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Democrats see chances for gains in governor races

2-20-14
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats face a tough map in the Senate and House in the 2014 elections but see opportunities to pick up seats in three dozen governors' races this year. As a bonus, they hope to score an early knockout against a potential 2016 ...

Assembly advances Sandy aid oversight bill

2-20-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A state Assembly panel advanced a bill Thursday aimed at fixing perceived problems with the way aid is being distributed to New Jersey's victims of Superstorm Sandy. The Housing and Community Development Committee approved a ...

Lawyer: Port Authority chair’s vote misrecorded

2-20-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A vote by the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey two years ago that has drawn scrutiny over a possible conflict of interest may get a do-over. A Port Authority lawyer has sent a letter to chairman David ...

NJ asks US for flexibility on health grant

2-20-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's banking and insurance commissioner is pressing the federal government for permission to use an expiring $7.6 million health overhaul grant as the state sees fit. In a letter sent Wednesday to U.S. Health and Human ...

NJ bar group backs chief justice, warns gov

2-20-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey State Bar Association says Gov. Chris Christie would undermine the independence of the judiciary if he refuses to reappoint the chief justice of the state Supreme Court. The association announced Thursday it ...

NJ adopts new safeguards for prescription forms

2-20-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Producers of prescription forms used by New Jersey doctors will soon have to add enhanced security features. The state Division of Consumer Affairs adopted new regulations that will be phased in over the next six months. ...

Ex-Christie aide gets post at Port Authority

2-20-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie who was his liaison to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has now landed a high-level job with the agency. The Star-Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/1gKsXbQ ) that Nicole Crifo has ...

AP: Watson-Coleman to run for Congress

2-20-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Veteran legislator Bonnie Watson-Coleman has become the third candidate to announce her intention to seek a reliably Democratic congressional seat held by the retiring Rep. Rush Holt. Watson-Coleman told The Associated Press ...

NJ to get much-needed salt shipment for roads

2-20-14
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A much-awaited shipment of road salt is expected to arrive at Port Newark, with another one due next week. The cargo ship is to arrive from Chile on Thursday. The Star-Ledger (http://bit.ly/1eWF0hf) reports the salt is being ...

NJ weighs smoking ban at beaches and parks

2-20-14
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban smoking at all public beaches and parks in the state. A state Assembly committee advanced the proposal at a hearing Thursday morning. It now goes to the full Assembly, ...