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No Democratic Prostitute Ring in N.J.

Q: Were three Democratic state senators arrested in New Jersey for running a prostitution ring?

A: No. The senators named in the story don’t even exist.

Hoboken Christmas Hoax

Q: Is the newly elected mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, a Muslim and did he cancel “government involvement” in Christmas?

A: No. Ravinder Bhalla is a Sikh, not a Muslim, and he hasn’t instituted such a ban. He won’t even take office until Jan. 1, 2018.

Spinning the CBO Report

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the Republican health care bill has been released — so let the spinning begin.

Trump’s Employee Exaggeration in Jersey

Donald Trump told an audience in New Jersey that he has more employees “than almost anybody in New Jersey.” That’s nonsense. He used to own Trump Entertainment Resorts, one of the state’s top 100 employers, but he lost control of it in bankruptcy.

Christie’s Contradictions

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on CBS’ “Face the Nation” contradicted two of his previous statements, on Planned Parenthood and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Kasich’s Misleading Attack on Christie

Ohio Gov. John Kasich took a swipe at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s governance, saying “we have a balanced budget” but “they don’t over in New Jersey.” The state constitution requires New Jersey to have a balanced budget, and it does.

Christie’s Tax Dodge

Chris Christie repeatedly has said that U.S. corporations are taxed twice on income earned abroad, claiming in one speech that IRS officials “don’t recognize the tax that you paid to a foreign country.” That’s false.

Chris Christie Spins Economic Data

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a couple of economic claims at a recent forum in New Hampshire that may seem startling at first — until placed into context.

Unspinning Christie’s State of the State

In his State of the State address, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie exaggerated some figures and boasted about progress that doesn’t look so impressive when compared with national trends.

DCCC Deceptions

A graphic in a Democratic TV ad falsely states that New Jersey GOP House candidate Tom MacArthur was “accused of cheating disaster victims.” MacArthur was never personally cited for any wrongdoing.