Lonegan says he’ll run for Congress in South Jersey

Lonegan says he’ll run for Congress in South Jersey (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — Steve Lonegan, the firebrand former Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is running for a House seat. Lonegan told The Star-Ledger today that he will run for the South Jersey U.S. House of Representatives seat held by U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan…

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Posted: January 3rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 Congressional Races, 2014 Elections, NJNewsCommons, Steve Lonegan | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Home for Christmas: Brick soldier surprises mother with early return from Afghanistan

Home for Christmas: Brick soldier surprises mother with early return from Afghanistan (via NJ.com)

BRICK — When Leslie Ann Ruggiero unsealed a red envelope this morning she thought contained a card from the Santa Claus sitting on a bench behind her, she put her hand over her mouth and started to cry. “It’s my baby,” she said, holding a postcard…

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Posted: December 25th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Christmas, Merry Christmas, New Jersey, News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Cory Booker, Rand Paul and a Festivus miracle

Cory Booker, Rand Paul and a Festivus miracle (via NJ.com)

U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul had a Festivus exchange yesterday that could one day lead to drug policy and sentencing reforms. It began with Paul’s “airing of the grievances,” a tradition that is part of Festivus, the fictional Dec. 23 holiday…

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Posted: December 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Cory Booker, News, NJNewsCommons, Rand Paul | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Short Hills mall shooting: Essex sheriff says mall stopped using his officers for outside security 3 years ago

Short Hills mall shooting: Essex sheriff says mall stopped using his officers for outside security 3 years ago (via NJ.com)

In the wake of last week’s carjacking that left a Hoboken attorney dead outside The Mall at Short Hills, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said today that it’s time for New Jersey’s shopping complexes to beef up security in parking lots and other…

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Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Short Hills mall carjacking suspects had criminal records ranging from bank robbery to burglary

Short Hills mall carjacking suspects had criminal records ranging from bank robbery to burglary (via NJ.com)

NEWARK — When Basim Henry robbed a Union Township bank in November 2003, it was not hard to connect him to the crime. He had driven his white Pontiac to the bank on Morris Avenue, authorities said, and left it parked illegally on an adjacent side…

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Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , | No Comments »

Authorities identify 4 men arrested in connection with deadly Short Hills carjacking

Authorities identify 4 men arrested in connection with deadly Short Hills carjacking (via NJ.com)

By Ted Sherman and James Queally/The Star-Ledger NEWARK — Nearly a week after 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer Dustin Friedland was gunned down in a deadly carjacking while returning to his vehicle in an upper level parking deck of the Mall at Short Hills…

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Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , | 8 Comments »

BREAKING: Arrests made in connection with fatal carjacking outside Short Hills mall

BREAKING: Arrests made in connection with fatal carjacking outside Short Hills mall (via NJ.com)

MILLBURN — Four men have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a Hoboken lawyer during a carjacking outside the Mall at Short Hills on Sunday, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office. A press conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. this…

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Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , | No Comments »

Explainer: How Redistricting Can Shape Elections — and What Happens When It Does

Explainer: How Redistricting Can Shape Elections — and What Happens When It Does (via NJSpotlight)

What’s responsible for the extreme divide between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, and to a lesser extent, in Trenton? Some political observers believe part of the problem is the way we draw legislative and congressional districts. These days…

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Posted: December 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Elections, NJNewsCommons, Reapportionment, Redistricting | Tags: , , | 5 Comments »

The 5 worst political campaigns of 2013

The 5 worst political campaigns of 2013 (via NJ.com)

Wednesday we gave you the top five best campaigns of the year, so today we’re bringing you the worst. With dozens of races to choose from we crunched the numbers and chose five (and two runners up) that were notably bad.  Some are on for their execution…

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Posted: December 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NJNewsCommons, Opinion | Tags: | 3 Comments »

Opinion: Can the Democrats Cash in on George Washington ‘Bridgegate’?

Opinion: Can the Democrats Cash in on George Washington ‘Bridgegate’? (via NJSpotlight)

By any measure, the last four years of Democratic control of the Legislature yielded the party little political benefit. But the Democrats may be able to recover some lost ground, courtesy of what started as a hellacious tie-up on the George Washington…

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Posted: December 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NJNewsCommons, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »