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Washington Correspondent, The Star-Ledger and — New Jersey Star-Ledger
Covers:  polls, lobbying, campaign finance, federal government, government waste, government misconduct & ethics, politics

Washington correspondent for NJ Advance Media, serving and The Star-Ledger

Jonathan D. Salant's Biography

Jonathan D. Salant, an award-winning political and investigative reporter, is the Washington correspondent for NJ Advance Media, serving and The Star-Ledger. He has worked for Bloomberg News, The Associated Press, Newhouse News Service and the Syracuse Herald-Journal and The Post-Standard, among other publications. He is a winner of the Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress and the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis, and a finalist for ...

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National Press Foundation Award

2011 - Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress

Scripps Howard Award

2009 - finalist for Raymond Clapper Award for Washington Reporting

What was your first job as a journalist?

Local government reporter for the Bergen Record in New Jersey.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I still have a large Royal typewriter in my home office.

How is social media changing news?

Everyone is a 24-hour wire service now. But unlike traditional wire services, some post first and then report.

It's official: Christie launches 2016 campaign, will announce Tuesday — WASHINGTON - It's official: Gov. Chris Christie is running for president. Christie's new presidential campaign committee on Saturday released news of a "special announcement event" on Tuesday at Livingston High School, his alma mater, and then details of a town hall meeting that evening in Sandown, N.H., the state that will hold the first 2016 presidential primary.

Christie starts 2016 campaign with odds stacked against him, bookmakers say — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie would kick off his presidential campaign as a real long shot, oddsmakers say. The governor's odds of prevailing in the GOP field are 29 to 1, according to the London-based betting site William Hill. That put the New Jersey governor in eighth place out of 25 Republicans, some of whom have already ruled out a race.

Booker Amtrak bill approved by U.S. Senate committee — WASHINGTON - The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday approved legislation renewing Amtrak funding for four years and sent it to the floor for passage. The bill was co-sponsored by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Senate Commerce subcommittee that oversees Amtrak and other railroads, and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

N.J. Sen. Cory Booker seeks to restore Voting Rights Act — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker was among the lawmakers joining President Obama in Selma, Alabama, in March to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the protests that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. On Wednesday, he joined other senators in introducing legislation to restore provisions of the historic law struck down by the Supreme Court's Republican-appointed majority two years ago.

Jets owner Woody Johnson to be Bush's national finance chairman, report says — WASHINGTON - Top Republican fundraiser Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets, will serve as national finance chairman for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The newspaper said Johnson joined Bush on a recent trip to Europe and flew him there on his private jet.

Sweet tooth? See what free candy N.J. Congress members hand out — WASHINGTON - Got a sweet tooth? Visitors to the Washington offices of New Jersey's congressional delegation may not get what they want from the lawmakers, but at least they can nab some free candy. New Jersey's congressional delegation puts out bowls of candy, made, of course, by Garden State companies that stock the offices.

Morristown hospital president confirmed to run Veterans Affairs health care — WASHINGTON -The U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Dr. David Shulkin, president of Morristown Medical Center, as undersecretary for health at the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs. Shulkin fills a position that had been vacant for more than a year.

N.J. business owner backs Obama trade deal opposed by congressional delegation — WASHINGTON - Mark Steele says his Princeton-based skin-care company depends on its overseas markets. "Foreign trade is incredibly important to my business," said Steele, chief executive officer of NeoStrata Co.. "We grew our company primarily through international sales."

Drone bill is first by N.J. Rep. Watson Coleman to pass the U.S. House — WASHINGTON - Freshman U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman on Tuesday won House approval of legislation seeking a study on whether the private use of unmanned aircraft could pose security threats, her first bill to pass the chamber.

Christie 8th among 2016 GOP hopefuls in NBC/Wall Street Journal poll — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie was in eighth place among likely Republican primary voters, 18 percentage points behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and just 3 points ahead of businessman Donald Trump in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday. Christie's 4 percent tied him with U.S. Sen.
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Jun 29, 2015

RT @adamnagourney: A left moving fundraising base explain why Clinton can move to the left compared w/ 08: Key read by @nickconfessore

Jun 29, 2015

N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie set to run for president; Supreme Court rules on gay marriage via @njdotcom

Jun 29, 2015

Will he run? Speculation mounts about Joe Biden entering the Democratic presidential race via @WSJ

Jun 28, 2015

Once again, @thamburger scoops the competition when it comes to vetting presidential candidates.

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