Pallone leads the fight against offshore drilling
Congressman Frank Pallone and New Jersey environmentalists are laying plans for a grassroots campaign to convince President Obama to hold to his campaign promise and reverse his recent decision to allow drilling off the Atlantic coast.
Booker kicks off re-election campaign
Newark Mayor Cory Booker kicked off his re-election campaign Saturday, making the classic case that it’s never good to switch horses midstream. He’s not only asking voters to support him in the non-partisan May ballot, but would like all current councilmembers returned to office as well.
Sharpe James readies for his return
Just as the current mayor readies for re-election, another is readying for his return. Former Mayor Sharpe James, at one time one of the state’s most powerful Democrats, is set to be released from federal prison Tuesday. Despite his corruption conviction, he swears he’s innocent. And he’s not mincing words when it comes to criticism of his successor.
Speaker Oliver’s balancing act
Matt Friedman has an excellent piece on a day in the life of Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver. The “wildcard” in the governing partnership that also includes Christie and Senate President Sweeney, the Speaker anticipates the coming budget showdown, and insists – you’re not going to believe it! – that she’s ready to fight for Democratic spending priorities.
Conservatives pressure Christie to remake top court
Conservatives are pressuring Governor Christie to break with decades of precedent and deny Justice John E. Wallace reappointment to the state’s top court. This would be the first time a justice was denied reappointment since the state constitution was adopted in 1947. The Blue Jersey community has to be thinking, “We told you so?”
Mulshine: Christie grilled by high school students
The Governor’s BFF at the Star-Ledger writes about an exchange between Christie and a Montclair high school student over the state’s “thorough and efficient” education funding obligation.
State gives up $15b annually in tax credits
A new state report says the state forgoes at least $15 billion in revenue annually as a result of “various credits, deductions, exemptions and other special provisions in the state’s tax code.”
The Battle for Fort Monmouth
Local officials want more say in the future of Fort Monmouth. Under a bill introduced by State Senators Ray Lesniak and Jen Beck, the future of the Army post (set to be shuttered in 2011 as a consequence of BRAC) will be decided by a nine-member state commission. Following several amendments, the locals have signed on to the bill, but still caution the need for local input.