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The Life and Times of Paul DiGaetano

There was a time back about a generation ago when Paul DiGaetano was a bright, rising star in New Jersey Republican politics.  He he was one of the most powerful politicians in the state.  Some Republicans openly fawned over the idea of a young, blue-collar, Catholic, Italian-American Republican running for statewide office.  He was likeable, popular, and incredibly ambitious. Jump ahead thirty years, and sadly for him, the only thing
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Weber slams Lance on Bucco secret settlement

Democratic congressional candidate Linda Weber is calling on Rep. Leonard Lance to make public the settlement terms of a sexual harassment lawsuit against a colleague that he approved in 2004 while serving as minority leader of the New Jersey Senate. A former legislative aide alleged that her job on the staff of State Sen. Anthony Bucco required that she engage in a sexual relationship with him. Claiming that Bucco’s wife
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Whitman skips Murphy Inaugural

There's probably nothing to read into this other than a quick mention: Christine Todd Whitman was the only one of the state's seven living former Governors not in attendance at Phil Murphy's inauguration.  Tom Kean, Jim Florio, Donald DiFrancesco, Jim McGreevey, Dick Codey, Jon Corzine and Chris Christie were there.  Also recognized was Ruthi Byrne, the widow of former Gov. Brendan Byrne, who passed away earlier this month at age
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Fiordaliso gets BPU post

Joseph Fiordaliso, a close ally of State Sen. Richard Codey, will be the new President of the state Board of Public Utilities. The announcement was made today in a statement issued by Gov.-elect Phil Murphy's transition team. Fiordaliso has served as a BPU Commissioner since 2005.  A former Mayor of Livingston, he worked in Codey's district office and became Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor following Jim McGreveey's resignation. 
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Murphy’s choices for BPU

At the Board of Public Utilities, Gov.-elect Phil Murphy needs to decide if he wants to elevate one of the two Democratic Commissioners to the presidency, or pick his own  candidate.  He is expected to replace Richard Mroz, a former Chief Counsel to Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, as BPU President. So far, Murphy has mostly pulled from outside the usual ranks of the Democratic government-in-exile to form his administration. The
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Murphy taps Deputy COS with ties to Sweeney, Codey

Gov. Phil Murphy has named Lynn Haynes, a lobbyist and former aide to Senate President Steve Sweeney, as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Cabinet Affairs and Operations – a new post representing a reorganization of the way Chris Christie’s front office was organized. Haynes was the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Counsel in the Senate Majority Office from 2010 to 2014. From 2000 to 2004, she was a Deputy
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Final polls for recent NJ Govs

Jon Corzine, defeated for a second term by Chris Christie in the 2009 gubernatorial election, left office with a 34%-56% job approval rating in a January 2010 Quinnipiac University poll.   Nearly six in ten New Jerseyans viewed Corzine’s term as a failure, while 32% called it a success. Christie’s approvals were at 33%-27% when he took office eight years ago.  63% of the state were optimistic that Christie would do
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The early approval ratings problem

Phil Murphy exudes the same kind of confidence in his own political future as most New Jersey Governors do when they’re about to take office. (One exception was pre-hubris Chris Christie, who initially believed New Jersey would only give him a single term.) But Governors of both parties typically struggle to win the early approval of voters who just recently elected them. Here’s a line I’ll use on this site