With accreditation at risk, scandal-plagued college makes fixes

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Guadagno, Murphy Light on Details on Property Tax Plans

By Christian Hetrick • 10/18/17

Observer

Kim Guadagno.

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New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes have been the dominant issue for voters ahead of the Nov. 7 election, but through two general election debates, the major-party candidates for governor have left some important blanks in their plans of attack.

Republican nominee Kim Guadagno has made cutting property taxes the core of her campaign. She proposes to spend $1.5 billion a year on a new tax credit to defray those bills, without having identified a clear way to cover the cost in the $34.7 billion state budget.

Asked about her proposal Wednesday night, she attacked Democratic nominee Phil Murphy for not presenting a plan to reduce property taxes at all and said, “At least I have a plan.”

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Rancorous Second Debate Marked by Jabs, Insults, Accusations

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Guadagno Criticized for Incendiary Attack Ad on Murphy

By Alyana Alfaro • 10/12/17

Observer

Kim Guadagno.

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Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee for governor, released a television ad on Wednesday that uses incendiary claims to attack Democratic nominee Phil Murphy for his plan to make New Jersey a sanctuary state — “if need be” — for undocumented immigrants.

Warning darkly that such a move would make the state a safe haven for violent criminals, the ad takes Murphy’s campaign slogan — “a governor who has your back” — and turns it on its head, claiming the Democrat would be protecting “deranged murderers.”

“Make no mistake, Murphy will have the backs of deranged murderers,” the narrator says in Guadagno’s ad. “Phil Murphy doesn’t have our backs. He has theirs.”

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The Candidate's Coffers: Murphy’s in the Money, Guadagno’s Struggling

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Supreme Court Ruling Threatens to Derail Case Against Menendez

NEWARK — After federal prosecutors rested their case in the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez on Wednesday, the federal judge presiding over the trial raised critical questions into one of the core tenets of the government’s case against the New Jersey senator, citing a United States Supreme Court decision that overturned the conviction of the Bob McDonnell, a former governor of Virginia.

In response to a motion by Mr. Menendez’s lawyers to dismiss the case, Judge William H. Walls spent more than three hours deliberating with both sides before referring to specific instructions from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the McDonnell ruling, which narrowed the definition of political corruption.

Judge Walls said that he interpreted Chief Justice Roberts’s ruling as invalidating the “stream of benefits” theory of bribery, which says that a bribe can occur if one party offers a thing of value to keep the other party on retainer, essentially, rather than a more straightforward trade.

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NJ Loses Federal Funding to Expand ACA Enrollment

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Sleepy New Jersey Governor’s Race Turns Fiery in First Debate

NEWARK — The low-profile governor’s race in New Jersey shed its sleepy veneer on Tuesday night as the first general election debate quickly descended into an hourlong rumpus that was both acerbic and wonkish with the two candidates repeatedly lacing into each other’s positions and personal background.

Though the moderators tried to keep the two candidates from confronting each other, the personal invective at times overshadowed any attempts at addressing specific questions from the moderator or the audience.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican candidate, repeatedly sought to bring up Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street bank where Philip D. Murphy, her Democratic opponent, worked for several years. The references drew boos at one time from the audience who seemed to view them as off topic.

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Guadagno Once Again Inflates Cost of Murphy’s Platform

By Alyana Alfaro • 10/09/17

Observer

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

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BRIDGEWATER — Phil Murphy wants to raise tolls and dot New Jersey’s highways with new toll plazas, according to his Republican opponent in the governor’s race, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

There’s just one hitch in that plan. Murphy, the Democratic nominee, has never proposed it.

Trailing in the polls, Guadagno has zeroed in all year on Murphy’s plans to raise some taxes to ramp up funding for schools, public-worker pensions and other Democratic priorities. But in describing her opponent’s plans, Guadagno sometimes goes farther than Murphy himself, and she ends up putting words in his mouth that make his proposals seem costlier and scarier for New Jersey’s beleaguered taxpayers.

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Guadagno, Murphy to Face Off in First NJ Governor Debate

By Christian Hetrick • 10/09/17

Observer

Kim Guadagno and Jack Ciattarelli during a GOP primary debate.

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With a month left before the election, Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno will face off Tuesday in the first of two televised gubernatorial debates.

The 7 p.m. live broadcast by ABC’s New York and Philadelphia television affiliates could provide a huge boost in exposure for both candidates in a race that so far has gotten relatively little interest from Garden State residents. A Monmouth University poll last week found that nearly half of likely voters were still unfamiliar with Murphy and Guadagno.

“I do think the debates present a really important opportunity for the candidates to make their case, and I think that’s more so this year than in other gubernatorial elections simply because there is such a large segment of the voting population who have yet to make up their minds,” said Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University.

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