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Bonnie Lautenberg endorses Rep. Frank Pallone for Senate, July 22, 2013. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Lautenberg’s Widow Endorses Rep. Frank Pallone For Senate Seat

Bonnie Lautenberg also took a few mild swipes at Pallone’s chief Democratic competitor in next month’s primary, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, as a candidate whose numerous TV appearances and celebrity connections won’t necessarily translate to effective governing.

07/22/2013

Senate President Steve Sweeney (Credit: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us)

Sweeney Calls For Probe Of No-Bid Contract For Sandy Debris Cleanup

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney has called for a panel to investigate a no-bid contract for debris cleanup awarded by the Christie administration after Superstorm Sandy.

02/04/2013

Senate President Steve Sweeney (Credit: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us)

N.J. Democrat To Introduce Measure That Would Put Minimum Wage Increase Before Voters

Increasing the minimum wage was identified as a Democratic legislative priority for the year, and the different approach being taken by the Senate leader could bubble over into a feud between the legislative leaders.

09/22/2012

New Jersey State House - Trenton, NJ - File Photo

NJ Lawmakers Mull Ban On Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater

The measure before the Garden State’s Senate Environment Committee bans shipping, transporting, treating or disposing of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

12/01/2011

Carl Lewis (credit: Julio Cortez/AP)

Carl Lewis To Campaign As Courts Weigh Eligibility

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis says he’ll campaign for state Senate in New Jersey while his lawyers fight to have his name put back on the ballot.

04/27/2011

Generic Police Photo (credit: Clipart.com)

NJ Lawmakers Gauge Layoffs’ Effect On Safety

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee has invited several speakers to address a recent spike in violent crime.

02/07/2011

Housing Sales (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NJ Senate Considers Affordable Housing Overhaul

The New Jersey Senate is set to consider a bill to overhaul New Jersey’s affordable housing laws.

01/10/2011

Gov. Chris Christie holds a town hall meeting - Moorestown, NJ - Oct 28, 2010 - Photo: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office

Jobs Bills Dominate NJ Legislative Agenda

Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver said aggressive efforts are needed to bring down New Jersey’s unemployment rate. It’s currently 9.2 percent.

01/06/2011

NJ Senate Weighs Defying Governor Over Marijuana

The vote is scheduled even though Christie and the state Assembly’s prime sponsor of medical marijuana struck a deal on regulations last week.

12/10/2010

Cell Phone Driver - Graphic: AP

NJ Senate Panel OKs Tougher Driver Cell Phone Law

The proposed bill would impose a graduated penalty system for violations of the state’s handsfree cell phone law.

11/15/2010