Decline in print media hinders public knowledge of Alvarez issue

The Al Alvarez scandal has dominated New Jersey print news for the last four months, but most state residents haven’t heard anything about it. A Monmouth University poll released this morning says that 59% of New Jerseyans haven’t heard about legislative hearings on the hiring of Alvarez, a former Murphy administration official who has been accused of raping a campaign volunteer in 2017. Just 41% said they have heard about

Sweeney praises Cuomo, probably to annoy Murphy

Three days before the New York Democratic gubernatorial primary, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney issued a statement praising Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his plan to create a permanent pedestrian plaza in front of Penn Station in Manhattan.  Sources say that Cuomo has cultivated a relationship with Sweeney, largely through mutual friends from the building trades unions. Gov. Phil Murphy already has a strained relationship with Cuomo and has refused

The week Cuomo decided he hates Murphy

  Winner Losers BOB HUGIN ANDREW CUOMO The retired pharmaceutical company millionaire contributes $15.6 million to his U.S. Senate campaign and has $8.1 million cash-on-hand for his bid to oust Bob Menendez. The Democratic Governor of New York can't land the endorsement of the Democratic Governor of New Jersey for a Democratic primary. ANDY KIM SETH GROSSMAN The former Obama White House aide raised more than $1 million in the

Fiordaliso was third choice, Cuomo not on board Murphy’s Port Authority plan

Congratulations to POLITICO for confirming the story that the New Jersey Globe had more than four hours earlier: that Gov. Phil Murphy has decided to resurrect the old deputy executive director position.  The leading candidate, as reported this morning, is Joseph Fiordaliso, a lobbyist who worked at the state Department of Transportation under Governors Richard Codey and Jon Corzine. Here’s a few things POLITICO missed during the four hours they