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  • You Lie!!!
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    During the President's speech before Congress on Wednesday night, I confess I wasn't paying too much attention, mostly because I was wai...

  • Obama Could Be Deciding Factor in New Jersey Gubernatorial Race
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    It is rare that a federal official is the deciding factor in a state election, but that could just happen this year in New Jersey. Presi...

  • The Media, the Governor, and Randal Pinkett
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Recently, Governor Corzine chose State Senator Loretta Weinberg as his running mate for Lieutenant Governor. Weinberg, a senior member of...

  • Thoughts About A Corzine/Obama Rally
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    On July 16th, President Obama will be coming to New Jersey for a rally with Governor Corzine which was originally scheduled to occur at V...

  • Governor's Race Highlights Lack of State News Sources
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    As the Star-Ledger, New Jersey's paper of record, becomes thinner and thinner and the number of State reporters continues to dwindle, th...

  • "I'll Never Go on The Internet"
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    At the Berkeley Heights GreenFest this past week, a senior citizen approached the table for The Alternative Press and asked about us. Aft...

  • Hyperlocal Websites: The Death of Journalism or its Lifeboat?
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    The world of journalism is under attack by a confluence of forces that could spell its demise. From dwindling circulation, to increasing...

  • Kyleigh's Law: One Glaring Flaw
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    A bill dubbed "Kyleigh's Law" that was recently signed by Governor Corzine aims to improve the safety of young people and protect the pu...

  • A Race for the 22nd
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Don't look now but a contentious and close race is forming in the 22nd District as State Assemblywoman Linda Stender and Assemblyman Ger...

  • Will Scandal Upend the Gubernatorial Race?
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    In past years, at least one high-profile political scandal involving corruption has surfaced in the months leading up to a statewide ele...

  • Batter Up?
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Two polls out this past week sent chills down the spines of New Jersey Democrats. One, by Quinnipiac, showed Governor Corzine trailing C...

  • New Jersey Politicians Should Be "All Atwitter" About Twitter
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Twitter is the new rage and New Jersey politicians who are not involved with it are behind the times. The networking site, launched in 20...

  • Christie: The Clear Frontrunner
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    He has the name recognition. He has the record. He has the money. Now, he has won the first Republican Convention in a cake-walk; Chris C...

  • A Crisis of Confidence: The "Pay it Forward" Plan
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    There are many causes for the economic recession in which we find ourselves, from financial chicanery to consumer over-spending to the co...

  • Is the Honeymoon Over?
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Just two weeks into the Obama Administration's first term and the honeymoon period traditionally provided by the losing party to the inco...

  • Congress is Sending the Wrong Message
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    If you blinked this past week, you missed it. Members of Congress got a $4,700 pay increase. The 2.8% increase is automatic and the...

  • Don't Be Lulled By Low Gas Prices
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    It was only six months ago that gas prices were setting records in the United States, topping off near $4.00 per gallon. In recent weeks,...

  • He's In!
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Last week, Chris Christie, former United States Attorney for the State of New Jersey, filed papers to run for the Republican Gubernatori...

  • A Hypothetical Corzine v. Christie Matchup: Battle of the Titans
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Will Governor Corzine decide not to seek re-election and instead serve in the Obama Administration in some capacity? Will Chris Christie ...

  • Who's Going To Bail Us Out?
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    The federal government's proposal to spend approximately $700 billion to bail out financial institutions drowning in the sub-prime mortga...

  • DeCroce Allegations: Serious and Irresponsibly Late in Coming
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) recently stated that Senate President and former Acting Governor Richard Codey (D-W...

  • It IS Back to the House for Andrews
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    On June 5, 2008, I wrote a column about the stinging double-digit defeat Congressman Andrews suffered at the hands of Senator Frank Laute...

  • Who are the Real Losers in the Rutgers Stadium Debacle?
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    The private fundraising effort to pay for a $30M shortfall in the financing of a $102M stadium expansion for Rutgers University has been ...

  • Toss Up: Corzine or Christie?
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    Governor Corzine may have an upside down 40%-51% approval rating; however, he is still in a dead heat with current United States Attorney...

  • New Jersey Democrats in Trouble
    by Michael M. Shapiro
    August 28, 2010

    New Jersey Democrats are basking in the glory of a solid national Democratic showing; however, closer to home, the prospects for this com...