Ken Smukler, a top political adviser to U.S. Rep Bob Brady employed "no-holds-barred, anything goes tactics" over the course of two congressional campaigns in illegal schemes to give his candidates an unfair advantage that "undermined the fundamental integrity and fairness of our democratic process," a prosecutor said Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia.
President Trump is considering former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Christie traveled to the White House Thursday on a previously scheduled trip to discuss prison reform, according to an adviser.
Federal authorities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey scrutinized South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George E. Norcross III in 2016, going so far as to persuade a federal judge to approve a wiretap of his cell and work phones, records show. The federal probe did not result in any charges against Norcross, and his lawyer on Tuesday showed reporters a letter from federal prosecutors in New Jersey indicating that his client was not currently under investigation.
Gov. Wolf and Republican Scott Wagner faced off in the first and only debate of the campaign, battling over money in politics, the culture of Harrisburg, and issues like taxes, the death penalty and education funding.
For days, pundits and the nation have drawn parallels between the Senate hearings involving Anita Hill's allegations of sexual assault against Clarence Thomas and the controversy now swirling around Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court. Even as Thursday's hearing opened - more than a quarter-century after Hill's accusations were met with skepticism on Capitol Hill - the Senate followed suit as it heard testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school gathering in 1982. The judge denies that he ever assaulted anyone.
Andrew Seidman covers politics in the Philadelphia region, focusing on power brokers. Previously, he covered New Jersey state government and politics.