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New Jersey News

Is Booker Really More Popular Outside of Newark Than Within?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WNYC

The last time Newark sent someone to the U.S. Senate, the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery had just been issued — 1863. And that could give Newark Mayor Cory Booker a boost in popularity as he runs for the U.S. Senate, says Clement Price. He is a History professor at Rutgers University and a longtime observer of Newark’s politics.

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WNYC News

NJ Gov. Chris Christie Explains the Special Election Decision in a 'Slow Jam'

Thursday, June 13, 2013

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appeared Wednesday on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to 'Slow Jam' his case for a special election.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet the NJ Senate Candidates: Frank Pallone

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Frank Pallone, representative for New Jersey's 6th Congressional district, discusses his candidacy for New Jersey's open Senate seat

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gov. Christie Announces Senate Election

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Barbara Buono, New Jersey State Senator and Democratic candidate for Governor, reacts to Governor Christie's decision on how to handle a vacant Senate seat, plus how the new elections might influence the vote for governor.  Also, Ross Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University, explains the process to fill Senator Lautenberg's seat, and what it tells us about Governor Christie's political calculus.

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New Jersey News

Lautenberg Recalled at Funeral for Humble Start

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

"He came out fighting, and he never stopped," Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove told mourners.

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New Jersey News

Special Election Throws a Wrench in Booker's Plans for the U.S. Senate

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

WNYC

The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg on Monday began a scramble in New Jersey’s political world to figure out how the seat will be filled.

Governor Chris Christie announced Tuesday the state will hold a special election on October 16, 2013. The decision has thrown a wrench into Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s plans to run for the seat.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christie's Choice; and New Jersey Primary Day

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record of New Jersey, talks about a contentious State Senate race in today's primary, plus what Governor Christie's options are for an empty Senate seat.

→ Update: Christie has announced a special election for October, and will appoint an interim senator soon. More from the WNYC newsroom.

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New Jersey News

Christie Calls Special Election in Oct. for Lautenberg Seat

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants to hold a special election in October to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Frank Lautenberg's death on Monday.

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Transportation Nation

Senator Frank Lautenberg to Take Amtrak One Last Time

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

It's a fitting tribute to a man who fought ferociously for passenger rail: Frank Lautenberg's body will be transported to Washington, D.C. by Amtrak.

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WNYC News

Who Will Replace Senator Frank Lautenberg?

Monday, June 03, 2013

WNYC

Governor Chris Christie will appoint a temporary replacement for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg. But what happens next is still up in the air.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg Dies at 89

Monday, June 03, 2013

NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg died this morning at the age of 89. The Senate's longest-serving member -- and last remaining WWII veteran -- reportedly died of complications from pneumonia. Chris Christie will appoint a replacement for the Democratic representative. Brigid Harrison of Montclair State and Congressman Bill Pascrell discuss Lautenberg's life and political legacy. Post your eulogies to Frank Lautenberg below, and discuss who you think Chris Christie should appoint to replace him.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Politics Roundup: Lautenberg Death, IRS, Medicare Funding, DC's "Gilded Age"

Monday, June 03, 2013

New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon discusses the breaking news that NJ Senator Frank Lautenberg died this morning at the age of 89. Plus, Elizabeth Williamson, Wall Street Journal reporter, discusses the latest news from Washington including the ongoing probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups; new estimates of Medicare's long-term funding; the debate over student loan rates; and her reporting on how Washington, DC's local economy is thriving despite the sequester.

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New Jersey News

NJ Sen. Lautenberg Dead at 89

Monday, June 03, 2013

Senator Frank Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey businessman and liberal who was called out of retirement for a second tour of duty in Congress, has died at age 89 from complications of viral pneumonia.

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New Jersey News

Lautenberg, Senate's Oldest Member, Says He Will Retire

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg announced to supporters in his hometown of Paterson, N.J., on Friday that he will not seek reelection to a sixth term next year, when he turns 90.

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WNYC News

Five-Term Sen. Frank Lautenberg Announces Retirement

Thursday, February 14, 2013

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg says he will not seek re-election in 2014.

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New Jersey News

Newark Mayor Cory Booker to Explore Senate Run

Thursday, December 20, 2012

WNYC

Newark Mayor Corey Booker says he'll explore a run for U.S. Senate in 2014.  The seat is currently held by Frank Lautenberg, 88, who hasn't said he'll resign. 

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Transportation Nation

Senate Hearing Will Detail Hurricane Sandy's Transit Damage

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The heads of transit agencies affected by Sandy will testify on Capitol Hill Thursday, in what will be the most public assembly of the top brass of the NY MTA, NJ Transit, Amtrak and the Port Authority of NY &NJ in one public place for the first time since the storm.

New Jersey senator Robert Menendez called Hurricane Sandy the "largest mass transit disaster in our nation's history" last week. Thursday's Senate hearing should reveal additional details about the damage and destruction.

The transit agencies of both New York and New Jersey are largely functional -- but none are back at 100 percent. New York's MTA suffered $5 billion worth of damage. One-quarter of New Jersey Transit's passenger rail cars were flooded. And the Port Authority still can't say exactly when its Hoboken PATH train terminal will reopen.

Because so many Northeasterners use transit to commute, Senator Menendez said last week Hurricane Sandy affected 40 percent of the nation's mass transit users.

Thursday's hearing is being chaired by New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg. A spokesman for the senator said "the hearing will allow Senator Lautenberg and his colleagues to further review the devastation to the region's infrastructure and move forward rebuilding New Jersey's transportation systems so they're stronger and better prepared to handle the next storm."

One question expected to come up: why New Jersey Transit parked so many rail cars in an area that had been predicted to flood.

Lawmakers from both states are eager to receive federal disaster relief. New Jersey estimates that it suffered $37 billion worth of damage; New York is requesting $42 billion in aid.

We'll be live tweeting the hearing, which starts at 10:30am. Follow along on @TransportNation.

 

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It's A Free Country ®

So, How Rich Are Our Lawmakers?

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

An analysis by the Washington Post shows just how wealthy our legislators in Congress really are. How does the tri-state delegation stack up?

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It's A Free Country ®

Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Cuomo welcomes solar energy, and Christie bids farewell to the New Jersey Nets, as only he can.

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New Jersey News

Lautenberg, Port Authority Exec Spar Over Tolls

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Senate committee hearing on the fairness of toll hikes devolved into a slugfest between Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)  and Bill Baroni, deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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