Sweeney would back Norcross for Booker seat

Though it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, Senate President Steve Sweeney would want Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) to succeed U.S. Sen. Cory Booker in Congress’s upper chamber should the latter’s presidential run prove fruitful. “I would have to support Donald Norcross, he's my lifelong friend,” Sweeney said. “That's not even a fair question.” Norcross has long been floated as a potential senator, though more-recently elected members of New

New Jersey reacts to the State of the Union

Rep. Bill Pascrell: “Bipartisanship isn’t a word on a teleprompter; it’s a continuous approach that aspires to unity. After two years of uninterrupted chaos and corruption, I know better than to take at face value anything this man tells us. I do know that the new Democratic Congress will continue to offer a positive agenda that seeks to lift this nation up through trade policies that support working Americans, rooting

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

The Week Helmy got the job

Winner Losers GEORGE HELMY ANDREW CAREY Cory Booker's state director is the new chief of staff to Gov. Phil Murphy. The Middlesex County Prosecutor might be trying so hard to keep his job that it will be impossible for him to keep his job. KRISTIN CORRADO GANNETT The Passaic County state senator continues to step up her game during the probe into the hiring of Al Alvarez. The national newspaper

Sherrill named NDC freshman whip

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) has been named freshman whip of the House New Democrat Coalition (NDC), a group of moderate, pro-growth Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The group has 98 members, the second largest caucus in the House behind the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Three other New Jersey congressmen – Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff), Tom Malinowski (D-Rocky Hill), and Donald Norcross (D-Camden) – are also members of the NDC. Norcross

Menendez, Norcross, Van Drew call for end of shutdown

Sen. Bob Menendez, Rep. Donald Norcross and Rep. Jeff Van Drew joined union officials Monday to call for an end to the longest shutdown of the U.S. federal government in history. The shutdown has stretched on for 31 days, eclipsing the record set by a 21-day shutdown under former President Bill Clinton, and government workers and contractors are facing the possibility of missing a second pay check, all while negotiations