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Opinion: Can Sen. Tom Kean Jr. Regroup Battered Republicans?
Carl Golden | November 28, 2017 | Opinion
Ironically, given the Republican rout, Minority Leader Kean Jr. could help his party deliver a viable alternative to the governor-elect’s left-of-center predilections
Opinion: Where Did New Jersey's GOP Go Wrong? Let Me Count the Ways
Carl Golden | November 13, 2017 | Opinion
The poisonous memory of Bridgegate, the unshakeable image of Christie basking on the beach, the NJEA’s doomed attempt to punish Sweeney — and that’s for starters
Opinion: Winning with the Party Regulars Rather than the Center
Carl Golden | October 18, 2017 | Opinion
Low voter turnout and poor name recognition may mean this gubernatorial election will be decided by dependable party loyalists who turn out year after year
Opinion: Doing the Murphy Math — Taxing Millionaires Won’t Cut It
Carl Golden | September 20, 2017 | Opinion
Dragging the Christie anchor behind her, Guadagno can’t get any traction when it comes to warning voters what her rival’s programs could cost
Opinion: How Left of Center Would Murphy’s New Jersey Be?
Carl Golden | September 5, 2017 | Opinion
A millionaire’s tax and closing corporate loopholes are pretty much a given, but what about legalizing pot and putting tighter gun control in place?
Opinion: Real Property-Tax Reform Is Guadagno's Only Real Chance
Carl Golden | August 15, 2017 | Opinion
If Guadagno wants to break the chains that bind her, she must give voters what they want, not more namby-pamby policies that won’t upset the status quo
Opinion: Senate President Sweeney — Poised on the Cusp of Power
Carl Golden | July 26, 2017 | Opinion
The Democratic leader has gone toe to toe with the NJEA on school funding — and bested it. A likely Murphy victory would put him in a position of undeniable strength
Opinion: Christie Gets Badly Burned by Clueless Moment of Sun and Fun
Carl Golden | July 6, 2017 | Opinion
Once the photo of the governor lounging in his beach chair went viral, he couldn’t bully or bluff his way out of what the world saw — hubris on a grand scale
Opinion: Putting Guadagno’s Very Long Shot in Perspective
Carl Golden | June 27, 2017 | Opinion
A come-from-behind victory for the lieutenant governor isn’t mathematically impossible, but it’s historically improbable
Opinion: Sweeney-Prieto School Aid Plan Could Defuse Campaign Issue
Carl Golden | June 20, 2017 | Opinion
Compromise could be seen as settling the matter for at least a year, but right now it’s still up to Christie to say ‘yea’ or ‘nay’
Opinion: Disorder in the Courts, the Case Against Electing Judges
Carl Golden | May 26, 2017 | Opinion
The corrosive effect of ‘justice for sale’ would be devastating to the idea that the courts represent a fair and just forum for grievances
Opinion: Imperfect Accuracy, Imperfect Honesty — the Sean Spicer Dilemma
Carl Golden | May 18, 2017 | Opinion
When President Trump said his press secretary couldn’t speak with ‘perfect accuracy,’ he suggested Spicer may be lying — leaving him in an impossible situation
Opinion: Christie and Public Employee Unions — the More Things Change …
Carl Golden | April 21, 2017 | Opinion
Christie looks as if he’s going to leave office much as he came in: battling the public unions over their pension and health benefits (again)
Opinion: Bridgegate — the Ugly Political Scandal that Keeps on Giving
Carl Golden | April 4, 2017 | Opinion
The lane-closure scheme that stalled and snarled traffic in Fort Lee cost Christie his political capital, as his recent appointment to chair Trump’s opioid task force makes clear
Opinion: Murphy and Guadagno and Their Gubernatorial Baggage
Carl Golden | March 22, 2017 | Opinion
While Murphy is burdened by Corzine’s ghost, Guadagno is shadowed by Christie’s presence
Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie — The Lame Duck Who Roared
Carl Golden | March 2, 2017 | Opinion
The governor may be on his way out, but he managed to turn his budget address into a referendum on school funding, much to dismay of gubernatorial hopefuls
Opinion: Gov. Chris Christie, Hardly Your Typical Lame Duck
Carl Golden | February 21, 2017 | Opinion
The governor isn’t just good at political brawling and trading shots, he likes doing so: Don’t look for that to change anytime soon
Opinion: Memo to Guadagno — Taking Reporters’ Questions is the Best Policy
Carl Golden | January 20, 2017 | Opinion
The newly minted gubernatorial candidate needs to learn a basic truth: Talk to the press or give the press something to talk about
Opinion: Christie’s State of the State, a Tour de Force on All Fronts
Carl Golden | January 12, 2017 | Opinion
In just 75 minutes the governor reaffirmed his political dominance, took the high moral ground, and issued a clarion call to fight off a deadly health crisis
Opinion: Memo to Gov. Chris Christie — What Were You Thinking?
Carl Golden | December 21, 2016 | Opinion
Huddling with legislative leaders to craft secret deals, one of which would relax ethical guidelines so the governor could sign a book contract, understandably outraged the public
Opinion: We Can’t Pin ‘Fake News’ on President-Elect Trump
Carl Golden | December 14, 2016 | Opinion
Trump’s Twitter outbursts may be far-fetched, but they don’t legitimize ‘fake news’ — or help erode the First Amendment, as some have suggested
Opinion: Does Securing Democratic Machine Guarantee Murphy the Spot?
Carl Golden | December 5, 2016 | Opinion
Murphy is the establishment candidate. Can Wisniewski mount a successful anti-establishment bid for the nomination?
Opinion: Impeaching Christie — A Bad Idea Whose Time Hasn’t Come
Carl Golden | November 16, 2016 | Opinion
The Democrats would be the real losers in any impeachment effort, demonstrating they’re as vindictive as the governor himself — which would surely cost them support in 2017
Opinion: What the Bridgegate Scandal Cost Gov. Christie
Carl Golden | November 4, 2016 | Opinion
The toxic traffic jam didn’t help Christie’s run for the GOP presidential nomination, and surely lost him the VP slot on the Trump ticket
Opinion: Bridgegate Testimony Leaves No One Untainted
Carl Golden | October 20, 2016 | Opinion
Disconcerting picture emerging from trial is of an administration that is equally ugly, vindictive, and profane
Opinion: Murphy’s North Jersey Lockdown — Show of Power for Party Chairs
Carl Golden | October 7, 2016 | Opinion
Democratic leaders demonstrated that control of the party — despite some opinions to the contrary — does not reside in the southern part of the state
Opinion: Christie's 'Fairness Formula' Leaves Ugly Legacy for 2017 Race
Carl Golden | September 19, 2016 | Opinion
The governor has yet again positioned himself as a dominant figure capable of establishing the frame of reference for a political discussion the candidates can’t dodge
Opinion: Bridgegate Trial — An Indictment of Politics as Usual in Christie’s Office?
Carl Golden | September 6, 2016 | Opinion
The Bridgegate scandal has always been about power run amok, even if the defense posits the lane closures as legitimate political activity
Opinion: The Fear Factor and Sweeney’s Decision to Hold His Pension Amendment
Carl Golden | August 9, 2016 | Opinion
Was Senate president worried that voters might defeat the ballot question come November, giving the governor a straight shot at deciding funding levels?
Opinion: Could Christie’s Rejection of Latest TTF Compromise Boomerang?
Carl Golden | July 26, 2016 | Opinion
With his popularity lagging and his administration dogged by scandal, this isn’t the best time for a lame-duck governor to attempt a show of strength
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