Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) issued the following statement after voting against the House Continuing Resolution (CR) because it included President Obama’s ISIS plan:
“While I did support the CR to ensure funding for the federal government," the congressman said, "I couldn’t vote for it because I do not support the president’s ISIS plan, which was added to the bill. Though I support efforts to destroy ISIS, the president has not yet demonstrated to Congress that arming a loosely organized and untrained Syrian opposition would counter the very real threat that ISIS poses.
"Before I can support sending our military men and women on another mission to the Middle East, the president must lay out a specific strategy and endgame with special attention given to the questions of who we are helping, how they will use that help, and how we can ensure the weapons we provide don’t fall into the wrong hands—or worse yet, end up being used against us," Garrett added.Read More >
Bill Hughes, Jr., a Democrat running for Congress in the 2nd District, went up on cable television for the first time today.
Hughes is running against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2).Read More >
TRENTON - Central Jersey sources say Joe Danielson, chairman of the Franklin Twp. Democratic Committee, is in a strong position to succeed Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) with the support of the Somerset County Democratic Committee.
Chivukula is seeking appointment to the Board of Public Utilities and appears to be on a strong glide path to land the job.Read More >
TRENTON - Governor Chris Christie today announced his selection of two new Board of Public Utilities Commissioners.
Christie announced his choices of Richard Mroz, a former Whitman Administration Chief Counsel, Special Counsel, and Authorities director; and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, Chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.
The governor reappointed to a third term Commissioner Joseph Fiordaliso, a serving BPU Commissioner.
Mroz will serve as the next President of the BPU.Read More >
TRENTON - The bromance continues in West New York ahead of next year's municipal election.
On Tuesday night, West New York Mayor Felix Roque appointed former Mayor Silverio "Sal" Vega to the North Hudson Community Action Corporation.
Roque defeated Vega in 2011.
This year, Vega endorsed Roque.Read More >
TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie danced with Jaimie Foxx, but he wants Jamie Fox's moves.
Former McGreevey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox of Lambertville will return to the job, replacing James Simpson as Christie's new Department of Transportation commissioner, according to three sources.Read More >
TRENTON - Reacting to recent polling numbers that show Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard neck-and-neck with her Republican opponent in CD3, fellow Democrat and congressional candidate Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) said she's not surprised that the Burlington County freeholder is holding her own in a race that many assume is the Republican's to lose.
During a press conference yesterday where she accepted an endorsement from the Sierra Club of her own campaign against Somerset County doctor Alieta Eck in CD12, Watson Coleman said Belgard's message is "resonating" with voters in CD3.
"She's right on the issues, she's standing up for people in her district, and I think that message is resonating," Watson Coleman said of Belgard, the Democratic contender in a historically red-leaning CD3. "I also think that people are very weary in the state of New Jersey about who they're sending back to Congress. They want things to get done. They want to walk away from this sort of no-ism that is taking over the Congress and they want people who are willing to work with one another so that they can come to solutions on some of these problems."Read More >
The main conflict in the CD3 race hinges on Burlington versus Ocean counties.Read More >
Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse. In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of...
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By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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