Power & Politics

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Show information for Dec. 9 & 10

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, host Eric Landskroner speaks with the only New Jersey Congressman supporting the GOP tax overhaul, Tom MacArthur.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak is in the home stretch of his 40-year career in the state Legislature. He talks about the bills he is trying to pass before he retires from the Senate.

And Time Magazine's person of the year is the "Silence Breakers" -- mainly women, and some men, who are standing up to sexual harassment and assault. Nikol Alexander-Floyd, a lawyer and associate political science professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, joins us to discuss the impact on politics.

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

Show information for Dec. 2 & 3

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, it's just about a month and a half until the transition of power in Trenton. But the governor's office isn't the only place where we will see new leadership. A new speaker will also be taking over in the Assembly. Speaker-Designate Craig Coughlin from Middlesex County joins host Eric Landskroner to talk about his new position.

And talking with us about the challenges that lie ahead for the Governor-elect is Ben Dworkin of the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics at Rider University.
One of Phil Murphy's priorities for 2018 is legalizing marijuana, but not everyone is on board. Republican Senator Joe Pennacchio talks about the concerns he has for the state of New Jersey if this were to happen.

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

Show information for Nov. 25 & 26

This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, Congress is taking a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday --- and a few days away from the wrangling over the GOP tax code overhaul. The House has already approved a bill that could have a serious impact on New Jersey residents. But the Senate plan could be even more painful for taxpayers. John Reitmeyer, budget and finance reporter from NJ Spotlight, discusses the possible ramifications for New Jersey taxpayers with host Eric Landskroner.

Plus, News 12 New Jersey's Karen Lee talks to former Gov. Tom Kean to ask him for his advice and perspective on the latest transition of leadership.

And, the number of charter school students has increased during Gov. Christie's tenure. Traditional public schools that lose students to those charter schools also lose funding for their districts. Nicole Cole, president of New Jersey Charter School Association, and James McGlaughlin, superintendent of North Plainfield Schools, talk about the issue.

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

Show information for Nov. 4 & 5

This weekend on our special election edition of New Jersey Power & Politics, Patrick Murray, of Monmouth University Polling Institute, and Max Pizarro, of InsiderNJ.com, join host Eric Landskroner to talk about the upcoming gubernatorial election and what could happen with legislative leadership after the election.

Plus, Analilia Mejia, state director of New Jersey Working Families, and Roger Bodman, Republican strategist from Public Strategies Impact, take a look at the candidates and how each of them might impact New Jersey if elected.

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

Show information for Oct. 21 & 22

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, a review of the Gubernatorial candidates debate. Plus Krista Jenkins of FDU PublicMind Poll with the latest numbers on the candidates and how Governor Christie and President Trump may - or may not - affect voters.

 Alan Steinberg former EPA Region 2 administrator under George W. Bush and columnist with Insider NJ joins host Eric Landskroner to talk about his objections to the Trump Administration's repeal of the Clean Power Plan.

And Independent Candidate for Governor Gina Genovese talks about why cutting property taxes are her priority.
           
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Show information for Oct. 14 & 15

Both gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno, got heated in their first debate of the governor's race this week. Brigid Harrison, political science professor of Montclair State University, discusses the debate with political reporter Katie Kyros.

And critical issues brewing in Washington, D.C. this week are reverberating here in New Jersey. The state's 5th District representative, Congressman Josh Gottheimer, shares his perspective on the changes to the Affordable Care Act and federal tax reform.

Plus, a lot of controversy breaking out this week in regard to Kim Guadagno's new campaign ad. It slams Phil Murphy for his support of making New Jersey a "sanctuary state," suggesting that he would "have the backs" of "criminal illegals." Critics call it "fear mongering." Matt Rooney, founder of the conservative news and commentary site Save Jersey, and Sara Cullinane, representing Make the Road Action in New Jersey, discuss.

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

Show information for Oct. 7 & 8

This week on NJ Power & Politics, with about a month to go before New Jerseyans go to the polls to elect their next Governor. John Currie, Chairman of the NJ Democratic State Committee and his counterpart on the Republican side, the new state GOP Committee Chairman, Michael Lavery, will make the case for why voters should choose their party's candidates on Election Day.

The violent tragedy in Las Vegas affected people all over the country. One New Jerseyan, NJSPBA President Pat Colligan, was there.  He'll tell us what that was like, plus he'll respond to the latest push to extend the salary arbitration cap. 

We'll also talk to the Gubernatorial candidate for the Green Party, Seth Kaper-Dale.

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

Show information for Sept. 30 & Oct. 1

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Republican Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon has introduced legislation to extend the arbitration awards cap. He explain why he believes the cap is necessary to keep property taxes down.

Democratic Assemblyman John McKeon reviews the latest on the Gateway project and NJ Transit.

Plus, Political reporter Katie Kyros reviews the latest from Sen. Menendez's trial.

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

Show information for Sept. 9 & 10

This week on NJ Power & Politics, Senator Bob Menendez's federal corruption trial is expected to take 6-8 weeks. Power & Politics host Eric Landskroner talks to a reporter who covered the trial this week, Alyana Alfaro, politics reporter for Observer News Jersey.

The White House announced the end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this week. Congressional legislators are already proposing a replacement. Republican Congressman Leonard Lance explains the bipartisan bill and why he supports it. 

 Ashley Koning, Director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University, talks about how the news of the week is impacting the Gubernatorial Election.

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Show information for July 15 & 16

This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, a couple of weeks removed from the government shutdown -- but it doesn't appear the public has forgotten if a new Monmouth University poll is any indication. Patrick Murray, director of the Polling Institute at Monmouth University discusses the results, plus what New Jerseyans have to say about that infamous beach picture. And while most state leadership came to an agreement on the Budget, not all of them did. Assembly Minority Leader, Republican Jon Bramnick gives host Eric Landskroner his perspective on the budget battle.
            
Plus Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Peter Rohrman explains what he would do differently as Governor - including privatizing schools and allowing people to choose the programs their tax money goes into.

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

Show information for June 17 & 18

This week on New Jersey Power & Politics, Assembly Budget Committee Chair and Democrat Gary Schaer and Committee member and Republican Anthony Bucco are in the home stretch with fellow lawmakers to finalize next year's spending bill, something that will affect all New Jersey residents. It needs to be signed by Gov. Christie by July 1. We'll get a progress report. The assemblymen also weigh in on the school funding agreement reached by Speaker Vincent Prieto and Senate President Steve Sweeney.

Ashley Koning, of Rutgers Eagleton Institute for Public Interest Polling, talks about the governor making history this week -- with the lowest approval numbers of any New Jersey governor. She also talks about her Eagleton poll that asks New Jersey residents what they think about funding women's health care.

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

Show information for June 10 & 11

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, the ballot is set for November to find out who will succeed Gov. Christie. Brigid Harrison, professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, talks with host Eric Landskroner about the primary results and the campaign to come between Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno.

Plus, Democratic strategist Mark Matzen, of FiftyOne Percent, and Republican consultant Jeanette Hoffman, of Marathon Public Affairs, give their take on each of the gubernatorial candidates.

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

Show information for June 3 & 4

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics - Tuesday is the day New Jerseyans go to the polls to choose their Gubernatorial nominees for both major parties. There's been an increase in political activism since the Presidential election - will that carry over to New Jersey's election? Patrick Murray from Monmouth polling institute gives us a preview.

And as we head into the Primary Election for Governor, and into a new era for New Jersey in many ways, we'd like to get some perspective from someone whose has actually had to make the tough decisions -- not just talk about making them. Former Governor Jim Florio joins Eric Landskroner this weekend to offer some advice to the winner.

Earlier this week, New Jersey legislators held a joint hearing on the impact NY Penn Station repairs will have on commuters. One thing seems to be certain - commuting by train will get worse before it gets better. Assembly Judiciary Chair John McKeon joins us to help explain how it got this way, and what's ahead.

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Show information for May 27 & 28

The primary election is just around the corner. Matt Hale of Seton Hall University talks about the latest poll numbers.

And Katie Jennings of Politico NJ discuss the latest developments in health care policy.

We’ll also have a review of some of the political news of the week, with host Eric Landskroner.

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Show information for May 20 & 21

Lieutenant Governor and Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kim Guadagno speaks with host Eric Landskroner about the upcoming election - and why she wants to drop the "lieutenant" from her title.

And Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, member of the House Oversight and Government reform Committee, talks about her role in one of the investigations into possible Russian influence in the Presidential election.     

Plus Statehouse reporter Katie Kyros explains the latest developments in Governor Christie's Statehouse renovation plan and why it's been put on hold - as lawmakers battle in court.

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

Show information for May 13 & 14

New Jersey residents unhappy with the health care bill that passed through the House last week were out in force at a town hall meeting Wednesday in District 3 Wednesday. Congressman Tom MacArthur got an earful from constituents, as the author of a key amendment that helped the bill pass. Another New Jersey representative who has been closely involved in health care policy for many years, Congressman Frank Pallone, joins Eric Landskroner to talk about the bill, plus President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The gubernatorial candidates were mixing it up this week in their first televised debates. Ben Dworkin, of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University, talks about how they did.

And speaking of candidates, we talk to GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli about his campaign and how he differentiates himself from frontrunner Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

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

Show information for April 29 & 30

This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, Record columnist Charlie Stile talks about the primary races for governor, and Gov. Christie's critiques of the candidates.

Plus, host Eric Landskroner speaks to one of the candidates, Republican Steve Rogers, about his campaign. 

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

Show information for April 22 & 23

This weekend on New Jersey Power & Politics, Democratic Congressman Donald Payne Jr. joined Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker this week to emphasize the importance of reinstating federal funding for the Gateway Transportation Project. He speaks to host Eric Landskroner about his concerns and the GOP's second proposal for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

And Eric Tysarczyk, director of policy and planning for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security, joins us to talk about how New Jersey responds when a terrorist attack happens overseas. He'll also explain the security grants for nonprofits and religious organizations program.

Plus, continuing our conversations with gubernatorial hopefuls, Democratic candidate for governor and Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna joins Eric to talk about his ideas for improving the pension system and reducing property taxes.

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

Show information for April 15 & 16

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Senate President Steve Sweeney makes his case for phasing out school districts' "hold-harmless" aid and using the funding formula the way it was intended.

Host Eric Landskroner also speaks with Ryan Hutchins, Politico's NJ bureau chief, about Gov. Christie's proposal to reform the pension system -- again. 

And most New Jersey residents believe President Donald Trump has not released his tax returns due to financial ties to Russia, according to the latest FDU PublicMind poll. How much is this belief, and other partisan issues, influenced by political leanings? PublicMind Director Krista Jenkins takes a look.

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

Show information for April 8 & 9

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, the nonpartisan office of legislative services gave the legislature a revenue forecast, and it looks like storm clouds are brewing. John Reitmeyer, Budget and finance writer for the online news website NJ Spotlitght, helps us better understand what this might mean for the state budget - due at the end of June.

A commuting nightmare this week, and a lot of finger-pointing about whose to blame. With us to get to the bottom of the myriad of safety issues surrounding New Jersey Transit is Janna Chernetz, director of New Jersey Policy for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

The Trump administration has already started rolling back Obama-era environmental protections. that along with a 30 percent cut in funding has people worried about what the impact might be on New Jersey and the nation. Alan Steinberg he served under President George Bush as EPA administrator for Region 2. He talks to Eric Landskroner about his concerns.

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

Show information for April 1 & 2

This week on NJ Power & Politics, between the Bridgegate sentencings and the governor's trip to Washington, it was a busy week in the world of New Jersey politics. Matt Arco, of NJ Advance Media, joins host Eric Landskroner to discuss.

This week, we talk to the first Republican to enter the gubernatorial race, Ocean County businessman Joseph Rudy Rullo.

And, we recently talked to JCP&L about its proposed Monmouth County reliability project -- a 230 kilovolt above-ground transmission line along the New Jersey Transit path between Aberdeen and Red bank. Some Monmouth county residents are not happy about it and have been protesting the plan for months. Judy Musa, of Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE), talks about why her group is against it.

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

Show information for March 25 & 26

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Republican Congressman Leonard Lance explains why he opposed the American Health Care Act. 

Host Eric Landskroner also speaks with Ben Dworkin of the Rebovich Institute for NJ Politics and Max Pizarro of InsiderNJ.com about the upcoming Gubernatorial Primary.

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

Show information for March 18 & 19

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, we’ll update you on the political news of the week - plus comedian and radio talk show host Joe Piscopo talks about why he is considering a run for NJ Governor.

Host Eric Landskroner will talk to Jim Fakult, President of JCP&L about their controversial transmission line project in Monmouth County. Opponents of the project will join us in an upcoming show.

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

Show information for March 11 & 12

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Democratic State Senator Ray Lesniak makes his case for why he should be elected NJ's next governor.

NJ Spotlight's health reporter Lilo Stainton lays out some basic differences between the Affordable Healthcare plan and the GOP plan.

Host Eric Landskroner also has highlights from political news of the week.

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

Show information for March 4 & 5

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, a review of Governor Christie's Budget Address - different reactions  depending on who you ask. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramick and Assembly Budget Chair Gary Schaer join host Eric Landskroner to give us their points of view. 

Patrick Murray of Monmouth University Polling Institute offers his analysis of the Governor's speech and what it could mean for his legacy.

Infrastructure, a top priority here in New Jersey, where there's a lot of talk right now about the Gateway program. It's a project which, among other things, will allow the doubling of passenger trains running under the Hudson River. Joining us to talk about the program and what to expect is John Porcari, Interim Executive Director of the Gateway development corp.

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

Show information for Feb. 25 & 26

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone compares the Tea Party protests from 8 years ago to the outcry at some current Town Hall meetings. He also talks with host Eric Landskroner about the Affordable Care Act and the future of the EPA under Scott Pruitt, who was confirmed as the agency’s new administrator this week.

And Republican Congressman Leonard Lance is the only Republican Congressman in New Jersey to hold a recent Town Hall meeting. He says he thinks it's important for members of Congress to be accessible to their constituents, who had questions about healthcare and immigration.

John Reitmeyer, Budget and Public Finance reporter for NJ Spotlight, tells us what we might expect from Governor Christie's Budget Address this coming Tuesday.

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

Show information for Feb. 18 & 19

This week on NJ Power & Politics, Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur talks with host Eric Landskroner from the 80th Annual Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington, D.C. about the issues some voters in New Jersey are concerned about, including the elimination of the Affordable Care Act.

And Democratic Sen. Joe Vitale sponsored the comprehensive substance abuse legislation he the governor signed into law this week. He'll explain how it works and why it's important in the battle against opioid addiction.

Plus, Ashley Koning, from The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, talks with host Eric Landskroner about Gov. Christie's message to the 2017 gubernatorial candidates and his lunch with Donald Trump this week.

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

Show information for Jan. 28 & 29

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto talks about tackling school funding problems, opioid abuse and his concerns about the elimination of the Affordable Care Act in New Jersey.

And Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Johnson talks about revitalizing the economy and the changes he hopes to bring to the state.

News 12 NJ's Walt Kane fills in for Eric Landskroner this Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on News 12 New Jersey.

Show information for Jan. 7 & 8

This weekend on NJ Power & Politics, Nolan McCarty, Princeton University Professor of Politics, talks with host Eric Landskroner about the 115th Congress and the confirmation hearings set to begin next week.

And Democratic State Senator Sandra Cunningham talks about attempts to pass an equal pay bill, the first week bail reform has been in place, and a package of bills designed to cut higher education costs.

Plus Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Pastor Seth Kaper-Dale.

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

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