EWING - State Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) released the first television ad in her campaign to become the next representative for New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District on Wednesday.
The 30-second ad, entitled “Solving Problems", was produced by Fletcher Rowley. The campaign ad asserts that Watson Coleman is 100 percent pro-choice, 100 percent committed to improving women’s health care and 100 percent for pay equity.
Watson Coleman is running against Dr. Alieta Eck, the Republican candidate for Congress in the Twelfth Congressional District, after incumbent U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) decided not to seek reelection.Read More >
The Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the fire that killed Cooper Hospital CEO John Sheridan and his wife Joyce was arson.
According to the report, the fire "was intentionally set within the couple’s master bedroom, according to investigators assigned to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Arson Task Force.
"Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano said the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Mr. and Mrs. Sheridan “remain an active and ongoing investigation with laboratory results still pending.”Read More >
MOUNT LAUREL - On the same porch where she launched her bid for South Jersey's third congressional seat against North Jersey businessman Tom MacArthur late last year, Aimee Belgard, Democratic candidate in CD3, today launched an attack on her Republican opponent and his refusal to support equal pay for men and women in the workplace.
"Last Friday I learned some interesting things about my views on pay equity from Mr. MacArthur, when he explained that pay equity was nothing but a 'talking point' for me," Belgard said, referring to her heated debate with MacArthur last week when the two appeared on NJTV's On The Record together. "Well, I'm a woman, a mother, and an American -- but how could pay equity possible mean anything to me?"
That half-hour interview, their first joint on-air interview of the season, saw Belgard and MacArthur spar over a number of issues, from either candidates' insurance backgrounds to the latest attack ads released by both camps. But one of the most intense moments came when Belgard penalized MacArthur's position on pay equity for men and women in the workplace, criticizing him for refusing to support legislation like the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would add procedural protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act to ensure equal pay for women.
A former CEO and insurance executive, MacArthur defended his stance on the grounds that any new legislation might result in "unnecessary litigation" for employers and employees.
"Now I'm paraphrasing, but he basically said CEOs already go out of their way to pay women fairly. You know what his evidence was? His evidence was he gave one woman at one company a raise," Belgard said, making quick of the conservative. "Now if this reminds you of Mitt Romney's 'binders full of women', well it sure does. Mr. MacArthur just doesn't get it, and this startling ignorance is the last thing we need in Congress."Read More >
Mark, Matt, Dan and Tim Sheridan issued the following statement concerning the weekend death of their parents, John and Joyce Sheridan.
The family will have no further statements and requests respect for their privacy.Read More >
NEW MILFORD - Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate in New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, slammed Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett once again for what he called the "height of hypocrisy" in a recent Garrett campaign mailer focused on Hurricane Sandy.
"New Jerseyans, regardless of their political beliefs, needed help. Members of Congress were able to come together with a Republican governor [Chris Christie] to seek the federal assistance that we needed here," Cho said at a press conference in New Milford on Wednesday. "You had one member of Congress in New Jersey who dragged his feet, who refused to sign the initial letter signed by all Republicans and Democrats seeking federal aid for New Jerseyans seeking help. That one member of Congress was Scott Garrett."
Cho's criticism came in the wake of a recent Garrett campaign mailer which states that the six-term incumbent "was immediately on the ground helping families recover, while also leading the effort in Washington to ensure the federal funds we needed were available quickly."
PolitickerNJ reported first that in a written statement on Friday, Cho pointed out that Garrett was the only New Jersey Congressional representative who did not sign a letter in November 2012 that asked House leadership to build bipartisan support for the prompt delivery of federal aid for victims of Sandy.Read More >
Assembly Republican Conference Leader and former police officer Dave Rible (R-30) expressed outrage over this week's court ruling granting the parole release of Sundiata Acoli, who was found guilty of murder in the 1973 shooting death of New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster.
“I am profoundly appalled at the mere thought that someone who committed such a heinous crime should be allowed to re-enter society, even after serving decades behind bars. Not only would his release be a great injustice to the family of Werner Foerster, it would also be an injustice to all law enforcement officers,” Rible said.Read More >
Monmouth University this morning released a poll tracking public opinion of the job New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators.
According to the poll, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) positive job ratings have declined over the past few months while his negative ratings have remained steady as some voters have shifted into the undecided category.Read More >
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today sent a letter to Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela expressing dismay over Varela's invitation to Cuba to participate in the April 2015 Summit of the Americas.
“Cuba’s participation would undermine the spirit and authority of the Summit of the Americas," Menendez wrote in the letter.
"The Government of Cuba remains this hemisphere’s must enduring dictatorship, having deprived the people of Cuba of democratic rule for more than a half century," he added. "To this day, the Cuban Government continues to deny its citizens their most fundamental political and human rights, and criminalizes all forms of free expression, free association, and dissent in the country.”
The full letter can be found below.Read More >
In 2009, the late John Sheridan, CEO of Cooper University Hospital in Camden, testified at a hearing regarding how to strengthen employer-based health care.Read More >
Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...
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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 >
"I see Loretta Weinberg in the back of the room. Loretta, you have my eternal admiration for what you did to rid the Democratic Party of a certain political boss. However, not everyone shares that distinction." - Bergen County Republican Freeholder candidate Robert Avery- PolitickerNJ
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