Black Caucus Ups Budget Ante

By Robert Hennelly | 06/14/15

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Senator Ron Rice (D-28), chair of New Jersey’s Legislative Black Caucus, says his groups feels their budget priorities are being ignored by both the Democratic legislative leadership and the Christie Administration. “There just seems no will here to help with issues like foreclosure, social justice and economic opportunity for our districts,” Rice told PolitickerNJ.

In Trenton on Monday, the 18-member caucus will hold a press conference to highlight those budget priorities.

Caucus member Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37) says that this year’s budget process is playing out at a time when cities like Newark and Paterson are still in the midst of a major foreclosure crisis that’s not getting enough attention. Gordon says, as a consequence, local code officials have to cope with an explosion in the number of vacant and derelict structures that are bringing down property values, eroding the tax base and threatening public safety.

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Governor, Democrats Face Complex Challenges in Wake of Christie's Court Victory

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Supreme Court decision reverses lower court ruling in pension payment case

By Max Pizarro | 06/09/15

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The New Jersey Supreme Court this morning reversed a lower court ruling that Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers must contribute more toward the pension funds for public workers.

In a 5-2 ruling, the judges focused their analysis on Chapter 78.

“Our conclusion that no enforceable contract was created here because the Debt Limitation Clause prohibited the Legislature and Governor from binding the State to an enforceable contract of this nature eliminates the need to engage further in a contract impairment analysis,” wrote the five.

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Fixing Newark's neighborhoods a long-term initiative, report says

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By Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 

NEWARK — Residents' opinions on the progress of Mayor Ras Baraka's initiative to turn around some of the city's most crime-ridden areas is mixed, according to an NPR 'For the Record' report.

Last Fall, Baraka rolled out the Model Neighborhood initiative, which targeted the Clinton Hill and Lower West Ward neighborhoods. The plan, he said then, was to increase the number of police officers and code enforcers in the area to decrease crime and poverty.

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Ex-Official Says Chris Christie Broke Grand Jury Law

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Real Estate Magnate Pushes for a Casino in North Jersey

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Christie repeatedly bashes NJEA in S.C. for running $140M 'political slush fund'

By Matt Arco | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on June 03, 2015

 

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Gov. Chris Christie is relying on a familiar foe as he courts conservative Republicans in the South in an attempt to shore up support ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign: New Jersey teacher unions.

The governor has railed against the leaders of New Jersey's largest teachers' union at least twice so far since kicking off a two-day tour Wednesday of the early-primary voting state of South Carolina. Without calling the New Jersey Education Association out by name, Christie accused the union of managing a $140 million "political slush fund to award their friends and punish their enemies."

He also promised GOP voters that teacher unions will be the largest donors to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic frontrunner, in the upcoming presidential election.

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Hespe Justifies Review of Common Core, Suggests Changes May Not Be Drastic

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Ex-freeholder, state senator's husband now on Newark payroll

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By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 

NEWARK — One half of an Essex County power couple has once again found a place working in the halls of local government.

Samuel Gonzalez, a former Essex County freeholder and husband of state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), is now working in North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos' office as an executive secretary, a title officials said is equivalent to a chief of staff position. 

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Breaking News: Essex County Democratic Chair, LeRoy Jones, allegedly punches elderly campaign worker in the face. More to come.

EssexCountyPolitics.com has obtained a video that appears to show Leroy Jones, the Essex County Democratic Party Chairman, punch an elderly East Orange resident in the face in a senior citizen building on June 2 of this year.



Jones can be seen entering the lobby of 777 Springdale Avenue where he encounters Bill Graves, 75, a retired Army Veteran. The men appear to exchange words before Jones twice strikes Graves about his face with his fist. Graves, who suffers from severe glaucoma and who is completely blind in one eye and legally blind in the other, was taken to the local Veteran Administration Hospital where he was treated for injuries to his face and eye.

Leroy Jones was not arrested at the scene but was later charged with disorderly conduct.

The case has been moved from Essex County to Hudson County

Contact us at information.ecp@gmail.com

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