2012 Power & Politics Information

All of the information for Power & Politics in 2012.

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Show information for Dec. 15 & 16, 2012

We sit down with one of the state's first medical marijuana patients to get his take on the program, after spending years fighting to get it running. Jay Lassiter, board member of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana of NJ, joins us.

There was also movement this week on some big ticket items at the state house. From the state Supreme Court, to next year's gubernatorial race, we'll break it down with a guy who's got his finger on the pulse of the state's politics - Patrick Murray from the Monmouth University Polling Institute. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 
Show information for Dec. 8 & 9, 2012

To some in state government, sharing services is the hot idea for saving money on a local level.  In fact, the state Senate wants to penalize municipalities that refuse to. Bill Dressel from the League of Municipalities talks about proposed legislation.

Also, most of New Jersey has its power back after Hurricane Sandy. Now it's time to find out what went wrong, and how to keep it from happening again. But that could cost money.  To make sure you, the consumer, gets a fair shake, the state's Rate Counsel has your back in all negotiations with New Jersey's utility companies. Rate Counsel Division Director Stefanie Brand joins us this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Show Information for November 10 & 11, 2012

How do you think Governor Christie is doing in leading the state's recovery from Hurricane Sandy? This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we welcome a former governor, Jim Florio, to give us his take. And, the election battle this week isn't over yet. Alexander Shalom from the NJ ACLU talks about voting problems and what they are trying to do about it. Plus, online analysts Brian McGovern of SaveJersey.com and Jay Lassiter from Blue.Jersey.com join us for an election recap.

Show Information for October 20 & 21, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we have both Democrat and Republican party leaders joining us to talk local and national elections. NJ Democratic Party Chairman Asm. John Wisniewski and Republican Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick debate the races.
Plus Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle brings a heinous human rights issue to the attention of the state legislature.

Show Information for October 13 & 14, 2012

We step away from the candidates this November and look a little further down the ballot. Voters, you've got some questions to answer and we'll have two guests join us to help you make sense of them.
Republican Assemblywoman Amy Handlin is the primary sponsor of the proposed constitutional amendment to make judges pay more towards their pensions.
Frank Robinson is the First Vice President of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.
They support the ballot question that would finance university construction projects.
Lastly, Patrick Murray from the Monmouth University Polling Institute has the latest on a 47 percent number that Romney will be happy to talk about.

Show Information for October 6 & 7, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we welcome Krista Jenkins from FDU's PublicMind Poll to give us a look at the latest trends and what's on the mind of you the voter. And, who got the better of this week's first round of debates? The incumbents or their challengers? We bring in strategists from both parties to make the case. Michael Murphy is a Democratic consultant and a former candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor.Also with us is Chris Russell, Republican consultant and spokesman for Congressman Jon Runyan.

Show Information for September 22 & 23, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Walt Kane talks to Ben Dworkin from the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics about numbers -- employment numbers, revenue numbers, and what the contradictory numbers mean for Governor Christie. And Assembly Budget Committee Member, Democrat Albert Coutinho, talks about the budget hearing this week.

Show Information for September 15 & 16, 2012

Fiscal Year 2012 appears to be ending with a whimper, at least according to the Office of Legislative Services. It set the governor off this week, but will the numbers lead to any real action? We bring in two members of the Assembly budget committee to find out. Budget Committee Chairman and Democrat Vince Prieto and Republican Budget Committee Member Anthony Bucco will discuss this topic.
And he's been on the trail of Mayor Tony Mack since he took office. Meet a citizen activist who refused to take "no" for an answer. Community Editor of the Trenton Downtowner Jim Carlucci joins us.

Show Information for September 8 & 9, 2012

From Mayor Booker to President Obama -- We take a closer look at this week's DNC to pick out the winners and losers with Patrick Murray from the Monmouth University Polling Institute. Plus New Jersey's top environmental official catches us up on the state's efforts to keep the Garden State green. Luke Margolis talks to NJ DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.

Show Information for September 1 & 2, 2012

Governor Christie inspired his supporters and roused his critics both inside and outside the Garden State with his speech at the GOP convention this week. Republican analyst Roger Bodman and Democratic analyst Deb Howlett discuss the pros and cons from different perspectives. And offering a non-partisan perspective and some new polling numbers is David Redlawsk from the Rutgers Eagleton Polling Institute.

Show Information for August 11 & 12, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, see Nicola Bocour, Ceasefire NJ & Frank Fiamingo, NJ Second Amendment Society take opposing viewpoints on changes to federal gun laws. Vince Giordano, Exec. Dir, NJEA, gives us his perspective the on Teacher Tenure Bill signed this week by Governor Christie. And Democratic Asm. John McKeon takes issue with the Governor's rejection of 'Reggie,' or the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Show Information for August 4 & 5, 2012

After this week's constitutional question vote...Senate President Steve Sweeney sat down with Luke Margolis for an exclusive one-on-one interview. They talk about an independent judiciary, Governor Christie, and those "endless summer tax town halls" we hear so much about. And Patrick Murray - he's got the pulse of the voters and gives his take on the latest from Trenton.

Show Information for July 28 & 29, 2012

Ron Chen from Rutgers Law Center talks about the fight over judicial pay and what it means for our system of checks and balances here in New Jersey. Also, Republican Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon discusses the pros and cons of red-light cameras, the status of medical marijuana in NJ and more. Watch NJ Power & Politics this Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Show Information for July 14 & 15, 2012

The legislature is on its summer break, but the tax cut whirlwind still swirls. We'll get you the latest with two members of the Assembly's Budget Committee. That's Democratic Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, Chair of the Budget Committee, and Republican Assemblyman Gary Chiusano, who sits on the budget committee. Also, is Governor Christie still in the running for vice president? Is all the attention good or bad for the Garden State?

Guests include Jay Lassiter, liberal blogger with Blue Jersey.com, and Brian McGovern, managing editor of the conservative blog Save Jersey. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for July 7 & 8, 2012

This week's special session wasn't very special was it? Maybe they just wanted to soak up that nice statehouse air conditioning! Governor Christie and lawmakers revel in a made for TV moment...but in this game someone always comes out on top. And its been a conversation starter nationwide...did Governor Christie go to far with the media this week? Featured guests: -- Ben Dworkin, Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics, Rider University -- Brian Donohue, Ledger Live Watch NJ Power & Politics at 7am, 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm

Christie Gimmicks and 'responsible' Democrats" Trenton is Upside Down

Show Information for June 23 & 24, 2012

Governor Christie has a week to either veto, line item veto or sign off on the budget. What should he do? We'll bring in two members of the state senate to give their thoughts -- Democratic State Senator Linda Greenstein and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. And we tally up the political score card with Seton Hall professor Matt Hale. Watch at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm.

Show Information for June 16 & 17, 2012

This week on NJ Power & Politics, David Redlawsk of the Eagleton Polling Institute at Rutgers University will review his latest poll on Governor Christie's approval numbers. Also, he'll give us his take on the budget battle in Trenton. Staci Berger, Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ, will discuss the State Supreme Court's decision to reject the Governor's move to eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing. Watch New Jersey Power & Politics at 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm and 4:30pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for June 9 & 10, 2012

This week on NJ Power & Politics, News 12 NJ's Walt Kane talks with Piscataway Mayor Brian Wahler about the message he sent Governor Christie at his town hall meeting Wednesday. Plus Patrick Murray from Monmouth University Polling Institute talks about the primary election earlier this week. Watch the show at 7am, 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm both Saturday & Sunday.

Show Information for June 2 & 3, 2012

This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, we break down the week's biggest headlines with Rider University's Ben Dworkin, Director of the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics.
We also finish up our look at the race for the 9th congressional district by sitting down with the Republican candidates in the race, Hector Castillo and Blase Billack, and hear from Rabbi Shmuley Boteach.Watch the show at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. both Saturday & Sunday.

Show Information for May 26 & 27, 2012

This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, Republican Assemblyman Michael Carroll & Democrat Assemblyman Gordon Johnson agree on marijuana decriminalization and disagree on the revenue shortfall.
David Redlawsk of the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics talks about the budget news out of Trenton this week.
Plus, Bill Wichert of Politifact NJ on the veracity of recent political claims. Watch the show at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. both Saturday & Sunday.

Show Information for May 19 & 20, 2012

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver talks about why the governor likes some Democrats and not others. Republican Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick says why he thinks the revenue shortfall is not as bad as some say, and Seton Hall Associate Professor of Political Science, Matt Hale, talks with host Luke Margolis about Gov. Christie's national reputation.
Watch NJ Power & Politics this weekend at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for May 12 & 13, 2012

This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, Budget Committee members and Assemblymen Anthony Bucco and Albert Coutinho discuss the latest dispute over revenue projections.

We'll also talk about the President's support of same sex marriage with Jay Lassiter from BlueJersey.com and Len Deo from New jersey Family Policy Council. Plus, Patrick Murray from Monmouth Polling institute joins us to take a look at what YOU are saying about living in the garden state. Watch the new half-hour version of NJ Power & Politics both Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Show Information for May 5 & 6, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Governor Tom Kean talks about everything from Terrorism to Taxes.

And Director of the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics, Ben Dworkin, helps us make sense of the week that was in Trenton.

Watch the new half-hour version of NJ Power & Politics this weekend at 7am, 10am, 12:30pm and 3pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for April 28 & 29, 2012

Pastor David Ireland, a veteran in the fight against homelessness joins us to talk about the Governor's plans to help those on the street.

And we talk education reform with two long-time advocates, David Sciarra from the Education Law Center and Frank Belluscio from NJ School Boards Association.

But first - the Governor says he's got his foot on the throat of Democrats in the Assembly...any chance they can break his grip? We'll talk with a ranking Democrat, Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, and Republican Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick to get the answer.

Show Information for April 21 & April 22, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we talk with the president of the state's League of Municipalities, Mount Arlington Mayor Arthur Ondish. He'll respond to the governor's harsh words for local leaders.

Bill Wichert from Politifact NJ joins us to help us sort out fact from fiction, and Rep. Steve Rothman joins to finish up our look at the super competitive democratic primary in New Jersey's 9th district.

Plus Patrick Murray from Monmouth Polling Institute will be on the show with a look at the governor's latest approval ratings.

And both Democratic strategist Jay Lassiter and Republican lobbyist Ryan Peene will review the news of the week from Trenton.
Watch NJ Power & Politics at 7am, 10am and 3pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for April 14 & April 15, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we talk with Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell about his campaign against former ally Rep. Steve Rothman, who will join us next weekend.

And the governor's plan to reshuffle the deck when it comes to the state's higher education system has drawn a serious fault line in New Jersey politics. Luke interviews Democratic Sen. Barbara Buono and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean about the issue.

Also on the show, Robert Sinclair of the New York and New Jersey Chapters of AAA will discuss the Port Authority toll hikes.

And Brigid Harrison of Montclair State University gives us her take on the latest goings-on with the Romney campaign.
Watch the show at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for April 7 & April 8, 2012

This weekend at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on NJ Power & Politics, we'll talk about internet gambling and debate the topic with Bill Pascrell III from Princeton Public Affairs Group and Tom Luchento, President of Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey.

Plus, we check out some pretty telling poll numbers when it comes to the administration's plans to merge Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University. That's with David Redlawsk from Eagleton Polling Institute at Rutgers University.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski, chair of the Transportation Committee, talks about subpoenaing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Harry Pozycki, Chairman and Founder of The Citizens Campaign, talks about how municipalities can save money by shopping around for better insurance plans.

Plus, Dr. Bart Rossi, our political psychologist, talks about the disparaging headline aimed at Governor Christie in the New York Post this week.

Show Information for March 31 & April 1, 2012

This weekend at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on NJ Power & Politics, we'll bring in 2 members of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee to give us their take on the week that was -- Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D) and Sen. Jen Beck (R).

Plus, Bob Gordon from the Bayshore Tea Party and Jeff Brown from NJ Citizen Action debate the Affordable Care Act. We'll also talk to a healthcare law expert who worked for President Clinton and on Hillary Rodham Clinton's health policy legislative staff, Assistant Professor Christina Ho from Rutgers University Law Center. Another Rutgers Professor, Dr. Michael Curtis joins us as an expert on the Middle East to talk about Governor Christie's trip to Israel.

And Peter Woolley from FDU's PublicMind poll tells us what New Jerseyans think about name-calling in politics.

Show Information for March 24 & 25, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, John Weingart from the Eagleton Institute for Politics at Rutgers University discusses the rejection of Governor Christie's state Supreme Court nominee Phil Kwon by Democrats on the Judiciary Committee.

Star-Ledger investigative reporter Ted Sherman talks about the national corruption report by the Center for Public Integrity in which New Jersey scored higher than any other state. Bill Wichert of Politifact looks at recent political claims, and Jose Saso of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of New jersey talks about the GOP candidates for President.

Watch at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for March 17 & 18, 2012

Find out just what democrats in the legislature plan to do with their new power over the Port Authority. Senator Bob Gordon joins us with more on that.

Plus, why even more of you think New Jersey is headed in the right direction. Peter Woolley explains his latest FDU PublicMind poll.

Kevin Smith with the Fair Share Housing Council gives us his take on the ruling this week that declared Governor Christie's plans for the Coalition on Affordable Housing unconstitutional.

And Alan Steinberg offers his Republican perspective on Rick Santorum's two-state sweep this week.

Plus, a remembrance of the late NJ Rep. Donald Payne.

Show Information for March 10 & 11, 2012

This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, our guests from the Legislature are from opposite sides of the aisle, but will play important roles in sorting out which of the tax cut plans is still standing when the July deadline rolls around. Republican Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick and a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, Democratic Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, join us.

On another budget issue -- school funding -- David Sciarra, Executive Direction of the Education Law Center, tells us what he thinks about the Task Force that the governor is launching to examine how school aid is distributed in New Jersey.

Ben Dworkin, from the Rebovich Institute for NJ politics at Rider University also talks about the budget battles.

As for post-Super Tuesday, Robert Gordon & Barbara Gonzalez from the Bayshore Tea Party tell us what they think about the GOP presidential candidates. And Patrick Murray from Monmouth University Polling Institute will also comment on the race.

Show Information for Feb. 25, 2012 & Feb. 26, 2012

Republican Senator Tom Kean and Democratic Assemblyman John McKeon discuss their differing perspectives on Governor Christie's Budget plan. And partisan analysts Jay Lassiter (D) and Chris Russell (R) give us their take on the issues.

David Redlawsk from the Rutgers-Eagleton Polling Institute on what New Jerseyans say about the Governor's policies.

Lizette Delgado-Polanco from NJ Service Employees International Union on the proposed Wage Hike.

Next week we'll get another perspective from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association on the wage issue. Watch the show at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for Feb. 18 & 19, 2012

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver will be on NJ Power & Politics this weekend to talk about what Democrats who control the Legislature will be expecting from the Republican governor's budget, which will be delivered in the Assembly chambers. Then the speaker's opposition in the Assembly, Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, will also be join us.

And "danger down below." What's being done to keep utilities safe with Democratic Assemblyman Upendra Chivikula. Also, the Republican presidential field has tightened recently. So are we looking at a split party? Steve Lonegan, of Americans for Prosperity, attended the National Conservative Political Action Conference and gives us his take on whether conservatives are united or divided in the walk-up to the 2012 presidential election.

Show Information for Feb. 4 & 5, 2012

Not everyone likes where the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is headed. New Jersey Transit wants to extend it to Tenafly, but Tenafly Mayor Peter Rustin has his doubts. Hasbrouck Heights Mayor Rose Heck says the light rail extension's time has come. They'll debate the issue.

Politifact NJ writer Erin O'Neill helps us keep the spin from getting out of control when it comes to 501(c)(4)'s.

Also Steve Baker, spokesman for the NJEA talks about the No Child Left Behind Act and the latest in their battle with the governor.

The Hydraulic Fracturing process, also known as fracking, has been a boon to the natural gas industry. But some say there's a cost to the environment that's not worth paying. Democratic State Senator Robert Gordon sponsors legislation to ban the practice.

A recent Monmouth University poll covered a lot of ground this week. Patrick Murray, Executive directions of the polling institute gives us the details.

And with the loss of Rutgers Coach Greg Schiano to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, questions have arisen whether Rutgers' expensive football program should be continued. The man who Rutgers brought in from the New Jersey Exposition Authority to build the program, Former Athletic Direction Bob Mulcahy, talks about the future of Rutgers football.

Show Information for Feb. 4 & 5, 2012

A familiar face in New Jersey politics wants to take his talents to Washington DC. We talk with long time state Sen. Joe Kyrillos about his run for US Senate.

Also, Jersey City mayor Jerry Healy joins us with an update on life under the 2 percent property tax cap.

Plus, Steve Lonegan objects to the governor's recent nominees to the state Supreme Court. He's concerned about "judicial activism."

And Deb Howlett from NJ Policy Perspective talks tax cuts. Watch NJ Power & Politics Saturday & Sunday at 7 a.m., 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. this weekend.

Show Information for Jan. 21 & 22, 2012

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Jim McQueeny interviews DEP Commissioner Bob Martin about a bill the Governor signed this week -- some say it jeopardizes the Clean Water Act. Also, Republican Assembly Leader Jon Bramnick talks about his new role and the Governor's State of the State address. Democratic Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan gives us his take on the Governor's education reforms.

Plus, Ben Dworkin from the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics analyzes the speech. And Democrat BlueJersey blogger Jay Lassiter responds to Len Deo of the NJ Family Policy Council, our guest last week, and talks about the proposed Gay Marriage legislation.

Show Information for Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, 2012

This weekend's NJ Power & Politics remembers the late Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce.

Also, Patrick Murray talks about whether or not Romney's win in New Hampshire will translate to a win when it really counts---in November against President Obama.

We'll also have a preview of Oprah Winfrey's upcoming interview with Governor Christie.

Peter Woolley from Fairleigh Dickinson's PublicMind Poll gives some interesting statistics on what voters think about re-electing Senator Bob Menendez.

Len Deo of NJ Family Policy Council talks about his opposition to Democrats pushing Gay Marriage legislation. (Next week's show will feature BlueJersey.com blogger Jay Lassiter who supports the bill.)

And finally, Nick Acocella of Politifax gives his take on what's to come in 2012.

Show Information for Jan. 7 and Jan. 8, 2012

Watch this weekend's NJ Power & Politics as Jamie Fox, former consultant to President Obama, and Republican columnist Alan Steinberg look at the GOP race and the results of the Iowa caucuses.

Tom Wilson, former chairman of the Republican State Committee, talks about the Lame Duck Session and what's in store for the governor and Legislature in 2012.

We take a look at the brewing fight over the state's 9th Congressional District with BlueJersey Blogger Jay Lassiter and Republican Consultant Chris Russell.

Patrick Murray from Monmouth University Polling Institute weighs in on some political New Year's resolutions.

Also, Brigid Harrison from Montclair State University talks about the governor's agenda in 2012.

Show Information for Dec. 31, 2011 & Jan. 1, 2012

This weekend at 10 am and 3 pm both Saturday and Sunday, watch the Year-In-Review edition of NJ Power & Politics. Former Gov. Jim Florio gives us his take on state politics in 2011. And Assemblyman Anthony Bucco talks about the future -- or lack thereof -- of a Millionaires' Tax in 2012.

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