Baraka on LD 29 Assembly race: “I think we’re going to come to an agreement”

By Mark Bonamo | 01/28/15

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NEWARK – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka indicated that a primary race in the state 29th Legislative District will probably not take place.

“[Essex County Democratic Party Chairman LeRoy Jones] and I have spoken about what’s going on, and I think we’re going to come to some agreement in the end,” said Baraka at Wednesday night town hall meeting at the Azores Social and Sports Club in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood. “We haven’t finalized everything, but I think we’re going to come to an agreement. I don’t think there’s going to be any real mess in our district at all.”

Sources have told PolitickerNJ that increased fundraising efforts by Baraka and his allies indicate that a primary fight might be looming in Legislative District 29 against Democratic Assemblywomen L. Grace Spencer and Eliana Pintor Marin. The LD 29 assemblywomen would reportedly be challenged by Alturrick Kenney and Patrick Council, sources stated.

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The Cory conundrum: Booker for VP in 2016 examined

By Mark Bonamo | 01/27/15

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The buzz generated by Politico’s Monday article that identified U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) as a possible running mate for potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves New Jersey political observers with a key question: is the buzz for Booker as vice president the opening tones of a triumphal march, or just static?

According to Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, the mention of Booker’s name for the VP slot is “a calculated move” by some Clinton advisers.

“It’s a way to make sure that you have broad-based support going into the nominating process,” said Murray. “It doesn’t look like [Clinton] is going to be facing any real opposition, but you want to be clear that you’re reaching out to all segments of the party, so starting to float these names is one way to do this. There is also a danger in floating names for V.P., because you give the impression of inevitability, and that was what sunk Hillary Clinton back in 2008 [versus Barack Obama in the Democratic primaries].”

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The List: Top 10 Lawmakers Influencing Education Policy in New Jersey

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The Top 25 Most Expensive Local Races in New Jersey

By Joseph Donohue | 01/22/15

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An ELEC Special Report: 2014 $12.6 million Newark Mayor's Race was costliest ever

TRENTON – Newark and Jersey City have been the state’s top political battlegrounds among municipalities and counties during the past 40 years, according to a new analysis by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Among the most costly 25 municipal or county elections since 1974, Newark hosted seven, while Jersey City had nine, according to “White Paper No. 25- Top Local Elections in New Jersey-A Tale of Two Cities and More.”

While Jersey City had more marquee races, elections in Newark, the state’s largest city by population, have been drawn the biggest bucks.

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Schools Chief Admits NJ Mishandled Construction Process in Needy Districts

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If this is class warfare, the Republicans aren't putting up a fight: Mulshine

By Paul Mulshine | The Star Ledger
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on January 19, 2015

Chris Christie and Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign; both talk a good game against class warfare but both have fought on the wrong side.

 

The great H.L. Mencken once observed that “Every election is an advance auction of stolen goods.”

In that light, let us consider the tax proposal President Obama is expected to introduce in his State of the Union speech tonight.

The proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy and cut taxes on the middle class will of course be dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Congress. It’s really nothing more than a debating point for Democrats going into next year’s presidential election.

The Republicans expect to win that debate by accusing the Democrats of “class warfare.” But if this is a war, the Republicans are barely fighting back.

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N.J. teens feel impact of Dr. King's civil rights movie

By Barry Carter | The Star-Ledger
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on January 19, 2015

Trae Daniels, right, with his father, Steve, after watching “Selma,’’ a movie about voting rights protests under the leadership of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Daniels was among 50 students from Jersey City who were treated to a free screening of the film by the city's recreation department.

 

The historical civil rights movie wasn’t even 10 minutes old before it scared Trae Daniels.

He didn’t expect to see four little girls, decked out in their Sunday best, die in the blink of an eye when their church was bombed in Birmingham, Ala.

Daniels leaned over toward his dad, Steve, wondering if they had gone to the wrong theater at Newport Centre Mall in Jersey City

“Is this a horror flick,’’ said the father, recalling what his 15-year-old son asked him.

“I said no. I had to explain to him real quick that actually happened.’’

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How did N.J. get into this pension mess?

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By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com 

TRENTON — Some 800,000 people, working and retired, are beneficiaries of New Jersey’s pension system, a collection of funds going deeper into the red.

It’s a system that Gov. Chris Christie, in his State of the State address last week, called “an insatiable beast.

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N.J. lawyer argues Christie's 2011 pension deal is invalid

By Samantha Marcus | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 15, 2015

CWA members protest outside the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse before a ruling by Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson in favor of Governor Christie's grab from the state pension fund to balance the state budget. Trenton, NJ 6/25/14

TRENTON — A lawyer for the state argued today that Gov. Chris Christie cannot be forced to make full pension payments because the 2011 law committing him to fully fund the state system in exchange for union concessions was unconstitutional.

Interrupting the assistant attorney general, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson said the state’s case suggest that 2011 promise was “a hollow commitment.”

“You’re saying it should have been known at the time that it was a false promise,” Jacobson asked. “You’re saying that from the get-go, this statute, the requirement to make these contributions was void.”

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Deserted by Devils, Nets and Profits, Izod Center in North Jersey Is to Close

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