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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U.S. Senate race: Geraldo Rivera, Booker clash

By Mark Bonamo At 10/17/14

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MIDDLETOWN – The appearance of prominent journalist Geraldo Rivera at a Monmouth Republican fundraising event on Wednesday night was not the first time that Rivera has been around New Jersey politics.

Rivera, a Fox News correspondent and radio reporter who lived in Monmouth County for more than a decade, seriously considered a run against Democrat Cory Booker in the special 2013 U.S. Senate election following Frank Lautenberg’s death. During a speech to the crowd at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown, Rivera, who called himself a “lifelong Republican,” recounted how he sought the advice of his friend and neighbor, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R-13), who had unsuccessfully sought the same office in a 2012 battle against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

Rivera’s speech was chock full of foreign and domestic policy suggestions. Almost a year to the day after Booker won his Senate seat, PolitickerNJ asked Rivera if he thought he could do better than GOP nominee Jeff Bell, who is seeking to block Booker from winning a full six-year term.

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Booker dismisses Bell-affiliated PAC attacks as ‘outlandish’ and ‘untrue’

By Chase Brush At 10/14/14

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Booker lent his support to Democratic hopeful Bill Hughes, Jr. at a campaign rally in Atlantic City last night.

ATLANTIC CITY – In a frustration-laced tirade against his Republican opponent in the parking lot of the Second Baptist Church here last night, U.S. Senate Cory Booker (D-NJ) slammed challenger Jeff Bell as a candidate “backed by right wing extremist groups who sent him up here to run for this office” and dismissed a recent attack ad funded by a conservative political action committee with ties to Bell’s former employer.

“They’re outlandish, untrue, and they’re outright lies, and I think most people know me, and especially as transparent as I’ve been, from releasing 15 years of my tax returns to the kind of character I exhibited as mayor of Newark, that they don’t merit a response,” Booker told PolitickerNJ when asked what he made of the ad’s accusations. “And this is the thing — they represent a very extreme right wing element in our country that is coming to our state to support a guy who is a tea party-backed, non-New Jerseyan.”

That ad, paid for by the American Principles Fund super PAC, alleges that Booker “enriched” himself off of his public career, through sweetheart deals and payouts from his private law firm when he served as mayor of Newark, before winning a special election for the senate seat last year. It also charges Booker with failing to pay his property taxes — an accusation Booker spokeswoman Silvia Alvarez said was “about as accurate as the Tea Party’s crazy claims about the president’s birth place and ACA death panels.”

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Rutgers-Eagleton Poll: Christie approval rating sags to lowest of all time

By Max Pizarro At 10/14/14

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Hopscotching around the country in pursuit of GOP pickups in governor’s mansions, Gov. Chris Christie has home state polling trouble, according to a poll released this morning by Rutgers-Eagleton.

For the first time since August 2011, more New Jersey voters have an unfavorable impression of Christie than a favorable one, the poll finds. Following a seven-point decline during the past two months, just 42 percent of registered voters now feel favorable toward the governor, while 45 percent feel unfavorable.

“This is the lowest favorability rating we have ever recorded for Christie, below the 44 percent of August 2011,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “What had seemed like a small rebound following Christie’s Bridgegate ratings collapse now looks more like a temporary blip.”

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At State Hispanic Parade, Booker says Bell's Ronald Reagan quote 'insulting' to Latinos

By Max Pizarro | October 5th, 2014

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HUDSON COUNTY – Old timers tramping this New Jersey State Hispanic parade say this one was bigger than in years past.

Whenever you see residents in windows waving flags you know the street is probably packed, and it was, from 80th to 32nd on Bergenline, where U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) played host to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), the two of them attired in white parade sashes with gold lettering.

“Banderas!” a man shouted as he maneuvered a cart onto the curb as the voice of Marc Anthony pounded through speakers and beauty queens from Central American countries waved to the passing crowd.

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Newark, Jersey City police are least similar to populations they serve, national report says

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on October 02, 2014

Newark and Jersey City topped a list of large U.S. police departments whose racial makeup is least similar to that of the populations they serve.

 

NEWARK — A pair of North Jersey police departments top a list of large police departments whose racial makeup differs widely from the citizens they are sworn to protect.

According to a report by data journalism website FiveThirtyEight.com, Jersey City topped the list of departments least demographically similar to population, while Newark was just behind.

Both cities have a disproportionately large share of white police relative to their cities’ population, the analysis found.

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