Federal labor stats show Jersey City has lowest unemployment rate of all large N.J. cities

Federal labor stats show Jersey City has lowest unemployment rate of all large N.J. cities

JERSEY CITY – U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics compiled during the first year of the administration of Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop show New Jersey's second-largest city has outpaced both the nation and state in reducing the unemployment rate, with a decline that doubles the national average, according to a press release issued by the Jersey City government. At 7.8 percent, Jersey City also has the lowest unemployment rate of any large city in New Jersey.

Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor indicate that from June 2013 through June 2014, Jersey City’s unemployment rate dropped from 10.6 percent to 7.8 percent, representing a 2.8 percent decline, while New Jersey’s only dropped 1.8 percent during the same period and the nation’s unemployment rate fell 1.4 percent.

Jersey City has also closed the gap with neighboring New York City, as New York City had a 7.7 percent unemployment rate as of June 2014.

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Morning Digest: August 13th

Morning Digest: August 13th

Sarlo on potential future Senate President spot: "There is no talk of who the next Senate President is"

Sarlo on potential future Senate President spot: "There is no talk of who the next Senate President is"

HACKENSACK - State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), the potential gubernatorial hopeful from South Jersey, toured North Jersey on Tuesday, perhaps testing the waters of the communities alongside the Hackensack and Passaic rivers for a statewide run. Among those at his side in Hackensack was state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), one of Bergen County's boldface politicians. 

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MacArthur calls DCCC attack ad 'repulsive'; Belgard For Congress returns fire

MacArthur calls DCCC attack ad 'repulsive'; Belgard For Congress returns fire
Screen-grab from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's ad, titled 'Deny'

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-sponsored television ad targeting the Republican nominee in CD3 -- one of two cable ads the committee released today in the lead up to the November election -- has the dueling campaigns of Tom McArthur and Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard at it again.

Responding to the ad, which draws a bead on MacArthur’s work as an insurance executive, the Republican’s campaign bit back today, issuing a press release that called the video “not only … completely deceptive” but “stunning for both it’s irony and hypocrisy.” They condemned the publication the ad used to source its claims -- which among other things, accused MacArthur of profiting off victims of natural disasters to the tune of $39 million -- as “bogus,” and turned the attention on Belgard, currently serving as a Burlington County Freeholder.

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Sweeney after Revel casino closure announcement: "We've hit rock bottom"

Sweeney after Revel casino closure announcement: "We've hit rock bottom"

HACKENSACK - Following the announcement on Tuesday that Revel, the $2.4 billion Atlantic City casino, would close in September, South Jersey's most prominent politician spoke out about the future of New Jersey's gaming industry.

"We've hit bottom, without question" said state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) while he pointed out that Atlantic City still has the third-largest market for gaming in the United States. "We need more diversity, and we're going to create that diversity. Las Vegas' gaming revenues are one third of the total take. When you put all of your eggs in one basket, you're taught as a little kid that your outcome is normally not good."

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Donovan: Christie to double back on Bergen for fall GOP fundraiser

Donovan: Christie to double back on Bergen for fall GOP fundraiser
Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan with Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36)

LYNDHURST - Part of the optical intrigue at this afternoon’s South Bergen Lyndhurst Bridge press conference included the pressed-together presence of Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan and Freeholder James Tedesco in the same mostly Democratic Party tent.

The pair face each other in the biggest general election contest of the 2014 political season; this is Donovan’s home town, Lyndhurst.

A very tough out by the reckoning of most Democrats, Donovan has a South Bergen-based brand name forged on years of winning elections.

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Sarlo squires Sweeney on first leg of senate president's TTF tour

Sarlo squires Sweeney on first leg of senate president's TTF tour

LYNDHURST – They came in waves of black sedans through the rain with young men, umbrellas in hand, leading the way on foot across the drab post industrial parking lot, the local diner a mashed accordion of metal  across the street and the bridge in the background looking like the soon-to-be-demolished set piece in a Ben Gazzara movie.

A post lunchtime crowd of thickset males in black and blue suits joined state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) and Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan under a hastily erected tent while a battered troop of reporters huddled on the outskirts, notepads fast disintegrating in the rain.

Coming off his Hurricane Sandy tour, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) provided the focal point in this set-piece designed as a platform for the fledgling Democratic candidate for governor to kick-start another issue: namely the absence of a funding source for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

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On 10th anniversary of "gay American" speech, Sweeney "disappointed" that former N.J. Gov. McGreevey resigned

On 10th anniversary of "gay American" speech, Sweeney "disappointed" that former N.J. Gov. McGreevey resigned

HACKENSACK - On the tenth anniversary of the speech that turned New Jersey politics on its ear, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), a potential gubernatorial candidate, assessed the short time in office of the man who left the Trenton stage a decade ago under intense scrutiny: former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey. 

"He didn't have an easy time, and it was brief," said Sweeney on Tuesday, referring to McGreevey's duration in the Garden State governor's seat from January 2002 to November 2004. "I didn't think he had to resign, to be perfectly honest with you, and I was disappointed that he did resign."

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Brindle's PolitickerNJ Op-Ed a Must-Read

We are privileged to run today an opinion piece by Jeff Brindle, executive director of the state Election Law Enforcement Commision (ELEC). In the piece, Brindle lays out a blueprint for how to make party organizations stronger in order "to stave off the ever-growing influence of outside groups."

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Morning Digest: August 21st

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By Jeff Brindle An August 15, 2014 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler reaffirmed the place of political parties in the State’s electoral system. By rejecting arguments that unaffiliated voters should have a right to vote in... Read More >

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