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This week on NJ Power & Politics, just over a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris, and a political war of words is being waged on how to handle Syrian refugees coming into the United States. Governor Christie says he won't allow them in New Jersey, but does he have the authority?  Matt Rooney, Founder and Blogger-in-Chief of SaveJersey.com and Jeanne LoCicero with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey join Roxanne Evans to discuss.

And Lawmakers heard the case for legalizing marijuana this week. We'll hear the pros and cons from Diane Litterer, CEO of new Jersey Prevention Network and Jay Lassiter, legal marijuana advocate AND columnist for PolitickerNJ.

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Show information for Nov. 14 & 15

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Congressman Frank Pallone tells News 12 New Jersey’s Kurt Siegelin why he’s concerned about the unregulated Fantasy sports industry, his SANDY Act bill, intended to improve communications during emergencies, and efforts to re-authorize the Zadroga Act.

And Dustin Racioppi of The Record takes a look at bills the Governor vetoed this week, and his status after dominating the undercard debate in the GOP Presidential campaign.

Plus, Dale Russakoff, author of “The Prize; Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools,” talks about what happened to Cory Booker, Governor Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg’s vision to transform Newarks schools with a donation of $100 million.

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Show information for Nov. 7 & 8

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Bryan Jenkins talks to Congressman Leonard Lance. He tells us why he did not vote for the budget deal negotiated in D.C., and why he supports the new Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.

And Patrick Murray of Monmouth University Polling Institute discusses the status of Governor Christie's campaign after he gets bumped from the big stage for Tuesday's debate.

Plus, Lizette Delgado-Polanco, VP of the State Democratic Committee, talks about the Democrats' gains in this week's election.

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This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Roxanne Evans talks to Senate President Steve Sweeney about the successful veto override this week and his economic initiatives.

And we'll get an update on the Governor's standing in the presidential race from Star Ledger reporter Matt Arco.

Watch New Jersey Power & Politics this Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm.

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This week on New Jersey Power & Politics, The Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick talks about the upcoming State Assembly Elections --they're less than 3 weeks away.

And Senator Jen beck explains how her Sandy Homeowner Protection Act will help people dealing with the difficult process of rebuilding.  

Plus, New Jersey voters give the governor NO home-state advantage according to an Eagleton Poll this week.  We'll talk about the state of his campaing with Democratic consultant Mark Matzen and Republican consultant Chris Russell.

Watch New jersey Power & Politics this Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm.

how information for Aug. 29 & 30, 2015:

Gov. Chris Christie was in Iowa this week, New Hampshire this weekend, and one of our guests is usually right there with him, covering his campaign. The Record reporter Melissa Hayes joins Kurt Seigelin this weekend to talk about his strategy out on the campaign trail, with a first-hand perspective on the out-of-state town halls.

And New Jersey politicians on both sides of the political aisle are throwing down the gauntlet in opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Ben Dworkin, of Rider University's Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics, is standing by to discuss the political ramifications.

Plus, Sen. Ray Lesniak is looking to challenge the courts on two rulings this week - the ExxonMobil settlement and sports betting.

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Show information for Aug. 14 & 15, 2015:

This week on NJ Power & Politics, Senator Linda Greenstein talks about how the recovery process will change for the better with the new Sandy Aid law.

Plus Matt Arco of NJ Advance Media reports from the Christie Campaign Trail about impressions of the Governor out on the road compared to back here in New Jersey. 

And more about Governor Christie and how New Jersey voters think his presidential campaign is affecting his job performance here at home. Ashley Koning of Rutger-Eagleton Polling Institute gives us that latest polling numbers.

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Show information for Aug. 1 & 2, 2015:

Sen. Bob Menendez is New Jersey's senior U.S. senator, which means he knows a thing or two about transportation. Host Luke Margolis talks to the senator about the status of the Hudson River tunnels, and also asks him about the pending charges against him.

And, the pension is just one of the fiscal challenges facing New Jersey right now. With us to explain what we need to know about a structural deficit and a real one is John Reitmeyer from NJSpotlight.com.

Plus, this week Gov. Chris Christie shared his thoughts on Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray. The thoughts were less than complimentary. Patrick joins us to talk about the latest poll and why he thinks the governor was so unhappy with the results. 

Watch New Jersey Power & Politics 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 NJ.

Show information for July 25 & 26, 2015:

Few state programs have raised as much concern lately as New Jersey's Return Home program. This week the administration and lawmakers announced a deal on Return Home that seems to have eased some concerns. State Sen. Bob Gordon joins us to talk about how legislators and the Christie administration came to an agreement. 

And, the fight down the shore over easements isn't going away. Eminent domain is now at play, so we want to take a look at what's at stake if the state is unable to get the land it needs. Ed Voigt of the Army Corps of Engineers explains.

Plus, this week Sen. Bob Menendez's attorneys were back in court. They want access to information they say could prove this whole investigation was originally pushed by the Cuban government.

Matt Friedman, reporter for PoliticoNJ, gives us an update on the case. 

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This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, Anchor Kurt Siegelin fills in for host and Statehouse Reporter, Luke Margolis:

The US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Manhattan district Attorney's probe into misuse of Port Authority funds is heating up. Shawn Boburg, Senior Writer for the Record, gives us an update.

And, for 100 years now, the organization helping your town or city run more efficiently is under new management. The new Executive Director of the NJ League of Municipalities, Michael Darcy, talks to Kurt Siegelin about the League's highest priorities.

Plus, Donald Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants and crime have angered the Hispanic community. The Chairman of the Bergen County Hispanic Republican Club and immigration attorney Fernando Alonso talks about the "trump Effect" on Hispanic voters and the Republican party.

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This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Gov. Christie is counting on a big win in New Hampshire to jump-start some momentum. NJ Power & Politics had a chance to talk to one of New Hampshire's top pollsters about the governor's chances, Andrew Smith from University of New Hampshire. We''re going to find out what's on the minds of those New Hampshire voters, and see what its going to take for Gov. Christie to climb the polls in the Granite State.

We'll also dig into the politics of the campaign, including the danger of the governor leaving the shop unattended. We'll be talking with two people who know plenty about political strategies, Mark Matzen from FiftyOne Percent, and Jeanette Hoffman of the Capital Impact Group.

And many from the Statehouse Press Corps followed the governor up to New Hampshire this week. We'll speak to one of those reporters, The Record's Sal Rizzo.

Watch New Jersey Power & Politics this Saturday and Sunday at 10am,12:30 and 4:30pm on News 12 NJ.

Show information for June 27 & 28, 2015:

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, the latest polling numbers for the governor don't look good on the eve of an announcement to run for president. Krista Jenkins from Fairleigh Dickinson's PublicMind Poll will give us a closer look.  

Plus, lawmakers send Gov. Christie a budget they craft ... and like a fiscal executioner, his veto pen swings like an axe and lops off what he doesn't like. But trimming problems areas off the budget doesn't mean the problem is solved. Discussing whether or not this budget cleans up some big messes or makes them worse are Erica Klemens, the state director for Americans for Prosperity, and Dena Mottola Jaborska from New Jersey Citizen Action

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Show information for June 20 & 21, 2015:

This week Jeb Bush and Donald Trump jumped into the 2016 GOP Primary race. How might these new contenders affect the governor's strategy -- if and when he does announcea We talk to Matt Hale from Seton Hall University to take a look at the possibilities.

And according to federal data, the state's cities are growing while the suburbs are shrinking. That, over time, could mean more influence for the state's legislative black caucus. Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter of Paterson is a member of that caucus and discusses the way this shift could effect public policy in Trenton.

Plus, we dive into the fight to change New Jersey's election laws. One of the advocates behind the move tells us why its the system and not a lack of competitive races that have voters tuned out.  Analilia Mejia from the Working Families Alliance joins us this weekend.

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Show information for June 13 & 14, 2015:

This week on NJ Power & Politics, the threat of a full pension payment is now gone, but that doesn't mean the state's financial house is in order. We'll take a closer look with Assembly Budget Committee Chair Gary Schaer and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick.

And folks in Newark want in on the action when it comes to casino development...but do Democrats risk going bust by doubling down on gambling PolitickerNJ Columnist Jay Lassiter says it's not worth it.

Plus, some wonder if the Governor's pardoning of a 24 year old armored car driver and gun owner was political. Turns out there's more to it. Attorney Dan D'Allessandro from McCarter & English breaks down the legal side of the issue.

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Show information for June 6 & 7, 2015:

This weekend on Power and Politics, we address the hot button issue of gambling in North Jersey. Hard Rock International announced its plan to build a casino and entertainment complex at the Meadowlands. Before they can break ground, the voters of New Jersey must agree to change the constitution to allow gambling outside of Atlantic City. We turn to State Senator Loretta Weinberg to break it all down. 

Plus the field for the Republican presidential nomination has expanded, both officially and unofficially.  Lindsay Graham, Rick Perry and even Jeb Bush finally tipped their hands. Our governor wasn't resting on his laurels either. Governor Christie was in South Carolina this week. Patrick Murray from Monmouth University discusses his chances there.

And a legislative oversight committee dug into the issue of how much New Jersey pays those financial wizards to manage our pension money. $600 million dollars sure is a lot of cash, but are we getting our money's worthn John Reitmeyer with NJ Spotlight covers the budget and other fiscal issues.

 

Show information for May 30 & 31, 2015:

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, the Governor signaled a major change in his philosophy towards allowing gambling outside Atlantic City this week. Joining Power & Politics to help chart a course to a bigger pay day for gamblers, casinos and the state is Bill Pascrell III from Princeton Public Affairs group.  

And Governor Christie says its time New Jersey walked away from the Common Core education standards.  But is this based on solid policy, or presidential politicso Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, says he thinks the Governor's trying to fix the wrong problem.

Plus, the state has cut its funding, Congress isn't exactly handing out money these days, and NJ Transit has a multi-million dollar budget gap. One of our guests represents thousands of those people in Jersey City, Mayor Steve Fulop.

Watch NJ Power & Politics this Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12:30 and 4:30pm on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for May 23 & 24, 2015:

Memorial Day weekend is a great time to be with family and to reflect on the sacrifice of our nation's military families. Joanne Trust of New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument Foundation tells us what the organization is doing to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice.

Plus, the most contentious policy debate of the week...no not the Patriot Act...but whether or not New Jerseyans should be allowed to pump gas! We find out what side of the aisle a long time Republican lawmaker is on. Senator Gerry Cardinale joins us to talk about his bill.

And Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press tells us why it's a problem that Gov. Christie omitted information from his Financial Disclosure Statement, particularly regarding gifts from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

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Show Information for May 9 & 10, 2015:

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, as the justices on the state Supreme Court make their minds up over whether or not the governor will need to make the full pension payment for the current fiscal year, we'll talk with a representative from one of the plaintiffs in the pension lawsuit. Hetty Rosenstein from the NJ branch of Communications Workers of America talks with us about the case.

Sal Rizzo covers the courts for the Record Newspaper's Trenton bureau. He gives us the partisan breakdown of Supreme Court judges to give us an idea of how they might rule on the pension-payment issue next week.

Plus, Patrick Murray of the Monmouth University Polling Institute is with us to take a look at what this week's Bridge-Gate developments mean for Gov. Christie as he stumps in New Hampshire.

Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for April 25 & 26 2015

They're back to do battle again...civilized of course...Assemblymen Gary Schaer and Declan O'Scanlon are here to tell us where the money tree as Governor Christie is fond of saying. They talk about problems funding the pension payment. 

And just one week after turning more than a few heads in New Hampshire, Governor Christie comes home to New Jersey this week and is greeted with a bummer of a poll from Quinnipiac. Is this one step forward two steps back for Governor Christiea Ben Dworkin from the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics at Rider University discusses with host Luke Margolis.       

Plus Earth Day was this week, so we'll take a look at some of the most significant environmental challenges facing New Jersey with one of the state's leading environmental journalists, Todd Bates from Asbury Park Press.       

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Show Information for April 18 & 19, 2015:

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, he was the last New Jersey governor to serve two full terms in office. We'll sit down with former Governor Tom Kean to talk about his record, the current state of politics in NJ and Governor Chris Christie.

Grabbing what's known as the third rail of politics could be the turbo charge the governor's psuedo-candidacy needs, or it could fry his chances to a crisp. Matt Hale from Seton Hall is here to take a look.

Plus, following the governor's string of town hall meetings in New Jersey and New Hampshire, Mike Symons of the Asbury Park Press talks with host Luke Margolis about how successful the governor was in introducing himself as a potential candidate.

Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for April 4 & 5, 2015:

This week New Jersey's primary election field took shape. We'll talk with Krista Jenkins from FDU PublicMind about what's at stake and the chance that turnout could be even lower than usual.

And, we got our first look at how much money New Jersey has to spend on its budget. Now let the fighting begin!  Republican Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and Democratic Assemblyman Troy Singleton join us for a preview.

Also, Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted on corruption charges this week. We talk with "Jersey Journal" reporter Terrence McDonald about his support in Hudson County, plus how the Hudson County political machine works in the upcoming Assembly election.

Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for March 21 & 22, 2015:

The fight over the state's settlement with Exxon is far from over. Find out why Assemblyman John McKeon says walking away from $225 million could be the right move.

Mayor Ras Baraka gave his state of the city address this week. Joining us for a closer look at the Brick City is Mark Bonamo of PolitickerNJ.com.

Plus, it's tournament time in college basketball, so we figured why not take the same approach to state politicst We lay out the favorites and the Cinderellas for the 2017 Gubernatorial race.

Watch New Jersey Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for March 14 & 15, 2015:

Its been a bit of an up and down week for our fair governor as he continues to prepare for a presidential run. He's rallying the troops with a new Super PAC, but issues at home continue to be a PR thorn in his side.

Ben Dworkin from Rider University's Rebovich Institute talks with host Luke Margolis about the latest on Gov. Christie. And, not every pension fund in New Jersey is in bad shape. We sit down with the head of the New Jersey Firefighters Union to see what they make of the governor's calls for change. Ed Donnelly, president of the Firefighter's Mutual Benevolent Association joins us.

Plus, the state's education commissioner says PARCC is going just fine thank you very much. Are lawmakers convincedu  Find out what Patrick Diegnan, chair of the Assembly Education Committee thinks.

Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for March 7 & March 8, 2015:

Governor Christie held his second town hall since the budget address. Our guest Brian Donohue of NJ.com's Ledger Live talks his behind the scenes look at the well-run media machine behind these events. http://bit.ly/1AOx8JD

Development is magic word in Jersey City, as New Jersey's second largest city is enjoying a job boom.  Last month the city announced unemployment has fallen by more than 4 points from the worst part of the recession. Joining us to catch us up on what's happening in Jersey City is Mayor Steven Fulop.

Plus, Four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for recreational use.  The push is on to make New Jersey the fifth. Some in the legislature think its a great idea, others, including Governor Christie say no chance.  Is New Jersey ready to really go green  Bill Caruso is the Managing Director of Archer Public Affiars, and a part of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform.

Watch New Jersey Power & Politics Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for Feb. 28 & March 1, 2015:

Governor Christie presented a budget address, held a town hall then went to CPAC outside DC. To recap a crazy week, host Luke Margolis talks to Dustin Racioppi, Statehouse reporter for the Record Newspaper.

And while last year's budget came to pass in a hail of tax increase vetoes and a hacking of the state's pension payment, here we are 8 months later - and the pension and benefits battle begins again. Joining us this weekend are the ranking Democrat and Republican on the Assembly Budget Committee, Chairman Gary Schaer and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon.

Plus, Wendell Steinhauer, President of the NJEA, talks about the "accord" reached between his union and the administration.  

Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 New Jersey.

Show Information for Feb. 21 & 22, 2015:

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we next hear from the governor this Tuesday for his annual budget address. One big question -- how much of an influence will his likely presidential run have on the budget plan he presentsl  Joining us to give a preview of what we can expect is John Reitmeyer, reporter with the Record newspaper's Trenton bureau.

And, some New Jersey parents may be opting out of PARCC, but we talk to someone who's a proponent of the testing, Brian Zychowski, President of the Association of School Administrators and Superintendent of North Brunswick Public Schools.

Plus, the governor's approval numbers continue to drop. David Redlawsk of the Rutgers Eagleton Polling Institute talks about why, and what New Jerseyans are thinking about the state's leader.

Watch New Jersey Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for Feb. 14 & 15, 2015:

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics,  Senator Cory Booker talks about prison reform, transportation infrastructure, and his cameo this week on Parks and Recreation.  And a debate about Congressman Chris Smith and his comment over homosexual rights. Politicker NJ Columnist Jay Lassiter and More Monmouth Musings blogger Art Gallagher take opposing viewpoints. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10am, 12:30 & 4:30pm both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for Feb. 7 & 8, 2015:

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we are going to take a closer look at what's been a brutal week for Gov. Christie.  What does all this mean for the man who needs to be wowing Republican donors and primary voterse  Patrick Murray of Monmouth University Polling Institute is here to hash it out.

And, one of the biggest policy issues bedeviling the governor here in New Jersey is the continued growth of property taxes. This week the Asbury Park Press crunched the numbers and showed some areas are bearing the brunt of this more than others.  APP reporter Michael Symons discusses with host Luke Margolis.

Plus, she's tasked with making sure New Jerseyans have health care. Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, regional director for the federal Health and Human Services Department, will join us next.

Watch New Jersey Power & Politics on News 12 New Jersey at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for Jan. 24 & 25, 2015:

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, students across New Jersey are getting ready to take new standardized tests designed to make sure we're preparing kids for the next stage of their educational careers.  Known as PARCC, the new tests are taken online and like much in public education these days, haven't been able to escape criticism. The Chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, Patrick Diegnan, joins host Luke Margolis to discuss.

NJDOE Study Commission on the Use of Student Assessments in NJ

Jill Colvin, Political Reporter for the Associated Press, talks about some of the latest headlines concerning our state's chief executive.

And for another in our series on county executives, Brian Hughes, Mercer County executive, tells us what's going on in the "The Capital County."

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Show Information for Jan. 10 & 11, 2015

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, it seems like everyone has a problem with the Port Authority these days. Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop got a handful of those folks together at a news conference this week. He joins us a little later to talk about his objections to the governor's new reform plan.

And the ranking member of the Senate foreign relations committee joins us, Sen. Bob Menendez talking Cuba, France and working with the new Republican majority.

Plus, Newark School's Superintendent Cami Anderson got a pretty intense grilling by legislators in Trenton this week. For a closer look at the hearing, and the hostility behind it, host Luke Margolis talks to John Mooney, the founder and education reporter for NJSpotlight.com.

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