Chris Christie (l) and John Kasich (r) are far apart on stage but close as friends and in style. That’s why the Kasich surge in New Hampshire might prove problematic for Christie. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Fistfight breaks out at AFL-CIO event
Sources close to the campaign of Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) and Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell say that a fight broke out at an event sponsored by the The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations after four iron workers threatened Mazzeo on his way into the event.
Mazzeo and Bell see no political motivation for fist-fight at AFL-CIO event
Following news Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) was surrounded and threatened by several members of the local iron worker’s union at an American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations event in Atlantic City, Mazzeo and running mate Freeholder Colin Bell say that the outburst was not politically motivated.
New Jersey lawyers might have some new defenses against drunk driving cases.
Courts may see a growing number of issues involving the rules of evidence as a result of a recent ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court – but there was no choice.
In Missouri v. McNeely (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the State of Missouri’s argument that exigent circumstances necessarily exist when an officer has probable cause to believe a person has been driving under the influence. This is because BAC evidence is inherently evanescent. Instead, the justices suggested that obtaining a warrant should be the default protocol.
Lesniak and Elizabeth Board of Education square off over mail ballots
State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20) says that his ballot reform bill, signed into law on Monday by Governor Chris Christie and co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2), is a way to protect elections from ballot fraud or abuse. Members of the Elizabeth Board of Education, however, see the law as a direct challenge to their authority on the school board and an effort by Lesniak to take control of the board.
The brutal aftermath of Brick for the GOP: Toth was seen as Republican rising star
Brick was supposed to be competitive this year, but when Republican Dan Toth removed himself from contention to fight a charge of criminal sexual misconduct with a minor, the GOP found itself faced with a new challenge: how to recover (again) from a collective state of shock before being able to make a game-face next move.
(Max Pizarro, Politickernj.com)
City hall to the U.S. Capitol: The collision course of law enforcement and politics
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) faces indictment on charges that he accepted bribes in exchange for political favors, but his allies persist in the belief that the outspoken Menendez is merely a victim of “selective prosecution.” In the face of others shaking their heads over Menendez’s alleged misdeeds, they see this case as one in a long line indicative of the politicization of law enforcement.
Criminal record expungement, worker’s comp, Holocaust survivor bills go before Senate
Thursday will be session day at the state house, and several notable bills are on the docket.
A206 – Criminal records expungement – Would allow for automatic expungement for qualifying offenders after seven years rather than ten. The bill would apply to those who have served out the terms of their sentence, and excludes major felonies such as homicide, kidnapping, arson and others. The bill would also deny automatic expungement to those convicted while serving in public office in New Jersey.
Communications Workers of America (CWA) members today mobilized in Camden behind City Hall, where members of CWA Local 1014 (city workers) and Local 1084 (Camden Board of Social Services) called for fair contracts.
Congressional hopeful Alex Law courts Millennial vote
24-year-old Alex Law, who in 2016 will attempt a run against Congressman Donald Norcross (D-1), released a video today announcing his intention to court millennial voters in New Jersey. Law is the only Democrat running for office to publicly endorse presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, who has seen considerable support in South Jersey.
McGreevey responds to Prisoner Reentry facility issue
After community outrage forced former Governor Jim McGreevey to scrap plans for a community reentry center he had been spearheading at Sacred Heart in Jersey City, the Governor has said he “understands” concerns.
Newark leaders look to build support for new Million Man March
Two decades ago, a group of more than 1,500 hopped off a convoy of charter buses to gather at Newark’s Saint James AME Church, fresh off an experience that had given new momentum to the country’s civil rights movement.
Ex-police chief: I was ‘corruptly prosecuted’ by Bergen prosecutors
Weeks after an appellate tribunal overturned his conviction on official misconduct and insurance fraud, ex-Hackensack police Chief Charles “Ken” Zisa says the recent decision shows he was “corruptly prosecuted” by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Transgender bill Christie vetoed went ‘beyond the pale,’ guv says
Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday defended his decision to veto a bill that would have made it easier for transgender New Jerseyans to amend their birth certificates, arguing some things “just go beyond the pale.”
Baraka says ending One Newark ‘the only answer’ to city’s school issues
Despite an impending transition of the city’s schools back to local control and what appears to be an improved relationship with officials at the state-run district, Mayor Ras Baraka is not backing down from criticisms of their controversial “One Newark” reorganization plan.
Poll: Should N.J.’s small businesses accommodate new moms to pump their breast milk?
Under a story about a New Jersey mom who was fired from her job as a receptionist with Hampton Inn Bordentown, NJ.com users renewed a debate about whether small businesses should accommodate nursing mothers.
Former Bogota mayor Tito Jackson charged with shoplifting in Hackensack
Tito Jackson, the former Bogota mayor, was charged with shoplifting after police said he left a supermarket in Hackensack with more than $400 in items he did not pay for, authorities confirmed on Wednesday.
Ken Zisa on Wednesday said that a recent appeals court ruling that overturned his 2012 criminal conviction has, by law, restored him as Hackensack’s police chief even as he awaits a possible retrial on one remaining charge of official misconduct.
Who signed Mazzeo’s name, asks Atlantic County GOP chair
Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis is demanding to know whether his counterpart, county Democratic Chairman James Schroeder, was the staffer who signed Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo’s name on a resolution and then whited out the signature.
Christie no longer sure about birthright citizenship
Republican primaries can do funny things to politicians. It wasn’t too long ago that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), for example, supported comprehensive immigration and boasted about his support from Garden State’s Latino community.
Chris Christie’s fearmongering argument against privacy
One of the most telling moments in last week’s Republican presidential debate came when moderator Megyn Kelly asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to defend his position that Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator, should be held responsible for the next terrorist attack on Americans because he opposes the National Security Agency’s indiscriminate collection of our telephone records. Christie bragged about prosecuting terrorists, repeatedly invoked 9/11, but never answered the question.