Palisades Park Deputy Mayor Jason Kim wants to be an assemblymen in the 37th District and shows no signs of backing down through a week of negotiations spear-headed by Bergen County Democratic Committee players to try to talk him out of a convention fight.
Now is not the time, BCDC operatives told Kim, the focus should be Gov. Chris Christie, not Democratic Party incumbents - to no avail.
Kim has the support of veteran Palisades Park Democratic Committee Chairman Mike Pollotta and municipal chairs fed up with two seats occupied by politicians from the same town.
As it stands Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle (D-37) and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-37) both live in Englewood.
A source close to the process said state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) is backing Huttle, in part because the districtmates have recently had a troubled history and the senator doesn't want to have to handle Huttle in her own primary headache.
Tonight, Pollotta said Kim is committed to running.
Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record) http://www.northjersey.com/news/campaign-season-now-under-way-in-bergen-county-1.1079080 ...
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"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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