Dr. Elizabeth Hyde Awarded Kean University's 2015 Research Mentor of the Year

Dr. Elizabeth Hyde was presented with the 2015 Kean University Research Mentor of the Year Award last week for her outstanding dedication to original student research.

Dr. Elizabeth Hyde is associate professor and assistant chair of the Department of History. She received her Ph.D. in European history at Harvard University. She joined Kean in 2007. Dr. Hyde has worked diligently to embody the teacher-scholar model so vital to a teaching institution. She created and chairs the Department of History Undergraduate...

Annual Domestic Violence Conference at Kean University Lauded by Community

Kean University continued its dedication to community involvement and collaboration on April 20th, hosting the 2nd Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. Domestic Violence Symposium, bringing together Union County’s leading government and non-profit organizations to address the community’s continued response to domestic violence.
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office, YWCA of Union County, Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Family & Children’s Services, and Kean University provided a five hour program focusing on Youth,...

Kean's Dr. Bellitto: Why Francis favors reality over ideas

You don’t normally see the names Pope Francis and Robin Williams in the same sentence, but here goes.

Early in his career, the brilliant comedian and actor Robin Williams scored big with a performance called Reality—What a Concept. This wonderful play on words came to mind when I heard a few lines from one of Pope Francis’ talks during his visit to the Philippines earlier this year. They gained little attention, but are critical to understanding how he wants to enliven the church and the world. “Reality,” he told...

Center to Host Watch Party for Governor Christie's Budget Address

Join the Kean University Center for History, Politics, & Policy for a live viewing of Governor Christie's annual Budget Address in the Nancy Thompson Library, Room L-116. Watch the whole speech or just pop in for a free cup of coffee and snacks as Governor Christie lays out his budget plan for the next year. Following the speech, the Senate and Assembly will review the governor's plan and present their own budgets through the legislative process. The state's budget must be passed by July 1st.

When: Tuesday,...

Kean University Archives Presents the Document of the Month Series

To help introduce the collections to the campus community, the Center for History, Politics and Policy will select a Document of the Month that will be featured on the archives website at the beginning of every month.

Students and faculty interested in making an appointment to view the collections should contact Archivist Erin Alghandoor at

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Newark State College, now Kean University, on February 9, 1961, as part of...

New Genealogy Seminar Series Set to Help You Find Your Roots – Meets this Monday at 3:15PM

Every family has a unique story. Do you know yours?

Shows like "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Finding Your Roots" have recently popularized genealogy. This informal seminar can get you started on thinking about your family tree, finding evidence, and making US and World History a bit more personal.

“Special Topics in History: You 101” will host its inaugural meeting this Monday, February 9 at 3:15pm in room L-116 on the first floor of the Nancy Thompson Library.

The seminar will be led by Kean...

Kean Honors History Students Set to Present at Gettysburg

Nine Kean University students have been selected to present their work on the University’s Nancy Thompson World War II Collection at the annual Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, from April 9-12.

The students taking part are Christina Leedy, Stephanie Valente, Gabby Kissoon, Laura Hurley, Jonathan Cutler, Kevin Fette, Ksenia Starikov, Brie Gordon, and David Lewis. A team of faculty-scholars chose the students after a competitive process.

Dr. Jonathan Mercantini, chair of the...

CHPP Director: American corruption is exceptional, too

Dr. Terry Golway, Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, & Policy penned the following Opinion Piece for Reuters News Agency on Friday, January 30th.
(It can be read in it's original form at

He was hardly a household name, and he owed his authority to the votes of a few thousand...

World War II Documents Now on Exhibit in Nancy Thompson Library

For the first time in nearly 70 years, letters written during World War II are on public exhibit. They can be seen in three exhibit cases on the ground floor of the Nancy Thompson Library.

These documents represent the efforts of the men and women who sent them from training camps and battlefields throughout the world, as well as the hundreds of students and teachers on the home-front for whom the war was the defining moment of their generation.

As the specter of war grew more likely in the beginning of...

CHPP Director Analyzes State of the Union Address for Reuters News Agency

Dr. Terry Golway, a noted historian and Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, & Policy, joined a handful of nationally known commentators in analyzing this week’s State of the Union Address for Reuters News Agency.

Dr. Golway was joined by Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, Bill Schneider, professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University, David Axe, national security editor at, Robert L. Borosage is president of the Institute for...

Kean University Hosts Discussion of Teacher EvaluationsKean University Hosts Discussion of Teacher Evaluations

Education leaders from throughout the state gathered at Kean University’s Green Lane Academic Building on September 17 to discuss the challenges associated with the teacher evaluation system known as ACHIEVENJ and to make recommendations for improvement.

The discussion, sponsored by Kean University’s Center for History, Politics and Policy (CHPP), was part of President Dawood Farahi’s Round-Table Discussion Series. The event was coordinated by the Department of Educational Leadership and Professors Leila Sadeghi...

Experts Gather at Kean to Discuss Flight of Retirees

Nearly 20 political leaders, academics, and public servants gathered in the Green Lane Academic Building’s conference center in late July for a special roundtable discussion of the retiree crisis in New Jersey.

Dr. Terry Golway, director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy, chaired the event, which promises to be the first of many policy-oriented discussions in the building’s spectacular sixth-floor conference center.

With the skyline of New York serving as a backdrop,...

CHPP Hosts Round-Table Discussion with NJ Historical Commission on Garden State's 350th Birthday

Union – To celebrate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey’s founding as a British colony, a representative of old Jersey – the Isle of Jersey, in the English Channel – paid a visit to Kean University’s sparkling new Green Lane Academic Building to discuss greater ties between the two Jerseys.

Simon Crowcroft, the constable (or mayor) of the capital city of the Isle of Jersey, St. Helier, met with officials from the city of Elizabeth, the New Jersey Historical Commission, and the Kean Center for History, Politics,...

Union County CARES Domestic Violence Symposium at Kean University Reaches Broad Audience

Union, N.J. – More than 250 public officials, religious leaders, advocates and students gathered in the STEM Building at Kean University on April 10 to discuss ways to combat domestic violence.

The six-hour long conference brought together Union County’s most-effective voices against domestic violence, including the event’s co-hosting organizations, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the YWCA of Union County, and Kean University.

In addition to these organizations, Trinitas Regional Medical Center,...

Supreme Court Hands Down Major Campaign Finance Ruling

The Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling Wednesday, voting 5-4 that aggregate limits on donations to committees and political parties are unconstitutional. The decision leaves in place the base limits on what can be donated to individual campaigns. The McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission ruling represents the most important campaign-finance ruling since the 2010 Citizens United decision.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts prepared the majority opinion. Roberts claimed a first amendment mandate for the...

Kean to Host Domestic Violence Symposium


Kean University, in partnership with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the YWCA of Union County, will host the first annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. Domestic Violence Symposium on April 10 in the STEM building. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Attendees are eligible for free Social Work CEU Credits. Space is limited – click here to...
Kean Student & Professor Honored by NJ Assembly as Leading Women in Science

Trenton – Dr. Dil Ramanathan, an assistant professor at Kean University’s New Jersey Center for Science, Technology, and Mathematics, and Kelly Bachovchin, a Kean graduate student in biotechnology, were honored in the state Assembly chambers today for their contributions to women in the sciences. Assembly members Annette Quijano and Joseph Cryan sponsored a resolution acknowledging their work and presented the two women to their colleagues in the Assembly.

“In recent years, one of the largest and growing...

Kean Students Hear Veteran Journalist

Daily journalism may have changed utterly in the last 20 years, but it continues to offer opportunities to bring about social change. That’s the message Dr. Robert Miraldi delivered to about 50 Kean University students on March 19 at a special lecture in Kean Hall.

Dr. Miraldi, a professor of journalism at SUNY-New Paltz who was a newspaper reporter for a decade on Staten Island, was upbeat about job prospects in the new digital media landscape. While traditional jobs on newspapers might be hard to come by, he...

Black History Month Celebration

Union County's 2nd Annual Black History Month celebration explored the impact that historically black fraternal, social, service and civic organizations had and continue to have on the evolution of African American life and culture.


The Case For Tammany Hall Being On The Right Side Of History


Dr. Terry Golway, Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, & Policy, discussed his new book, “Machine Made, on NPR’s nationally syndicated show “Fresh Air” on March 5. The book is a revisionist history of the famed New York political machine, Tammany Hall.

Dr. Golway has several other media appearances scheduled in coming weeks, including a lecture at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and a book talk at the Irish Arts Center in New York on...

Kean University to Host Union County Republican Convention

Union, NJ - The Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy (CHPP) will host this year’s Union County Republican Committee Nominating Convention at Kean University’s STEM Building on Saturday, March 1, from 8:30am to 1pm.

Following up on last fall’s successful Lieutenant Governor’s debate at Kean’s Wilkins Theater, the CHPP continues to pursue opportunities for the Kean University community to partner with civic organizations throughout Union County and the State of New Jersey.


Kean Student Researchers to Present Their Work in Washington, DC

A team of four Kean University student researchers has been accepted to participate in this year's "Posters on the Hill" event in Washington, DC. Michael Collins, Christina Leedy, Anthony MacFarlane and Stephanie Valente have been transcribing and annotating former Newark State Teacher's College librarian Nancy Thompson's collection of WWII letters as their Honors Thesis Project. The students will present their project, "Remember Me To...The Newark State Teachers College World War II Letter Collection," in DC this...

Out of This World!

The nation is facing a serious “brain-drain” as fewer and fewer students enter the sciences, a representative of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) told Kean University students and faculty on Nov. 20.

Enidia Santiago-Arce, a senior technology transfer manager at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, encouraged students to follow in her footsteps by pursuing careers in science and technology. “Follow your dream,” she said, noting that she did just that. As a child growing up in...

Renowned Civil War Historian Visits Kean

As Election Day neared in the late summer of 1864, President Abraham Lincoln was convinced that he would lose his re-election bid to George McClellan, the Democratic Party’s nominee and the onetime commander of the Army of the Potomac.

So noted Professor George Rable, one of the nation’s leading historians of the Civil War, as he delivered a pair of lectures to Kean University and Kean-Ocean students on November 14.

Dr. Rable, the Charles G. Summersell Professor of Southern History at the University of...


Governor Christie enjoys a lead of nearly 20 points, according to a new NJ Speaks / Kean...

Born to Run to the Middle

During the drawn-out fight over legalizing gay marriage in New Jersey, Governor Christie consistently argued that New Jersey’s voters, not its courts, should decide the issue. In many ways, it was smart tactical maneuver – who, after all, could object to settling the question at the ballot box?

When a court recently ruled that the state must begin allowing same-sex marriage, the Governor immediately announced that the state would appeal. That was in keeping with his previous position that such a momentous...

Room for Debate

Kean University’s Wilkins Theater was the center of New Jersey’s political universe on October 11 as the two major candidates for Lieutenant Governor, incumbent Kim Guadagno and challenger Milly Silva, squared off in their only debate of the Campaign ’13 season.

The debate featured several sharp exchanges about the last four years. Among the questions were four posed by Kean University students, who joined the debate via pre-recorded video segments. Kean’s partner in the debate, News 12 New...

Tickets Now Available for Lieutenant Governor's Debate on October 11th

Tickets for a debate between the candidates for lieutenant governor at Kean University are now available at The debate between Republican Kim Guadagno and Democrat Milly Silva will be broadcast live on New12 New Jersey from inside Wilkins Theatre on the University's Main Campus on Friday, October 11 at 7:00pm.

Luke Margolis, State House reporter for News 12 New Jersey, and host of NJ Power & Politics, will host the hour-long debate, during which the two candidates will discuss their positions on...

Kean to Host Lieutenant Governor's Debate

For only the second time in New Jersey history, voters will be choosing a lieutenant governor this fall. And the two candidates vying for that title, incumbent Kim Guadagno and challenger Milly Silva, will debate each other at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater on Friday night, Oct. 11, beginning at 7 p.m.

The University, along with its media partner, News 12, was awarded the debate after an intense competition that included a number of college and universities in New Jersey. The University’s application was...

Booker Way in Front; Christie Approval Rating at 70 Percent; Little Support for Snowden

UNION TOWNSHIP – Newark Mayor Cory Booker commands a huge lead in the race for the Democratic Party’s U.S. Senate nomination, while Governor Chris Christie continues to pile up impressive approval ratings, according to the latest NJ Speaks / Kean University poll.

The poll, which surveyed 1,000 likely voters and was conducted on June 18, also found that a plurality of voters agree with Christie’s decision to hold a special election for the U.S. Senate in October, ahead...

Christie’s Choice


Here’s something you need to remember about politicians: They think like, well, politicians. Which means that they are different from you and me.

So when a sitting officeholder is called to the great Electoral College in the sky, it takes no more than a nano-second for politicians to put aside their grief and begin plotting, scheming, and otherwise preparing for what comes next.

It may sound callous, but that’s how politicians think – and, frankly, that’s how they...

Senator Frank Lautenberg's Death Puts Christie in a Bind

Dr. Terry Golway, director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics & Policy, is quoted extensively in a recent New Republic article on how Lautenberg's death impacts New Jersey's political landscape. Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Senator Lesniak Headlines Kean Panel on Violence

Saying that it was time to declare violence a public health crisis in New Jersey, state Senator Raymond Lesniak delivered the keynote address at Kean University’s special conference, “Beyond Guns: Searching for Paths to Peace in a Violence World,” on May 1.

Senator Lesniak pointed out that violence takes a toll on the physical and mental health of tens of thousands of New Jersey...

NJ Dems Love Clinton; Everybody Loves Christie

UNION, N.J. – If Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016, New Jersey’s Democratic voters will be in her corner, according to the latest Kean University / NJ Speaks poll released today. Sixty-seven percent of self-identified Democrats said they would support Mrs. Clinton in the next presidential campaign. Vice President Joe Biden finished a distant second, with 13 percent. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won the support of 8 percent. Several days ago, the press reported that Governor Cuomo has told...

Kean's Golway on the Bush Library

Dr. Terry Golway, director of the Kean Center for History, Politics, and Policy, offered his thoughts on the opening of the new George W. Bush presidential library during an interview with Wayne Cabot of WCBS News Radio 88.

Dr. Golway has written several books studying the presidencies of Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. The interview can be heard here...

New Jersey's only second-best (to New York) when it comes to disgraceful politicians: Opinion

If you take perverse pleasure in believing that New Jersey is the most corrupt, worst-governed state in the union, well, times have gotten tough, haven’t they?

Back in the day, why, you could point with pride to the never-ending perp walks of the rich and infamous, generally arranged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. What other state could boast of a political scandal that involved, however tangentially, the sale of human kidneys? In what other state could political grafters be fooled by preposterous...

Why Jackie Still Matters

Before Rosa Parks, Brown vs. Board of Education, and the Montgomery bus boycott; before black power and Muhammad Ali, not to mention Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, there was Jackie Robinson.

It’s hard to imagine a time when sports, like the rest of American life, were segregated. For all of the great Hall of Famers who dominated baseball prior to World War II, there were many others who were excluded from the major leagues because of their skin color.

The man who changed all of that, Jackie Robinson, was...

Curators of the Past

Students of Abigail Perkiss, an assistant professor of history at Kean University, know that she is in passionate about an innovative teaching technique known as Reacting to the Past. Professor Perkiss regularly asks her students to take on the parts of historical actors in moments of significant social disruption and change, ranging from the streets of Paris during the French Revolution to the Kentucky legislature during the secession crisis of 1860.

Students in Professor Perkiss’s classes come face to face...

A South American Pope

For the first time in over 1,000 years, a non-European has been selected leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis I, formerly known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, was chosen on the second day of the conclave in the VaticanDr. Christopher Bellitto, chair of Kean University’s History Department, is among the experts to whom the world’s media are turning to explain what the new pope’s election will mean for the world. Dr. Bellitto is a renowned student of the papacy, and has appeared on...

Weren’t we just here a few weeks ago?

Remember back in December, when Washington faced a self-imposed deadline designed to bring Congress and the White House together on budget reform – or else face the consequences of massive spending cuts?

They called it the “fiscal cliff.” And it’s back, because weeks ago Congress and the White House simply avoided it by taking another route.

This time, there’s no turning back. On March 1, billions will be cut automatically from the federal budget unless the Republican-...

Bellitto on the Pope

Dr. Christopher Bellitto, chair of Kean University’s Department of History, is a leading expert on the papacy, and with the announcement of Pope Benedict’s impending resignation, the nation’s top media outlets are calling on Dr. Bellitto to explain this historic and unexpected development.

Click here to read Dr. Bellitto's commentary on  Dr. Bellitto was...

Will We Love Christie in November as We Do in February?

In less than nine months New Jersey will decide whether Chris Christie will continue his dominance in the Garden State for another four years.

With a commanding lead in every statewide poll, including Kean University’s recent NJ Speaks survey, Christie appears to have little to fear from his likely challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono of Middlesex County. The governor already was popular before his widely praised handling of Hurricane Sandy, but his leadership during the storm and his attacks on his own party...

The #socialelection

The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management has just released the results of a landmark survey, conducted jointly with business intelligence leader ORI, about the impact of social media on the 2012 elections.  The study, “The 2012 Social Media Election Survey: Key Lessons to Inform Decision Making in Politics and Business,” provides insight into the recent convergence of the political and digital landscapes. 

Among the survey’s primary objectives were to...

Should Inaugural Addresses Unify the Nation?

President Obama’s critics and supporters seem to agree on one thing about his second inaugural address: It was a bold statement of his core progressive philosophy, intended not as a unifying statement but as a declaration of principle.

His supporters loved it. His critics were not so enthusiastic. Either way, the president’s energized words should not have come as a surprise. Mr. Obama is hardly the first chief executive to use the inaugural address as a chance to enunciate firmly held beliefs, even if they are...

Rebuilding the Region After Sandy

By Julia Nevarez

As New York and New Jersey rebuild the damage done by Sandy, both states should look to the lessons other cities and nations can teach us about reconstruction and sustainable infrastructure. The decisions made over the coming years will tell us whether or not we are serious about being prepared for the weather patterns of the 21st Century.

The impact of Sandy is as overwhelming, lasting, and layered for us as Katrina was and remains for New Orleans.  Katrina reduced the...

Christie Approval Rating at 78 Percent

UNION TOWNSHIP – Governor Chris Christie enters this year’s gubernatorial election with an eye-popping approval rating of 78 percent, according to a new Kean University / NJ Speaks poll conducted in early January.

The NJ Speaks survey of 1,000 likely voters found that 40 percent strongly approved of the Governor’s performance, and 38 percent said they somewhat approved. Only 20 percent said they disapproved. Eighty-nine percent of Republican respondents said they approved of the Governor’s...

Booker Opts Not to Run for Governor, Considers Senate Bid

Newark Mayor Cory Booker recently deemed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie "vulnerable." "Christie is vulnerable, as it should be, because there's a lot of issues in the state he's not falling in line with," Booker, a Democrat, said to CNN's Soledad O'Brien. Despite that assessment, it is likely the incumbent's high approval ratings dissuaded Booker from entering the gubernatorial race.

From Kean University to the Electoral College

Frank Argote-Freyre, assistant professor of Latin American history at Kean University, recently cast one of New Jersey’s 14 votes in the Electoral College. He wrote about the experience and his ambivalence about participating in a process he regards as inherently un-democratic in the Dec. 19 issue of the Star-Ledger. Below is a link to Dr. Argote-Freyre’s Op-Ed essay.

The Electoral College: The Inside Story...

Gun Control: The Hundred Year War

As parents in Newtown, Connecticut, bury the innocent victims of the nation’s latest gun rampage, it is worth nothing that politicians have been talking about gun control – and, on occasion, acting on it – for more than a century.

One of the nation’s oldest gun-control statutes was passed in New York in 1911. Known as Sullivan’s Law, in honor of its author, state Senator Timothy “Big Tim” Sullivan, the statute made the illegal possession of a firearm a felony, and required permits for those who wished to carry a...

Unemployment Rate Reaches Four Year Low

According to a report released on Friday by the US Department of Labor, the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in November - the lowest since December 2008. Hiring remained steady in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Despite some promising statistics, the report was not entirely optimistic with US employers adding 49,000 fewer jobs in October and September than initially estimated.

Some sources attribute the drop in the unemployment rate to the number of Americans who stopped looking for work and as a result weren...

What Would Jesus Tweet?

What do Gothic cathedrals, Renaissance art and architecture, and tweeting have in common? The surprising answer is papal patronage—but in fact popes have been involved in the technology of their day for centuries despite serious mistakes like the Galileo trial or that time when Pope Gregory XVI in the nineteenth century declared railroads “pathways to hell.”

So while it is easy to, well, titter, at the Vatican’s announcement earlier this week that Pope Benedict XVI will start tweeting December 12, the launch of @...

Seeking Public Support for His Economic Policies, Obama Hits the Road

President Barack Obama has scheduled a campaign-style trip to Hatfield, PA in an effort to build pressure on Congress through increased public support. Friday's trip will follow a week of meetings with other constituencies, including small-business owners and middle-class families.

The White House and House Republicans are stalemated over how to raise revenue as part of a deficit-reduction package and avert the looming “fiscal cliff.” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has pushed for raising additional...

The World on Obama

People the world over reacted to Barack Obama's re-election. Global citizens are mindful of the fact that the impact of decisions made by the world's only superpower reaches far beyond its borders. Obama, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, has achieved somewhat iconic status globally. However, Obama's reelection was a disappointment to some world leaders despite the jubilation in other parts of the world.

“It is definitely encouraging for Angela Merkel in Germany. If the leader of the West can make it,...

NJ Republicans: Media Bias Hurting Our Party

As Republicans across the country debate what went wrong on November 6, members of the GOP in New Jersey have some definite ideas about their party’s defeat in the presidential election – and the challenges which await the party in 2016.

And those ideas may surprise some critics from within and without the party.

A new NJ Speaks poll, sponsored by the Kean University for History, Politics and Policy, shows that 40 percent of New Jersey Republicans believe that media bias is the most-important...

A Decisive Data Driven Victory

Numbers and narrative are always intertwined on Election Day.  On November 6, 2012, the numbers told the story of the most data-driven presidential campaign in history. President Obama ran a highly targeted campaign focused on mobilizing and expanding the coalition that won him the 2008 election.  "The Obama campaign laid out its plan, told everyone what they were doing and executed," said Anita Dunn, a former Obama White House official who advised the campaign through the fall. "No one should be...

A Legacy in The Making

His final campaign for public office is over. Now the real work begins for Barack Obama.
Few presidents achieve true greatness – and sometimes that achievement comes only after they are long out of office or long departed from this life.
Barack Obama was assured of a place in the history books simply by winning the presidency in 2008. The question now is whether he will be remembered for his accomplishments while in office. That remains to be seen.
The president has spoken many times about the power of...

Decision 2012

The most recent Kean University NJ Speaks poll measured voter engagement. As NJ residents prepare to cast their vote it's clear the electorate is anything but dispassionate.

For the complete poll results click here.
Kean University Urges Preparedness With “FrankenStorm” Poised To Ravage NorthEast

As Hurricane Sandy continues its approach towards the Mid-Atlantic region during this weekend and into early next week, it is important to maintain perspective and to be properly prepared. The storm's behavior will be governed by both its tropical origins and a cold air mass moving towards New Jersey from Canada that will spawn the development of a Nor'easter.

“This combination of parts or pieces is how the ‘Frankenstorm’ term came into use,” said Dr. Paul Croft, Associate...

An Island Of Civility

Last night Mitt Romney said something nice about President Obama.

He called the president “gracious.” He also told his listeners not to tell anybody he said that.

Amazingly enough, the president also said nice things about Romney. He praise Romney as a great family man.

Are these the same guys who kept interrupting each other the other night at their second debate?

Yes, they’re the same. But last night Obama and Romney had dinner together in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria...

To combat Syrian genocide, American voices must be heardTo combat Syrian genocide, American voices must be heard

For many, if not most Americans, the atrocities taking place on a daily basis in Syria are little more than an abstraction. Yes, the government’s slaughter of fellow Syrians has been condemned by the White House, the media and human-rights organizations, but the voice of the American people has not been raised in defense of human rights in that beleaguered nation.

That is more than unfortunate. It is tragic.

The United States, after all, has long been an advocate for universal human rights that...

Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to PowerChris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power

Here’s something you need to know about this new biography of Gov. Chris Christie:

There are nearly 500 words on Page 265. The authors contributed 33 of those words.

The rest of the verbiage comes straight from the governor’s mouth.

Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because Christie has lots to say, and he is without question one of the most compelling figures in national politics today. But still, the authors, both of them accomplished journalists, clearly withheld a fair...

Supporting intelligent design not good for U.S.Supporting intelligent design not good for U.S.

Machiavelli once said that adding religion to politics produced extremism. We might take that one step further, saying that combining religion, politics and pseudoscience produces extremism and a breakdown of rationality. Pseudoscience is fake science, something masquerading as science the way AstroTurf masquerades as grass: It looks real, but it is not.

Science is based upon fact, empirical evidence and rational and unbiased analysis. It experiments, is open to change, tests itself and puts forward its evidence...

In NJ, governors get the praise but political 'bosses' do workIn NJ, governors get the praise but political 'bosses' do work

The ’11 legislative session surely was a milestone in New Jersey history. Lawmakers and the governor seized an opportunity to fundamentally reshape state government. At the heart of the debate, of course, was the politically charged issue of taxpayer-supported pensions and other benefits for public workers.

The state’s political bosses made their preferences clear: They supported reform, and the legislators they influenced acted accordingly. The sweeping changes in Trenton did not pass without notice....

Tea party vision closer to Articles of Confederation, not ConstitutionTea party vision closer to Articles of Confederation, not Constitution

As schools across the state celebrate Constitution Day today, it seems especially appropriate to look more closely at the nation’s founding document, particularly because so much of today’s political debate concerns the powers and limits of the federal government.

Many who associate themselves with the tea party movement say their beliefs are rooted in the original principles of the Constitution. Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann describes herself a “constitutional conservative....