The Cory Booker imbroglio has ignited a silly but potentially pernicious debate in the Democratic Party between so-called “pro-growth centrists” who want the President to focus on how well he’s done getting the economy back on its feet after the Bush administration almost knocked it out, and “pro-fairness populists” who want him to focus on the nation’s widening inequality and Wall Street’s (and Romney’s) continuing role in generating profits for a few at the expense of almost everyone else.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Citizens United ruling in 2010, many Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups have proposed constitutional amendments to overturn the controversial decision — or attempt to curb its impact. But not everyone who disagrees with the decision thinks that’s the right approach to reducing corporate influence in politics.
TRENTON – Following news reports that 13 individuals with connections to organized crime were arrested and charged in an alleged scheme to use an overseas sports betting website to run an illegal online gambling operation, state Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak called on the Gov. Chris Christie to support legalizing internet wagering and removing the federal ban on sports wagering to direct funds from these activities to legitimate businesses within New Jersey.
TRENTON – The Assembly is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a Democrat-backed bill that would increase New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour and require that rate to be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price index.
NEWARK – A Newark man admitted his role in a series of gas station robberies in Elizabeth and Newark on March 8, 2011, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Tuesday.
STATE – In a detailed analysis provided to the state Senate and Assembly Budget Committees, the Education Law Center concluded that Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal for school aid funding in the fiscal year 2013 budget violates the state Constitution, state law and a court order.
NEWARK – Thirteen individuals, including one alleged member of the Genovese organized crime family and 12 members and associates of its LaScala Crew, were charged today in connection with an illegal, on-line gambling operation, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.