Guadagno and Ciattarelli Face Off in Their First GOP Gubernatorial Debate

By Max Pizarro | May 9, 2017

Insider NJ

 

 

GOP gubernatorial candidates Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) debated tonight at Stockton University for the first time, frequently clashing as they sized up the school funding formula, property taxes and their respective government records.

A CPA with an MBA, Ciattarelli made his case for new leadership in the New Jersey Republican Party, unencumbered by the pock-marked record of Governor Chris Christie, Guadagno’s top of the ticket ally.

“I am the only one who can beat Phil Murphy,” Ciattarelli said, looking into the NJTV camera, referring to the Democratic front-runner for Governor.

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NJ Gov Race: Democrats Agree a Lot; Murphy Takes Some Heat

By Salvador Rizzo

 

Left to right, Jim Johnson, Ray Lesniak, Phil Murphy and John Wisniewski.

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The four Democrats vying for their party’s nomination for governor debated for an hour Tuesday — if you can call it a debate when everyone sort of agrees on how to tackle the biggest problems facing New Jersey.

The debaters were Jim Johnson, a former undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury; Ray Lesniak, a state senator from Union County; Phil Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany under President Barack Obama; and John Wisniewski, a state assemblyman who blew the lid off the Bridgegate scandal.

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Tunnels Aren’t the Only Vision for New Jersey Transit in the Governor’s Race

Philip D. Murphy, a Democratic candidate for governor of New Jersey, stood in front of the Trenton train station, with a New Jersey Transit train that had been delayed 30 minutes behind him, and offered a starkly candid assessment: The state has a transportation crisis, and a new tax might be the only way to tackle it.

“Potentially, potentially,” Mr. Murphy said in response to a question from a reporter, though he stressed that a tax would be one of many options on the table.

But the moment underscored how the misery that so many travelers have endured in recent weeks — with the likelihood that things will get worse this summer when Amtrak closes tracks at Pennsylvania Station for repairs — has thrust public transportation to the forefront among those vying to become New Jersey’s next leader.

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NJ Gov Race: Majority of Voters Still Up for Grabs

By Alyana Alfaro • 05/03/17

Observer

Fifty-seven percent of voters say that they don’t know enough about Phil Murphy to form an opinion.

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A majority of New Jersey voters — 52 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans — is still up for grabs in the June 6 gubernatorial primaries, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

Among Democrats who do say they back a candidate, former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy gets 26 percent.

And after Murphy, there’s a sharp drop-off. Former U.S. Treasury undersecretary Jim Johnson clocked in at 7 percent, Assemblyman John Wisniewski at 5 percent, 4 percent for state Sen. Ray Lesniak, 3 percent for activist Bill Brennan and 1 percent for Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna.

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Defying New Jersey's Top Judge, ICE Continues Arrests Inside Courthouses

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A Republican Primary Conundrum: How Far to Run From Christie

ROCKAWAY, N.J. — The political postcard that landed recently in New Jersey mailboxes appeared routine: piling on the Christie administration as “failed” and tying the lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno, to the “wrong direction” of the state’s fortunes.

In campaign season, such attacks against Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, arrive at a frequent clip. But this mailing was paid for by a fellow Republican seeking to succeed Mr. Christie: Assemblyman Jack M. Ciattarelli.

“People would say to me you’re being critical and I would say I’m only being honest,” Mr. Ciattarelli said of his campaign’s language in an interview before an event here. “I’m a citizen first, and when I think an administration or a governor or a president has gotten it wrong, I think it’s important to speak up.”

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NJ Gov Race: A Primer on All the Candidates

By Alyana Alfaro • 05/02/17

 Observer

Murphy, Rogers, Hirsh Singh, John Wisniewski and Mark Zinna at NJPAC on May 1, 2017.

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A few leading lights have so far dominated the discussion of the New Jersey governor’s race, with Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno former U.S. Ambassador Phil Murphy and Assemblyman John Wisniewski racking up the most headlines.

What about the other 15 candidates?

Five Republicans and six Democrats qualified for the primaries on June 6, and another eight candidates are running as independents, hoping to get a foothold in the race.

And the field could still grow. Independent candidates have until June 6 to file 800 petition signatures to make it onto the November ballot.

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Democrats to Christie: No Progress on School-Aid Reform, No Budget

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Christie Blocks Dems’ Move to Reveal Tax Returns of Presidential Candidates

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Gov. Whitman and Mayor Baraka: 3 ways to ensure clean drinking water remains a priority

Updated May 01, 2017
Posted May 01, 2017

NJ.com

As a former governor and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as a mayor of New Jersey's largest city, respectively, we are worried about water. We know that prosperous, healthy communities depend on modern, reliable water systems.

But too often they are grappling with the problems of old water infrastructure -- problems like the amount of water that leaks out of pipes before it reaches the tap, and the persistent, dangerous presence of lead in older buildings' pipes and fixtures.

Fortunately, New Jersey's Joint Legislative Task force on Drinking Water Infrastructure has been addressing this issue.

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