Stonewalling on Alvarez won’t help Murphy, O’Scanlon says

State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) on Thursday said Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration isn’t well-served by the mystery swirling around the identity of the person who hired former Schools Development Authority chief of staff Al Alvarez. “This ridiculous circling of the wagons only serves to make the administration look foolish or in chaos. Neither one of those two things is good, so the mission has failed if it had any

O’Scanlon: Mary Pat Christie would be a great candidate

State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) said former first lady Mary Pat Christie would make a great congressional candidate. “I love her. From the very start, she is one of the classiest people I have met in politics and one of the smartest people I have met in general,” O’Scanlon said. “I haven't spent a lot of time with her, but she's great. She's really amazing. If we as potential

Statements following signing of minimum wage legislation

Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation today that will raise New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.  It's noteworthy that Murphy's press release included comment from Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin -- both sponsors of the bill -- as well as the state's two U.S. Senators, the Lt. Governor, and six of the eleven Democrats in the New Jersey House delegation. GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY

O’Scanlon not lobbying for deputy minority whip

State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) isn’t actively seeking to replace State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) as deputy minority whip. “I'm easy either way. We have a ton of great people, so I'm not lobbying for that position,” O’Scanlon told the New Jersey Globe. “I'm happy to play whatever role my caucus needs me to play. There are other wonderful people who can fill that position as well, so there's

Corrado could take or leave Addiego’s old leadership post

State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Totowa) isn’t angling to replace State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) as deputy minority whip after the latter's defection to the Democratic party, but she’ll take the role if it comes to her. “I don't really want to comment on it,” Corrado said when asked if she was interested in the leadership position. “Nobody's talked to me about it, so if it happens, that's wonderful. If not,

O’Scanlon raises alarms over redistricting amendment

Another New Jersey Republican is sounding alarms over Democrats’ proposed constitutional amendment to change the state’s redistricting process. “The proposed constitutional amendment, however, would permanently tip the scales in favor of Democrats by changing the metrics used to draw legislative districts in a way that is virtually guaranteed to result in continued Democratic control of the Legislature, regardless of how people actually vote in legislative elections,” State Sen. Declan O’Scanlon