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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.

Obama signs Pallone bill to take designer anabolic steroids off the market — WASHINGTON - Legislation sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. to restrict the sale of more than two dozen designer anabolic steroids has been signed into law by President Obama. The measure by Pallone (D-6th Dist.) and Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) adds 27 new steroids to the list of substances that can only be obtained by a prescription.

On N.J. visit, President Obama tells troops: 'Welcome home' — WRIGHTSTOWN - President Obama marked the end of combat operations in Afghanistan today by telling told thousands of troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst , "Welcome home." Obama said that from 180,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan when he took office, there will be less than 15,000 at the end of the year.

Obama, accompanied by Christie, visits N.J. today to mark end of combat operations in Afghanistan — WASHINGTON - President Obama, accompanied by Gov. Chris Christie, will head to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst today to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan and thank the troops stationed there for their service to their country. The president was scheduled to fly via Air Force One to the base, the only U.S.

Senate clears spending bill that suspends truckers' rest rules — WASHINGTON - A provision that would suspend two rest rules for truckers was included in a $1 billion spending bill cleared by the U.S. Senate Saturday evening. President Barack Obama has previously indicated he would sign the bill, which passed the House last week, into law. Both of New Jersey's U.S.

Norcross, N.J.'s newest congressman, not following Democratic Party line — WASHINGTON - In his first month in Congress, Democratic Rep. Donald Norcross has wasted no time deviating from the party line. Two days after Norcross was sworn in on Nov. 12 as Rob Andrews' successor in the First Congressional District, he was one of only 31 Democrats to vote to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast.

Kyrillos U.S. Senate campaign fined $5,200 for accepting donations above legal limit — WASHINGTON - State Sen. Joe Kyrillos' committee that funded his unsuccessful 2012 campaign for the U.S. Senate shut down after paying a $5,200 fine for accepting donations above the legal limit, according to Federal Election Commission documents released Friday. Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), who chaired Chris Christie's first campaign for governor in 2009, was the Republican nominee against Democratic incumbent Sen.

Congress adds N.J. stadium where Negro League stars played to Paterson national park — WASHINGTON - Historic Hinchliffe Stadium, home to Negro League baseball games featuring such stars as Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Larry Doby, would be added to the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park under legislation that cleared the Senate today. The provision was included in legislation setting defense policy for the fiscal year ending Sept.

Lance's perfect attendance record leads N.J. lawmakers — WASHINGTON - If Congress handed out attendance awards, Rep. Leonard Lance would be the only New Jersey congressional delegation member to get a gold star. Lance (R-7th Dist.) was the only Garden State House member who voted aye or nay during each of the more than 1,200 roll calls during the 113th Congress, according to, an independent website that tracks lawmakers' records.

N.J. Sandy victims to get $10.9 million in federal aid — WASHINGTON - State and local agencies are getting $10.9 million in federal funds to continue buying and demolishing flood-prone properties in Sayreville, Woodbridge and Manville, part of the aid package enacted by Congress following Hurricane Sandy. The funds are being distributed incrementally to fund an ongoing program of buying and demolishing flood-prone properties in the state.

Menendez, Booker say congressional Republicans set out to block Obama from succeeding — WASHINGTON - New Jersey's two U.S. senators said some of their Republican colleagues have made it their mission to prevent President Obama from having any legislative achievements. "Is there a universe of members in the Congress of the United States who would do anything they can to not have the president succeed?
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Dec 20, 2014

RT @SteveAdubato: @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker @ThirteenNY Repeat of his program with both US Senators @NJTVonline at 1230 pm today. Tune in. Tweet reaction.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @sliebman: Red Light camera supporters release video warning roads will get more dangerous now the cameras are gone.

Dec 20, 2014

RT @Reuters: Scottish prosecutor says no reason to doubt Lockerbie bomber's guilt

Dec 20, 2014

Where I live, the only people who don't like red light cameras are the ones running red lights. via @njdotcom

Dec 20, 2014

N.J. lawmakers honor former Times of Trenton editor Peter Callas via @njdotcom

Dec 19, 2014

RT @NYDNPolitics: Gov. Cuomo to hold inaugural events in New York City and Buffalo.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @SteveAdubato: Don't miss rare interview with both @SenatorMenendez & @CoryBooker on special edition of NJCR SAT @THIRTEENNY 8:30a http…

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