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"Returns Slide On N.J. Pension-Fund Investments" (Philadelphia Inquirer – September 24, 2015)

"Lower Returns On State's Pension Investments Raise Questions, Concerns" (NJ Spotlight – September 24, 2015)

"Two Cornerstones Of Booker's Base React To Iran Announcement" (PolitickerNJ – September 3, 2015)

"The 30 Most Influential Women In N.J. Politics, Elected And Nonelected" (PolitickerNJ – September 3, 2015)

"Poll: Should Christie Reimburse State For Security Detail's Travel Costs?" (The Jersey Journal – August 31, 2015)

"Advocacy Groups Sue Christie Over Travel Security Costs" (Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times – August 27, 2015)

"Christie: Booker Has 'Moral Obligation' to Oppose Iran Deal" (PolitickerNJ – August 25, 2015)

"Three NJ Groups Sue Christie Over Campaign-Trail Expenses" (Newsworks – August 24, 2015)

"Christie Says He's Not Worried About Lawsuit From Advocacy Groups" (Asbury Park Press – August 24, 2015)

"Christie: Not Worried About Lawsuit Over Security Costs" (New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio – August 24, 2015)

"Advocacy Groups Sue Gov. Christie For Using Taxpayer Money For Security Amid " (Press Examiner – August 22, 2015)

"Christie Says He's Not Worried About Advocacy Groups' Suit" (The Telegraph – August 22, 2015)

"Christie Sued For Travel Security Cost" (Asbury Park Press – August 22, 2015)

"Groups Sue Christie Over Security Expense" (The Wall Street Journal – August 21, 2015)

"Citizen Groups Sue Christie Over Campaign Security Costs" (New Jersey – August 21, 2015)

"Advocacy Groups Sue Christie Over Travel Security Costs" (The Record / – August 21, 2015)

"Groups Sue Christie, Say N.J. Taxpayers Shouldn't Pay For 2016 Security Costs" ( – August 21, 2015)

"Chris Christie Travel Lawsuit: Expenses While Campaigning For President Questioned By Advocacy Groups, New Jersey Residents" (International Business Times – August 21, 2015)

"Advocacy Groups Sue Gov. Christie Over Travel Security Costs" (ABC News – August 21, 2015)

"Christie N.J. Fundraiser Brings $1.3M For 2016 Campaign" ( – August 5, 2015)

"Protesters Storm Christie's Fundraiser In Asbury Park" (PolitickerNJ – August 4, 2015)

"Coalition Urges Christie To Sign N.J. Voting Overhaul" ( – August 4, 2015)

"NJ Bill Would Force Governors To Cover Political Trips With Campaign — Not Taxpayer — Cash" (Newsworks – July 23, 2015)

"Some Say Christie's Gone Too Much To Govern New Jersey" (The News & Observer – July 5, 2015)

"Christie Announces 2016 Republican Presidential Bid At Livingston High School" (West Essex Tribune – July 2 2015)

"Cheers Inside, Jeers Outside For Christie" (Daily Record – July 1, 2015)

"NJ Citizen Action Brings Giant 'Letter Of Resignation' To Christie Prez Announcement" (PolitickerNJ – June 30, 2015)

"Hundreds Of Protesters Rally Outside Christie Announcement" (New Jersey Herald – June 30, 2015)

"Protesters Boo Christie On Arrival To Presidential Announcement" (Livingston Patch – June 30, 2015)

"Governor Christie To Announce Bid For Presidency In Livingston Amid A Sea Of Supporters And Detractors On Tuesday" ( – June 30, 2015)

"NJ Citizen Action Calls On Christie To Resign Before Tuesday Prez Launch" (PolitickerNJ – June 26, 2015)

"5 Things In The Democrats' State Budget Facing A Christie Veto" ( – June 25, 2015)

"Watson Coleman Is Legislator of Year" (Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times – June 4, 2015)

"Turning The Page After The Moratorium Threat That Wasn't" (NJBIZ – May 31, 2015)

"Coleman Wins Award For Legislative Work" (TAP into East Brunswick – May 30, 2015)

"N.J. Weighs Selling Stake In Firm That Owns Payday Lender" ( – May 28, 2015)

"N.J. May Divest From Investment Tied To 'Predatory' Payday Lender" (Star-Ledger – May 27, 2015)

"Shining A Light On Billions In Business Tax Breaks" (Asbury Park Press – May 16, 2015)

"Moratorium Proposal Has 'Immediate Chilling Effect'" (NJBIZ – May 10, 2015)

"Sweeney Once Again Pushes N.J. Millionaire's Tax To Boost Pensions" (Star-Ledger – May 8, 2015)

"Incentives Supporter Lesniak: No More Economic Aid Until Christie Provides Report" (NJBIZ – May 7, 2015)

"How N.J. Pension Money Financed The Purchase Of A 'Predatory' Lender Payday Loans" ( – May 6, 2015)

"FDU Poll Shows Corruption Is Unacceptable In New Jersey" (Scotch Plains-Fanwood Times – April 30, 2015)

"NJ Citizen Action Joins Pension Lawsuit" (PolitickerNJ – April 28, 2015)

"Christie Finds A Toned-Down Town Hall" (Star-Ledger – April 16, 2015)

"Christie's N.H. Town Hall: Nothing For YouTube" (Asbury Park Press – April 16, 2015)

"At N.H. Town Hall Meeting, Christie Addresses Public, Range Of Issues" (PolitickerNJ – April 15, 2015)

"NJ Citizen Action Protests Verizon At Annual Chamber Train Trip To D.C." (PolitickerNJ – February 19, 2015)

"Records: Port Authority Commissioners Got Perks At JFK, Newark Airports" (CBS New York – February 13, 2015)

"Suit for Same-Day Voter Registration Revived" (Courthouse News Service – November 21, 2014)

"N.J. Appeals Panel Revives Challenge To State's 21-Day Advance Voter Registration" (Star-Ledger – November 19, 2014)

"Mitt Romney To Attend Christie Birthday Fundraiser" (Press of Atlantic City– September 10, 2014)

"New Jersey Missing Out On Bank Of America Settlement Riches: Opinion" (Star-Ledger – August 29, 2014)

"Sandy Bill Of Rights Gets A Second Chance Today As Lawmakers Vote" (The Record / – June 23, 2014)

"Homeowners, Advocates Call For Lawmakers To Back 'Sandy Bill Of Rights' Override" (Star-Ledger – June 18, 2014)

"Assembly OKs Direct Tesla Sales In N.J." (Philadelphia Inquirer – June 17, 2014)

"Environmental, Labor Groups Want NJ Supreme Court To Uphold Whistleblower Law" (South Jersey Times – June 10, 2014)

"Sweeney, Advocates Announce Override Attempt Of Gov's 'Sandy Bill Of Rights' Veto" (PolitickerNJ – May 22, 2014)

"Senate President Sweeney Urges Lawmakers To Override Christie Veto On 'Sandy Bill of Rights'" (The Record / – May 22, 2014)

"Unions, Advocacy Groups Endorse NJ Millionaires Tax" (Star-Ledger – May 20, 2014)

"Will Christie Punish A New Jersey Judge For His Gay-Marriage Ruling?" (Metro Weekly – May 6, 2014)

"BridgeGate: What It Costs N.J." (New Jersey Newsroom – April 20, 2014)

"Christie: Scrap Realty Transfer Fees" (Burlington County Times – April 15, 2014)

"730 Grants Awarded To Nonprofit Groups" (Daily Record – April 4, 2014)

"Protesters Keep Heat On Christie Over Bridge Scandal" (Star-Ledger – March 24, 2014)

"Christie Pushes Legislators On Arbitration At Quiet Flemington Town Hall" ( – March 21, 2014)

"Christie Confronted On GWB Scandal During Town Hall Meeting" (The Record / – March 21, 2014)

"New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Addresses Bridge Scandal Firing At Flemington Town Hall" (Express-Times – March 20, 2014)

"Will Christie Continue To Back Embattled Port Authority Chairman Samson?" (Asbury Park Press – March 16, 2014)

"NJ Citzen Action And Newark Teacher's Union Both Back Baraka" (PolitickerNJ – March 12, 2014)

"Feds From New York Withdraw Subpoena Seeking Records From Samson" (Home News Tribune / – March 11, 2014)

"State Ethics Commission Lacks Credibility" (Asbury Park Press – March 10, 2014)

"Chris Christie Town Hall A Target For Sandy, Bridge Scandal Protesters" (Star-Ledger – March 4, 2014)

"Christie In Public But Still Private As He Doesn't Address Media At Appearances" (The Record / – March 4, 2014)

"New Jersey Citizen Action Supporting Buono With 'Boots On The Ground'" (The Record / – September 17, 2013)

"Protect The Independence Of New Jersey's Supreme Court: Opinion" (Star-Ledger – July 22, 2013)

"Urging NJ Senators To Vote For Bills To Ensure Transparency" (The Daily Journal – June 26, 2013)

"New Jersey Liberals Think They Have 'Smoking Gun' To Stop Chris Christie's Special Election" (Mediaite – June 19, 2013)

"In Assembly And Court, Democrats Fight Move To Hold Separate Elections" (Star-Ledger – June 18, 2013)

"Century-Old Law Prohibits October Senate Election, Critics Argue In N.J. Supreme Court Briefs" (The Record / – June 18, 2013)

"Groups Claim To Have Found 'Smoking Gun' To Force Christie To Move U.S. Senate Election To November" (Star-Ledger – June 17, 2013)

"'Smoking Gun' Law Found, Claims Gov. Christie's October Special Election Is Illegal" (New Jersey Newsroom – June 17, 2013)

"Freeholders To Vote On Resolution Urging Christie To Reconsider October's Special Election For US Senate Thanks To Effort Of Community Advocates" (The Jersey City Independent – June 13, 2013)

"Judges Reject Objection To Christie Decision On U.S. Senate Special Election; Say Governor Acted Properly" (PolitickerNJ – June 13, 2013)

"Christie's Lawyers, In Legal Brief, Defend October Special Election Date" (Star-Ledger – June 12, 2013)

"Watchdog Groups Support Effort To Stop Christie From Holding October Election For U.S. Senate" (Star-Ledger – June 11, 2013)

"NJ: Senate Special Election Should Not Be Moved" (New Jersey Herald – June 11, 2013)

"New Jersey Attorney General Urges Rejection of Election Suit" (BloombergBusinessweek – June 11, 2013)

"New Jersey Voter Groups Back Suit Challenging Election Date" (BloombergBusinessweek – June 11, 2013)

"Sen. Barbara Buono Attends The NJ Citizen Action Annual Awards Dinner" (Asbury Park Press – May 9, 2013)

"Big Spending By Republicans Buys Small Lead In 16th District Assembly Race" ( – November 14, 2012)

"New Jersey Legislature Poised To Pass A Resolution Calling For A Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United v. FEC" (Common Dreams Progressive Newswire – October 20, 2012)

"At N.J. Protest Party, Christie Critics Find Speech Out Of Touch With 'Reality'" (Star-Ledger – August 28, 2012)

"N.J. Democrats Unload On Christie As Keynote Speech Nears" (Star-Ledger – August 28, 2012)

"Legislators Protest Proposed Voter ID Law" (West Orange Patch – August 17, 2012)

"Dems In Assembly Challenge Christie To Reject Voter ID Laws" (Star-Ledger – August 16, 2012)

"Democrats Oppose Voter ID Laws Like The One Upheld In Pennsylvania" (NJTV / NJ Today With Mike Schneider – August 16, 2012)

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Clean Elections

NJ Citizen Action Protests Annual Chamber Train Trip to D.C.

Calls on Chamber Train Riders to Support Fully Renewed Federal Unemployment Benefits

NJCA Protests Annual Chamber Trip to DCNEWARK, NJ — On January 26, 2012, New Jersey Citizen Action (NJCA) members protested the annual NJ Chamber of Commerce's "Walk to Washington." The protest was held at the Newark and Metropark Train Stations. Protesters dressed as skunks with the message "unemployment stinks" and handed out clothes pins with a message that urged attendees not to make life harder for the unemployed and to support fully renewed federal unemployment benefits.

The NJ Chamber of Commerce's "Walk to Washington" is one of NJ's premier private political events of the year, attended by legislators, regulators and members of the state's executive branch. "Every year high paid lobbyists and corporations spend big bucks, up to $15,000, for the opportunity to have access to NJ's political establishment on this private train," stated Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, NJCA Executive Director." "Citizen Action would like to remind these folks of the millions of Americans without jobs that allow this kind of elite access. Being unemployed is hard enough, we shouldn't make life more difficult for these people who are struggling just to make ends meet by adding mean spirited restrictions to federal unemployment benefits," she added. Full details in our Media Release.

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Support Fair Elections — Tell Congress to Pass Fair Elections Now!

GraphicIn order to get a Congress that's accountable to us, not corporations and special interests, we need to change the way candidates finance their campaigns. The best and most comprehensive solution is the Fair Elections Now Act (S. 752, H.R. 1826).

Under Fair Elections, candidates are able to run highly competitive races that rely on small donor contributions and limited public funding. Fair Elections allows elected officials to spend their time on important issues facing their constituents, and not spending countless hours attending $1,000 a-plate fundraisers and dialing-for-dollars.

It's time we had a government that worked for working Americans, not for big corporations and their lobbyists. Contact your Representatives today!

Take Action!

About the Fair Elections Now Act

NJ State HouseUnder the Fair Elections Now Act, federal candidates would run for office without relying on large contributions, big money bundlers, or donations from lobbyists, and would be freed from the constant fundraising in order to focus on what people in their communities want.

To qualify for public financing, congressional candidates would need to raise a large number of small contributions from their communities.

Qualified candidates would receive Fair Elections funding in the primary, and if they win, in their general election at a level to run a competitive campaign.

Qualified candidates would be also eligible to receive additional matching Fair Elections funds if they continued to raise small donations from their home state.

Fair Elections helps offset fundraising for and the excessive cost of media.

Participating candidates could set up leadership political action committees but would be limited to a $100 contribution limit per individual per year.

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NJ Coalition For Clean Elections

NJ Clean Elections logoThe New Jersey Coalition for Clean Elections is a statewide coalition dedicated to reducing the corrupting influence of money in politics and establishing a permanent, state-wide system of full public campaign financing. Publicly funding campaigns reduces the influence of special interests and creates a system in which all candidates, including women, minorities and other non-traditional candidates, can better compete. Public financing lowers the overall costs of elections, which in recent years has skyrocketed.

Taking money out of politics is one of the most necessary and critical reforms for New Jersey because it makes all other reforms possible. When lawmakers are no longer beholden to special interest money, they will be freer and more able to conduct the people's business, for the benefit of the people.

Clean Elections seeks to restore the voice of citizens in our participatory democracy and is needed to restore trust and confidence in our political institutions.

In 2007, New Jersey implemented the NJ Fair and Clean Elections Pilot Program to determine the best way to establish a permanent, statewide system of full public financing. The 2007 Pilot proved successful and overwhelmingly succeeded in meeting the Legislature's thresholds for expansion.

NJ State HouseNow is the time to move beyond pilot projects and implement a permanent full public financing program for New Jersey. The New Jersey Clean Elections Coalition supports a full public financing program that establishes:

  1. A Clean Elections program that permanently expands to all 40 legislative districts.
  2. A Clean Elections program that provides full campaign financing for primary and general elections.
  3. A Clean Elections program that provides equal funding to all qualified candidates.
  4. A Clean Elections program that provides adequate resources for program implementation and public education.
  5. A Clean Elections program that includes proper enforcement to protect public funds.

Coalition Member Organizations

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