Judge Strikes Down NJ's Party Line Ballot System Judge Strikes Down NJ's Party Line Ballot System
Judge Strikes Down NJ's Party Line Ballot System Andy Kim: 1. New Jersey's party line ballot system: 0 In a legal ruling that will set off an earthquake among New Jersey party bosses, a judge ruled against the state's controversial party line ballot system. The system gives preferential treatment to candidates endorsed by the county party, issuing a preliminary injunction against the ballots for the upcoming June primary and ruling ballots must use office block ballots. Judge Zahid Quraishi announced his ruling on Friday, March 29, siding with Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), who had filed a federal lawsuit seeking to get the line thrown out. …
NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy Drops Out Of Senate Race NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy Drops Out Of Senate Race
NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy Drops Out Of Senate Race Tammy Murphy, the First Lady of New Jersey, announced on Sunday, March 24, she is ending her campaign for the Democratic nomination for US Senate. The announcement caps a dizzying a few months for Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy, who entered the race as a frontrunner, racking up endorsements and raising $3.2 million in six weeks, but watched her campaign stall as Rep. Andy Kim overtook her in the polls.  Murphy was running to replace embattled incumbent Bob Menendez who is facing federal corruption charges. "Continuing in this race will involve waging a very divisive and negative…
'Champion' Menendez Won't Run In Democratic Primary, Considering Independent Bid (VIDEO) 'Champion' Menendez Won't Run In Democratic Primary, Considering Independent Bid (VIDEO)
'Champion' Menendez Won't Run In Democratic Primary, Considering Independent Bid (Video) Embattled Senator Robert Menendez announced he will not run for re-election as a Democrat, but did not rule out running as an independent. Menendez, who is facing numerous federal bribery charges, made the announcement in a nine-minute video on Thursday, March 21.  Menendez, who has professed his innocence and called himself a champion for the state of New Jersey, said the charges against him make running a campaign impossible.  ALSO SEE: Menendez Accepted Benz As Bribe Following Fatal Wreck Caused By His Wife In Bergen: Reports "New Jerseysians deserve better than that," M…
End Of 'The Line'?: NJ Leg Leaders Looking Into Ballot Design End Of 'The Line'?: NJ Leg Leaders Looking Into Ballot Design
End Of 'The Line'?: NJ Leg Leaders Looking Into Ballot Design New Jersey's county line ballot system continues to face scrutiny. On Tuesday, March 19, New Jersey's legislative leaders, Senate President Nicholas Scutari, Senate Minority Issue Anthony Bucco, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, and Assembly Minority Leader John DiMaio issued a statement on the controversial practice, vowing to begin a public process on ballot design.  The move comes after Rep. Andy Kim, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate filed a federal lawsuit looking to dismantle the "line," and testified in court on Monday, March 18. The layout is controv…
Nursing Mothers Closer To Opting Out Of Jury Duty In NJ Nursing Mothers Closer To Opting Out Of Jury Duty In NJ
Nursing Mothers Closer To Opting Out Of Jury Duty In NJ Here's another excuse to get you out of serving on a jury. The New Jersey Senate approved a bill, 38-0, that would exempt nursing mothers from jury duty. The bill was sponsored by Majority Leader M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex/Hudson) and Brian Stack (D-Hudson.) The bill exempts any prospective juror with a personal obligation to care for a child who is 1 years of age or younger and the person is the child's mother and is nursing or expressing milk for the child. “Jury duty can turn into a lengthy commitment and this can place a significant burden on new mothers,” said Ruiz. “By explicitly making…
Jersey City Mayor Ditches Murphy, Endorses Kim In NJ Senate Race Jersey City Mayor Ditches Murphy, Endorses Kim In NJ Senate Race
Jersey City Mayor Ditches Murphy, Endorses Kim In NJ Senate Race Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has seen enough from Tammy Murphy's Senate campaign. Fulop announced he is switching his endorsement to Rep. Andy Kim, saying he made a mistake in endorsing Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy.  "Clearly I made one here and this convention season has demonstrated he is the better candidate to represent NJ," Fulop, who is running for governor in 2025 said. "The backbone of our party volunteers and activists have spoken loudly and we should listen to them." The Jersey City mayor initially endorsed Murphy last year, but said on Reporters Roundtable on Frid…
Kim Holds Big Lead Over Murphy In Senate Race To Unseat Menendez: FDU Poll Kim Holds Big Lead Over Murphy In Senate Race To Unseat Menendez: FDU Poll
Kim Holds Big Lead Over Murphy In Senate Race To Unseat Menendez: FDU Poll Rep. Andy Kim has a double digit lead over First Lady Tammy Murphy in the fight for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, according to a new poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University. The poll, released Friday, Feb. 2., shows Kim, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, leading Murphy 32 percent to 20 percent, with 31 percent of voters undecided.  Kim and Murphy are running to unseat Sen. Bob Menendez, who was recently indicted on federal corruption charges. Menendez has refused calls for him to resign, including from Murphy's husband, Gov. Phil Murphy, and has not yet said …
Monmouth U Releases NH Projections In Shrinking GOP Race Monmouth U Releases NH Projections In Shrinking GOP Race
Monmouth U Releases NH Projections In Shrinking GOP Race Monmouth University has released poll results just ahead of the second Republican primary of the 2024 presidential campaign. The poll shows former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley gaining independent support, but still trailing former President Donald Trump in New Hampshire. It says 52 percent of New Hampshire GOP voters supported Trump, while 34 percent backed Haley. The poll was run in partnership with The Washington Post. The poll was conducted between Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 20. That was right before Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he was suspending his campaign o…
'Get Smoked:' Christie Caught On Hot Mic Before Announcing Prez Race Drop, Reports Say 'Get Smoked:' Christie Caught On Hot Mic Before Announcing Prez Race Drop, Reports Say
'Get Smoked:' Christie Caught On Hot Mic Before Announcing Prez Race Drop, Reports Say Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has dropped out of the 2024 presidential campaign, but not before allegedly talking a little bit of smack on a hot mic. The Republican nominee made the announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at a town hall in Windham, NH (click here to watch). Just before the town hall, Christie was apparently caught on a hot mic saying "she is going to get smoked," apparently referring to former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, as reported by ABC and the New York Times. The quip was aired on his campaign's livestream, which has since been removed, The Times reports. "I'v…
Santos Demands $20,000 From Kimmel After Being Punked On Cameo Santos Demands $20,000 From Kimmel After Being Punked On Cameo
Santos Demands $20,000 From Kimmel After Being Punked On Cameo As if George Santos hadn’t embarrassed himself enough, he’s now threatening to sue talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for punking him with a series of preposterous Cameo requests that the expelled congressman gleefully fulfilled. It began when the federally-indicted former lawmaker took to Cameo, a website and mobile app that lets you request personalized video shoutouts from celebrities for any occasion. Discovering that Santos was creating the quickie videos for any buyer, Kimmel ginned up inane requests just to see how far the 35-year-old Long Island Republican would go. It's been far. In one…
SICK BURN: George Santos Says NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy 'Just Ain't It' On Cameo SICK BURN: George Santos Says NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy 'Just Ain't It' On Cameo
Sick Burn: George Santos Says NJ First Lady Tammy Murphy 'Just Ain't It' On Cameo Recently expelled New York Congressman George Santos (R-Long Island) has crossed state lines and weighed in on the New Jersey Senate Race, and he's no fan of Tammy Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy. Santos recently recorded a Cameo video where he takes shots at the First Lady of New Jersey, who is running for the Democratic nomination for Senator, hoping to replace embattled Senator Bob Menendez, who has been indicted on federal corruption charges. "Endorsing Tammy Murphy is essentially endorsing the boss' wife or else," Santos said in a video shared on Twitter. "I understand you all hav…
Megyn Kelly Reveals What Chris Christie Said In Viral Off-Air Moment During GOP Confrontation Megyn Kelly Reveals What Chris Christie Said In Viral Off-Air Moment During GOP Confrontation
Megyn Kelly Reveals What Chris Christie Said In Viral Off-Air Moment During GOP Confrontation "He was pissed off." That's what Megyn Kelly said of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, regarding an off-air incident during the GOP debate in Alabama on Wednesday, Dec. 6. The clip has since gone viral, leaving America wondering what exactly it was that the 2024 presidential hopeful told the panelist and former Fox News anchor. On Thursday, Dec. 7, Kelly, on "The Megyn Kelly Show," revealed what Christie said: “He was mad that he wasn’t getting enough questions. And he said, ‘I made it up at this stage, and I haven’t been able to speak in awhile. And I should have been brought i…
'Put Up Or Shut Up:' Fetterman Trolls Bob Menendez In Epic Cameo By George Santos 'Put Up Or Shut Up:' Fetterman Trolls Bob Menendez In Epic Cameo By George Santos
'Put Up Or Shut Up:' Fetterman Trolls Bob Menendez In Epic Cameo By George Santos George Santos has a new gig and one of his most recent paychecks comes from the pockets of John Fetterman. Days after being ousted from Congress, the serial fabulist was commissioned by Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) to create a cameo for indicted New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez (D). "Hey Bobby!" Santos quips in the Cameo, a website that lets public figures record personal videos for money.  "Look, I don’t think I need to tell you, but these people that want to make you get in trouble and want to kick you out and make you run away, you make them put up or shut up. "You stand your ground, s…
And Just Like That: Lock Changed, Website Scrubbed Following George Santos’ Historic Ouster And Just Like That: Lock Changed, Website Scrubbed Following George Santos’ Historic Ouster
And Just Like That: Lock Changed, Website Scrubbed Following George Santos’ Historic Ouster Well, that didn’t take long. Now-former New York Rep. George Santos has been all but erased from the halls of Congress following his historic expulsion from office on Friday, Dec. 1. The disgraced Long Island Republican – whose former 3rd District includes parts of Nassau County and Queens – made a hasty exit from the House chamber once it was clear that the required two-thirds majority had been secured to seal his ouster. Earlier Report: US House Expels NY Rep. George Santos In Historic Vote He did not address the throng of reporters who followed him to a waiting car, though CNN …
George Santos Is Out: Here's How NJ Delegates Voted George Santos Is Out: Here's How NJ Delegates Voted
George Santos Is Out: Here's How NJ Delegates Voted New Jersey's congressional delegation all shared the same sentiment when it comes to Rep. George Santos. They wanted him out, and they got it. The serial fabulist (R-Long Island) was expelled by the US House 311-114, with all 12 New Jersey representatives, including three Republicans, voting in favor of his ouster. The resolution required a two-thirds majority vote in order to pass. Santos was expelled amid mounting accusations of criminality. He is only the sixth member of Congress to be expelled in American history. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), Rob Menendez (D-Jersey City) and Ch…
18-Year-Old Wins Seat On NJ Town's School Board 18-Year-Old Wins Seat On NJ Town's School Board
18-Year-Old Wins Seat On NJ Town's School Board Lifelong Sparta resident Chad Wood has been elected to the town’s Board of Education just five months after graduating from high school. The 18-year-old is one of the state’s youngest to hold a BOE position. Wood ran alongside Jennifer "Lonsky" Grana and Kaitlin Gagnon. The trio incumbents Christina "Longo" Keiling and LeeAnne M. Pitzer. Wood might be young, but he comes with plenty of experience, having served as Student Council President for three years at Sparta High School, and was elected Executive President his senior year. Wood was also elected as the BOE’s Student Representative …
Citizen Murphy: NJ First Lady Announces Run For U.S. Senate Citizen Murphy: NJ First Lady Announces Run For U.S. Senate
Citizen Murphy: NJ First Lady Announces Run For U.S. Senate Tammy Murphy is hoping to go from Drumthwacket to the Capitol Building. Ending weeks of speculation, Murphy, the wife of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, announced on Wednesday, Nov. 15, she is running for U.S. Senate as a Democrat, in the seat currently occupied by embattled Senator Bob Menendez.  Murphy made the announcement in a four-minute autobiographical video, telling her life story while also highlighting her priorities as first lady, including reducing the state's maternal mortality rate and combating climate change. "I am so proud of everything we've accomplished but I know …
Nosh It Off: Gov. Murphy Spent Nearly $1K On Snacks At MetLife Taylor Swift Concert: Report Nosh It Off: Gov. Murphy Spent Nearly $1K On Snacks At MetLife Taylor Swift Concert: Report
Nosh It Off: Gov. Murphy Spent Nearly $1K On Snacks At MetLife Taylor Swift Concert: Report Gov. Phil Murphy certainly enjoys entertaining guests at MetLife Stadium, according to a report from Politico.  New Jersey's governor spent $12,000 on food and drinks at MetLife in 2018 and 2019, using an expense account funded by taxpayers, Politico said, after obtaining the invoices via the Open Public Records Act. Events include a Taylor Swift concert, Hot97's SummerJam concert and a Jets v. Cowboys game.  Jennifer Sciortino, a spokeswoman for Gov. Murphy's office, said Murphy intends to have the state Democratic party reimburse the Garden State for the costs.  "Because t…
NJ Voters To Sen. Menendez: Resign NJ Voters To Sen. Menendez: Resign
NJ Voters To Sen. Menendez: Resign New Jersey residents have a very unfavorable view of Bob Menendez. A Stockton University poll found just eight percent of New Jersey residents support Menendez, who was recently indicted on federal bribery charges, along with his wife, Nadine.  The poll found more than 71 percent said he should resign, and only eight percent want him to remain in office. The call for his resignation was bipartisan, with 78 percent of Democrats and 79 percent of Republicans in support. The couple has denied the allegations in the indictment. A majority of his Democratic colleagues have called on the se…
Paterson Council Prez, Wife, Campaign Chief Charged In Hare-Brained Scheme To Steal Election Paterson Council Prez, Wife, Campaign Chief Charged In Hare-Brained Scheme To Steal Election
Paterson Council Prez, Wife, Campaign Chief Charged In Hare-Brained Scheme To Steal Election State authorities announced a bunch of new election fraud charges on Wednesday against Paterson’s council president along with allegations against his wife and campaign manager, as well. Alex Mendez, 48, has been awaiting trial in a case, stemming from 2020 council races, that has undergone a series of one delay after another. The contests were conducted entirely by mail-in ballots as COVID was spreading. The new charges involved what the attorney general described on Oct. 25 as a hare-brained plot to steal ballots from mailboxes outside people’s homes, toss out those that didn’t vote for…
'Frightened Faces': Sen. Cory Booker In Israel Describes Horror During Surprise Hamas Attacks 'Frightened Faces': Sen. Cory Booker In Israel Describes Horror During Surprise Hamas Attacks
'Frightened Faces': Sen. Cory Booker In Israel Describes Horror During Surprise Hamas Attacks US Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey is safe, but he'll never be able to shake the horror he saw this weekend. The Harrington Park, New Jersey native posted a YouTube video, his backdrop the Old City in Jerusalem, on Sunday, Oct. 8.  Booker said he was jogging in Jerusalem on Saturday, Oct. 7, when he got an urgent call from his chief of staff, telling him to get back to the hotel immediately: Israel was under attack. Hamas, which controls Gaza, launched a surprise attack on Israel, wounding thousands and killing hundreds in the longtime conflict. “Citizens of Israel," Israeli P…
Menendez Accepted Benz As Bribe Following Fatal Wreck Caused By His Wife In Bergen: Reports Menendez Accepted Benz As Bribe Following Fatal Wreck Caused By His Wife In Bergen: Reports
Menendez Accepted Benz As Bribe Following Fatal Wreck Caused By His Wife In Bergen: Reports A fatal 2018 car crash in Bergen County involving his wife is what led to embattled New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez accepting bribes to influence a criminal case, according to the federal indictment levied against him.  Nadine Arslanian, the now-wife of embattled Senator Robert Menendez, was involved in a fatal car crash in Bogota in 2018, according to The New York Times. The couple, who married in 2020, were dating at the time of the incident. Arslanian, who was also named in the federal indictments accusing Menendez of accepting bribes from the government of Egypt, among other indiscreti…
Sen. Cory Booker Says Bob Menendez Should Resign Sen. Cory Booker Says Bob Menendez Should Resign
Sen. Cory Booker Says Bob Menendez Should Resign Senator Cory Booker has joined the chorus of New Jersey politicians calling for Sen. Bob Menendez's resignation after Menendez and his wife were indicted on federal bribery charges last week. Booker said the trust and faith New Jerseysians had in Menendez have been shaken in light of the recent indictments, which he called "shocking" and said were "hard to reconcile with the person I know." "Senator Menendez fiercely asserts his innocence and it is therefore understandable that he believes stepping down is patently unfair," Booker said. "I believe this is a mistake. "Stepping down is not a…
Councilwoman's Bid To Bounce Blogger From NJ Town's Mailing List Fails Councilwoman's Bid To Bounce Blogger From NJ Town's Mailing List Fails
Councilwoman's Bid To Bounce Blogger From NJ Town's Mailing List Fails Teaneck's township manager and police department have rejected a council member's request to remove a local blogger from their email press release lists. Keith Kaplan, a former councilman himself, has rigorously kept township residents and business owners informed for more than five years through his "Teaneck Today" blog. "Teaneck Today" also has a Facebook group with more than 8,900 members. Combined, both have been invaluable resources, reporting and providing information on elections, building in town, school calendars, roadwork, COVID developments and more in much the way a weekly news…
Tahesha Way Is Officially NJ's New Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way Is Officially NJ's New Lieutenant Governor
Tahesha Way Is Officially NJ's New Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way is officially the new Lieutenant Governor of the Garden State. Way, who currently serves as Secretary of State, was appointed to the position by Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday, Sept. 8, following the unexpected passing of former Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver last month.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Lt. Governor Tahesha Way (@ltgovway) Way is the third lieutenant governor in New Jersey history. "Tahesha has been with our administration from the very beginning, and her work over the past five and a half years leading the…
Atlantic City International Airport Could Become Shelter For NYC Migrants: Reports Atlantic City International Airport Could Become Shelter For NYC Migrants: Reports
Atlantic City International Airport Could Become Shelter For NYC Migrants: Reports Atlantic City International Airport is among 11 federally-owned facilities proposed by the Biden Administration as a shelter for immigrants arriving in New York City, according to news reports. The Egg Harbor Township-based airport, located 10 miles outside Atlantic City, was listed by the US Department of Homeland Security in a letter to New York City Mayor Eric Adams as temporary housing for some of the 60,000 migrants who recently arrived in the city, Bloomberg reported. Egg Harbor Township Mayor Laura Pfrommer strongly opposed the plan, saying in part: “An airbase and technical cen…
Republican NJ Gov. Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Announces Split From Wife Republican NJ Gov. Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Announces Split From Wife
Republican NJ Gov. Candidate Jack Ciattarelli Announces Split From Wife Jack Ciattrelli and his wife Melinda are headed to splitsville. Ciattrelli, who unsuccessfully ran for governor on the Republican ticket in 2021 and said he is running again in 2025, announced in a public statement that the couple separated earlier this year. They have been married since 1995. "I am very proud of the job we did raising our four adult children who are all very successful and whom we both love very much," Ciattrelli said.  "While there are those who will seek to exploit this news for their own political gain - some going so far as to spread the ugliest of rumors, all of wh…
NJ Mayor Who Opposed Pride Flag Raising Ousted By Colleagues NJ Mayor Who Opposed Pride Flag Raising Ousted By Colleagues
NJ Mayor Who Opposed Pride Flag Raising Ousted By Colleagues A New Jersey mayor who allegedly called some fellow elected officials "not good Catholics" for supporting the raising of a rainbow flag during Pride Month was removed from office by members of his own party. The flag controversy ended up being the last straw for fellow Republicans who were already at war with now-former Rochelle Park Mayor Perrin Mosca over what they said was abusive behavior. Three who sit on the Township Committee voted 4-0 with Democrat Linda Boniface to oust Mosca earlier this week. Deputy Mayor Jennifer Appice took over as acting mayor following the work session vote …
Christie Running For President Christie Running For President
Christie Running For President Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is set to make it official: he's running for president again. According to Axios, Christie, who was born in Newark and grew up in Livingston, plans to announce his candidacy for the 2024 Republican nomination on Tuesday, June 6 in New Hampshire.  The 60-year-old, who served two terms leading the Garden State from 2010 to 2018, previously ran for president in 2016, but dropped out after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire and later endorsed Donald Trump. Christie has since become a critic of Trump, the current frontrunner for the Republican…
NJ Reps Aim To Keep AM Radio In Vehicles NJ Reps Aim To Keep AM Radio In Vehicles
NJ Reps Aim To Keep AM Radio In Vehicles Many automakers are removing AM radios from their new electrical vehicles. Some New Jersey congressmen want to change that. Rep. Josh Gottenheimer (D-NJ), who represents most of Bergen County and parts of Passaic and Suffex County is the lead sponsor on a bill in the House of Represenatives that would require automakers to maintain AM radios in their new vehicles at no extra charge to the consumer. The bill, the AM for Every Vehicle Act, has support in the Senate from Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Sen. Ted Cruz. (D-TX) Gottenheimer's bill comes in the wake of reports that BMW, Volkswagen, M…
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop Runs For NJ Governor Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop Runs For NJ Governor
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop Runs For NJ Governor Steven Fulop is officially throwing his hat in the ring. The Jersey City mayor announced on Tuesday, April 11 that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2025. Gov. Phil Murphy is term limited and cannot seek re-election. "My career has always been guided by a strong desire to take on difficult challenges and find solutions that help improve peoples’ lives," Fulop said in a press release.  "I’ve never backed down from a fight before, and I’m ready to work hard for all the people of our great state to deliver the results New Jersey deserves." Following the Sept. …