Jabbing at Christie ad, Buono say she was always proud to be from New Jersey
Appearing tonight on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono bashed incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie on all fronts, starting with what she cited was Christie’s failed leadership on gun control.
Max Pizarro- PolitickerNJ.com
Christie shows up in support of Cunningham
JERSEY CITY – The SUV pulled up to Liberty House in Jersey City outside state Sen. Sandra Cunningham’s (D-31) fundraiser and when the back door opened a pair of loafers hit the deck.
Gov. Chris Christie emerged and entered the party, a wine tasting event for the Democrat’s re-election bid.
Fulop to supporters: ‘We need your help’
JERSEY CITY – They spilled through the double doors and into the long bar and kept spilling, with Downtown City Councilman Steve Fulop at the far end of the Rathskeller receiving line.
Gun control: internal squabble a familiar spot for Democrats
A familiar drama has been playing out at the State House over the past week as Democrats in the Senate and Assembly bicker over their respective gun control packages.
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Christie, Dems unveil new Camden County police force
CAMDEN – Gov. Chris Christie stood side-by-side today with Camden Democrats to usher in the city’s newest police force.
The governor joined local leaders and Senate President Steve Sweeney for the official rolling out of the Camden County Regional Police Force. The new agency consolidated the city and county police forces.
Matthew Arco-State Street Wire
From the Back Room
Roseman back with Democratic legislative team
Former Senate Democrats Communications Director Derek Roseman, who left the office earlier this year, is back in state politics and will be working for the legislative campaign team.
Darryl R. Isherwood-PolitickerNJ.com
Buono calls for Newark Archbishop to resign
The leading Democratic candidate for governor on Wednesday called for New Jersey’s highest-ranking Roman Catholic bishop to step down amid a growing furor over church officials’ defense of a priest who confessed to groping a Wyckoff boy.
Jeff Green and Michael Linhorst- The Record
East Orange council demands Mayor Bowser resigns
EAST ORANGE — A majority of the East Orange city council called for longtime Mayor Robert Bowser, who is feverishly seeking reelection, to step down following the latest revelations in a sexual discrimination suit filed by his former employee.
Eunice Lee-Star Ledger
State board of education adjusts teacher evaluation rules
TRENTON — After hearing criticism about a plan to rely heavily on student test scores in evaluating teachers, the state Board of Education today cut back — slightly — the amount of weight given to the scores.
Jeanette Rundquist-Star Ledger
Jon Bon Jovi to join Christie today at drug overdose bill signing
PATERSON — When Gov. Chris Christie signs the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act at a drug treatment facility in Paterson today, Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi will be at his side.
Susan K.Livio-Star Ledger
3 more Boston Marathon bombing suspect taken into consideration
BOSTON — Three more suspects were taken into custody in the Boston Marathon bombing case, including two college friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who came to the U.S. from Kazakhstan, authorities and a defense attorney said today.
The Associated Press
Christie gets OK to seize $140M that NJ towns set aside for affordable housing
The state’s top housing regulator on Wednesday authorized the Christie administration’s plan to take $140 million that towns had set aside for local affordable housing projects, money the governor needs now to balance the state’s budget with just a few months left in the current fiscal year.
Anthony Campisi-The Record
Unemployment rates fall in 90 percent of cities
WASHINGTON – Unemployment rates fell in nearly 90 percent of large U.S. cities in March, though most of the declines likely occurred because more Americans stopped looking for work, rather than found jobs.
Christopher S. Rugaber-Associated Press
Indicted NJ engineering services firm Birdsall wants to pay $728,300 in bonuses
TRENTON — The bankrupt engineering firm Birdsall Services Group, which was indicted by a state grand jury in March for conspiracy and money laundering, today asked a federal judge to approve $728,300 in “retention” bonuses for senior management and employees.
Christopher Baxter – Star Ledger
Student test scores to carry just al ittle less weight for tenure decisions
After an extraordinary amount of public comment and some high-level meetings, the Christie administration has hedged on its plans to use test scores to evaluate teachers — but not by much.
John Mooney-NJ Spotlight
Bergen county lawmakers expand limits of campaign contributions
By a bipartisan 6-1 vote, the Bergen County Freeholders on Wednesday night increased the amount no-bid contractors can contribute to county political organizations: an additional $5,200, a compromise from the original limit of $20,000 introduced two weeks ago.
John Ensslin – The Record
Christie in talks with Shore landowners over sand dune rights
Governor Christie’s administration has been negotiating with private property owners to allow sand dunes on their land – the same people the governor called “knuckleheads” before dismissing their concerns as “bullshit” at a public meeting where he discussed the state’s recovery from superstorm Sandy.
Melissa Hayes-The Record
The Record: Building dunes
THERE ARE few things that Governor Christie has spoken with more passion about than the Jersey Shore, or, precisely, rebuilding the Shore in the wake of superstorm Sandy. That passion was on display again Tuesday in Long Beach Township, where Christie spoke, at times in not-child-friendly language, about a $1.83 billon federal grant program to bolster the rebuilding of residential and business properties damaged in the storm, and also about another issue close to his heart: sand dunes.
Christie needs to run on his own record, not Corzine’s
The early strategy emerging from the Christie reelection campaign appears to be one of reminding voters of the four years served by the man he defeated in 2009 and warning that a vote for his Democratic opponent this November is tantamount to a return to those days
Carl Golden-NJ Spotlight