Christie saves Essex County judges deal, dropping one of his picks

By Salvador Rizzo | The Star-Ledger
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on August 11, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie quietly yanked one of his nominees to the state Superior Court, but is moving ahead with a package of eight judicial picks for Essex County.

 

TRENTON — A deal to fill eight vacant judgeships in Essex County is back on again after Gov. Chris Christie dropped one of his former staffers from the list.

Christie two months ago nominated David Cohen, his former director of employee relations, along with seven others in a package deal with the Democratic-controlled state Senate. The Senate has the power to approve or reject Christie's judicial nominees.

For years, Essex County has had the biggest number of judicial vacancies in New Jersey — currently 21 — and as Christie and Democrats wrestle over nominations, court administrators have taken emergency measures such as freezing divorce cases and complex civil trials.

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Fine Print: “Student Growth Objective” Process Anything But Simple

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Sweeney considers calling special meeting on Newark's finances

By Naomi Nix | The Star-Ledger
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on August 08, 2014

Senate President Stephen Sweeney, in this file photo, did not rule out convening a special meeting of the budget and appropriations committee to discuss Newark's finances.

 

TRENTON — State Senate President Steve Sweeney did not rule out Today convening a special meeting of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to discuss Newark's finances.

Sweeney said in a statement that state lawmakers should ensure that state aid going to Newark is used appropriately.

"Prior to any distribution of funds for transitional aid, it is the state’s responsibility to ensure that the money is being used as a pathway to financial stability,” he said in a statement.

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State Sen. O'Toole seeks special meeting on Newark finances

By Naomi Nix | The Star-Ledger
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on August 07, 2014

Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R-Essex) is seeking a special meeting of the senate budget and appropriations committee to discuss Newark's finances.

 


TRENTON — State Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R-Essex) has asked Senate President Steve Sweeney to convene a special meeting of the powerful Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to discuss Newark's finances.

In a letter addressed to Sweeney, O'Toole said today state legislators should meet with the "vested parties involved" to better understand Newark's financial needs in light of the city's budget deficit and the state's financial challenges.

"As a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, I believe that it will be beneficial to the members of our committee to better understand not only the financial needs of Newark, but also to obtain a more in depth knowledge of their finances," he wrote.

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Payne Jr.: no to 2017 N.J. gubernatorial run, undecided on 2016 Democratic presidential race

By Mark Bonamo | August 7th, 2014

 

NEWARK - U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10) stood wharfside on Thursday in Port Newark, holding a press conference to discuss his efforts against what he believes are the damaging effects of employee misclassification on workers and therefore the regional economy.

In a conversation with PolitickerNJ, Payne, Jr. made sure that his intentions regarding two of the most important upcoming elections in New Jersey were not misclassified - the 2017 governor's race and the 2016 Democratic presidential primary contest.

"I'm not thinking about that. I'm trying to learn to be a Congressman," said Payne, Jr., elected in 2012, when asked if he wanted his name to be thrown into the potential 2017 Democratic primary contest ring along with possible candidates Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3). "I have an obligation to do the job they elected me to. 

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U.S. Senate race: Booker campaign, state Dems lash out at Bell after South Jersey GOP rally

By Mark Bonamo | August 5th, 2014

 

NEWARK - The reelection campaign of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) launched a dual attack with the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) against Booker's Republican rival Jeff Bell on Tuesday following comments made by Bell at a South Jersey rally on Monday.

Bell's remarks were made down the block from a reported $2,600-a-plate fundraiser in Cherry Hill supporting state Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5) in his bid for the First Congressional District seat. The event was attended by numerous Democratic luminaries, including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross III, Donald's brother. 

"The Democratic Party has become the party of big money," Bell told PolitickerNJ. "Silicon Valley, Hollywood and Wall Street - the Democrats totally dominate [the first two], and they're increasingly dominating Wall Street. Booker is a great Wall Street fundraiser.

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Explainer: SNAP Helps 1 in 10 New Jersey Residents Put Food on Table

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Opinion: Landmark School-Equity Ruling Still Resonates in New Jersey

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Analysis: Specter of Willie Horton Hangs Over Push for Speedy Vote on Bail Reform

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In New Jersey, Workers’ Advocates Aim to Put Paid Sick Time on Ballot

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