Agenda: NJ Test Scores, Newark Super To Take Center Stage

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Following Belmar blowup, questions arise over limits of anger as a Christie power tool

By Mark Bonamo | 10/30/14

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BELMAR – The late Joe Strummer of The Clash voiced an idea in the 1980 song “Clampdown” that some say has become a regular theme in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s political song book: “Let fury have the hour, anger can be power. Do you know that you can use it?”

But when Christie used anger on Wednesday in Belmar to address a heckler, demanding that the detractor on his Hurricane Sandy efforts “sit down and shut up,” the moment led PolitickerNJ to ask some statewide political observers a critical question. With his Garden State poll numbers sagging to an all-time favorability rating low of 42 percent, has Christie’s native Jersey brashness and flashes of anger reached the limit of political effectiveness, both locally and nationally?

“The governor has always defended his behavior, saying that this is his personality and he’s not going to compromise his personality for politics. But that aspect of his personality has not resonated with every demographic group in the state of New Jersey,” said Brigid Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University. “There are certain people who find his brashness charming, and there are others who find it objectionable.”

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Half-Truths, Unequal Funding Define Booker-Bell Race for U.S Senate Seat

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In Heavily Democratic 10th, Incumbent Payne Looks to Have Things Locked Up

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U.S. Senate race: Booker defends record, points to legislative accomplishments despite short time in Senate

By Mark Bonamo | 10/28/14

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JERSEY CITY – U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) defended himself against the argument that, despite wide leads in both the polls and sizes of campaign war chests against Republican challenger Jeff Bell, he has yet to achieve a notable legislative victory.

“We’ve been getting traumatic brain injury centers to [stay] open,” said Booker on Tuesday, referring to his co-authorship of measure that sets up a program to help veterans with such types of injuries that was included in a larger bill passed into law. “We’ve been helping hundred of families in Cumberland County qualify for loan stabilization. We’ve been helping get grants to create jobs in our state.

“On top of all that, we’ve fought some good fights down in Washington,” Booker added, noting his participation in the push to increase the minimum wage as well as his work on comprehensive criminal justice reform, an initiative on which the prominent Democrat has collaborated with Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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Christie’s Airport PATH Deal Undercuts Rail Tunnel, PA Bus Terminal Needs

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Source: Dem power players converge on Newark for Clinton 2016 strategy session

By Max Pizarro | 10/23/14

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It was a cast of power brokers straight from the farthest reaches of New Jersey, yet the object of everyone’s attention was not present.

Converging on the Robert Treat Hotel tonight on the invitation of MWW’s Michael Kempner, the Democratic Party players had one express purpose: positioning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the big money game in New Jersey ahead of the 2016 presidential contest.

One insider characterized the affair as more power in a room since Yalta.

“This meeting is entirely off the record,” said Kempner.

“Until somebody leaks it,” he cracked.

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Polar-Opposite Candidates Vie for New Jersey's Senate Seat

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Parisi Defends Tenure In Friendly But Firm Debate

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By Owen Petrie
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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The B’Nai Shalom synagogue in West Orange Monday night was the site of a rather congenial mayoral forum relative to how volatile such events can get. Although the participants, Eldridge Hawkins, Joe Krakoviak, Rodolpho Rodriguez and mayor, Robert Parisi, were polite and measured in their tones, there was some nuanced barbs leveled by the candidates. The men took turns answering the same questions from the moderator, addressing the estimated 175 to 200 people in attendance. The challengers all wore jackets and ties, although Rodriguez and Hawkins were the only ones in suits. The mayor was more casual in a sports coat and polo shirt.

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Is McGreevey watching the West Orange mayor’s race and the Frank Addonizio jump

By Max Pizarro | 10/20/14

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Eldridge Hawkins, former Orange mayor and candidate for mayor of West Orange.

What former Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. is attempting to do in West Orange is to become the first Essex County mayor of one town to become mayor of another town, in this case an adjoining town.

He’s a long-shot in a race against incumbent Mayor Robert Parisi that also includes independent Councilman Joe Krakoviak.

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