Baraka on LD 29 Assembly race: “I think we’re going to come to an agreement”
NEWARK – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka indicated that a primary race in the state 29th Legislative District will probably not take place. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
State Committee LGBT Caucus smacks Smith over gay rights comments
One of New Jersey’s staunchest conservative congressmen is taking serious flak today from state Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender groups for comments he made about gay rights — namely, for saying he does “not construe homosexual rights as human rights.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
In looming LD 31 Assembly race, Bayonne could still be a battleground, sources say
BAYONNE – For once, things seemed simple this upcoming election season in Bayonne.
The unofficial rules of the state 31st Legislative District are clear-cut: one Assembly seat pick goes to the mayor of Jersey City, the other to the mayor of Bayonne, befitting the bifurcation of the district. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Cunningham on LD 31 Assembly fight: “I’ll definitely be at Mainor fundraiser”
JERSEY CITY – State Senator Sandra Cunningham (D-31), standing in the eye of a coming storm in the 31st Legislative District Assembly race, would not say on Wednesday who she is backing in a potential June primary. But she did say where her money is going in the near future – to incumbent Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31), who will mount an apparent off-the-line challenge to the candidate backed by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Mainor ready to run, on the line or not, in LD 31 Assembly race
JERSEY CITY – On the Jersey City side of the state 31st Legislative District Assembly race, two words now ring true: it’s on.
Incumbent Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31), apparently facing a challenge by Joyce Watterman, a Jersey City councilwoman-at-large, for the LD 31 Assembly seat unofficially picked by the Jersey City mayor, will fight for his seat. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Ken Langone puts money on Chris Christie in 2016
Mr. Langone has become one of the most visible backers of Mr. Christie’s possible run for president in 2016, and he is now tapping his extensive network of fellow donors to try to line up financial support. (Haddon/The Wall Street Journal)
Bills would regulate military surplus for New Jersey police
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Police departments in New Jersey might need to follow new rules before they acquire military surplus equipment from the federal government.
The state Assembly on Thursday is set to consider two bills that stem from the violence that followed the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. (Associated Press)
Ex-treasury chief to address New Jersey’s pension panel
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – New Jersey’s pension panel will hear from the U.S. treasury secretary who guided the nation’s fiscal policy during the last recession.
Timothy Geithner is scheduled to address the State Investment Council on Thursday. (Associated Press)
New Jersey Parents Voice Concerns About Tests Linked to Common Core
JERSEY CITY, N.J.—Parents and educators anxious about new state tests starting in March vented their frustrations Wednesday at a hearing in a middle-school auditorium here.
Speaker after speaker told a state commission at the hearing that the new online tests would eat up too much class time, be too hard, hurt students’ self esteem and waste taxpayer money. The exams in math and language arts will cover public-school students from third to 11th grade. (Brody/PolitickerNJ)
Christie photo op with Rivlin cancelled
Gov. Chris Christie’s Thursday projected flashbulb frenzy with the president of Israel, presumably designed to put the U.S. presidential office-seeking Christie in close public proximity to an international leader, complete with no questions or press availability – won’t proceed as originally scheduled.