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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.

Defense companies flock to N.J. freshmen who land House committee positions overseeing industry — WASHINGTON - When he first sought an open U.S. House seat last year, Donald Norcross raised $9,000 from defense industry political action committees. Norcross won, and soon after was named to the House Armed Services Committee, which oversees the industry. As he began raising money for his re-election campaign, Norcross (D-1st Dist.)

Hurricane Sandy task force with Menendez and Booker to convene next week — WASHINGTON - A federal task force will hold its initial meeting next Tuesday to begin tackling the problems of Hurricane Sandy victims not being properly reimbursed for their damage from the storm. U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) are to be joined by New York's two U.S.

Menendez challenges Obama again, this time on trade (VIDEO) — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and President Obama, both Democrats, are on opposite sides on Iran and Cuba. Add trade to the list. Menendez (D-N.J.) said Wednesday he would oppose current efforts to give the president so-called fast-track authority to negotiate a trade deal and bring it to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendments.

Christie PAC uses Hillary Clinton to raise money — WASHINGTON - After f irst channeling Ronald Reagan, Gov. Chris Christie's leadership political action committee issued a fundraising appeal Wednesday attacking former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "She is continuing to fight battles and use rhetoric from a decade ago," said the email letter signed by Christie political strategist Mike DuHaime.

U.S. Rep. Watson Coleman is one of first lawmakers backed by new Jewish PAC — WASHINGTON - A new Jewish political action committee launched Tuesday and U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman received one of its first endorsements. The chairman of the board of Bend the Arc Jewish Action is Alex Soros, son of investor George Soros, a longtime donor to Democratic candidates and causes, including $1 million to the pro-President Obama super-PAC Priorities USA Action, in 2012.

Christie says U.S. should stress strong ties with Canada and Mexico — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie called for a stronger relationship between the U.S. and its neighbors, saying it would enhance their clout throughout the rest of the world. Christie, a Republican eyeing a presidential run, said the U.S., Canada, and Mexico share common values, including a commitment to democracy, and too often the lack of conflict among the three countries leads to those relations being placed on the backburner.

Menendez, Pallone move to block oil drilling in Atlantic Ocean — WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. said Monday that they would introduce legislation prohibiting offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The lawmakers made the announcement in Long Branch, where they had gone to mark the fifth anniversary of the worst oil spill in U.S.

Presidential hopefuls face $20 million hurdle — WASHINGTON -- Determined to pass the first test of the presidency, John Kasich surveyed two dozen lawyers, developers and executives gathered in a Boston boardroom and made his pitch "I need you."He asked them to raise money -- $10,000, $20,000 apiece -- to put punch in his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

Christie slips to 7th place among GOP 2016 hopefuls, CNN poll finds — WASHINGTON - Once the Republicans' second choice for president, Gov. Chris Christie fell to seventh place with just 4 percent of support in a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday. Christie, who is considering a run for the 2016 Republican nomination, was tied with Dr. Ben Carson in a survey that just four months ago placed him second at 13 percent among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents.

Christie to give foreign policy speech in D.C. Tuesday as he eyes 2016 run — WASHINGTON - Gov. Chris Christie enters the realm of foreign policy Tuesday as a speaker at the 45th annual Washington Conference on the Americas. Christie is the only state official among the scheduled speakers, who also include U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S.
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Apr 24, 2015

When will the U.S. Senate enter the 21st century in filing campaign finance forms electronically?

Apr 24, 2015

.@Mets-Yankees tonight as the good guys try to make it 12 wins in a row. #LGM. Oh yeah, we can check out the @NYRangers during commercials.

Apr 24, 2015

"The money in the defense industry does hew clearly to congressional committee assignments." via @njdotcom

Apr 24, 2015

Defense companies flock to N.J. freshmen who land House committee positions overseeing industry via @njdotcom

Apr 24, 2015

N.J. Politics Roundup: Pension gap widens; Christie slams Democrats over pensions via @njdotcom

Apr 23, 2015

N.J. Politics Roundup: New Christie in 2016 poll, pension battle, Menendez case, and more…

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