Politics & Government

Birds gone, work to resume on water tower

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (AP) — Workers in a northern New Jersey town can resume painting the water tower after a pair of nesting ravens have flown away. Fair Lawn officials had to put the $1.5 million on hold when a resident spotted the nest on the ...

Assembly speaker unveils vocational ed bills

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Assembly Democrats have introduced a package of bills designed to improve and expand vocational education in New Jersey. Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Education Committee chairman Patrick Diegnan Jr. say the ...

Christie to offer budget adjustments this week

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says the administration's proposals for closing an $800 million budget shortage should be ready by mid-week. Christie could propose closing the gap through a combination of executive actions and proposals ...

2nd chance for Christie after stumble on Israel

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Christie is getting a second chance to impress Jewish leaders after a recent stumble that upset some of the GOP's most powerful donors. The New Jersey governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate gives the keynote ...

Newly elected Newark mayor inherits challenges

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The newly elected mayor of Newark is taking the helm at a challenging time for New Jersey's largest city. Ras Baraka will immediately have to address a budget deficit and several missed fiscal reporting deadlines that have ...

A look at congressional candidate Gerald McManus

NAME: Gerald McManus AGE: 47 GREW UP: Stratford FAMILY: Married with five children RESIDENCE: Winslow Township POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Has never run for office before. EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in economics from Glassboro State College, now known as ...

A look at congressional candidate Lee Lucas

NAME: Lee Lucas AGE: 56 GREW UP: Woodbury Heights FAMILY: Married RESIDENCE: Gibbstown POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Ran for Assembly in 2009. EDUCATION: High school graduate OCCUPATION: Spent six years in the Navy, now repairs commercial food equipment. ON ...

A look at congressional candidate Claire Gustafson

NAME: Claire Gustafson AGE: 62 GREW UP: Mostly in Washington, D.C., but spent a few years of high school in Colfax, Illinois. FAMILY: Married with five children, 10 grandchildren RESIDENCE: Collingswood POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Served one term on ...

A look at congressional candidate Garry Cobb

NAME: Garry Cobb AGE: 56 GREW UP: Carthage, North Carolina, and Stamford, Connecticut. FAMILY: Married with three adult children RESIDENCE: Cherry Hill POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: This is Cobb's first run for office. EDUCATION: Attended the University of ...

GOP primary for 1st District seat turns ugly

LAWNSIDE, N.J. (AP) — The Republican congressional primary in a heavily Democratic New Jersey district has turned ugly, with two candidates flinging accusations of memory problems and blackmail at each other. Former Collingswood school board ...