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Constitutional amendments for bail, environmental funding on the ballot Nov. 4

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Written by James Fitzpatrick Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:42 am

The detention of criminal suspects and state funding for environmental programs will be at issue Nov. 4 when New Jersey voters decide two statewide ballot questions.

Public Question No. 1 is a constitutional amendment that would allow courts the latitude to order pretrial detention of a person in a criminal case without a chance to post bail.

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Beyond LoBiondo and Hughes: Wide range of views on the ballot in congressional race

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, October 13, 2014 01:47 pm

Gary Stein, Alexander H. Spano, Bayode Olabisi Gary Stein, Alexander H. Spano, Bayode Olabisi

Indications are this could be one of the closest Congressional elections New Jersey’s 2nd District has seen in years, with Democratic candidate Bill Hughes Jr. challenging Republican incumbent Frank LoBiondo for a seat he has held by a strong margin since winning it in 1994.

Every two years, LoBiondo has faced a Democratic challenger, but few were well known outside their towns, and some saw little support from the national party. And every two years, he took the seat with about 60 percent of the vote.

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New poll puts LoBiondo ahead of Hughes in closer-than-usual 2nd District race

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, October 07, 2014 10:14 am

Bill Hughes, left, is touting a recent poll that puts him within 6 percentage points of incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, right. Bill Hughes, left, is touting a recent poll that puts him within 6 percentage points of incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, right. GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A recent poll commissioned by the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey shows U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo leading challenger Bill Hughes Jr. a month before the midterm elections, in a closer race than the Republican incumbent has seen in years.

LoBiondo leads Democratic challenger Hughes 44 percent to 38 percent in the 2nd Congressional District, with 18 percent undecided or not expressing a choice, according to the poll. But a quarter of respondents were not familiar with the Democratic challenger.

“The poll captures a snapshot in time of an important race for South Jersey,” said Sharon Schulman, Chief Executive Officer of External Affairs and Institutional Research, in a statement. “With a month to Election Day on Nov. 4, there are a large number of undecided voters.”

Read more: New poll puts LoBiondo ahead of Hughes in closer-than-usual 2nd District race

 

Booker leads Bell 49 percent to 36 percent Stockton poll

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, September 10, 2014 10:47 pm

Booker leads Bell 49 percent to 36 percent Stockton poll Booker leads Bell 49 percent to 36 percent Stockton poll GALLOWAY – Incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker leads Republican challenger Jeff Bell by 13 percentage points in the U.S. Senate race, according to a poll of likely New Jersey voters released Wednesday, Sept. 10 by the Stockton Polling Institute.

Booker, 45, a Democrat, is ahead 49 percent to 36 percent when voters who lean toward one candidate or the other are included. Twelve percent are undecided, while 3 percent express other choices or decline to answer.

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Hughes seeks to unseat well-funded LoBiondo

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Written by Bill Barlow Tuesday, September 09, 2014 02:37 pm

Challenger calls for jobs, while incumbent points to constituent work  

Bill Hughes Jr., left, says jobs should be priority for the district, while U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo says voters already know him well.  Bill Hughes Jr., left, says jobs should be priority for the district, while U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo says voters already know him well. For the first time since his election representing New Jersey’s sprawling 2nd Congressional District two decades ago, U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo faces a candidate known from Pennsville to Ocean City, from Hammonton to Cape May.

That’s because Democratic candidate Bill Hughes Jr.’s father, Bill Hughes Sr., also represented the district for 20 years.

Both men easily fought off primary challenges for the nomination this spring, and both say they are ready for a push to the November vote.

The campaigns continued through the summer, but with the summer winding down after Labor Day, the race is expected to heat up in the shore areas, with fewer out-of-state visitors in the area, and more time for many residents to pay attention to politics.

Read more: Hughes seeks to unseat well-funded LoBiondo

 

Cape GOP opposes North Jersey casinos

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 09, 2014 01:19 pm

Cape May County Republicans say the party will fight plans to approve casino gambling outside of Atlantic City.

Cape May County Regular Republican Organization Chairman Michael J. Donohue announced Tuesday that CapeGOP would join the efforts of the Atlantic County Republicans in opposing the approval of casinos in North Jersey.

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Freeholder candidates call for federal help with Airport Circle fix

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 05, 2014 11:18 am

This week, Barbara Rheault, Steve Stokes and Kewy Santana, Democratic candidates for the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, sent the following letter to Sens: Menendez and Booker and U.S. Rep. LoBiondo urging them for help fix the Airport Circle in Egg Harbor Township:

Dear Federal Representatives:

In November 2011, the traffic circle in Egg Harbor Township supporting Atlantic City International Airport and the FAA Technical Center, commonly referred to as the Airport Circle, was reconfigured by Atlantic County government in an attempt to make the circle safer and to decrease traffic. Unfortunately, the reconfiguration has done the exact opposite.

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Hughes responds to report of possible Trump closure with attack on LoBiondo

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:06 am

With recent reports that Trump Plaza may be the next Atlantic City casino to call it quits, a local politician is attempting to lay the disappointing news at the feet of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo.

In a statement issued July 11, Bill Hughes, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, responded to reports that Trump Plaza may soon be handing out WARN notices to its 900 employees. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires employers with 100 or more employees to provide 60 days' notice of closings and mass layoffs.

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Hughes calls for eight public debates with LoBiondo

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:00 am

ATLANTIC CITY –  Former federal prosecutor Bill Hughes, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd District, on July 9 called upon Frank LoBiondo to join him in a series of eight debates on the issues that matter to the residents of South Jersey.

This announcement follows a formal letter sent to LoBiondo requesting public debates earlier in the week, Hughes said.

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Sweeney, Kyrillos to introduce legislation capping sick leave payouts

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 11, 2014 01:57 pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Joseph Kyrillos issued the following statement today (Friday, July 11) regarding legislation they will both be sponsoring which will cap unused sick leave payouts for all public employees at $15,000. Similar legislation passed the Legislature in 2010 but was vetoed.  The Senators plan on introducing the legislation today:

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Primary features Senate, House, freeholder races

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, May 31, 2014 03:36 pm

Tuesday’s primary election features a number of regional races.

In the U.S. Senate race, the seat is currently held by Cory Booker. While he faces no opposition from other Democrats, four Republicans are sparring for a chance to unseat him. Atlantic County Republicans have endorsed Brian D. Goldberg of Livingston over Jeff Bell of Palisades Park, Richard Pezzulo of Freehold and Murray Sabrin of Fort Lee.

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LoBiondo announces campaign bus tour

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:44 pm

Campaign bus sill stop for events on Saturday

OCEAN CITY, N.J. – Two days before filing deadline, the LoBiondo for Congress campaign will hold campaign events in ALL EIGHT COUNTIES of the 2nd Congressional District this Saturday, March 29th. The "Proven Leadership for South Jersey" bus tour will stop at the Ocean City Community Center, 18th and Haven Ave in Ocean City at 7:45 a.m. and at the Elks Lodge 2563, 1815 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road in Egg Harbor Township at 5:15 p.m.

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Primary likely for Dems to challenge LoBiondo

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, March 12, 2014 11:34 am

 Primary likely for Dems to challenge LoBiondo

It looks like there will be a race for the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo this year.

Dave Cole, 28, of Mantua Township, has announced that he has enough signatures for a place on the June primary ballot seeking the Democratic nomination to represent New Jersey’s 2nd District in Congress.

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Bill Hughes earns spot in DCCC’s Red to Blue Program

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Written by Staff Report Monday, March 03, 2014 01:32 pm

Bill Hughes, of Northfield, candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s second congressional district, announced Monday that he has earned a spot in the first round of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) Red to Blue Program as an emerging race. His is one of only 28 nationwide to earn this distinction.

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Hughes camp files complaint over GOP website

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Written by Bill Barlow Monday, February 10, 2014 06:27 pm

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder filed a complaint Monday, Feb. 10 with the Federal Election Committee over a National Republican Congressional Committee website mocking Bill Hughes Jr., who is challenging U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo.

The Republican site, www.billhughesjrforcongress.com, was up the day Hughes announced his campaign. In it, Hughes, a defense attorney, is accused of “a career of making big money trying to keep New Jersey’s most powerful and corrupt criminals out of prison.”

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Christie focuses on education reform, lowering taxes in State of the State

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, January 14, 2014 05:50 pm

TRENTON — Despite the national attention on the governor for controversial lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last September, Gov. Chris Christie focused on improving education, lowering property taxes and driving down crime Tuesday in his annual State of the State address.

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HUD auditing $25M Hurricane Sandy ad campaign that featured Gov. Christie

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, January 13, 2014 02:19 pm

A federal agency is auditing how New Jersey spent $25 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds that were used in a marketing campaign to promote the Jersey Shore, a spokesman with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development told the Gazette Monday. 

“We have received a request from Congress and are performing an audit,” HUD spokesman Ian O’Connor said. He declined to comment further.

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Hughes begins fundraising efforts in bid for Congress

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Written by Claire Lowe Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:43 am

Bill Hughes Jr. Bill Hughes Jr.

NORTHFIELD — Bill Hughes Jr. has begun seeking donations for his 2014 congressional campaign to represent New Jersey’s 2nd District in the House of Representatives.

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Hughes to challenge LoBiondo in 2014 Updated

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 25, 2013 12:24 pm

Bill Hughes Jr. Bill Hughes Jr.

ATLANTIC CITY – Bill Hughes Jr. wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.

On Thursday, Hughes kicked off his campaign for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

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UPDATE: Booker projected winner in special Senate election

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, October 16, 2013 09:04 pm

Democrat Cory Booker has been projected the winner in tonight's special election to choose the U.S. Senator from New Jersey, the Associated Press is reporting. 

As of 9:53 p.m., the AP was reporting that Booker had 56 percent of the vote, Steve Lonegan 43 percent with 4,610 out of 6,330 precincts reporting. 

Read more: UPDATE: Booker projected winner in special Senate election

   

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