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Gordon, Schepisi speak out on Bergen County Exec's race, Booker's impact, consolidation debate

Gordon, Schepisi speak out on Bergen County Exec's race, Booker's impact, consolidation debate

NEWARK - Two prominent Bergen-based state legislators paused during the breakfast held before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip to consider the November contest that will shape Bergen County politics for the next four years - the Bergen County Executive's race. 

State Senator Bob Gordon (D-38) and state Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R-39) momentarily stopped schmoozing at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning and started evaluating the battle between Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan and her Democratic challenger, Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco. 

Reducing property taxes remains the rallying cry of all politicians looking to lead Bergen County, where the more than 900,000 residents who make it the most populous county of New Jersey often decide statewide elections. The point of friction between Bergen Democrats and Republicans is how to achieve this goal. 

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Prieto on Christie, arbitration cap bill: "We are talking"

Prieto on Christie, arbitration cap bill: "We are talking"

NEWARK -  At the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning, State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) downplayed his clash with Gov. Chris Christie regarding the ongoing debate over interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters.

"I wouldn't characterize it as a fight, I would characterize it as a negotiation. I have sat down with the governor. We are talking," Prieto told PolitickerNJ.com. "At this point in time, those conversations are private between me and him. We're trying to figure a compromise that's good for everybody." 

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Wisniewski on Bridgegate: state and federal investigations have "different goals"

Wisniewski on Bridgegate: state and federal investigations have "different goals"

NEWARK - In a rushed moment before getting on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip on Tuesday morning, state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) stopped in the lobby of the Newark Hilton and put down his black rolling suitcase. Someone nearby, perhaps after a few Bloody Marys, couldn't resist cracking a joke. 

"All the Bridgegate papers in there?" the man asked while scores of New Jersey politicos scuttled across the street to Penn Station to board the train. 

"Yeah, they're all right here," Wisniewski answered, smiling, patting the suitcase. 

The 77th annual train trip may inspire high frivolity in many who enjoy the ride to the nation's capital. But for Wisniewski, the co-chairperson of the state legislative committee investigating the Christie administration regarding the Bridgegate scandal, the ongoing investigation is no laughing matter. 

"There is a lot of work ahead of us," Wisniewski told PolitickerNJ.com. "We're going to continue to pursue all of the relevant information until we understand the fundamental question of how this could happen, and how we could stop it from happening happen." 

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Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC report

Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group shows donations of $1.3 million, Wall Street ties in ELEC report

NEWARK - Newark First, the independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries in the run-up to the May 13 municipal election, has been on the attack lately against Jeffries' rival in the mayoral race, Ras Baraka. These attacks have centered on a critical aspect of political life: money. 

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McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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Fulop on arbitration cap bill fight: "We're going to defer" to Prieto

Fulop on arbitration cap bill fight: "We're going to defer" to Prieto

JERSEY CITY - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop declined on Thursday to get directly involved in the ongoing debate over interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters, but indicated that he trusted State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto's (D-32) leadership. 

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Christie, Fishman and Fulop: three Jersey kings intersect, but do not interact, on Holy Thursday

Christie, Fishman and Fulop: three Jersey kings intersect, but do not interact, on Holy Thursday

JERSEY CITY - The view from the sixth floor at St. Peter's University's Mac Mahon Student Center in Jersey City is sweeping. The windows facing the east show off the Jersey City and New York City skylines, while to the west, the under-construction Pulaski Skyway, Newark and the Watchung Mountains come into view. 

At a conference on prisoner reentry held by chance on the morning of Holy Thursday and during Passover week, the theme of redemption was ever present, with discussion centered on how to successfully reintegrate those previously incarcerated into society. 

But at the same time, three major New Jersey political players were also present, reminding those who study both politics and religion that forgiveness in Jersey politics far more resembles the Old Testament rather than the New. 

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul Fishman and Governor Chris Christie all came to discuss to prisoner reentry at a time of growing tension in the state's political landscape. 

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Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions comments

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions comments

HACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political candidates. 

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CD 12 race: Watson Coleman opens Trenton campaign headquarters, a city key to victory

CD 12 race: Watson Coleman opens Trenton campaign headquarters, a city key to victory

TRENTON - In the close race for the Democratic nomination in New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District, state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) came close to home on Monday night.

Watson Coleman opened up her Trenton headquarters on South Broad Street, blocks from the Statehouse where she has served in the state Legislature since 1998. A few miles from her Ewing home, she was flanked by her Mercer County allies, including Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes and state Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15). At one point, Watson Coleman held her grandchild as she addressed a crowd of 75 supporters and made her case for Congress. 

"I can be a voice in Congress, just like I think I've been a voice in New Jersey, standing up for working-class families, standing up for those who have the least among us, and where the least voice is heard," Watson Coleman said. 

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PolitickerNJ.com reporters on weekend TV

PolitickerNJ.com reporters Matthew Arco and Mark Bonamo will both appear on weekend public interest television programs. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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