With the so-called "war on drugs" now in its fourth decade, its resultant casualties have left many to note that this disastrous policy has replaced slavery and the Jim Crow laws as a way to disenfranchise minorities in America.Read more
The heads of New Jersey's largest pension funds, skeptical of the hundreds of millions of dollars in investment fees and bonuses paid to private companies, say they plan to launch a probe into how the state awards those fees.Read more
Assemblyman and Assistant to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Northeast Regional Council of CarpentersRead more
It will be hard once again to avoid 2017 gubernatorial politics on the New Jersey Chamber Train’s Walk to Washington on Thursday.Read more
Below is this year’s PolitickerNJ list of the 50 most powerful elected officials in the State of New Jersey.
As always, this is obviously an inexact science, ultimately only prompting questions about the very nature of power.
At the heart of those questions lies the difference between organizational power, where politicians work within a specific political structure to accomplish legislative or executive goals; versus individual power, where the right to exercise one’s First Amendment without care of organizational consequences, creates its own unique kind of influence.Read more
The rubber chicken circuit role as embodied by a vastly overshadowed Kim Guadagno has politicos quietly re-evaluating the office of lieutenant governor.
The way it’s mostly defined now – as a silent second banana to the most powerful governor in the country – has created an uptick in speculation about the job’s future.
Given six years of precedent, does anyone truly want to be the LG of New Jersey?Read more
This is interesting. South Jersey sources talk about the probable retirement of several veteran Democratic brand names, Jim Whelan, Fred Madden and Steve Sweeney (from the senate, at least), among them. To give itself the best shot at maintaining all seats intact (and maybe even adding a senate seat!), the South must put LD7 in play in 2017 and single out conquest of that office currently occupied by veteran Republican Senator Diane Allen. That means the ascent of either Singleton or his district-mate, Herb Conaway (see below). Political advisor to the Carpenters and an acolyte of former Speaker Roberts, Singleton seems tailor-made for the speakership. But like Greenwald (above), he suffers a timing factor created by Sweeney playing the role of gubernatorial contender and the immediate legislative leadership limitations that places on the rest of the sitting senate president’s mates. Sweeney can’t get anything from the north by promising the speakership to Singleton. Thus, the Singleton story is one more illustration of how Sweeney seemingly stymies those two young men most obviously right on the bubble of power. But when one considers the discipline of the South Jersey Democratic operation and the horrific downside for Singleton (a staunch Building Tradesman) or Greenwald (his late mother a dear friend of GN3) if they step out of line, it also confirms the power structure Sweeney commands as he undertakes his own advance.Read more
TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse this week following their summer break and are expected to take up several measures, including extending certain benefits to all veterans rather than just those who served during wartime, and raising the mandatory retirement age for state judges and county prosecutors.Read more
Despite the steady but slow national economic recovery, New Jersey lags its neighboring states in almost all economic indicators. There are a number of reasons for this - some political, some based on our tax code, and many based on pure greed.Read more
"The Daily Rundown" with Chuck Todd on MSNBC this morning recognized Assemblyman Troy Singleton as someone to watch in NJ's political scene.Read more