UPDATE: This post has been updated to reflect new information about Cobb's plans.
WASHINGTON -- Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb is considering a run for Congress in South Jersey, but has not made a firm decision to run, according to his close friend, Pat Breslin.
His comments contradict a statement from Camden County Republican Chairman Thomas Booth, who told WHYY's Web site Newsworks that Cobb was running for the seat soon-to-be vacated by U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D., N.J).
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will nominate Cheryl Ann Krause, a partner at the Philadelphia office of law firm Dechert LLP, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the third circuit, the White House said.
Krause will be nominated today to a seat on the federal appeals court that serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands.
"Cheryl Ann Krause has displayed exceptional dedication to the legal profession through her work and I am honored to nominate her," Obama said in a news release.
WASHINGTON -- South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take over as head of government affairs at prominent Philadelphia law firm Dilworth Paxson, Andrews announced Tuesday morning.
Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House, will leave office Feb. 18.
State Sen. Donald Norcross will run to replace Andrews and is already the heavy favorite to win the seat in a strongly Democratic district. Almost immediately after Andrews' announcement Norcross was endorsed by the top names in South Jersey Democratic politics, including Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald and Camden Mayor Dana Redd. Norcross is a labor leader -- the former head of the AFL-CIO's South Jersey chapter -- and brother of South Jersey power broker George Norcross. (George Norcross is also majority owner of the company that owns the Inquirer and Philly.com).
WASHINGTON – A filing from New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez confirms for the first time that he is facing inquiries from both the Senate ethics committee and Department of Justice.
The filing came on the same day his office also disclosed that Menendez had accepted a third unpaid-for flight on the private plane of a donor believed to be at the center of the ethics and justice department investigations, this one in 2011.
Menendez, a Democrat, filed papers with the Secretary of the Senate Friday to create a legal expense trust fund, which allows him to raise money beyond normal campaign limits to help pay for legal costs related to investigations involving his office. An affidavit from Menendez confirms the two ongoing investigations.
WASHINGTON – A federal program aimed at relieving “food deserts” could get a fresh injection of support after U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D., Pa.) pushed for new funding in a sweeping agriculture and nutrition bill that cleared the House earlier this week.
Her plan to support the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a federal effort modeled on a Pennsylvania program, will provide $125 million in grants and loans to help bring supermarkets and other grocers to areas with few options for healthy foods.
“The Healthy Food Financing Initiative will make an enormous difference in the lives of thousands of Pennsylvanians and the 24 million Americans who don't have access to healthy foods,” Schwartz said in a news release, adding that it will also boost economic development. (Schwartz, of course, is also running for governor in a crowded Democratic primary).The initiative is a small piece of a $956 billion bill setting policy on agriculture subsidies, food stamps and other nutrition programs. It will add new money to back an idea the White House has pushed since 2010, when Michelle Obama unveiled the federal version of the program in Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON – New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey clashed on the Senate floor Wednesday over a flood insurance bill that could affect more than 100,000 homeowners in their two states, and far more across the country.
Menendez is the sponsor of a bill to delay, for four years, steep rate hikes set to take effect under the National Flood Insurance Program. The increases are intended to help balance the books for the program, which provides subsidized flood insurance because the cost on the open market is so high. As of June, the program was $24 billion in the red.
But steep rate increases could price homeowners out of their homes and destroy property values, making them impossible to sell, Menendez argued.
WASHINGTON --Dave Cole, a former White House aide and Obama campaign staffer, will enter the race for Congress in South Jersey’s second district, setting up a Democratic primary for the right to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo.
Cole, a software engineer who lives in Mantua, Gloucester County, said he will make a formal announcement next week but he is already fund raising.
“My campaign is based on a simple belief: Everyone who wants a job should be able to find one. And everyone who works hard should be able to provide for their families. That's a strong middle class, and it's what I'm fighting for,” Cole wrote in a fund raising appeal.
WASHINGTON --The State of the Union is remarkable as much for its pomp and symbolism as it is for the policy items it includes (many of which never see the light of day).
Here then, are some of the intriguing sights and sounds I caught Tuesday night, including a budget wonk meeting with a Duck Dynasty star and two rising Senators -- Cory Booker and Marco Rubio -- looking on together and perhaps harboring their own dreams of one day giving the big speech, instead of listening to it.
(We also covered some of the policy debate in our story today on the split reaction to President Obama's call to raise the minimum wage.)-- Booker, the New Jersey Democrat attending his first State of the Union, sat next to Rubio (R., Fla.). Would have LOVED to have heard that conversation. Two young, dynamic figures, both considered rising voices in their parties with cross-cultural appeal watching a president who was once renowned for those very same qualities.