Camden Mayor Redd "willing to share" with North Jersey mayors' anti-crime alliance

Camden Mayor Redd "willing to share" with North Jersey mayors' anti-crime alliance

CAMDEN - Two weeks after the mayors of New Jersey's three largest cities announced they are going to partner together to fight crime, the mayor of South Jersey's largest city said that she was willing to work with the northern alliance to fight the same scourge.

"I'm willing to share my experiences with some of the things we've done, not just to work with the state, but along with federal partners," said Camden Mayor Dana Redd, who presides over New Jersey's 12th largest city, on Monday following the announcement of a $1.1 million federal grant for a Camden youth education and training center. 

Redd's response to the North Jersey anti-crime initiative comes after a July 28 announcement by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres that the urban mayoral triumvirate would team up to stem a wave of violent crime. A combined police push will include information-sharing between departments and a more closely unified, cross-jurisdictional crime-fighting effort. 

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U.S. Senate race: Booker on Bell: "bridge builders," not "right-wing ideologues" needed in D.C. as polls tighten

U.S. Senate race: Booker on Bell: "bridge builders," not "right-wing ideologues" needed in D.C. as polls tighten

CAMDEN - With recent polls showing a closer-than-expected battle with Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell, incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) laced into Bell on Monday, implying that Bell is part of the problem, not the solution, to partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C..

"I told voters in the last election that I was going to go down there not to be a partisan - I was going down there to build bridges so we could actually get things done for the people in state of New Jersey," said Booker, who defeated GOP conservative Steve Lonegan by 11 percentage points in the special U.S. Senate election in October 2013 to replace the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. "In a very short period of time, I've already got legislation moving with a number of Republicans. From working with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on apprenticeship programs, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on expanding resources for public schools to expand their school year and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), a potential presidential candidate, on expanding access to spectrum [Internet] broadband penetration for disadvantaged folk - this is really the norm. 

"I'm demonstrating to voters that I don't want to be a part of the partisan gridlock," Booker added. "I'm going to break through that."

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CD5 race: Cho condemns Garrett's franked mailing campaign as a "politically motivated waste of taxpayer money"

Congressional District 5 candidate Roy Cho took a shot at his competition today when he condemned a franked mass mailing campaign by Republican incumbent Scott Garrett (R-5) last week.

The Cho campaign, which faces the challenge of unseating the 11 year incumbent in the November general, accused the conservative of a “politically motivated waste of taxpayer money” after Garrett campaign mailers  -- glossy sheets that featured information about his district offices -- appeared in mailboxes over the weekend.

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Communications Workers of America blast Christie in 'Shirk Week' video over pension and benefit reform

Communications Workers of America blast Christie in 'Shirk Week' video over pension and benefit reform

As the Discovery Channel’s popular television series ‘Shark Week’ kicks off again this year, New Jersey’s Communication Workers of America are taking the opportunity to tear into the state’s top executive on their favorite issue: pension and benefit reform.

Though it may be ‘Shark Week’ on Discovery, in Gov. Chris Christie’s office, according to the CWA, it’s ‘Shirk Week.’

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Morning Digest: August 11th

Morning Digest: August 11th

North Arlington mayor's race: in Bergen's southernmost borough, redevelopment key issue

North Arlington mayor's race: in Bergen's southernmost borough, redevelopment key issue

NORTH ARLINGTON - In some ways, the Bergen County borough of North Arlington is better known for its dead than its living - about 15,000 people live in Bergen's southernmost town, while more than 250,000 people permanently reside in Holy Cross Cemetery. 

But in this year's North Arlington mayoral election, the key issue focuses on how residents hope to live better through redevelopment that will spark economic growth in the largely blue-collar, middle-class town on the banks of the Passaic River and next to the Meadowlands. 

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As promised, Christie rolls out his pension and benefits task force

As promised, Christie rolls out his pension and benefits task force

Governor Chris Christie today designated nine people to serve on a bipartisan commission to evaluate how the state can create an affordable and sustainable retirement and health benefits system for New Jersey taxpayers, retirees and current and future public employees.

“This commission’s work cannot be about politics, it must be about the cold hard facts which is why I have not appointed politicians to this group,” said Governor Christie.  “It’s time to think out of the box and be prepared to abandon the sacred cows that have long been off limits in reforming our entitlement programs to make them permanently affordable and sustainable. Only by bringing together such a non-partisan group -- none of whom are impeded by special interests -- can we truthfully assess the problem, its roots and its potential remedies.  I thank each of them for their willingness to lend their experience and valuable time to the Commission.”  

 The members of the New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission are:

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Menendez leads call for ban of Hudson River tourist helicopters

Menendez leads call for ban of Hudson River tourist helicopters

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today joined local residents and officials to decry the proliferation of helicopter traffic over the Hudson River and call for an outright ban of tourist choppers threatening the quality of life and public safety of residents living along the waterfront.  The coalition of electeds fighting for a ban includes members of Congress, state, county and local officials representing New Jersey and New York.  

“For months, we’ve been talking with stakeholders, convening roundtable discussions, and trying to take steps towards a rational way to deal with these helicopters, but the time for talk is long over,” said Menendez.  “It is time for the  FAA to use any-and-every tool they have to shut down these helicopters and put an end to this problem, and if they don’t have the tools they need, then we will do all we can to make sure they have them.”

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Newark state correction officer sentenced to prison for drug trafficking

A former senior state correction officer from Newark was sentenced to prison today for trafficking 22 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to New Jersey, according to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.

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Morning Digest: August 20th

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Simplify Pay-to-Play with one state law

By Jeff Brindle A lone PAC contribution to Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson’s campaign highlights the need for pay-to-play reform in New Jersey. During the recent mayoralty election in Trenton, newly elected Mayor Eric Jackson received an $8,200 campaign... Read More >

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