Governor’s Race 2017: Plans and Planks for Affordable Housing

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Governor’s Race 2017: Angry Accusations, Real Differences on Immigration

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Governor’s Race 2017: Property Taxes, Pension System, Economic Growth

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Obama Condemns ‘Politics of Division’ at Murphy Rally

By Christian Hetrick • 10/19/17

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Barack Obama

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Criticizing the “politics of fear,” former President Barack Obama made a rare appearance in New Jersey on Thursday to urge Democrats to get out the vote for Phil Murphy.

Obama joined Murphy, the Democratic nominee for governor, at a rally in the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark and praised him as someone who understands the economy and believes in public service.

The world will be watching New Jersey on Nov. 7, Obama said in his first campaign event since leaving the White House. In his remarks, the former president made several oblique references to President Trump but stopped short of naming him.

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With accreditation at risk, scandal-plagued college makes fixes

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Guadagno, Murphy Light on Details on Property Tax Plans

By Christian Hetrick • 10/18/17

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Kim Guadagno.

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New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes have been the dominant issue for voters ahead of the Nov. 7 election, but through two general election debates, the major-party candidates for governor have left some important blanks in their plans of attack.

Republican nominee Kim Guadagno has made cutting property taxes the core of her campaign. She proposes to spend $1.5 billion a year on a new tax credit to defray those bills, without having identified a clear way to cover the cost in the $34.7 billion state budget.

Asked about her proposal Wednesday night, she attacked Democratic nominee Phil Murphy for not presenting a plan to reduce property taxes at all and said, “At least I have a plan.”

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Rancorous Second Debate Marked by Jabs, Insults, Accusations

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Guadagno Criticized for Incendiary Attack Ad on Murphy

By Alyana Alfaro • 10/12/17

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Kim Guadagno.

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Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the Republican nominee for governor, released a television ad on Wednesday that uses incendiary claims to attack Democratic nominee Phil Murphy for his plan to make New Jersey a sanctuary state — “if need be” — for undocumented immigrants.

Warning darkly that such a move would make the state a safe haven for violent criminals, the ad takes Murphy’s campaign slogan — “a governor who has your back” — and turns it on its head, claiming the Democrat would be protecting “deranged murderers.”

“Make no mistake, Murphy will have the backs of deranged murderers,” the narrator says in Guadagno’s ad. “Phil Murphy doesn’t have our backs. He has theirs.”

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The Candidate's Coffers: Murphy’s in the Money, Guadagno’s Struggling

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Supreme Court Ruling Threatens to Derail Case Against Menendez

NEWARK — After federal prosecutors rested their case in the corruption trial of Senator Robert Menendez on Wednesday, the federal judge presiding over the trial raised critical questions into one of the core tenets of the government’s case against the New Jersey senator, citing a United States Supreme Court decision that overturned the conviction of the Bob McDonnell, a former governor of Virginia.

In response to a motion by Mr. Menendez’s lawyers to dismiss the case, Judge William H. Walls spent more than three hours deliberating with both sides before referring to specific instructions from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the McDonnell ruling, which narrowed the definition of political corruption.

Judge Walls said that he interpreted Chief Justice Roberts’s ruling as invalidating the “stream of benefits” theory of bribery, which says that a bribe can occur if one party offers a thing of value to keep the other party on retainer, essentially, rather than a more straightforward trade.

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