Plumeri to run for Hamilton mayor
By Darryl R. Isherwood | November 27th, 2012 - 3:18pm
| More

Hamilton resident Barbara Plumeri, a former aide to Sen. Frank Lautenberg and two Democratic governors announced today her intent to seek the Democratic nomination for mayor of Hamilton Township. 

Plumeri plans to run next November for the remaining two years of convicted former Mayor John Bencivengo’s term.  Bencivengo was convicted last week of accepting a bribe in exchange for helping a local insurance broker maintain a contract with the township school board.  He resigned the following day and is due to be sentenced early next year.

“The next mayor of Hamilton faces the daunting task of helping our community heal from a terrible betrayal of the public trust,” said Plumeri.  “Based on my work in the private and public sectors, I know what it takes to make government work for the people it serves, instead of the other way around. Together, we can move beyond the travesty of the past and restore ethics, integrity and fiscal stability to Hamilton Township.”

Friday, the Hamilton Township Council will meet to appoint a new mayor from among three names submitted by the township Republican committee.  The new mayor will serve until November when the township will hold a special election to fill the remainder of Bencivengo's term.  To date, Councilwoman Kelly Yaede is reportedly the front-runner to take over as mayor.

Plumeri is a longtime resident of Hamilton and married to Sam Plumeri Jr. who served as Sheriff of Mercer County for over a decade, and was later appointed Superintendent of Police and Director of Public Safety for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.  Sam Plumeri currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the New Jersey State Parole Board and is also Chairman of the Board of Capital Health Systems.

The Back Room

Christie takes state helicopter to campaign in Connecticut

Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

- Star-Ledger

Poll

Which contest are you most focused on this coming season?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources