Sires mourns Officer Santiago

Sires mourns Officer Santiago

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) this evening issued a statement in the Sunday shooting death of Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago.

”My prayers are with Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago’s family and the entire Jersey City Police Department during this time of sadness, “said Sires. “Officer Santiago made the ultimate sacrifice and gave up his life to protect the residents of Jersey City. His death is a deep loss not only to his mom Cathy, dad Melvin Sr., step-father Alex McBride, his brothers Jordan and Alex Jr., but to the entire City of Jersey City.

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Bergen County Exec's race: Booker says "I'm going to come in very hard" for Tedesco

Bergen County Exec's race: Booker says "I'm going to come in very hard" for Tedesco

MONTCLAIR - Bergen County native U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) paused from speaking out in favor of a bill seeking to reverse the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case to look homeward to the 2014 Bergen County Executive's race.

Democratic Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco, Paramus' former mayor, is challenging Republican incumbent Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan in November to be the chief executive of New Jersey's most populous county, often the bellwether county in statewide elections.

When asked by PolitickerNJ.com what Booker can really do for Tedesco besides being on top of the Bergen ballot as part of his U.S. Senate reelection bid against GOP challenger Jeff Bell, Booker made it plain that he was down with Tedesco.

"Bergen County is such a critical county for [Democrats], for Tedesco, all the way up and down the ticket. This is my home county. We have a lot to prove," said Booker, 45, who grew up in Harrington Park and graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. "I'm going to come in very hard [for Jim Tedesco]."

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Wisniewski says GOP just trying to change the subject from GWB investigation

Wisniewski says GOP just trying to change the subject from GWB investigation

TRENTON - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), co-chair of the Select Committee on Investigations looking into Bridgegate, said the GOP continues to try to come up with anything to distract from the committee's unfinished work - including today's exhortation by a Republican colleague to examine Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13) wrote a letter to Wisniewski and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), which Wisniewski this afternoon dismissed as political theater.

"You have a disgruntled, demoted employee making an allegation," Wisniewski told PolitickerNJ. "This is a situation where someone comes forward, potentially someone with an ax to grind, and I don't want to get in middle of that when our focus is on the George Washington Bridge investigation."

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In Montclair, Booker backs bill to override Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision

In Montclair, Booker backs bill to override Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision

MONTCLAIR - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) expressed his support for a Democratic-backed bill being pushed in the U.S. Senate designed to override the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case and impel for-profit employers to cover the full range of contraception for their employees, a health-care provision required by the Affordable Care Act. 

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Bramnick proposes measure to make legislative districts more competitive

Bramnick proposes measure to make legislative districts more competitive

TRENTON - Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) thinks partisanship is plaguing politics in the Garden State, and, on a quiet Monday afternoon in the Statehouse, announced his plans to do something about it.

“Democrats have taken the process of reform and turned it into an investigation into so called Bridgegate,” Bramnick said of what he sees as undue attention on recent controversies that have Gov. Chris Christie under some pressure. “I want to redirect the state back to a reform agenda.”

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O'Malley has NJ pals - but no visible support - toward 2016 prez run

O'Malley has NJ pals - but no visible support - toward 2016 prez run

TRENTON - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to make moves to position himself in a Democratic Primary for president.

A Capitol Report piece notes that the Dem just made a trek to Iowa and is taking pains to define himself in opposition to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on immigration.

O'Malley campaigned here last year for the losing ticket of Barbara Buono and Milly Silva, crushed by Gov. Chris Christie; and like his Democratic rival, Christie is laying the groundwork for his own presidential bid.

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Handlin wants SCI to subpoena Fulop and JC Chief

Handlin wants SCI to subpoena Fulop and JC Chief

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13) today fired off a letter to New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation (SCI) Co-chairs Assemblyman John Wisniewski and Sen. Loretta Weinberg asking the committee to issue subpoenas and investigate whether Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop ordered police to snarl traffic outside of the Holland Tunnel the same month he announced plans to sue the Port Authority for $400 million.

Handlin wrote her letter to co-chairs Weinberg and Wisniewski in the aftermath of allegations made by former Jersey City Police Chief Robert Cowan.

 A full transcript of Handlin's letter appears below:

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Former Tick Tock Diner manager pleads guilty to conspiracy to murder charge

Former Tick Tock Diner manager pleads guilty to conspiracy to murder charge

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that the former manager of the landmark Tick Tock Diner in Clifton pleaded guilty today to a charge that he attempted to hire a hit man to murder his uncle.  The New Jersey State Police foiled the alleged murder plot and arrested the manager in April 2013. 

Georgios Spyropoulos, 46, of Clifton, pleaded guilty this afternoon to a first-degree charge of conspiracy to commit murder before Superior Court Judge Donald J. Volkert Jr. in Passaic County.  Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that he be sentenced to 10 years in state prison, of which he must serve 85 percent without possibility of parole under the No Early Release Act. In addition, he faces up to five years of supervised release.  Spyropoulos signed a consent order today that prohibits him from ever having any contact with the victim, the victim’s family or any of the family’s businesses in the future.  Judge Volkert scheduled sentencing for Spyropoulos for Sept. 19.

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The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Morning Digest: July 22nd

  Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83. (Editor/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/77506/union-county-sheriff-ralph-froehlich-has-died     Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November ...

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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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