PARSIPPANY – Following a meeting in person on Thursday with three Central American presidents, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) said he is encouraged by the potential for a better partnership with the leaders of those countries as the United States seeks to stem a humanitarian crisis.
“I was impressed with the commitment of the Central American leaders with whom I met yesterday,” said Menendez, referring to their efforts to crack down on smugglers engaged in the human trafficking of tens of thousands of Central American minors.Read More >
PARSIPPANY - They had a deal.
If Senator Bob Menendez's staff won a softball game against the staff of Senator Cory Booker, the sedentary Menendez would have to go out on a jog with physical fitness freak Booker.
If Menendez won, Booker would have to join Menendez - long comfortable with singing Irish songs - at the head of a very public room to join the senior senator for a rendition of "Danny Boy."Read More >
PARSIPANNY - Standing in front of a battalion of orange t-shirted LIUNA stawarts and middle aged men in suits and sunglasses at the edge of a roaring highway, Vice President of the NJ Laborers Union Ray Pocino complained about the absence of a sustained plan to fund the federal Highway Trust Fund.
Congress has a temporary patch plan to replenish some of the fund's monies before the fund expires next week.
Pocino said he wants something more permanent.Read More >
When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looked askance at the chances of Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino versus New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent, it wasn't just the shot that echoed across the Hudson. Instead, the verbal skirmish that ensued could have national repercussions.Read More >
PARSIPPANY - Newly a resident of Bergen County, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) test drove his sun-dappled side here in equally leafy Morris County next to his fellow upper house federal lawmaker, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a brace of labor brass, including VP of the NJ Laborers Union Ray Pocino.
The Jersey guys welcomed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a call to extend funding for the Highway Trust Fund, which is set to expire next week.
“We are long overdue for a substantial multi-year transportation bill that will provide reliable funding, create thousands of jobs, and allow businesses to thrive,” said Booker, posing in front of a section of I-80 slated for $84 million in rehabilitation, money in the federal trust fund. “While I plan to support this critical funding patch, it is a temporary fix. We must take long-term action and stop kicking the can down the road.”Read More >
PARAMUS - Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco has reason to believe that based on his recent electoral history in his hometown of Paramus, the Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive might have a chance of defeating Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan in November.
Tedesco, who served as mayor of Paramus from 2003 to 2010, presided over an approximately 26,000-person Bergen borough that many political observers see as the bellwether town in New Jersey's bellwether county in statewide elections.Read More >
TRENTON - Oftentimes, the weightiest policy issues in New Jersey are decided not in the halls of the statehouse, but in the voting booths on election day. It’s a trend that has some New Jersey business leaders shaking their heads.
“It’s absolutely wrong,” Mike Egenton, a senior vice president at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, argued at a roundtable discussion on business reform strategies at the statehouse this morning. “I don’t want to see this state turn into another [initiative and referendum] state.”Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie today said the discussions he's having with Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32) ahead of Monday's vote on bail reform are going swimmingly.Read More >
Christie makes his pitch on bail reform TRENTON -In a win-win moment for Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks tough guy points ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, both houses of the legislature packed into the assembly chamber and listened as Christie pleaded for a constitutional amendment on...
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By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >
"Potentially, we can get this done, because it's important. We get it. We understand it. But there are issues. There's the speedy trial component. How are we going to pay for this? How is the risk-assessment piece of it going to be done?" - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), on bail reform.- The Asbury Park Press
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