LAWMAKER DIES DAYS AFTER RE-ELECTION

A veteran New Jersey lawmaker has died, just days after he was re-elected to office.  69 year old Assemblyman Peter Biondi passed away Thursday night after a battle with cancer.  Biondi served the 16th Legislative District in northern New Jersey, and he was re-elected to his eighth term on Tuesday night.  Last month Biondi told…

OLIVER, SWEENEY KEEP TOP POSTS IN LEGISLATURE

Shelia Oliver is retaining her spot as Assembly Speaker. The decision was rendered on Thursday after some wondered whether she would make it through. Disgruntled members of the legislature were upset when Oliver supported pension and health benefits reform. Democrats chose to keep her in that role for another two years though.  Senator Steve Sweeney…