Power & Politics
Show Information for Dec. 7 & Dec. 8, 2013
During the election, there was a lot of talk that some New Jersey Democrats were quick to buddy up with our state's popular governer. But now that November has come and gone, they seem eager to go back to making life tough for him. Brigid Harrison, political science professor at Montclair State University, talks about that and also, how the Governor will manage his image on a national stage. Governor Christie says education will be one of his top priorities in his next term. Luke Margolis talks with Spotlight's John Mooney about what that might mean for NJ schools. And Medical Marijuana expert Jay Lassiter responds to Governor Christie's rejection of possible expansion of pot legislation. Watch the show at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm on News 12 NJ, both Saturday & Sunday.
Show Information for Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2013
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver had a busy 2013 - two major policy victories, with same sex marriage and a minimum wage increase crossing the finish line. A bid to replace Frank Lautenberg in the US Senate came up short, but she rolled to reelection in the Assembly, where she'll soon be replaced as Speaker by Vince Prieto. She joins Luke Margolis to talk about what's on the horizon. And Governor Christie said his top priority as the new head of the Republican Governor's Association would be to keep his fellow conservatives in office. So how much time does that leave for him back here in NJ? Ben Dworkin from the Rebovitch Institute for NJ Politics at Rider University always keeps us in the know.
And thousands of New Jerseyans spend this holiday counting on the generosity of others. Despite a slowly improving economy, hunger continues to be a problem in the Garden State. Adele H. LaTourette, director of the New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition, is our guest. Watch NJ Power & Politics Saturday and Sunday, 10am, 12:30pm & 4:30pm.
Show Information for November 16 & 17, 2013
Education was a hot topic at the state house this week, but while the governor and lawmakers get on the same page, there's a third group with a seat at the table - the state's largest teacher's union. Ginger Gold Schnitzer, Director of Government Relations for the NJEA, joins us on NJ Power & Politics. Assembly budget chairman Vince Prieto is now Speaker Elect, and will bring his own style of leadership to the negotiating table. He talks with Luke Margolis about what's ahead. And what's behind all the attempts to change Republican leadership in the Senate? Shedding some light on the subject this weekend is a man with his finger on the pulse of the state house, Charles Stile, columnist for the Record. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10am, 12:30pm & 4:30pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Show Information for November 9 & 10, 2013
Patrick Murray from Monmouth University Polling Institute joins us to put the finishing touches on election night. Plus a look ahead to the biggest plot lines of the Governor's second term. And host Luke Margolis also has a one-on-one with election night's second biggest winner, Senate President Steve Sweeney. They talk about what's on the horizon for the legislature and working with Governor Christie. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10am, 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show Information for October 26 & 27, 2013
Almost a year after Sandy, many homes are still a long way from being rebuilt. MaryAnn Spoto, a reporter with the Star-Ledger, has been covering post-Sandy recovery since day one. She joins Luke Margolis on Power & Politics this weekend. Also, we sit down with Hoboken mayoral candidate Tim Occhipinti to get his take on housing, parking and why he thinks Eli Manning's not much of a political endorser. And, one of the season's hottest campaign issues is now off the table. Marriage equality is here. We find out what it means for families, and for state leadership, with Mike Premo of New Jersey United for Marriage. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show Information for October 19 & 20, 2013
Three term congressman Leonard Lance from New Jersey's 7th district voted this week to reopen the doors in DC and get everyone back to work.
And the whirlwind special election to fill the seat of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg finally concluded and New Jersey has a new representative headed to Washington D.C. Luke Margolis talks one-on-one with Senator-Elect Cory Booker on NJ Power & Politics this weekend.
That election plus the last gubernatorial debate, leaves Luke Margolis a lot to talk about with Darryl Isherwood, senior political reporter for Nj.com.
Watch both interviews at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Show Information for October 12 & 13, 2013
This week on NJ Power & Politics, we take a look inside the numbers in the race for Senate, with Patrick Murray of the Monmouth Polling Institute.
We'll also have the first in a series of interviews on the race for Mayor in Hoboken.
Candidate and Assemblyman Ruben Ramos tells us why he wants the job.
Watch NJ Power & Politics this Saturday and Sunday at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm.
Show information for October 5 & 6, 2013:
This week we got a clear sign that the nature of the state Supreme Court could be changing as the legislature announced plans to hold a confirmation hearing for Governor Christie's picks for the high court. Power & Politics host Luke Margolis talks to Statehouse reporter Sal Rizzo -- he keeps tabs on the state Supreme Court for the Star Ledger.
We have big news in the same-sex marriage debate. Troy Stevenson from Garden State Equality tells us why marriage equality advocates celebrated one court ruling, while readying for another.
And is Newark mayor Cory Booker finally going negative against Steve Lonegan? Luke Margolis asks him about his current campaign strategy for US Senate.
Watch NJ Power & Politics this weekend at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday on News 12 NJ.
Show information for September 28 & 29, 2013:
We are just weeks away from a US Senate election, and the Governor's race will be settled shortly after that. So how do the candidates stack up? We'll recap a wild week in the polls with David Redlawsk from the Rutgers-Eagleton Polling Institute.
Plus, next week New Jersey residents can begin shopping for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. One of the lawmakers helping to make sure the system works smoothly joins us to help you get ready. Senator Nia Gill is our guest.
And the Governor signed an Executive Order this week, which gives the state the power to acquire easements -- and build the barriers. Joining us to talk about the controversies over dune construction this week is Nicholas Huba, Asbury Park Press reporter. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for August 24 & 25, 2013:
Labor Day weekend is as good a time as any to discuss the status of the minimum wage battle here in New Jersey. Charles Hall from Working Families United for New Jersey joins us. Also, we introduce the third of four interviews with candidates who hope to be the next mayor of Newark. This week, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos speaks his mind. Lastly, Statehouse Reporter Bob Jordan joins us to talk about the latest in both the gubernatorial and U.S. senatorial races. 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 August 24 & 25, 2013:
This week, the governor was forced to face some issues that, for him, can be somewhat complicated - climate change, conversion therapy and gun control to name a few. Jenna Portnoy of the Star-Ledger offers her insights. Plus Ben Dworkin of the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics at Rider University joins Luke to talk about new developments in the races for NJ governor and U.S. Senate. We will also feature the second of four interviews with the candidates for Newark mayoral. Councilman Ras Baraka joins us this weekend to tell us why he wants to be the next mayor of the Brick City. 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 August 17 & 18, 2013:
Election night we got the matchup that just about all of us predicted would happen. Both Steve Lonegan and Cory Booker made the polling stand up...and became their party's picks for U.S. Senate. Now its a race to October. We talk about that with David Redlawsk of the Eagleton Center at Rutgers. And we being a new Meet The Candidates series with Newark Mayoral Candidate Shavar Jeffries. All the candidates can be seen on Power & Politics over the next few weeks, at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for August 10 & 11, 2013:
We take a look at the latest polling to see if there's any daylight for the state's underdog candidates. Krista Jenkins, Executive Director of FDU's PublicMind Poll, talks with host Luke Margolis about the upcoming elections. And, he's wrapping up a short stint in the U.S. Senate, but it's been a busy one. Senator Jeff Chiesa joins us. Plus, the Gov. Christie's "Stronger than the Storm" marketing campaign is coming under fire. The Christie family makes an appearance in the ad, paid for out of a $25 million federal fund. But the cost was reportedly twice as much as the proposed campaign by another agency. The reporter who broke the story for the Asbury Park Press, Bob Jordan, joins us this weekend.
Show information for July 20 & 21, 2013:
We are all about the candidates in this year's US Senate race.
We'll sit down with a man who is a New Jersey institution when it comes to representing our interests in Washington. But now Frank Pallone is ready to take a seat in the upper chamber. We'll find out what he'll do if he gets there.
But first, she's the highest ranking woman in state politics -- and she's not afraid to stand her ground. But is it too late for Sheila Oliver to make up ground in this Senate race? Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for July 6 & 7, 2013:
We continue our series of interviews with the candidates for U.S. Senate. Republican Steve Lonegan joins us to talk about his run for office. Plus Darryl Isherwood of PolitickerNJ gives us his take on the latest from the Democratic candidates. And, it's a subject that could be a major driver to the polls this November - raising the state's minimum wage. Eric Richard from New Jersey AFL-CIO and Tom Bracken from the NJ Chamber of Commerce debate the issue. Watch NJ Power & Politics this weekend at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 4:30p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for June 29 & 30, 2013:
NJ Power & Politics launches our "Meet the Candidates" series this weekend. Check out Luke Margolis' interview with Newark Mayor Cory Booker. He defends his record in the Brick City while staking his claim to New Jersey's soon-to-be-open Senate seat. In addition, Executive Director of Garden State Equality Troy Stevenson talks about the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act this week. We also sit down with one of Gov. Christie's department heads, Richard Constable, from the Department of Community Affairs, to find out how the recovery from Hurricane Sandy is going Watch the show at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday & Sunday.
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Show information for June 22 & 23, 2013:
We take a closer look at the budget with Budget Committee member Assemblyman Gordon Johnson and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz. And now that the supreme court has given the green light, we check in on the race for New Jersey's U.S. Senate seat to see who's got the early lead. Matt Arco from PolitickerNJ joins Luke Margolis. Watch NJ Power & Politics at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for June 15 & 16, 2013:
Who's the favorite to replace Senator Lautenberg? We'll dish the dirt with two veteran operatives from both sides of the aisle, Democratic Consultant and PolickerNJ Columnist Jay Lassiter, and Republican Strategist Chris Russell. Also, he's the newly elected chairman of New Jersey's democratic committee, but can he bring together the fractured party quick enough to rally the troops? John Currie, formerly the Passaic County Democratic Party Chair joins us this weekend on NJ Power & Politics, airing at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for June 1 & 2, 2013:
NJ Power & Politics Pollster Patrick Murray from Monmouth University Polling Institute is here to get us ready for next week's primary. Tara Sullivan, columnist for The Record, talks about the fallout from Rutger University's choice for athletic director. Also, Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell, Barbara Buono's pick to lead New Jersey Democrats into November, but not everyone thinks he's the man for the job. O'Donnell joins us this weekend on NJ Power & Politics, airing at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for May 11 & 12, 2013:
We're all about the Governor's race in this weekend's show ...as we sit down with both sides. Gov.Christie's Campaign Chairman will defend the governor's record on property taxes. But first, she's all but locked up the democratic nomination. But can she continue to chip away at some daunting poll numbers? Sen. Barbara Buono joins Luke Margolis to talk about the race for governor. Watch NJ Power & Politics this weekend at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
NJ Sandy Transparency Info
Show information for May 4 & 5, 2013:
This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we break down the latest campaign ads from our candidates for governor to see if anyone has found a weak spot in the armor. Ben Dworkin from the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics at Rider University joins us. And… thousands of home and business owners are ready to get to work rebuilding their lives along the shore. Now they'll have the money to do it. We take a closer look at the state's grant program with Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon.
Show information for April 27 & 28, 2013:
How safe is your commute on NJ Transit? After the attacks in Boston refocus our attention on public safety, we'll let you know what's being done to keep you safe. New Jersey Transit Police Chief Christopher Trucillo joins us. Also, lawmakers in Trenton try to cut the red tape when it comes to Sandy restoration. We'll tell you what's being done to get you on the fast track to recovery. State Senator Bob Smith is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and bill sponsor. 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 April 20 & 21, 2013:
As gun control fails in the U.S. Senate, supporters are rallying around the president for the next round in the fight. Newark Mayor Cory Booker shares his views on the contentious issue. As for immigration reform, Sen. Bob Menendez joins us with details on what it means for the thousands of undocumented immigrants in New Jersey. Watch New Jersey Power & Politics this weekend at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Show information for April 13 & 14, 2013:
Election season means there are millions of dollars floating around the political arena. But how do we know it's all above board? We talk campaign finance with Susan Lederman, a professor from Kean University. She's a former executive director of the Election Law Enforcement Commission. We also hold our own political round table. We'll hit the hot button issues, including the state's newest report on gun violence and whether the Democratic challenger is cutting into Gov. Christie's lead. Jay lassiter, liberal consultant and columnist with PolitickerNJ.com and Brian McGovern, managing editor of the conservative blog SaveJersey.com join us.
Show information for April 6 & 7, 2013:
We'll get into business tax incentives - and the budget - with two members of the Assembly Budget Committee, Al Coutinho and Declan O'Scanlon. Plus, we'll take a closer look at the primary election with 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. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for March 23 & 24, 2013:
A new poll is out about the way we're rebuilding after Sandy. We'll tell you why a majority of people told one pollster that people need to rebuild the right way or not rebuild at all. Krista Jenkins, executive director of Fairleigh Dickinson's PublicMind poll joins us. And the subject of gay conversion therapy became the surprise topic of the week after a hearing at the state house and some forceful statements on the campaign trail. Troy Stevenson from Garden State Equality joins us to talk more about the bill now headed to the full Senate. Watch NJ Power & Politics this weekend at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Show information for March 16 & 17, 2013:
Sen. Menendez is reportedly the target of a federal grand jury, while Gov. Christie's most recent town hall broke from the script. Tempers flared over the school choice debate. We pick up the issue with supporters on both sides, including Carlos Perez, the president and CEO of NJ Charter Schools Association and Junius Williams, the Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute at the Department of Urban Education at Rutgers-Newark. Also, State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa, the man leading the charge on getting guns off New Jersey streets, joins us. He will discuss the Statewide Sandy Fraud Working Group that was launched recently, as well.
Show Information for March 9 & 10, 2013:
Thousands of New Jersey residents will now have better access to health care after Gov. Christie agreed to expand Medicaid. We'll take a look at what it means for all of us with Assistant Professor Christina Ho, health care law expert from Rutgers University Law School. We also sit down with one of the lawmakers spearheading the fight to expand gaming in the Garden State - Democratic Assemblyman Ruben Ramos.
Watch NJ Power & Politics Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Show Information for March 2 & 3, 2013:
The governor unveils his election year budget, with money for schools, health care and the pension fund it looks like there's something for everyone -- unless you're looking for that ever elusive tax cut. With budget hearings scheduled to kick off next week, we bring in two members of the Assembly budget committee to get the debate started early; Democratic Assemblyman and Budget Chair Vincent Prieto and Republican Assemblyman Anthony Bucco join us. And Governor Christie appears to have worn out his welcome with conservatives...could that be a good thing in this election year? Luke talks with Ben Dworkin of the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics at Rider University.
Information on the playground memorial project in honor of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School: The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play
Show Information for Feb. 23 & 24, 2013:
This week on NJ Power & Politics, we'll be talking about the sweeping gun control legislation that passed through the State Assembly this week. Assemblyman Joe Cryan, who sponsored one of the bills, as well as Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll, who is in opposition, will join us. Plus, we'll talk to two partisan analysts to find out what they expect to hear from Gov. Christie in his budget address Tuesday. Republican analyst Jeanette Hoffman and Democratic analyst Michael Murphy talk to News 12 NJ's Walt Kane, filling in for Luke Margolis, in this weekend's show. It airs at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show Information for Feb. 16 & 17, 2013:
This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, state Sen. Barbara Buono joins Luke Margolis to talk about the climb she faces as the only major democratic candidate challenging Gov. Christie. And a story you'll see first here on Power & Politics, a New Jersey fireman is taking up a new cause, remembering the victims of Newtown, Conn. Bill Lavin, president of the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association, talks about his memorial project.
The show airs at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show Information for Feb. 9 & Feb. 10, 2013:
Staying in this weekend? Make sure to catch NJ Power & Politics! Host Luke Margolis referees a debate between State Democratic Party Chair John Wisniewski and Assembly Minority Leader John Bramnick over the cleanup from Hurricane Sandy, which is getting to be as messy as the storm itself. Plus, we take a look at the latest polling and tell you why some people think there may actually be a little soft spot in the governor's political armor. David Redlawsk from the Rutgers-Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling appears on NJ Power & Politics this weekend. The show airs at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Show Information for Feb. 2 & Feb. 3, 2013:
This week on NJ Power & Politics, Bill Holland from New Jersey Working Families Alliance gives us his take on the battle between Gov. Christie and state Democratic leaders over minimum wage hike plans. Plus, host Luke Margolis speaks with Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver and others at the NJ Chamber of Commerce event in Washington DC. We'll have highlights from the governor's keynote address from this week's 'Walk to Washington.'
Show Information for Jan. 12 & 14, 2013:
This week on NJ Power & Politics, we take a closer look at the governor's State of the State address. The Democrat's majority leader in the Senate, Loretta Weinberg, and one of the governor's closest political confidants, Bill Palatucci, join us to talk more about the speech -- and the race for governor.