Power & Politics

News 12's Luke Margolis hosts elected officials and

News 12's Luke Margolis hosts elected officials and politicians. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

Show Information for April 19 & April 20, 2014

Darryl Isherwood of NJ.com tells host Luke Margolis about his attempts to find out how much Bridgegate investigation will cost.

Next week is the Chamber's Walk to Washington. We'll preview the event with the Chamber's President and CEO, Tom Bracken.

And we've got two veterans of the people's chamber to help us sort through the week's biggest issues.  Democratic Assemblyman Joe Cryan and Republican Minority Leader Jon Bramnick talk about extending the arbitration cap and the proposed gas tax.

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

Show Information for April 12 & April 13, 2014

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we dive into the search for information on Bridgegate and find out what's next for the legislature now that Bridget Kelly and Bill Stepien are off limits. Assemblyman John Wisniewski tells us there's a lot more work ahead in spite of a judge's ruling this week. And one of the committee's most outspoken Republicans will tell us why it’s time to move on. Assemblywoman Amy Handlin talks about reforming the Port Authority.

Plus,  Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries are pulling no punches in their race for mayor in Newark. Mark Bonamo of PolitickerNJ is keeping tabs on the race for us.

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

Show Information for April 5 & April 6, 2014

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, President of the NJ League of Municipalities, Mayor Suzanne Walters of Stone Harbor, tells us about the latest efforts to control your property taxes.

And debate over the annual state budget is just heating up.  Lawmakers from both parties join Luke Margolis on NJ Power & Politics -- Republican Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz and state Senator Linda Greenstein from Mercer County.

The Bridgegate scandal seems to have had an effect on the Governor's popularity. Patrick Murray from Monmouth University talks us through the latest polls.

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

Show Information for March 29 & March 30, 2014

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Senator Nick Scutari says Washington and Colorado have the right idea when it comes to marijuana. News 12 NJ’s Walt Kane, filling in this weekend for host Luke Margolis, talks to him about his latest bill to legalize it here in New Jersey.

And Senator Loretta Weinberg gives us her take on the Bridgegate report released by the Governor's office.

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

Show Information for March 22 & March 23, 2014

This week on NJ Power & Politics, a rundown of the week's political news, including a report from the Governor's Town Hall meeting in Flemington, where he faced some tough questions from constituents.

And its everyone's favorite time of the year - state budget time! Republican Senator Jen Beck joins Luke Margolis to give an insiders perspective on the public hearings kicked off this month.

Plus, Governor Christie's time as U.S. Attorney has served him well politically. His hard-nosed, corruption-busting resume played well with voters in his first election for Governor. But as Bridgegate has cast new light on the way his office on West State Street works, so too has it drawn attention to his track record in his former position. Daily Beast Political Reporter, Olivia Nuzzi talks raises questions about of Governor Christie's convictions during his tenure as U.S. Attorney.

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

Show Information for March 15 & March 16, 2014

This week on NJ Power & Politics, Assemblyman John Wisniewski catches us up on the latest in the 'bridge-gate' hearings, and Bridget Kelly's first appearance in Court. He's also keeping an eye on NJ Transit's role in Superbowl travel complaints.

Senator Bob Menendez was in DC this week talking about problems with distribution of Sandy funds. He talks with host Luke Margolis about that, plus the latest on flood insurance.

And Governor Christie held a town hall meeting in Mount Laurel this week, a town at the heart of a legal wrangling over the idea of providing affordable housing. Sal Rizzo of The Star-Ledger talks about the continuing court battle.

Watch the show at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm both Saturday & Sunday on News 12 NJ.

Show Information for March 8 & March 9, 2014

A new investigation lends credence to Dawn Zimmer's allegations about Hoboken getting less Sandy funding than other municipalities.  Scott Gurian from NJ Spotlight and WNYC explains what the data shows and where the scoring system seems to be flawed.

Love it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.  We've got an expert to make sure you know what you need to know before the March 31st deadline.  Kerry McKean Kelly from NJ Hospitals Association joins us this weekend.

And New Jersey's public schools have a new leader at the Education Department.  We'll speak to Ed Richardson from the NJEA to find out what the state's largest teacher's union thinks of the Governor's choice for Commissioner.

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

Show Information for Feb. 22 & Feb. 23, 2014

After serving eight terms in Congress, Democratic US Representative Rush Holt says he will not seek re-election this year. It didn't take long for candidates to jump in. Our guest to discuss the possibilities is a Power & Politics regular, Patrick Murray from Monmouth University Polling Institute.

More court dates announced, and more uncertainty about the big question as to who knew what when regarding the Bridge-Gate scandal. The Record's Melissa Hayes joins Luke Margolis this week for a Bridge-Gate update.

Plus, some lighthearted fun on a serious subject, Political Commentator Joey Novick imagines who would be cast in the starring roles if ever anyone decided to make a movie about Bridge-Gate. Check out his picks and add your own to our Facebook page.

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

Show Information for Feb. 15 & Feb. 16, 2014

Fresh off some cross-country travel for the RNC, Gov. Chris Christie tries to get his mojo back.  We'll take a look at how the weight of two possible scandals has forced him to tone down the tough talk with Ben Dworkin from the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics at Rider University.

And the news keeps getting worse when it comes to handing out Sandy recovery dollars.  With more money on the way ... what's being done to make sure those most in need get help? The chairman of the Senate Oversight Committee, Sen. Bob Gordon, is our guest this week.

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

Show Information for Feb. 8 & Feb. 9, 2014

This week, an effort to extend unemployment insurance to millions of Americans struggling to find work failed to make it through the Senate. The Democratic chairman of the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee Senator Bob Menendez joins us to talk about the bill and the security concerns at the Olympics in Sochi. Plus, this week the town of Brick pulled the plug on its controversial Red Light Camera program. Monmouth County Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon is a long-time critic of the program, and would like to see the program end everywhere in New Jersey. And, the Governor announced more federal Sandy dollars are coming to the Garden State, but reports came out this week of possible mishandling of the money already given to the state. Bob Jordan, reporter with the Asbury Park Press, gives us an update. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for Jan. 25 & Jan. 26, 2014

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Walt Kane talks to Matt Arco, who covers the Statehouse for Politicker NJ, about the impact of Mayor Dawn Zimmer's allegations on the governor as well as Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Senate President Steve Sweeney discusses legislative priorities for 2014 and whether or not the Bridge-Gate investigation will interfere with Statehouse business. Plus Luke Margolis talks to Congressional Candidate Steve Lonegan about his run to replace Jon Runyan in the 3rd District. Watch New Jersey Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for Jan. 18 & Jan. 19, 2014

Much of what we know about the Bridge-Gate story has been thanks to the tenacious reporting of the Bergen Record. John Reitmeyer is one of the reporters working the phones from press row. He joins Luke Margolis this weekend to talk more about the investigation. The Assembly and Senate created their Bridge-Gate committees, and the Assembly wasted no time convening theirs. Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle is a member of the panel, and Assembly minority leader Jon Bramnick weighed in on which Republicans should be involved. They talk about the investigation process. And more than a year later, even Governor Christie admits our state still isn't fully recovered from Sandy. Billions of federal and state dollars continue to be spent on recovery and helping to make sure we've got what we need, and that its spent wisely, are the members of our Congressional delegation. Congressman Frank Pallone joins us for an update. Watch New Jersey Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Show Information for Jan. 04 & Jan. 05, 2014

If you think 'Bridge-Gate' is over now that Governor Christie has apologized, think again. The man at the heart of the legislature's investigation is standing by. Assemblyman John Wisniewski is with us this weekend. And As we've learned this week, Mayors are often caught up in the political wheels of government here in New Jersey. Bill Dressel from the League of Municipalities has what he believes is the big issue facing Mayors in 2014. Watch New Jersey Power & Politics this Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm.

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