Legislators will not hear the bill to change standards for criminal records
It’s the start of a new week in New Jersey politics, but before we move ahead, it’s time to look at some of last week’s top movers and shakers.
Who were the winners and losers for the week?
Another week in this amazing state has come to an end, and we just want to take a moment to mention how sorry we are about the death of one of our native daughters, Kathy Crotty, the former executive director of the Senate Majority Office, who inspired so many with her fine life of service.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D3) today announced the appointment of former News 12 New Jersey political reporter Luke Margolis as Associate Executive Director of Media Relations for the Senate Majority office.
Julian Bond never rested on his laurels nor on anyone’s civil rights being withheld. He also never forgot his allies in the civil rights movement which ended segregation and produced the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
Congressman Payne Jr. reflects on health, the president and the future
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. ascended to his position in what he termed the “worst way possible.” In 2012, he was serving as the president of the Newark city council when his father passed away after a battle with colon cancer. Now, the younger Payne says his father’s death has inspired him to get healthy and bring health to the people he serves.
Turning his attention to the Hudson River rail tunnel
Governor Christie plans to visit Newark on Tuesday. He’ll likely be campaigning, but it won’t be for a change of address to the White House. This campaign is far less glamorous. But for thousands of New Jersey commuters, it is hugely important.
Christie agreed to be more transparent on Sandy relief. Will he?
The Christie administration has long been inexcusably secretive when it comes to Hurricane Sandy recovery. That’s why the governor’s recent signing of a bill to increase transparency around the aid distribution process comes as such a welcome surprise.
Ocean County spends more than $1 million on mystery study
Ocean County has spent some $1 million on a consultant’s study so shrouded in secrecy that at least one member of the Board of Freeholders was unaware of its existence and most were unaware of its ballooning cost.
New Jersey’s wealthiest donor leaves Christie for Jeb Bush
First it was Joseph Kyrillos, a Republican state senator from Monmouth County.
Then it was Lawrence Bathgate, a top Republican donor from Ocean County.
Then former U.S. Ambassador Clifford Sobel, Jets owner Woody Johnson and more than a dozen of Governor Christie’s financial and political backers in New Jersey pledged their support to another Republican running for president: former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Conservative icon Ann Coulter finds fans in Northvale
Ann Coulter’s fans applauded and cheered Saturday morning as the sharp-tongued conservative commentator arrived at the Books and Greetings store in this northern Bergen County borough to sign their copies of her latest book.
After more than a decade out of politics working as a real estate developer, consultant to foreign governments and court-appointed overseer of a Jersey City environmental cleanup, Robert G. Torricelli — a onetime Englewood Democrat who abandoned his bid for a second term in the U.S. Senate 13 years ago under an ethical cloud — is talking comeback.