Wake Up Call

By Editor | July 14th, 2014 - 7:03am
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CD3: MacArthur campaign launches first ad of general election race

The campaign of Republican congressional hopeful Tom MacArthur launched its first ad of CD3’s general election race this week. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Sweeney, Kyrillos to sponsor bill that would cap unused sick pay

TRENTON - Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joseph Kyrillos are renewing efforts to cap unused sick pay for public employees, according to a statement released by the state Senate today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Mazzeo calls on Division of Investment to pressure equity firms to keep ‘Showboat open for business’

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) has joined fellow Atlantic County lawmakers in the showdown over the Showboat Casino. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)




Christie's travels help him connect in states key to 2016

Governor Christie has already visited eight states with early presidential contests, and he will be in Iowa this week and South Carolina and Michigan in coming months — crucial trips if he plans to enter the 2016 race. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)




Here are the questions Chris Christie doesn’t want to answer

Sometimes the straight-talking governor of New Jersey doesn’t talk all that straight. (Miller/Time)




Christie blames Obama in part for Israeli-Palestinian unrest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Partly blaming unrest in the Middle East on President Barack Obama, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that Obama has not spoken firmly and forcefully on Israel’s behalf and that the country no longer trusts it has the full support of the United States because of him. (Peoples/The Associated Press)




The perils of pension reform

Still faced with billions of dollars in unfunded obligations, the state's public pension system could be facing a new round of changes this year. (Schoonejongen/Gannett)




School fight: inside ed board’s dysfunction

Interim schools superintendent Robert Mahon had enough. First, there was the failed superintendent search. The nine-member school board spent the past year in arguments, litigation and division over the selection of a schools chief. (Terry/Gannett)




Chris Christie and America’s poorest city

Gov. Christie has held about two dozen public events in Camden, an extraordinary number -- especially for a Republican in a city that went 97 percent for President Barack Obama in 2012. (Katz/NJPR)




Chris Christie plans to issue executive order on Common Core standards this week

While attending a meeting of the National Governors Association today, Gov. Chris Christie said he plans to issue an executive order this week regarding common education standards that have sparked criticism from parents and educators. (AP)




NJ Supreme Court won’t hear landmark gun case after all

The New Jersey Supreme Court, in an unusual move, has scrapped its plans to hear a challenge to one of New Jersey’s gun-control laws. (Rizzo/The Star-Ledger)






Incoming chief of staff to testify on Port Authority Thursday

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigations will hear testimony from the front office’s incoming Chief of Staff Regina Egea on Thursday, July 17 at 10:00 AM. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)






Jackson: Booker, Paul find themselves political friends with benefits

Rarely have junior senators received as much attention for obscure legislation as Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul did last week when they introduced a bill to make it easier to seal non-violent criminal records, especially of juvenile drug arrests. (Jackson/The Bergen Record)




10 ways Chris Christie’s White House ambition hurts New Jersey: Moran

Gov. Chris Christie last week rejected the notion that his ambitions for the White House are driving his behavior as governor. (Moran/The Star-Ledger)


Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...


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 >


 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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