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School Superintendents Try Once More to Overturn Cap on Pay

Into its third year and no less controversial, the Christie administration’s cap on school superintendent salaries is getting one final legal challenge before the state Supreme Court.

The appeal’s odds for success are long, after several court rejections of this and various other challenges, including an appellate court defeat last fall.

But with Christie signaling he has no plans to amend the cap and the Legislature mostly silent on the measure, the main plaintiff said it is worth one more shot.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Bill Would Subsidize CHP With Credits, Similar to Ones Used in Solar Sector

The Legislature is trying to jump-start the state’s efforts to develop cleaner and more efficient power plants by setting up a system that would reward developers of those facilities with incentives similar to the ones now in place for New Jersey’s solar sector.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, when many critical facilities, including hospitals and sewage treatment plants lost power, policymakers are taking a new look at CHP as one way to improve the reliability of the electric grid.  Click here to continue reading this story.

The Company Sen. Sleaze-Bob Menendez Keeps

Put on your shocked faces: Since my bipartisan call last week for Democratic women to join the Ladies Against Senator Sleaze-Bob movement, not a single Democratic woman in Washington has signed up. Here’s the thing. The brewing scandal involving N.J. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is not just a “sex scandal.” It’s a crony corruption scandal of sordid, soap operatic proportions.

Maybe if Menendez were a contestant on “The Bachelor,” he’d finally command more widespread female attention. For their part, the Democratic women on Capitol Hill seem as uninterested in the alleged exploitation of underage prostitutes as they are in cozy donor deals, tax evasion and Medicare fraud.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Buono vs. Christie — It Won’t Be Kean vs. Shapiro Revisited

A number of people have suggested that this year’s gubernatorial election could be a reprise of 1985, when Gov. Tom Kean swamped Essex County Executive Peter Shapiro 69.6 percent to 29.3. Kean won all 21 counties and all 567 municipalities except three: Audubon Park and Chesilhurst in Camden County and Roosevelt in Monmouth County.

“I don’t know who this Peter Shapiro guy is,” 2013 gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono told me in a TV interview in early January, dismissing the comparison and the notion that she and Gov. Chris Christie might fall into the same paradigm.

Let’s consider the possibility.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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