Newark mayor's race: On NJTV and WNET, "Newark at a Crossroads" to show candidates clashing

Newark mayor's race: On NJTV and WNET, "Newark at a Crossroads" to show candidates clashing

A public television news special to be aired starting this week shows Newark mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries making pointed policy critiques at each other's expense. 

The New Jersey Capitol Report program, co-hosted by Emmy Award- winning anchors Steve Adubato and Rafael Pi Roman, is entitled "Newark at a Crossroads." In an advance copy of the show provided to PolitickerNJ.com, both candidates are interviewed individually about a range of concerns affecting New Jersey's largest city in the run-up to the May 13 Newark municipal election. 

Issues discussed include public safety, economic development, the potential state takeover of the city's finances and the future of Newark's schools. 

Both candidates were asked why their opponent should not be Newark's next mayor. 

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CD3: MacArthur has $1.75 million COH

CD3: MacArthur has $1.75 million COH

Running in the Third Congressional District's Republican Primary, former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur reported over $2 million raised in the 1st Quarter and $1.75 million cash-on-hand.

MacArthur personally contributed $2 million to his campaign account, and having secured the GOP county lines in Ocean and Burlington counties, his team is actively setting up fundraisers throughout the district with local Republican leaders and supporters to build his war chest, according to campaign spokesman Chris Russell.

“This has been a very good past few weeks for Tom and the campaign,” said Russell.  “Sweeping the party endorsements in mid-March was a critical first step, and as soon as it ended we began an aggressive campaign on television, in the mail box, online and on the ground.  We have a superior candidate, a more compelling message and all the resources we need to win this primary on Tuesday, June 3rd.”

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A night for homeless youth: Bipartisan group of lawmakers raises $25K for Covenant House

A night for homeless youth: Bipartisan group of lawmakers raises $25K for Covenant House

Camped under the stars outside the Statehouse last night, New Jersey lawmakers raised over $25,000 for homeless youth in Covenant House’s first ever legislative sleep-out.

“It was a worthwhile night; a notable and meaningful event,” said Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), co-chair with state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-19). “There was a lot of learning and sharing going on, and for those of us participating on the legislative side, we came away with an appreciation for these kids.”

Founded in New York City in 1972, Covenant House is the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. The state’s largest service-provider to homeless and at risk adolescents under 22, Covenant House New Jersey provides healthcare, educational and vocational services, counseling, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs and transitional living programs.

Early Friday evening, the bipartisan gathering of 16 legislators broke into groups inside the Statehouse to hear the testimonials of young people between the ages of 18-22.

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Booker on U.S. Senate race, Republican candidates: let's talk after the GOP primary

Booker on U.S. Senate race, Republican candidates: let's talk after the GOP primary

NEWARK - A general observation of the Republican candidates who have come out to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in November is that they are not the best-known field of GOP contenders.

Jeff Bell, Brian Goldberg, Rich Pezzullo and Murray Sabrin have battled it out among GOP county committees in advance of the June primary. Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie continues to court Republican movers-and-shakers nationally despite his Bridgegate and Sandy aid problems at home.

PolitickerNJ.com asked Booker if he thought that the apparent lack of serious competition in the upcoming U.S. Senate race was a sign that Christie, a native Newarker who has built a bipartisan relationship with Booker, had not done enough to build up the Garden State GOP. 

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CD12 Update: Chivukula releases first ad of the season

CD12 Update: Chivukula releases first ad of the season

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) this afternoon released his first campaign ad of the season.

"We will be up with this ad on cable television with a substantial six-figure buy in the next week or so," said Henry de Koninck, Chivukula's campaign manager.

Chivikula is running for Congress in the 12th District Democratic Primary.

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Christie planning Trenton rally with mayors on arbitration cap bill, sources say

Christie planning Trenton rally with mayors on arbitration cap bill, sources say
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

Gov. Chris Christie is apparently looking to take the fight over an expired law dealing with an interest arbitration cap closer to the Statehouse steps.

Sources tell PolitickerNJ the governor is planning to hold a rally with local mayors in Trenton Monday to put pressure on the Assembly to pass a bill that extends the 2 percent arbitration cap. The law recently expired and Christie has recently criticized the Assembly at town hall events for failing to pass the cap.

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Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

A judge ruled on the subpoenas of the Select Committee on Investigations, another judge restored the candidacy of a congressional candidate, and the political ground wars continue in the state's most exciting mayoral elections coming to a head on May 13th.

It's all in this week's latest issue of Winners and Losers...

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Bridgegate committee gets list of people interviewed for Christie's internal report

Bridgegate committee gets list of people interviewed for Christie's internal report

TRENTON – Lawmakers investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy will find out who was interviewed by the law firm commissioned by the Gov. Chris Christie administration to conduct an internal review.

The legislative committee received a list of 75 names of people the firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, interviewed as part of its internal review of the administration. The review, which cleared Christie of any wrongdoing, failed to disclose the names of individuals interviewed by the firm.

“I got a list of 75 names,” said co-chairman of the joint legislative committee, Assemblyman John Wisniewski.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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Paterson can flourish with a second chance

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Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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