JERSEY – On the day the three mayors from New Jersey’s three biggest cities huddled up with a public vow to partner to fight crime, PolitickerNJ asked them if they weren’t a little alarmed about Gov. Chris Christie’s vigorous Republican Governors’ Association (RGA) schedule.
The governor is frequently in and out of the state on a robust mission to elect GOP governors around the country.
Do they sense a fall-off in statewide front-office vigilance?Read More >
JERSEY CITY - Standing on MLK Boulevard, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka responded today to Gov. Chris Christie's comments at a Republican Governors' Association (RGA) meeting last week.
Channelling former President George W. Bush, Christie boasted to other Republicans that he is "the decider" on whether or not Cami Anderson remains as Newark's superintendent.
Baraka wants her gone.
Christie wants her to stay on the job.
"I don't want to get into whether or not he said it," Baraka told PolitickerNJ. "But he's right. The state gets to decide. I just wish they'd begin to decide differently."Read More >
Maybe before it's all over, we'll see you out there somewhere, in Illinois, Florida or Colorado, covering the movements of the august chairman of the Republican Governors' Association (RGA).
Great states all, made better by their political status this season - but none better, than where you will find us this weekend, and every weekend until it's over.
NJ all the way.Read More >
PARAMUS - Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco has reason to believe that based on his recent electoral history in his hometown of Paramus, the Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive might have a chance of defeating Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan in November.
Tedesco, who served as mayor of Paramus from 2003 to 2010, presided over an approximately 26,000-person Bergen borough that many political observers see as the bellwether town in New Jersey's bellwether county in statewide elections.Read More >
The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire GOP leaders.
LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a friendly, sun-dazed crowd in this GOP stronghold.
“I’m the adult in the room,” Christie declared, a reference to the Statehouse, moments after his entourage of black SUVs tore up the gravel drive and deposited the head of the Republican Governors Association (and Governor of New Jersey) at the end of a ramp amid local, salt-tinged cheers.
“There’s Trenton speak, and then there’s regular language,” the governor said.Read More >
After perusing integrity monitor reports on Hurricane Sandy, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) this afternoon unleashed a tornado of criticism on the Christie administration.
“My intention when I sponsored this legislation was to have these reports done as quickly as possible so that we could both prevent problems and find ways to correct them,” said Sweeney. “Unfortunately, these are months overdue and they are underwhelming to say the least. I was hoping for more detail, especially regarding what was just recently determined to be the second most expensive storm in the last half century. I am certainly disappointed in what was provided to us. It does not resemble what my intention was when I proposed this legislation.”Read More >
SAYREVILLE - In his office here, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) sits comfortably at the head of a solid oak conference table, sipping coffee from a glass mug. Donning a blue tie to match a set of piercing blue eyes, he’s cool and collected, a shining example of how a New Jersey assemblyman might spend his time during these dog days, when the sun is shining and the statehouse is empty. But it would be misleading to call Wisniewski your typical assemblyman -- this one is in the middle of one of the most controversial and potentially corrupt scandals of recent memory.
Wisniewski is chairman of the Select Committee on Investigations, the bicameral bipartisan, board put together last year in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closures. It’s been seven months since the Middlesex County Democrat began probing the depths of what might have been a politically motivated, possibly illegal political stunt, and he still hasn’t hit bedrock. He’s been hounded by reporters -- this one included -- who call him weekly asking for fresh details on the investigation’s progress. He’s issued subpoenas and sat through dozens of grueling hours of testimony by some of the highest rankings officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s cabinet. More recently, he’s been blasted by Republicans on the committee who’ve likened its dogged pursuit of the case’s smoking gun to “a witch hunt”. They all want answers.
Anyone else in his position might at this point be feeling the heat. But not John “Wiz” Wisniewski. He’s been playing this game for too many years -- 19, by his count -- for that.Read More >
Two political tigers prowled America's 2016 presidential campaign field this week, separated by about 1,100 miles: Republican Chris Christie and Democrat Hillary Clinton.Read More >
WOODBRIDGE - The president of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) decried the choice of locale for the start of Gov. Chris Christie's "No Pain, No Gain" pension reform tour as "callous," citing Christie's recent moves regarding public workers' pensions as something even more painful.
In a written statement, State PBA President Patrick Colligan specifically referred to the Christie administration taking out a $2.6 billion short-term loan with financial firm J.P. Morgan on July 1 to bolster the new $32.5 billion state budget and pay for the bills that will come due. Colligan's criticisms came in context of Christie's upcoming appearance next Tuesday, July 22, at the Bay View Park Gazebo in Long Beach Township to discuss his ideas on pension reform and to take questions.
"His callous choice of venue is not lost on the policemen, firefighters and teachers who recently built a playground there as part of the Sandy Ground Project. That park was built in memory of Lauren Rousseau, one of the brave teachers who lost her life protecting her children at the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. It was built with the sweat of dedicated policemen, firemen and teachers who volunteered their time to honor this incredibly brave teacher who should have never expected to lose her life in her chosen profession. It is a personal affront to every volunteer that participated in the building of that playground and every public worker that continues to make their pension contributions and healthcare co-pays and don’t share the ability of saying “I can’t afford it” like the Governor can," Colligan said in the statement issued Friday. "Long Beach Island is approximately 18 miles long. There are many appropriate and convenient venues throughout the island that the Governor can roll out his disgraceful attempt to once again vilify the hard-working public workers who have made the hard sacrifices with his last round of reforms."Read More >
While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.Read More >
Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...
By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >
"And here was Christie — a tell-it-like-it-is, straight-talking, no-nonsense Jersey guy — telling about 60 members of the media what he really thought. 'Governor Branstad is a role model for me,' Christie gushed, referring to his 67-year-old counterpart from Iowa."- The New York Times
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