Norcross appointed to steering committee

Rep. Donald Norcross was appointed to be the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee’s parliamentarian for the 116th Congress Tuesday. Norcross replaces Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, who did not run for reelection and mounted a successful campaign for Colorado governor. “It’s an honor for me to serve in a leadership role on the Steering and Policy Committee where I can help shape our agenda for working families and ensure that

Former Passaic judge stripped of pension

In a four-to-three vote on Monday, the New Jersey State House Commission took the unusual step of stripping former Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi of her pension. Silebi was removed from the bench earlier this year after an investigation found the judge had improperly used her authority to help a former intern get custody of her child in 2015. On May 9, 2015, Silebi told Fort Lee police that she

Malinowski appears to oppose redistricting amendment

Rep.-elect Tom Malinowski appeared to come out against a redistricting constitutional amendment being pushed by legislative leaders in Trenton. “From coast to coast, we're fighting the GOP over partisan gerrymandering,” Malinowski said on Twitter. “Whatever NJ's legislature does on redistricting, I hope it takes into account the necessity of Democrats keeping moral high ground in this national fight.” The amendment would impose a formula on the redistricting process that would

Malinowski still mum on committee preferences

Rep.-elect Tom Malinowski is maintaining his public silence on his committee assignment preferences. “Not until I get 'em,” Malinowski said when asked if he’d like to discuss committee assignments. As a former assistant secretary of state, Malinowski could be well-suited to a role on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, but he has so far been unwilling to give any indication about whether he’ll see such a role. Rep. Leonard Lance,

Pascrell would ‘love to be’ Trade Subcommittee chair

Rep. Bill Pascrell on Monday told the New Jersey Globe that he’d “love to be” chair of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, of which he is ranking member. “I worked hard the two years, and folks will decide,” Pascrell said. “We'll see what happens.” With the recent trade war over tariffs between the China and the United States — not to mention upcoming changes to the country’s

Pallone: NJ freshmen not likely to replace Lance on committee

Rep. Frank Pallone, Ranking Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said it’s unlikely one of New Jersey’s four first-term congresspeople will replace Rep. Leonard Lance on the committee. “Generally speaking, it's going to be hard for anybody who's a new member to be on Energy and Commerce or any of the exclusive committees because there're so many people who are already there who want to be on it,”