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This Week in Politics: Presidential Visit, Polls and Pedro Espada

On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch New Yorkers.

President Obama Visits Albany

President Barack Obama’s visit to a microchip manufacturing plant makes sense for him in an election year. But Cuomo has decided that standing by the president — in more ways than one — is a smart move.

NJ Governor Chris Christie is Mr. Popular

Governor Chris Christie is significantly more popular among New Jersey voters this spring than he was a year ago, according to a new poll. Last year, with anger rising over school budget cuts, only 40 percent of voters viewed the governor favorably.

Dueling NJ Tax Cut Proposals Don’t Save the Same

“I think what gets lost are the details in what kind of a tax cut we're talking about and who benefits from that tax cut.” -- Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio

Corruption Trial Just the Latest Turmoil for Former State Senator Pedro Espada, Jr.

Former state Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada is currently facing charges that he looted around a half million dollars from the nonprofit Soundview Healthcare Network. The jury completed its 10th day of deliberations. This is far from the first time the politician has had brushes with the law.