Christie’s new book gets little buzz among GOP legislators

New Jersey’s Republican legislators aren’t exactly clamoring to get ahold of former Gov. Chris Christie’s new book, “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics.” The book, which is billed as an inside look into the workings of President Donald Trump’s campaign, inner circle and mind, has yet to hit shelves and won’t until January, but legislators don’t seem to be awaiting its

Independent expenditures jump in Jersey

Third-party expenditures continue to rise in New Jersey, jumping by more than 55% between 2013 and 2017, according to a report released by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. In 2013, the state’s top 25 special interest groups threw $26 million in independent spending at issues in the state. In 2017, that number ballooned to more than $41 million. “In the past, special interest groups used lobbying and political

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

MacArthur: Legalized marijuana would be a ‘terrible mistake’

While some of New Jersey’s congressional delegates support state Democrats’ plans to legalize recreational marijuana, Rep. Tom MacArthur thinks it would be a potentially-lethal mistake. “I think it's a terrible mistake. It's a risk we do not need to be taking,” MacArthur said at a press conference on in Burlington City on Monday. “I understand that marijuana may have some medical use, and I'm certainly ok with using it in

DNC chair to speak at state conference

State Democrats' annual conference is drawing some star power. In addition to a slate of the state's most powerful Democrats, including Gov. Phil Murphy, Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and all 12 of the state's Democratic House nominees, the two-day convention will feature a speech by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. “As a party, we are standing up against Donald Trump’s intolerant policies and working to affect change