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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.

Republican voters put Christie at back of pack in latest presidential poll — WASHINGTON -- Gov. Chris Christie trails eight other Republicans in the race for the 2016 presidential nomination in a poll released Sunday that says more than four in 10 members of his party won't consider voting for him in the primaries The CBS News poll said 27 percent of Republicans would consider backing Christie for the nomination, while 42 percent said they wouldn't, statistically unchanged from February's survey.

Lawmakers in D.C. clash over bill that would ban N.J. online gambling — WASHINGTON - The future of legislation that would ban online gambling in New Jersey and the two other states that allow it may depend on whether proponents can assure lawmakers that technology can keep out-of-state bettors and children away from the virtual casinos.

Will Congress pull the plug on N.J. online gambling? — WASHINGTON - Legislation in Congress threatens to end New Jersey's online gambling operations. A House Judiciary subcommittee today is scheduled to hold hearings on a bill that reverses a 2013 Justice Department ruling that gave states the right to offer Internet gambling to their residents. New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware took advantage of the opportunity.

N.J. Rep. Lance sends early 80th birthday greetings to Tom Kean — WASHINGTON - Before serving in Congress, before serving in the New Jersey General Assembly, Rep. Leonard Lance served as a counsel to Gov. Tom Kean. The former Republican governor turns 80 on April 21, and his former assistant counsel for county and municipal matters took to the U.S.

Atlantic City casinos fight IRS plan to silence slots when someone wins $600 — WASHINGTON - Win $1,200 at a slot machine and the action stops until the casino gathers your name, address and Social Security number for the Internal Revenue Service to guarantee you'll pay taxes on that money.

N.J. residents lose $660K to IRS phone scam, seventh highest in nation — WASHINGTON - New Jersey residents have lost $661,738 to scammers claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service and demanding immediate payment of alleged back taxes. That's the seventh-highest total among the 50 states since the scam first came to the attention of the government in October 2013, according to the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration.

N.J.'s Lance is 'sexiest' & Payne 'best dressed' in Congress: Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO) — WASHINGTON - Leonard Lance, sex symbol? Donald Payne Jr., fashion titan? The two New Jersey congressmen found themselves part of Jimmy Fallon's monologue Friday on NBC's "Tonight Show," as he mulled successors to Rep. Aaron Schock, the Illinois Republican lawmaker who once appeared shirtless for GQ and had 285,000 Twitter followers.

FEMA moves closer to settlements with Sandy homeowners over insurance payments — WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency will negotiate directly with Hurricane Sandy homeowners to settle their insurance claims out of court, moving closer to resolving disputes over how much they will receive in compensation. FEMA announced that it has developed a written agreement that sets parameters for settling the 2,200 lawsuits.

Putin 'sanctions' N.J. Sen. Menendez for opposing Russian invasion of Ukraine — WASHINGTON - From his perch as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has led congressional efforts to penalize Russia for its invasion and annexation of Crimea in the Ukraine. Today, the administration of Russian President Vladimir Putin responded, imposing new sanctions on Menendez (D-N.J.)

Busy Booker: N.J. Senator pushes flurry of bills with Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, saying he's "hitting the ground running," teamed with colleagues like Minority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to introduce six bills in the last two days on topics such as refinancing student loans and allowing those released from prison to vote in federal elections.
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Mar 31, 2015

More Republicans prepare to enter the race for the 2016 GOP nomination. via @NYTPolitics

Mar 31, 2015

N.J. Politics Roundup: Full pension payment; Christie on abortion ban; Menendez charges update via @njdotcom

Mar 30, 2015

RT @juliehdavis: Biden on Sen. Kennedy: "He was an anchor to many of us in our personal lives, but he was also the anchor in an institution that we revered."

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