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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.

Menendez: FEMA says Sandy victims will "get every penny to which they're entitled" — WASHINGTON - A top Federal Emergency Management Agency official pledged that the agency will work to ensure that Hurricane Sandy victims "get every penny to which they're entitled," according to U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez. Menendez (D-N.J.) made the announcement after "a very frank and productive conversation" with Brad Kieserman, FEMA's deputy associate administrator for insurance.

House passes Amtrak legislation to keep Northeast Corridor profits in the northeast — WASHINGTON - Legislation requiring Amtrak to spend its Northeast Corridor profits on upgrading its service between Washington and Boston rather than subsidizing money-losing long-distance trains passed the U.S. House today. The bill authorized Amtrak spending of $7.2 billion over four years. Congress must vote separately to actually spending the money.

Pallone says FEMA should notify Hurricane Sandy victims of fraud allegations — WASHINGTON - The Federal Emergency Management Agency should tell Hurricane Sandy victims of ongoing allegations of fraud and make sure they get they get the information they need to challenge any rejected claims, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said today. Pallone (D-6th Dist.), whose district includes part of the Jersey Shore, made the request in a letter to FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

Garrett only N.J. lawmaker to oppose Homeland Security bill without anti-immigration provision — WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett was the only New Jersey lawmaker to vote against legislation today that would fund the Department of Homeland Security without also affecting President Obama's executive orders in immigration. Garrett (R-5th Dist.) joined a majority of his Republican colleagues in opposing the spending bill, which passed, 257-167 on the strength of Democratic support.

N.J. Rep. Lance tells pro-Israel group he shares Netanyahu's concerns on possible Iran nuclear deal — WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance today said he shared the concerns about a negotiated deal with Iran expressed earlier in the day by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau in an address before a joint session of Congress.

Menendez to escort Netanyahu to congressional speech that Watson Coleman and Payne will skip — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez plans to help escort Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the House chamber today to address a joint session of Congress. Some other members of the New Jersey congressional delegation won't be there. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th Dist.) and Donald Payne Jr.

Lawyer for Sandy victims says settlement needs to include all homeowners — WASHINGTON - The lawyer representing 800 Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey and New York today said any settlement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency needs to include homeowners who never pursued allegations of fraud after their claims were denied, as well as those who have yet to file.

Menendez tells pro-Israel group he will oppose Iran deal that doesn't roll back nuclear program — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez tonight told the largest pro-Israel lobbying group that he would only support a negotiated agreement that dismantles Iran's nuclear program, not one that gives Tehran a "pathway" to a bomb.

Booker, Menendez seek U.S. Senate hearings into possible Hurricane Sandy fraud (VIDEO) — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today called for congressional hearings into allegations of fraud in damage payments to Hurricane Sandy victims. The two Democratic senators from New Jersey, joined by New York Democratic Sens.

Christie places in the back of the pack in CPAC straw poll — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie finished 10th in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, finishing not only behind Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush but also business leaders Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina. Christie polled 2.8 percent, ahead of prospective 2016 candidates Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and former Arkansas Gov.
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Mar 05, 2015

N.J. Politics Roundup: Christie aide linked to Exxon settlement; governor defends PARCC exams via @njdotcom

Mar 04, 2015

House passes Amtrak legislation to keep Northeast Corridor profits in the northeast via @njdotcom

Mar 04, 2015

RT @ClaudeBrodesser: Will @GovChristie's gay conversion therapy ban nix his 2016 chances in Iowa? Deep-dive into Iowa evangelical politics

Mar 04, 2015

RT @WSJPolitics: The 20 standing ovations for Netanyahu's speech to Congress amounted to a stadium-style cheer every two minutes.

Mar 04, 2015

Reaction to Netanyahu speech from opponents in Israel: : "Did we get up to a more isolated country?"

Mar 04, 2015

Supreme Court says it reads “broader context of the law as a whole." Will GOP appointees say, except health-care law?

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