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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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Sweeney expresses "confidence" in Bridgegate grand jury

NEWARK - State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) stated that he was convinced that the grand jury convened to investigate the involvement of Governor Chris Christie’s office in the George Washington Bridge scandal, a.k.a. Bridgegate, would be effective in seeking the truth.

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Law firm ends relationship with Bergen County one month after freeholder vote calling for Samson's resignation

Law firm ends relationship with Bergen County one month after freeholder vote calling for Samson's resignation

HACKENSACK - Wolff & Samson, the law firm of former Port Authority Chairman David Samson, informed Bergen County officials last month that it felt it should no longer be representing the county, according to both Bergen County officials and the firm. The Bergen officials confirmed that the professional relationship ended earlier this week, almost one month after a vote by the Bergen freeholders calling for Samson's resignation. 

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Paterson Mayor's Race: Arab-American leaders, Currie and Pascrell III fundraise for Sayegh

Paterson Mayor's Race: Arab-American leaders, Currie and Pascrell III fundraise for Sayegh

CLIFTON – Getting on 2012 game faces for the May 13th 2014 mayor’s race, leaders of Paterson’s Arab-American community and the Democratic Party crowded into a banquet room in the Valley Regency last night and rammed the candidacy of Council President Andre Sayegh.  

Anchored by Arab-American leader Al Abdelaziz; Democratic State Party (and Passaic County Dems) Chairman John Currie; and Bill Pascrell III, son of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), who led an historic get-out-the-vote effort in his hometown in the 2012 Democratic Primary, the event raised Sayegh’s mayoral campaign $80,000.

“I’m all in on this race, and I’m ready to double down,” said Pascrell, who sat at the front of the room with Currie and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) days after the Arab-American Screening Committee organized by Abdelaziz awarded its endorsement to Sayegh.

“Some of the candidates were great,” beamed emcee Salaheddin Mustafa, reflecting on a seven-hour long candidates’ screening exercise.

“Some of the others – Joey – weren’t,” he cracked, a jibe at Sayegh’s competitor, former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, who had his own fundraiser earlier this week with former Mayor Pat Kramer.

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Bergen Freeholder Tedesco: Samson resignation "necessary for reform," calls for more N.J. appointees to quit Port Authority

Bergen Freeholder Tedesco: Samson resignation "necessary for reform," calls for more N.J. appointees to quit Port Authority

HACKENSACK - Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco called Friday's resignation by Port Authority Chairman David Samson an action that was "necessary for reform" at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, then called for wider changes at the bi-state agency.

"I am renewing my call for all of the New Jersey appointees who failed the state they represent, resign as well," said Tedesco in a written statement. "During Samson's chairmanship the Port Authority compromised the health, safety and well-being of the region that it is meant to serve."

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

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(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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