Senate, Assembly Democrats Meet for Strategy Session

When Craig Coughlin began his campaign for Assembly Speaker last year, he promised colleagues he would improve internal communications within his caucus and develop a stronger relationship with the Senate Democratic leadership.  Senate and Assembly Democrats are meeting in New Brunswick this morning to make good on that promise and to discuss how to move forward […]

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Steve Wynn was big Christie donor

Billionaire casino owner Steve Wynn, who resigned today as Republican National Committee finance chairman amidst sexual harassment and assault allegations, was a major donor to former Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign in 2016. Wynn contributed $25,000 to Christie’s super PAC, America Leads, and $5,000 to Christie’s Leadership Matters PAC.  Wynn’s wife, Andrea, donated $2,700 to […]

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Sweeney endorses Scutari

Quickly taking sides in a party contest that could pit two senators against each other, Senate President Steve Sweeney has endorsed State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) for Union County Democratic Chairman. Scutari quickly announced his candidacy after Jerry Green announced his resignation for health reasons.  Acting Chair Colleen Mahr, a candidate for the unexpired term, […]

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Stack is new Senate Oversight chairman

State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Hudson) has been named Chairman of the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee.  Senate President Steve Sweeney picked the influential Hudson County Democrat to replace Bob Gordon (D-Bergen), who now chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. Stack is also the  Vice Chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, and has seats on Judiciary […]

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Murphy stalls on Education Commissioner pick

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy still hasn’t named his Commissioner of Education, a pick that will likely create a problem for him – either with the State Senate President or the state’s largest teacher’s union.  It’s a tough spot for the incoming governor, which is probably why announcement is taking so long. The New Jersey Education Association […]

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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 […]

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Sweeney dumps Sacco as Transportation chairman

Senate President Steve Sweeney has removed Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson) as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and replaced him with Bob Gordon (D-Bergen). This comes as no surprise, since Sacco aligned himself with factions of the Democratic party that had opposed Sweeney in 2016.  Sacco is also a political ally of now-deposed Assembly Speaker Vincent […]

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Coughlin wants Jones at Sports Authority

Incoming Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin plans to make the reappointment of LeRoy Jones to a seat on the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA) a priority once he takes office tomorrow, according to sources. Jones, the Essex County Democratic Chairman, holds the one seat appointed directly by the Speaker.  Last week, Prieto replaced him […]

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