Governor Murphy’s Grade Today

Today is Phil Murphy’s 44th day in office.  He had no public schedule, issued no press releases, and issued no executive orders. (The New Jersey Globe will give Murphy a grade every day — either a check, a check plus, a check minus, or an incomplete.  He’ll get a letter grade every week.  Last week, Murphy got an A.)

Morris Democrats pick Freeholder candidates

Democrats have not won a countywide race in Morris County since 1973, when Doug Romaine defeated Republican Freeholder James Plante by just 596 votes in the first of two election cycles dominated by the Watergate scandal.  But many Morris County Democrats think 2018 can be their breakthrough year, if the cycle emerges as the kind of wave election some – but not all – pundits are predicting. Morris County Democrats

Editor’s Note

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Lonegan opposes Assembly gun control bills

Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 5th district, voiced strong opposition to a series bills aimed at tightening gun laws in testimony submitted to the Assembly Judiciary Committee today. The proposals, which include a requirement to seize firearms when a mental health professional identifies a gun owner as a potential threat and background checks on private gun sales, come in the

Local official backs Weber

Susan Poage, who became the first Democrat to win a Berkeley Heights Township Council seat in more than a decade, has endorsed Linda Weber for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th District. “I proudly endorse Linda Weber for Congress because she has the drive and ability to not only unseat Rep. Leonard Lance in November, but also to serve  CD7  as  someone  who  cares  about  and  understands 

Horizon will reinvest AMT savings

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey will reinvest an estimated $150 million realized from the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 to fund initiatives that will improve health care for its customers.  The funds will target behavioral health, access to care and addiction. “Horizon is entirely focused on serving our 3.8 million members. In keeping with our long-standing mission to operate

Webber bashes Ghee for following Obama, Clintons on Twitter

Jay Webber’s campaign for Congress says that GOP rival Antony Ghee has “revealed his true liberal political leanings by way of his Twitter page, saying that Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were the only political figures Ghee followed on Twitter until they made an issue of it. “24 hours of getting called out and exposed for his Obama and Clintons allegiances, Mr. Ghee suddenly started following a few

Langer won’t run for Congress

Trucking company executive Jerry Langer has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. Langer had given serious consideration to entering the race since Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) announced his retirement in January.  He says ultimately the timing was not right for him and his family, considering the short runway of the primary campaign. His candidacy had been widely anticipated and he was expected

Sussex Dems slam Hugin on Space endorsement

Sussex County Democrats are bashing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin for accepting an endorsement from Assemblyman Parker Space (R-Wantage), saying they agree with statements from Democratic legislators questioning the pharmaceutical executive’s “ability to accurately lead New Jersey’s diverse constituency in the United State Senate.” Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson) and State Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Palmyra) took shots at Hugin this week after Space, who attracted some controversy last year when