CD5: Garrett has almost $3.2 million COH

CD5: Garrett has almost $3.2 million COH

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) has nearly $3.2 million cash on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Garrett raised nearly $1.6 million so far this year as he prepares for a general election showdown with Democratic challenger Roy Cho.

The movement conservative Republican reported zero debt.

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Sources: Chivukula in line for BPU spot

Sources: Chivukula in line for BPU spot

The always federally game Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) might be serving his last term in the legislature, sources say.

With the blessing of powerful allies in his party, the veteran lawmaker is awaiting a flight path out of the Statehouse to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

A Somerset Dem and engineer by trade, Chivukula ran afoul of the Middlesex County Democratic Party last year when he ran for Congress in the 12th District, making life more difficult for state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14).

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Atlantic City, Steve Sweeney, and the statewide “kaleidoscope of politics”

Atlantic City, Steve Sweeney, and the statewide “kaleidoscope of politics”

TRENTON - In 2011, standing side-by-side beneath the bare bones girders and iron scaffolding of a half-built Revel Casino, Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) doubled-down on a bet placed 30 years earlier: that Atlantic City, once imagined a Las Vegas-style getaway for the Northeast region but since fallen on hard times, could survive as New Jersey’s sole gambling mecca. 

It was a double-down bet because the state had gambled on the prospect once before, in the 1970s, when it first legalized gambling and passed its original casino laws. But not since then had New Jersey updated its stance on the subject, and both Gov. Christie and Sweeney thought it time to reinforce the state’s commitment to the troubled city. This time around, the vision was to reinvigorate the debilitated resort town -- to “return Atlantic City to the ranks of the best destinations in the world,” the governor said -- by drafting an ambitious legislative package geared toward supporting its gaming industry. 

Part of the package, signed that day amidst union leaders and Atlantic County lawmakers, called for the creation of a state-controlled gaming district in the heart of the city’s downtown (S-12). Another part overhauled the state’s regulatory structure for casinos, something that hadn’t been done since the laws were first written (S-11). Still another part included the very shell of the building the latter two bills were signed in that day -- resumed construction on the Revel, Atlantic City’s 53-story, 6.3 million square foot behemoth seaside attraction, made possible by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority's approval of $260 million in tax-increment financing to support infrastructure improvements.

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Four charged with filing false applications for Sandy relief funds

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that four additional individuals were charged criminally today with filing fraudulent applications for federal relief funds related to Superstorm Sandy.  Since March, the Attorney General’s Office has filed criminal charges against 12 people for allegedly engaging in this type of fraud, including the four individuals charged today. 

The Attorney General’s Office is continuing to aggressively investigate fraud in Sandy relief programs, working jointly with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Offices of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

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New Jersey State Parole Officers union files EEOC complaint, alleging racial discrimination at training academy

New Jersey State Parole Officers union files EEOC complaint, alleging racial discrimination at training academy

LITTLE FALLS - The New Jersey State Parole Officers Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 326 announced on Wednesday that they have filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Newark Area Office, against the New Jersey Parole Board for alleged racial and gender-based discrimination against parole officer recruits at the Division of Criminal Justice Academy. The charge details the dismissal of recruits, all of whom are women and/or minorities, from the academy based upon what the union claims to be the arbitrary application of physical fitness standards.

“We chose to file the charge on the behalf of the recruits because we have seen a startling trend of discrimination,” said Tom Lambert, President of PBA Local 326, which represents 315 parole officers across New Jersey. “Multiple recruits have come to us with strikingly similar stories about how, despite the fact that they believed they were meeting the same or similar standards of physical fitness as their fellow recruits, they were evaluated on an additional set of unspecified and seemingly shifting criteria by hostile instructors, which has resulted in their dismissal. All of the dismissed recruits are either minorities or women.”

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Gubernatorial Gutcheck: Names on the Dems' shortlist and their strengths and weaknesses

Gubernatorial Gutcheck: Names on the Dems' shortlist and their strengths and weaknesses

Steve Sweeney

Strengths: He has the bully pulpit as senate prez; he just picked up the endorsement of the Building Trades, and you can drop the guy in a roomful of 100 people all of whom want to nibble on his ear about something he probably doesn’t want to hear, and he has a graceful way of making them all feel like he’s listening. Sweeney also has a good reputation as a deal-maker, and has carefully cultivated relationships around the state with political players harnessed to umbilical cords leading straight back to Trenton. Union County Democratic Chair Jerry Green is a Sweeney friend. Middlesex’s Kevin McCabe has strong ties to the carpenters, members of that same building trades org that just backed Sweeney for governor. State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) – eager to jump onto the senate president’s throne when Sweeney leaves – is another key north county ally. Then there’s state Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-33), an instant 10,000 votes out of Hudson County in the event that Sweeney can’t persuade Hudson County Democratic Chairman Vincent Prieto to give him the line. Oh, by the way, Prieto is also the speaker of the General Assembly.

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Who will serve as Chris Christie’s next chief of staff?

Who will serve as Chris Christie’s next chief of staff?

TRENTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks will consider Kevin O’Dowd for the position of state attorney general.

While he may endure a few pointed where, how, what, when questions and some theatrical play to make the drama look like a cliffhanger, O’Dowd is expected to have the votes in place in the end to get released out of committee without too much hysteria.

The next question is, who will replace him as chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie?

PolitickerNJ kicked around some names with insiders in both parties and came up with the following short list of probables…

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Bergen County Exec's race: candidates' ELEC reports show battle lines drawn between Christie allies and labor unions

Bergen County Exec's race: candidates' ELEC reports show battle lines drawn between Christie allies and labor unions

HACKENSACK - A look at the most up-to-date campaign finance reports filed by the rival candidates in the closely-watched Bergen County Executive's race foreshadows an important theme in the campaign to control New Jersey's most populous county: allies of Republican Governor Chris Christie competing against labor unions, which often side with Democratic candidates. 

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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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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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