Booker, Pascrell support Obama response to Ferguson civil disturbances

Booker, Pascrell support Obama response to Ferguson civil disturbances

FORT LEE - A convergence of state and local officials outside of a Bergen County senior center is a far cry from the fevered streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the Saint Louis suburb continues to be roiled by unrest more than a week after an unarmed black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer.

But in conversations with PolitickerNJ on Tuesday at a meet-and-greet event at Fort Lee's Richard A. Nest Adult Activity Center, both U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) praised U.S. President Barack Obama's handing of the ongoing crisis, one that has highlighted the lingering fault lines in American race relations.

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Rice calls on Education Commissioner, Attorney General to launch Newark public schools investigation

Rice calls on Education Commissioner, Attorney General to launch Newark public schools investigation

NEWARK - As the school year starts anew under a controversial reorganization plan that has had community members and lawmakers at odds, state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-28) is again calling on top state education and law enforcement officials to investigate administrative and fiscal mishandlings within Newark’s public school system.

In a letter today, Rice, co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, called on acting state Education Commissioner David Hespe, acting Attorney General John Hoffman, and acting state Comptroller Marc Larkins to look into a laundry list of issues that have plagued the district in recent months, from questions about how to deal with the district’s projected $53 million budget deficit to potential abuses of power at the hands of embattled schools superintendent Cami Anderson.

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Morning Digest: August 19th

Morning Digest: August 19th

Essex Royale: Jones pulls party faithful in for night of gaming, political mixing

Essex Royale: Jones pulls party faithful in for night of gaming, political mixing

BELLEVILLE – Elbows on the felt table top, veteran Democratic Party political operative Phil Alagia looked across the void in a room crammed with party members getting a groove on as a bow-tied dealer dealt another round of chips.

The leaden eyes betrayed no emotion in the waging of another gamble.

But the real test was going to be for Chairman Leroy Jones and whether anyone showed up in late August to the Essex County Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser at Nanina's.

Operatives worked the phones in the lead-up to peel people off their sun roofs for a few hours as summer sank toward Labor Day and, in this room at least, a keener apprehension of the Bergen County Executive’s race - and 2015.

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CD 7 race: Lance "confident" that perceived policy changes won't hurt him

CD 7 race: Lance "confident" that perceived policy changes won't hurt him

SOMERVILLE - Moments before he spoke at a Somerville town hall meeting, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) pushed back at claims that his views have drifted too far to the right since getting elected to Congress in 2008. 

"I'm not sure there has been a change. I've always voted my conscience," Lance told PolitickerNJ on Monday in the back of the auditorium at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. "I approach each issue as it comes to me. I think the most important issue in Washington is to try to get the economy stronger and try to create an environment where the private sector can create the new jobs that America so desperately needs."

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Watch state senators Sweeney, O'Toole get buckets of ice water dumped on their heads

Watch state senators Sweeney, O'Toole get buckets of ice water dumped on their heads

TRENTON - It’s not uncommon to see groups of protesters, banded together in some common political cause and wielding picket signs, camped out on the front steps of the Statehouse in Trenton.

But what about a group of state senators, recently released from an end-of-summer senate session and wielding blue buckets of ice water, ready to douse themselves in the name of ALS research?

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Ocean County Dem chairman calls patronage and sexual harassment allegations against GOP freeholder leader "perfect storm" for future victory

Ocean County Dem chairman calls patronage and sexual harassment allegations against GOP freeholder leader "perfect storm" for future victory

TOMS RIVER - As allegations of patronage and a sexual harassment cover-up roil Ocean County government, Wyatt Earp, the county's Democratic chairman, believes that in GOP-dominated Ocean, opportunity is now knocking.

"This is the perfect storm of elections. Tim Ryan is a long-standing community leader and a philanthropist," Earp told PolitickerNJ, referring to the Democratic candidate trying to block Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari, a Republican, from his twelfth three-year term in November. "Normally, in general in Ocean County, with the [Republican advantage in party] registrations, it's an uphill battle [for Democrats]. But even without this, Tim Ryan is going to be a significant challenger in this freeholder race." 

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Senate brings years-long battle to a close with passage of Essex County judicial nominations

Senate brings years-long battle to a close with passage of Essex County judicial nominations
State Sen. Ron Rice (D-28) stands with newly-appointed Essex County judge Bahir Kamil of South Orange

TRENTON - After a four year battle between senate Democrats and the governor’s office over a package of Essex County judicial nominations, the state senate approved the names of eight judges today to serve full terms in the state Superior Court.

Relief was the feeling among lawmakers who worked on the package, moving it along on its journey from the front office to the senate floor.

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Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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