Lonegan pokes fun at Booker with red carpet affair in Newark

By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger
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on September 23, 2013

Lonegan and his wife, Lorraine, greet constituents on the red carpet. The event — featuring “stars from New Jersey,” aka “everyday people that make New Jersey a great place to live” — was the conservative activist’s way of mocking his Democratic opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for how he's spending the evening: In California, at a fundraiser with a-list celebrities. (Steve Hockstein/For The Star-Ledger)


NEWARK — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan glided up the red carpet, his wife at his side, and posed as the flash bulbs popped tonight.

Then Lonegan, the former mayor of Bergen County’s Bogota, walked inside a Newark restaurant, into a banquet room where an American flag was projected on a screen and joined a few dozen supporters — some dressed in suits, others in dungarees — for a fried chicken dinner.

The event — featuring “stars from New Jersey,” aka “everyday people that make New Jersey a great place to live” — was the conservative activist’s way of mocking his Democratic opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for how he's spending the evening: In California, at a fundraiser with a-list celebrities.

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Rice doesn't rule out challenging Joe D. but probably prefers a Jeffries candidacy

By Max Pizarro | September 23rd, 2013


Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) wants Democrats to mount a challenge against incumbent Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo next year, and he hasn't ruled out himself - although he acknowledges the unlikeliness of a Rice candidacy.

He suspects former AG's Counsel Shavar Jeffries would be a good candidate.

Jeffries is a candidate for mayor in at least a four-way 2014 contest that includes Councilmen Ras Baraka, Anibal Ramos and Darrin Sharif. A source today told PolitickerNJ.com that former Councilman Hector Corchado is also mulling a run.

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Big names at Cory Booker's Jersey City rally, but no Cory Booker

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on September 19, 2013

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago and the former White House chief of staff for President Obama, will stump for Cory Booker Friday in Jersey City. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NEWARK — Rahm Emanuel is well-known to Democrats around the country and by now, Steven Fulop is well-known to Democrats around the state.

So when the mayor of Chicago and the mayor of Jersey City appear together Friday to stump for Cory Booker, their collective firepower should be enough to rally Booker's supporters.

It will have to be, because Booker won't be there.

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Lonegan stays in Booker's face over connection to ex-law firm

By Max Pizarro | September 18th, 2013


WEST ORANGE –Lonegan maintained an aggressive posture as he continued to attack Newark Mayor Cory Booker today, this time focusing on Booker’s professional relationship with a power law firm.

“A number of issues arise to the term of sketchy,” said Lonegan, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. “Did he receive a payout or a payoff?”

Booker was a partner at Trenk DiPasquale for the last two years (2005-2006) of a six-year employment at the firm.

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Newark says accidents down 64 percent at intersections with red light cameras

By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger 


The City of Newark said accidents fell 64 percent at seven intersections where red light cameras had been in place for at least three years.

NEWARK — Newark officials say 
seven intersections with red light cameras have had a 64 percent drop in accidents since the controversial technology was installed four years ago.

The city found that the seven Newark intersections analyzed for today's report had a 69 percent reduction in right-angle collisions, or broadsides, among the deadliest type of car crashes. Rear-end collisions declined 61 percent, the city said.

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In Newark, Buono rallies progressive organizations

By Max Pizarro


NEWARK – A progressive umbrella organization this afternoon endorsed state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) for governor, by its very presence somewhat underscoring the absence of Democratic Party machine politicians from Newark and the environs who haven’t enthusiastically saddled up with the Buono campaign.

An undeterred Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, executive director of New Jersey Citizen Action, said her affiliates will be out pounding on doors and making phone calls for Buono.

“New Jersey’s economic recovery lags behind the region and the nation as a whole,” said Salowe-Kaye, anchoring a ragtag tableaux of Buono progressives. “Far too many New Jersey families are still struggling to make ends meet. New Jersey needs a leader who will put the economic health of our working families first.”


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Expanded Medicaid Will Cover Mental Health, Substance-Abuse Treatment



Raymond J. Castro, senior policy analyst for the nonprofit New Jersey Policy Perspective.

NJ residents newly eligible under ACA will get services not available to most already in federal program.

Some low-income New Jersey residents will be eligible for treatment for drug and alcohol addictions, as well as some mental health services, under the upcoming Medicaid expansion.

But most Medicaid recipients won’t be eligible for the new benefits.

Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, states that choose to expand Medicaid – known as New Jersey FamilyCare in the state -- must cover these treatments for people who are newly eligible for the program. However, that provision doesn’t apply to those who are already eligible for the program.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to stump for Cory Booker on Friday in Jersey City

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger 


NEWARK — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will travel to Jersey City on Friday to stump for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, Booker's campaign said today.

Emanuel, along with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, will headline a rally for Booker at 5:30 p.m.

Booker, the Newark mayor, is facing Republican Steve Lonegan in the Oct. 16 special election to fill Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat.

Prior to becoming mayor of Chicago, Emanuel was President Obama's chief of staff. His police director, Garry McCarthy, used to head the Newark Police Department.

The exact location of the rally has not yet been released.

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Citizen Action coalition endorses Barbara Buono

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger 


NEWARK — New Jersey Citizen Action, a coalition of progressive groups, endorsed Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Barbara Buono today, promising to deploy ground troops in Buono's underdog run against Gov. Chris Christie.

"Gov. Christie is holding New Jersey working families back," said Citizen Action executive director Phyllis Salowe-Kaye. "New Jersey needs a leader who will put New Jersey's working families first. Sen. Buono is that leader.

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Explainer: Charting The Development of New Jersey's Charter Schools


Charter schools are nothing if not controversial, but what's beneath the chatter?

First launched in New Jersey in 1997, charter schools have in the past five years become a hot issue in New Jersey -- both for the alternatives they provide students and districts, and the debate they have fueled over the role of public education. Charter schools are public schools operated by private nonprofit groups that are outside the governance of the local district. Instead, they are overseen by the state through a “charter” or specific renewable agreement.

Their significance

The charter movement started with just 13 schools and grew slowly during the first decade. Now numbering close to 90 schools and serving 30,000 students, they have matured into a powerful force in the state, especially in urban districts where they are concentrated. In Newark, for example, close to 20 percent of public school students are in charter schools, including a few that are among the district’s highest-performing schools. They have also sparked some backlash in both urban and suburban communities that have resisted the schools and what they call “draining” of local funds and students, as well as the lack of local say in their expansion, among other reasons. National charter management organizations have also made major inroads in the state, including the nonprofit KIPP Network and Uncommon Schools, and for-profit management firms are also now helping run two new schools in New Jersey.

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