issues endorsements

Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey issues endorsements

The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, IAFF, AFL-CIO, statewide representative of career professional firefighters, emergency medical andallied support services personnel affiliated with the 300,000 member International Association of Fire Fighters, has announced their endorsements for all 12 NJ Congressional Districts and United States Senate.

“In this point in our Country’s history, we need members of Congress and Senate who have the same values as the working men and women in our great Country”, said Dominick Marino, President of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey. “As a professional firefighter’s union, we have made it a point to endorse and support candidates based upon either their performance or stated positions or a combination thereof concerning our issues. Our membership consists of dedicated public safety professionals, hardworking taxpayers supporting families who cherish and exercise their right to vote-something too many aspiring politicians forget or purposely disregard when considering the value of our support.

“Having the right people in Congress is paramount for firefighters and emergency medical personnel to ensure safe working conditions and the necessary equipment to safely perform the duties of fire responders," Marino added. "With the threat of terrorist activity in New Jersey and the metropolitan area becoming more prevalent than ever, we need legislators that will respond to our needs. We believe our endorse candidates will respond for the first responders and the citizen of New Jersey.”

A complete list of this year’s endorsements are as follows:

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Stockton Poll: Booker leads Bell by nine points in CD3

Stockton Poll: Booker leads Bell by nine points in CD3

In the most-watched Congressional District in the state this season, incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) leads Republican Jeff Bell by 9 percentage points in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, according to a Stockton Polling Institute poll released today.

In the poll of 606 likely 3rd District voters in a district opened up by the retirement of U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) at the end of this term, Booker leads 50 percent to 41 percent for Bell when voters who lean toward one candidate or the other are included.

Bell is performing better in the Republican-leaning 3rd District than he did in a statewide Stockton Poll released Sept. 10. Booker led 49 percent to 36 percent statewide. The 3rd District includes parts of Ocean and Burlington counties.

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The 10 best - and worst - Republican presidential primary matchups for Chris Christie in 2016

The 10 best - and worst - Republican presidential primary matchups for Chris Christie in 2016

New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie is back on the Republican Governors Association campaign (read: presidential campaign) trail this week with a trip to the Carolinas today to stump for incumbent GOP South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and North Carolina Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Thom Tillis. Tomorrow, he returns to New Hampshire -- a first-in-the-nation presidential primary battleground -- for his third visit to the state in recent months.

That these trips are part of an early trial run for Christie ahead of mounting an actual bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is all but obvious. He's publicly mulled the move, telling a crowd of beachgoers this summer that he's "thinking" about it, but his political movements behind the scenes are more telling: he's spent almost as much time out of state as he has in state this year, stumping for fellow gubernatorial candidates as head of RGA; when he has been home, it's been to undertake milestone bi-partisan legislation, reinforcing his image as a "different kind" of politician; he even traveled to Mexico earlier this month on a "trade mission" to strengthen economic and cultural ties between New Jersey and the Latin American country. If Christie is testing the waters of a presidential campaign, he seems to be finding the temperature to his liking.

But that's not to say Christie's bid for the nomination, if (read: when) he finally declares, will be easy. Though he has had the advantage of his RGA chairmanship during this trial run, giving him the exposure and networking opportunities that other GOP hopefuls being touted as presidential candidates lacked over these past few months, it's near impossible to predict how things will play out once he's actually put beside the competition, in front of voters, on the national stage. National polling puts Christie among a handful of frontrunners in this race-before-the-race, but, as Ben Dworkin, Director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University, points out: "No one has declared, no one knows how much money each will be able to generate, and no one knows how these guys are going to resonate with voters. Let me put it this way: Everybody is in first place on the opening day of a season and that's where we are in this race."

Still, a number of candidates have already emerged as likely Republican contenders in 2016. Here's 10 that might pose the greastest challenge to Christie's own bid.

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U.S. Senate race: Bell wants Gill at a podium to sub for Booker in three debates

U.S. Senate race: Bell wants Gill at a podium to sub for Booker in three debates

Irritated at U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) for resisting two debate forums, Republican challenger Jeff Bell said he wants a substitute showdown with Booker Campaign Manager Brendan Gill, an Essex County Freeholder and the former state director for the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Bell said Booker didn't agree to televised debates planned by NJTV and Rutgers University/News 12.

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CD 5 race: Dem Cho first on the air in race against GOP's Garrett

CD 5 race: Dem Cho first on the air in race against GOP's Garrett

HACKENSACK - Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate in New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, went up on cable television on Tuesday morning with the first TV ad of the race.

In his first ad, Cho, an attorney who lives in Hackensack, highlights what he asserts is the Tea Party, extremist record of his opponent, six-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5). 

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NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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