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DC Correspondent — 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.

Menendez's most recent legal bills top $200K — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez spent more than $200,000 over the last three months on legal fees as investigations into his actions continued. Menendez's legal expenses from October to December came to $206,046, according to disclosures filed with the Senate. He also spent $7,500 on fundraising for his legal defense account, which is separate from his campaign committee.

Menendez champions Obama immigration orders, singles out N.J. family on Senate floor — WASHINGTON - At a rally last month in support of President Obama's executive order on immigration, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez met a family from Jackson who have been able to remain in the country because of the White House's actions. Three daughters in the Morales-Cano household fell under Obama's 2012 order allowing those brought to the U.S.

Christie to meet with Israeli president — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie will meet with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, the governor's office announced today. The two men will meet Thursday in New York City. The Israeli president wields little power. The government is run by the prime minister, currently Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to address Congress in March, shortly before Israeli elections.

Menendez delays Iran sanctions bill opposed by Obama — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, who has been at odds with President Obama over Iran , today agreed to a two month delay before supporting a bill he co-sponsored to impose new sanctions against the country. Menendez (D-N.J.) said the delay would give negotiations over Iran's nuclear program more time to succeed.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker follows Christie in setting up 2016 fundraising committee — WASHINGTON - Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a potential rival to Gov. Chris Christie for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, has set up his own federal fundraising committee, albeit with a twist.

Booker, Menendez blast U.S. proposal to allow oil drilling off Atlantic coast — WASHINGTON - The U.S. Interior Department today proposed opening part of the Atlantic coast to oil and gas drilling, a move that immediately drew criticism from Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker. The two Democratic senators joined Rep.

N.J. Rep. Garrett helps form new conservative caucus in U.S. House — WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett and eight of his House Republican colleagues officially have formed the new conservative House Freedom Caucus. The new group will be smaller and more focused on issues such as limiting the reach of the federal government than the current House organization of conservative members, the Republican Study Committee, according to organizers.

Christie's new PAC moves him closer to a White House run, consultants say — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie's decision to form a federal fundraising committee moves him closer to a full-fledged campaign for the White House, Republican consultants said today. "This is clearly a step in the direction of running," said Craig Stevens, a veteran of the George W. Bush and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns.

U.S. House passes International Megan's Law sponsored by N.J. Rep. Chris Smith — WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives today passed legislation to extend Megan's Law beyond U.S. borders. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.), would require the U.S. to tell other countries when convicted sex offenders are traveling there. It would also try to set up reciprocal notification systems so the U.S.

As Christie moves toward presidential run, Democratic group says campaign is "already dead" — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie's n ew step toward a presidential campaign was met with an ad from a Democratic-aligned group calling his campaign "already dead." American Bridge 21st Century, which has been critical of Christie and other potential Republican presidential candidates, launched an online ad featuring clips of news programs and interviews highlighting recent poll numbers and predictions that the governor won't be able to launch a successful campaign.
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Jan 29, 2015

RT @bumperdejesus: Yikes. Twitter mocks Christie's unintentionally profane PAC acronym: The Auditor

Jan 29, 2015

RT @kampeas: Corker: Backs Kirk-Menendez, on understnding no vote b4 March 24 -- essentially joins 10 Dems

Jan 29, 2015

RT @derekwillis: Every Senator is "sympathetic" to electronic campaign filing system. Q is, what does leadership want in return?…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @NJ_Politics: Live chat today at 11 w/ @ClaudeBrodesser + @MatthewArco: Does Christie have a chance of being elected president?

Jan 29, 2015

RT @ClaudeBrodesser: Having assembled a crack Iowa staff, @GovChristie expected to spend at least a month campaigning in Iowa this year:

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