Reid Pillifant

De Blasio: 'Kind of cool' to be roasted by Obama:

Mayor is taking a jab from president in stride

Bio: Reid Pillifant is the deputy editor of POLITICO States. He was previously an editor and reporter at the New York Observer. Contact him at rpillifant[at]politico.com.

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Christie’s pick for the Lautenberg seat says it’s too soon to talk about votes

Governor Chris Christie announced this afternoon that he had chosen New Jersey's attorney general, Jeffrey Chiesa, to assume the Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg, pending a special election.

Jun. 6, 2013

 
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On the body language of Kirsten Gillibrand’s scolding of military brass

On Tuesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand grilled some of the country's top military officials, again, over their handling of sexual assault cases in the armed services, and their continued aversion to removing such cases from the military chain of command.

Jun. 6, 2013

 
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‘Crude word searches’: Schneiderman suggests he saw the I.R.S. scandal coming

Attorney general Eric Schneiderman wasn't exactly shocked by the news that the Internal Revenue Service tried to identify political groups using "clumsy" methods that ended up targeting Tea Party and other conservative non-profit organizations.

Jun. 6, 2013

 
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Schneiderman: Remarkably ‘stupid’ scandals could help pass campaign finance reform

Attorney general Eric Schneiderman thinks the rash of spring scandals in New York City and Albany could provide the impetus to pass campaign finance reform this year, even with just two weeks left in the legislative session.

Jun. 5, 2013

 
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Giffords group lobbies Chris Christie to pick a pro-background check senator

In an email to supporters this afternoon, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group formed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, urged New Jersey governor Chris Christie to appoint an interim senator who supports background checks.

Jun. 5, 2013

 
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Ken Thompson runs against Joe Hynes at a good time

On Sunday afternoon, Ken Thompson officially announced his campaign to unseat Joe Hynes as Brooklyn's district attorney.

Jun. 4, 2013

 
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Chris Christie calls a special Senate election, ducks a Cory Booker problem

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced this afternoon that he will call a special election to replace senator Frank Lautenberg, who died yesterday morning.

Jun. 4, 2013

 
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Lautenberg’s death leaves Chris Christie with potentially messy options

The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg presents a political quandary for Gov. Chris Christie.

Jun. 3, 2013

 
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Sunday shows: Schumer defends Holder and warns Republicans about repeating 1998

Eric Holder received a vote of confidence from Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday morning.

"There've been all kinds of accusations, but I haven't seen anything that would prevent him from continuing to do his job," said Schumer, in an appearance on "Meet the Press."

Jun. 3, 2013

 
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Cuomo trusts mayoral candidates will do the right thing on municipal contracts

Andrew Cuomo ran for governor in 2010 promising the kind of showdown with government unions that the candidates for mayor of New York City have mostly avoided so far.

May. 31, 2013