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Show Information for July 19 & July 20, 2014

It was a big week for jobs in New Jersey -- Camden saw a big relocation and unemployment is down, so are trading tax credits for jobs a good thing? 

We get the pros and cons from Republican Strategist Jeanette Hoffman from Capital Impact Group and Gordon McInnes of New Jersey Policy Perspective. 

And, last year, when New Jersey authorized Internet gaming, some thought it would jump-start Atlantic City's failing casinos. But that hasn't happened. So is it time to shake up New Jersey's gaming industry again? Luke Margolis talks with Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, Chair of the Tourism, Gaming & Arts Committee.

Plus a report on the Bridgegate investigation and testimony this week from the Governor's Chief of Staff, Regina Egea.

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

Show Information for July 12 & July 13, 2014

New Jersey reporters who follow Gov. Christie are collecting a lot of frequent flier miles these days, following Gov. Christie around the country to various states. One of those reporters taking a break from the whirlwind tour joins Luke Margolis for an update on the governor's travels. Melissa Hayes covers the governor and New Jersey politics for The Record.

And Democrats refuse to let Gov. Christie off the hook for his decision to pull the state out of RGGI, a regional effort to fight climate change. State Sen. Peter Barnes discusses his plan to override his veto.

Plus, Jeff Bell says he's ready to run again--this time against Cory Booker. We'll talk to him about his campaign for US Senate.

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

Show Information for June 21 & June 22, 2014

Fresh off their fight to raise the state's minimum wage, Working Families United is ready to bring paid sick leave to New Jersey. Edward Correa joins Luke Margolis.

Plus, he was there as New Jersey's latest Supreme Court nominees made their case -- State Sen. Ray Lesniak talks about his vote supporting Gov. Christie's picks.

And Heather Haddon of the Wall Street Journal talks to host Luke Margolis about Hammerman & Gainer, the company dropped by the state over mismanagement of Sandy funds.

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

Show Information for June 14 & June 15, 2014

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki on impact of Eric Cantor loss, plus Governor Christie's future. 

Krista Jenkins of FDU's PublicMind poll on latest approval ratings on topics ranging from retirement in NJ & sales tax for internet purchases. 

Plus, NJEA's Wendell Steinhauer on lawsuit over pension payment cuts. 

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

Show Information for June 7 & June 8, 2014

Tuesday, New Jersey's primary election featured some pretty intriguing match-ups and some narrow margins--as long as you weren't challenging an incumbent. So while you could be forgiven for enjoying this summer weather, it's never too early to look ahead to November. We’ll do that with Monmouth University Polling Institute’s Patrick Murray.

We'll take a look at what could be a make or break Monday for the legislature's Bridge-Gate committee.  Two members from the General Assembly, Marlene Caride and Holly Schepisi, tell us what they expect to hear from Kevin Odowd and what they learned about how the Port Authority operates after hearing from Commissioner William ‘Pat’ Schuber.

And the EPA drops the hammer on power plants over greenhouse gases. Congressman Frank Pallone tells us what it means for New Jersey. 

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

Show Information for May 31 & June 1, 2014

New Jersey's pension system won't get its full payment this year--again. But we're still waiting for the Governor to unveil his big plan to fix the system--again. We'll sit down with Budget Chair, Assemblyman Gary Schaer and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick to find out what they think needs to be done.

Plus, Common Core. 2 pretty controversial words in some circles, but should they be? We'll talk to Assemblywoman Mila Jasey about her proposed legislation to help make it easier for the education community to adjust to the new standards.

And the Birthright Bill was signed this week, allowing adoptees to have more access to their records. Bill sponsor Senator Joe Vitale joins us to explain.

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

Show Information for May 24 & May 25, 2014

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Luke Margolis sits down with Gov. Christie to get a status report on Sandy. How far has the state traveled down the road to recovery?

Senate President Steve Sweeney says he won't accept the governor's veto of his Sandy Bill of Rights. He talks about his plan to challenge his Republican colleagues to join him in a veto override.

And Chief Justice Stuart Rabner got the thumbs up this week from the governor after working out a deal with Democrats. Republican Senator Kip Bateman serves on the Judiciary committee - he'll give us his take.

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 May 17 & May 18, 2014

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we find out what's being done to make college more affordable for New Jersey families with Assemblyman Joe Cryan.

Plus, potholes are annoying, but there could be even worse issues on the horizon if we don't start improving our infrastructure. How will the state pay for it? New Jersey Advocate for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign Janna Chernitz will talk with host Luke Margolis about the future of the Transportation Trust Fund.

And, Former Trenton mayor Tony Mack is headed to jail after being sentenced Thursday to almost 5 years. We'll take a look back at the case and what's ahead for Trenton with Alex Zdan, former reporter for the Trenton Times.

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

Show Information for May 3 & May 4, 2014

The ratings agencies are piling on. New Jersey's budget needs some last minute rescuing. Find out what can be done to avert disaster when we talk to the Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, Gary Schaer, and Budget Committee Member Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon.

Bridgegate hearings jump back into the spot light next week, and the polling numbers aren't great for the governor. Is this spring really the fall of Governor Christie's presidential ambitions?  Ben Dworkin from the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics at Rider University joins us to discuss.

Plus Bob Jordan from Asbury Park Press talks about the disappearing property tax data from the Department of Community Affairs website. He talks with host Luke Margolis about why these records may no longer be readily available.

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

Show Information for April 26 & April 27, 2014

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Matt Arco tells us about the NJ Chamber of Commerce 'Walk to Washington' -- who was there and who wasn't, highlights from the Governor's speech, and an update on Bridgegate subpoeanas.

David Redlawsk from Rutgers Eagleton Institute tells us what New Jersey voters think about Sandy recovery, the proposed gas tax and legalizing recreational marijuana use.

And, we'll get both sides of the proposal to legalize marijuana with Diane Litterer from New Jersey Prevention Network and Jay Lassiter with the Coalition for Medical Marijuana.

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

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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