Report: Pallone is holding up animal safety measure over grudge with Booker

Pallone njtv senate debateCongressman Frank Pallone is holding up the passage of a legislation that would update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) by objecting to language inserted in the Senate version of the bill by Senator Cory Booker that would restrict the use of animals in testing the health risks of chemicals, according to a report today on Politico.

Pallone’s resistance to the language surprised many on the Hill because he has traditionally been a reliable supporter of animal safety legislation. 39 House Democrats wrote to Pallone on Friday asking him to accept the Senate version of the animal safety which he is currently holding up in a conference committee.  A copy of the letter to Pallone from his colleagues can be downloaded here.

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Posted: May 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Congress, Frank Pallone, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Report: Pallone is holding up animal safety measure over grudge with Booker

Former Asbury Park Mayor Considering Gubernatorial Run

Ed Johnson

Ed Johnson photo via facebook

Former Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson is “seriously thinking about” running for governor in 2017, according to a report on PolitickerNJ.

“I know a little about raising cities from the dead, and I know about staring down Hurricane Sandy,” said Johnson, who runs his own private consulting firm. “There are no greater troubled waters than our state right now. Whether it’s Democratic or Republican it just keeps going.Everything I’ve done, people said ‘you can’t do that,’ and we did it. People now say the state is too far gone, too broken, it can’t be fixed. I think it can be. I’m not saying I’ve made a final decision. It would be a wildcat, barn-burner election, no question, but the people must regain control of this state.”

Johnson stared down Hurricane Sandy by hosting New Jersey Democratic leaders at a pre-election rally on October 28, 2012.    Senator Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, then mayor of Newark, former Governor Dick Codey, Congressman Frank Pallone and state Senator Barbara Buono joined Johnson and Monmouth Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal in a rally for Menendez and President Obama while the rest of New Jersey was preparing for the worst and  praying to be spared by the troubled waters of Sandy.

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Posted: September 12th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Asbury Park, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Former Asbury Park Mayor Considering Gubernatorial Run

Booker meets with Jews over Iran deal

BookerCoryAE_300_200_90Livingston and Newark events focus on ‘U.S. and Israel security’ Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) assured Jewish leaders “I made the decision which I believe most insures the safety United States and those who love Israel as well.” Photos by Robert Wiener Mark Levenson, chair of the NJ State Association of Jewish Federations, said “we are concerned… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: September 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Cory Booker, Iraq | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Booker meets with Jews over Iran deal

N.J. lawmakers: Give homeowners 3 more months for Sandy claims

assetContent (56)WASHINGTON — The New Jersey congressional delegation is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend until Dec. 15 its deadline for receiving requests from Hurricane Sandy homeowners to reconsider their damage claims. The lawmakers, in a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, sought another three months to give all homeowners enough time to contact the… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: August 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Chris Smith, Cory Booker, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County News, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. lawmakers: Give homeowners 3 more months for Sandy claims

Highlands Couple Represents Sandy Victims Cheated By Flood Insurance Adjusters

Kerry and Jamie GowanKerry and Jamie Gowan of Highlands appeared in Hoboken today with U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker as the legislators announced the reopening of thousands of flood insurance claims related to Superstorm Sandy.

Kerry spoke to the gathered press about her family’s ordeal swimming from their home on October 29, 2012, and the nightmare that has multiplied since.  She said her flood insurance claim paid about half of what the family was due.

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Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: FEMA, Highlands, Hurricane Sandy, NJTV, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Highlands Couple Represents Sandy Victims Cheated By Flood Insurance Adjusters

FEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claim

IMG_3871 (640x427)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to reopen and review every flood insurance claim filed by Superstorm Sandy victims. The review will involve approximately 144,000 claims and not limit corrective action to 2,200 that are currently in litigation. The announcement comes following allegations of fraud involving the way some insurance companies… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on FEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claim

What if Menendez resigns?

Senator Bob Menendez, left, and Congressman Frank Pallone, making like chimpmunks at the 2012 Belmar St. Patrick's parade. Photo credit Charles Measley

Senator Bob Menendez, left, and Congressman Frank Pallone, making like chimpmunks at the 2012 Belmar St. Patrick’s parade. Photo credit Charles Measley

First of all, Senator Bob Menendez might not even be indicted.  Leaks out of the Justice Department have been notoriously unreliable since Chris Christie resigned as U.S. Attorney in 2008.

If Menendez is indicted, he probably will not resign. In his press conference this evening, the Senator defiantly insisted on the “appropriateness and lawfulness” of his relationship with Dr. Salomon Melgen, the Florida ophthalmologist who is Menendez’s friend and benefactor. He declared that he is not going anywhere.

If, as CNN speculates, Menendez is charged with corruption this month, it could be Halloween before he goes to trial. Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was indicted in January of 2014.  His trial didn’t start until late July and didn’t end to early September.   Unless Menendez makes a deal to avoid prosecution that includes his resignation, there is not likely to be a Special Election to fill the Senate seat until next year….2016, the year of the next presidential election.

If Chris Christie is still Governor in 2016 and Menendez’s seat becomes vacant, he will get to choose the next Senator and set the date a special election.   There could be a mid-year Special Election or the Special Election could be on the same day as the presidential election.  There’s no way to know now what is likely to happen.

Still, the prospect of a Senatorial vacancy stirs speculation and the phone lines among both Democrats and Republicans have been burning this afternoon since the news of the possible prosecution broke.

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Posted: March 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Over Half of Dr. Oz’s Advice Is Unfounded: Study

Booker and Dr OzHere’s one to tell your mother: Not everything Dr. Oz says should be interpreted as gospel. A new study tried to fact-check the advice dished out on Mehmet Oz’s medical show and didn’t have much luck. “The research supporting any of these recommendations is frequently absent, contradictory or of poor quality,” Christina Korownyk, an associate professor… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Cory Booker, Health Care | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Over Half of Dr. Oz’s Advice Is Unfounded: Study

N.J. lawmakers to FEMA: Stop demanding Sandy victims give back government overpayments

Shore Blvd, Keansburg Oct. 30, 2012

Shore Blvd, Keansburg Oct. 30, 2012

TRENTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency should stop demanding that Hurricane Sandy victims pay back money they mistakenly received from the government, members of the New Jersey congressional delegation said in a letter released today. Both U.S. senators and 10 of the state’s 12 U.S. representatives signed a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate asking… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: December 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Chris Smith, Congress, Cory Booker, FEMA, Frank Pallone, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on N.J. lawmakers to FEMA: Stop demanding Sandy victims give back government overpayments

New Jersey: Booker’s outreach resonates in Senate victory


Charles Booker and BradelyWASHINGTON — New Jersey voters gave Sen. Cory Booker six years to show what he means about finding bipartisan solutions Tuesday, re-electing the Democrat easily over Republican Jeff Bell, a staunch conservative who struggled to raise money and get his ideas before voters. Booker, 45, led in polls throughout the campaign and, with the approval rating… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2014 U.S. Senate race, Cory Booker | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »