Congressman Payne Jr. Reflects on Health, the President and the Future

By Alyana Alfaro | 08/14/15

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Congressman Donald Payne Jr. (D-10)

 

NEWARK – 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.

PolitickerNJ sat down with Congressman Payne to discuss that renewed focus on health, the legacy of President Barack Obama and the future of the Newark, the state of New Jersey and the U.S. as a whole.

“I have not necessarily been the picture of health myself,” said Payne who struggles with both diabetes and high blood pressure. “I had a foot infection in February that was operated on and cleaned out but, because of my diabetes and my non-compliance over 20 years, to this day the foot is not healed.”

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Christie vetoes gun bill supported by N.J. Republicans & Democrats

By Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on August 10, 2015

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie on Monday rejected a bill that would have required people trying to erase their mental health records so they can purchase a firearm to first notify state and local police. 

The bill (S2360) had received overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans in the state Legislature, with no lawmaker voting against it in either house. 

Christie, who has noticeably tacked to the right on gun issues as he campaigns for president, told lawmakers in his conditional veto that he couldn't support "fragmented statues that add further confusion to an already cumbersome area of law."

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Governor Vetoes Two Proposals to Inject Some Funds into Pension Plans

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Court allows Christie to hide $1 million in Amex charges

By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog

August 9, 2015 

ENTOURAGE: Gov. Chris Christie keeps secret $1 million in security travel expenses

 

Based on secret evidence, a New Jersey court is allowing Gov. Chris Christie to hide American Express bills that show how his state police security team charged more than $1 million to pay for out-of-state travel.

Judge Mary C. Jacobson dismissed a public records suit by New Jersey Watchdog on Friday, ruling that details of past expenses for food, lodging and transportation could create a potential security risk for the governor in the future.

“The court finds the general interest of the public to have a breakdown pales in comparison,” said Jacobson during a hearing in Mercer County Superior Court. As a result, state taxpayers may never learn how the money was spent.

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State Offers Help for Homeowners with Hard-to-Handle Mortgage Debts

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New Jersey Transit Expects Big Bills for Offering Alternatives During Delays

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Experts Predict Record-Low Turnout for Assembly Races

By JT Aregood | 07/30/15

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With no federal or state-wide candidate on the bill for the 2015 New Jersey State Assembly races, many are predicting that polls will see their lowest numbers since 1999. Only a few competitive districts such as the first and second are likely to receive the kind of attention that might draw out reluctant or apathetic voters, and will see the greatest share of campaign spending.

Though turnout historically sags during years during which there aren’t presidential, congressional or gubernatorial headliners, Political Scientist Patrick Murray says that the state is headed for a “record low” in November with approximately 25% of entitled voters likely to cast their ballot.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission’s (ELEC) director Jeff Brindle says that although fewer people vote in primary elections in any year, the 5% turnout for the 2015 might be the sign of an exceptionally stagnant contest in most districts – of the 25% figure, Brindle said

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