From the Statehouse to Monmouth County, from Teaneck to Jersey City, from CD2 to CD4, here are the Insider NJ key must-read pieces from the past week:
Rosemary Becchi is moving – not her home, her congressional district.
Hoboken’s Frank Raia is well known for his stepping up to the microphone to sing The Rolling Stones’ ‘Satisfaction’ on his birthday every year.
Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) issued the following statement today in response to the release of funds “frozen” by the Murphy Administration for six months: “It’s about time!’
“I will carry this fight forward — I just won’t be doing it as a candidate for president this year”.
Cory Booker certainly knows how to pivot.
“We will have a better idea where we’re going after March,” Currie said.
“Whoever is the Democratic candidate, we’re going to have to come together behind that person,” Tom DeGise said. “Nearly all of the Democratic candidate are better than the person who is in the White House now.”
New Jersey establishment Democrats – Juliano among them – were lined up behind Booker. Now what?
Veteran Democratic Party operative Michael Muller will serve as state director in New Jersey for the presidential campaign of former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
Governor Phil Murphy’s Tax Incentive Task Force submits this second report pursuant to its mandate issued in Executive Order No. 52. The report is the result of dozens of interviews and the review of thousands of documents related to the state’s tax incentive programs, which expired in July.
Is there anything better than “fake” money? Probably not. And it’s that concept that seems to be front and center in a report released this week by the task force examining the state’s tax incentive program.
See where the players stand over the past week in Jersey politics.
The confrontation over whether or not the city council should put a referendum on the ballot for an appointed school board seems almost like a scene from a Star Wars movie, where instead of having an evil emperor seeking to take control of the universe, critics depict Mayor Steven Fulop as doing so.
Seeking total dominion of the freeholder board and of county government, Democrats have not planned a lone Viking funeral for incumbent Brian Levine but rather a side-by-side political dumptrucking of him with his running mate, fellow Republican Freeholder Brian Gallagher, to achieve a 5-0 D to R washout.
On the heels of his 2020 State of the State address, Governor Murphy struck back at criticism that looks for ways to tax the residents of New Jersey, during a Q and A with reporters following the launch of his Jobs NJ initiative.
Governor Murphy Delivers State of the State Address : “Building a New Jersey that Works for Every Family”
When Governor Phil Murphy made a reference to his not giving up on his pursuit of a millionaire’s tax, the same chamber that twice denied him went practically bonkers with applause.
Laura Seals, widow of slain Jersey City Police Detective Joseph Seals, this afternoon received a standing ovation from a joint congregation of the New Jersey Legislature at the urging of Governor Phil Murphy as he prepared to deliver his State of the State.
Mild pushing and shoving in the senate caucus resulted in state Senator Joe Lagana (D-38) getting tossed off the Senate Judiciary Committee and the loss of leadership money.
Bridget Kelly stood in the rain and said she was honored that her case – a case about a traffic jam in New Jersey – had made it all the way to the majestic setting of the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a “you can’t believe it moment,” the former governor was sitting in the courtroom today as the Supreme Court heard an appeal of Bridget Kelly’s conviction in the Bridgegate scandal.
I know, it’s hazardous to predict how the U.S. Supreme Court is going to rule after hearing the arguments, but when it comes to Bridgegate, I’m going to make an exception.
Wall Twp. Democrats hosted a forum tonight for the candidates in CD-4 and it fast turned into a challenging scene for Jim Keady, a progressive male running as a Bernie Sanders-style option for primary voters.
CD4 Democratic primary candidate Jim Keady has dropped out of race.
The Republican candidate said he intended to soldier on with his candidacy.
“President Trump has called upon all New Jersey Republicans to join him in supporting Congressman Jeff Van Drew for re-election and I’m proud to answer his call,” said Senator Michael Testa Jr.
“I wholeheartedly believe that Congressman Van Drew is the best candidate to keep the Second Congressional District in Republican control.
Denying a woman her voice happens all too often in New Jersey politics. Shame on the editorial board for further denying us our voices while feigning to defend us.
Paterson At-Large Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms will not run for Passaic County freeholder this year.
Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin announced today that he would not be a candidate for re-election after serving Teaneck for more than a decade.
Veteran Statehouse hand Mickey Quinn, deputy executive director at the New Jersey General Assembly, is leaving his job in Trenton.
Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) today announced that he will be joining a bipartisan team of state legislators, to introduce first in the nation legislation creating unprecedented and long-needed oversight over harassment and discrimination in New Jersey campaigns and political parties.
“They are gunning for me,” he said at a campaign kickoff Sunday night.
Running for reelection this year in a battleground district, U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7) today issued his endorsement for Joe Biden for President.
Former Governor and current State Senator Richard J. Codey today announced his support of Vice President Joe Biden for President.
It was Lame Duck 2005- 2006 and the lefty blog-site BlueJersey was in full flight. I was their newly installed state house correspondent with ambition and naivety to burn.
Before we jump into Friday’s two-part politics potpourri, a hat-tip to the new crop of lawmakers sworn into office this week in Trenton.
Now that the U. S., Supreme Court will decide whether to overturn the convictions of two officials in Gov. Christie’s administration for their roles in Bridgegate, the basic, simple question that has floated around since the 2013 scandal has yet to be answered: Why?
See the full list of newly introduced or reintroduced bills.
Here are the Senate committee appointments for new session.
Here’s what happened on the last day of the 218th legislative session.
He somewhat softened the impact by quoting a politician quoting an ancient playwright, but Governor Phil Murphy risked losing his audience on Tuesday as he gingerly went out on a limb with a literary allusion.
“It is the height of hypocrisy for the Governor to play politics with the lives of schoolchildren by calling for passage of the millionaire’s tax when he knows — or should know — that not one penny from the millionaire’s tax could legally go to any of the Adjustment Aid districts that would have been helped by this legislation.”
The results of this year’s state chair’s contest made for an apparent awkward game of musical chairs at the Democrats’ annual Super Bowl soiree in Puerto Rico.
A South Jersey source, irritated by Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo’s endorsement of Governor Phil Murphy, couldn’t help but see it as a nail in the statewide Democratic Primary coffin of state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3).
“Cory Booker has been completely tone-deaf in terms of what issues are important to the nation,” said Mehta. “If he runs back to New Jersey after being absent for so many months, I’m sure he will find that the New Jersey electorate has moved on from him and his failed policies.
Last Monday afternoon, January 13, I interviewed New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in his office in Trenton. Prior to my departure from my home in Highland Park, I received a phone call from a friend and confidant, asking me the following question:
On Feb. 5, 1964 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Drew University in Madison, N.J. to give an address entitled “The American Dream”.
- Bergen County Democrats
- Bernie Sanders
- Brian Gallagher
- Brian Levine
- Bridget Kelly
- Chris Christie
- Cory Booker
- David Richter
- Deb Cornavaca
- Dick Codey
- Essex County Democrats
- Frank Holman
- Frank Raia
- George Norcross
- Jeff Van Drew
- Jersey City
- Jim Keady
- Joe Biden
- Joe DiVincenzo
- Joe Lagana
- John Currie
- Joseph Seals
- Larry Casha
- Laura Seals
- Lilissa Mimms
- Mickey Quinn
- Mike Bloomberg
- Mike Muller
- Mike Testa
- Mikie Sherrill
- Mohammed Hameeduddin
- Monmouth County Democrats
- NJ Democrats
- Ocean County GOP
- Passaic County Democrats
- Paul Juliano
- Phil Murphy
- Rik Mehta
- Rosemary Becchi
- Somerset County
- Somerset County Democrats
- Somerset County GOP
- Steve Fulop
- Steve Sweeney
- Teaneck Democrats
- Tom DeGise
- Tom Malinowski
- Vin Gopal
- Wall Township
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