Odd politics as Obama, Christie tour storm damage

Oct. 31, 2012, for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman WASHINGTON — Here’s an image few probably expected to see six days before Election Day: President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — a Republican who is one of Mitt Romney’s most vocal supporters — walking together in a show of government unity. […]

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In debates and life, Romney likes the rules

Oct. 22, 2012 for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman WASHINGTON — When it comes to debates, Mitt Romney loves the rules. The eyes of millions of voters upon him, the Republican candidate is quick to poke holes in his rival’s arguments. But he’s just as ready to take the moderator to task when he […]

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Governors put off health care questions until after election

July 15, 2012, for The Associated Press by Josh Lederman WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Millions of uninsured people may have to wait until after Election Day to find out if and how they can get coverage through President Barack Obama’s health care law. More than two weeks after the Supreme Court gave the green light to […]

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Two years after Citizens United, candidates forge path around super PAC spending

Jan. 21, 2012, for The Hill by Josh Lederman It’s been two years since a torrent of unrestrained election spending by outside groups was unleashed by Citizens United, a Supreme Court decision that candidates from both parties say has robbed them of control of their own races. But in one contest – incidentally, the most […]

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Pressure mounting on Romney

Jan. 9, 2012, for The Hill by Josh Lederman MANCHESTER, N.H. — Less than 36 hours separate Mitt Romney from what is supposed to be his campaign coup de grâce: the New Hampshire GOP primary. But with pitfalls presenting themselves in seemingly every direction, the pressure on the front-runner is rapidly intensifying. The former Massachusetts […]

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Romney: Obama doesn’t understand economy, should focus on jobs instead of golf

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney lashed out at President Barack Obama’s economic policies Thursday, accusing the president of not understanding the economy and saying Obama is spending time on self-serving pursuits when he should be putting Americans back to work.

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More than 8,000 rally for NJ public workers

TRENTON, N.J. – More than 8,000 public workers and union protesters took to the street in front of the New Jersey Statehouse Thursday in a last-ditch attempt to stop pension and benefits legislation. Union workers staged a mock New Orleans-style funeral procession for the “the soul of the Democratic party,” lamenting the decision by some Democrats to join Republicans in supporting the legislation.

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NJ unions borrowing images from tea party playbook

TRENTON, N.J. – The protest outside the New Jersey Statehouse had all the usual trappings of a tea party rally: colonial costumes, allusions to governments infringing on rights and rattlesnake-emblazoned Gadsden flags reading “Don’t tread on me.” But this was no tea party. It was a union demonstration.

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Gov: Pension deal to help build affordable NJ

Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-controlled Legislature announced consensus Wednesday evening on requiring public employees to pay more for health and pension benefits. Minutes later, Christie told business leaders the deal represented politicians choosing to shun partisan bickering in favor of doing the job they were elected to do.

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Proposed Medicaid cuts put NJ in national debate

As states across the country look for ways to trim billions off their spending on Medicaid, New Jersey is garnering particular attention for a proposal that opponents characterize as an unprecedented and draconian attempt to balance the state’s precarious budget on the backs of society’s most vulnerable populations. The debate crystallizes the unfortunate truth about economic recessions: Citizens rely most on public services just when the government has the least money to spend on those services.

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