Sources: Barnes to back McCabe in Middlesex
Barnes, left, and Smith. By Max Pizarro | May 3rd, 2013 - 11:43am
| More

Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Peter Barnes will throw his support behind Kevin McCabe, the man he beat for the chairmanship two years ago, according to two sources familiar with the turning of political events in the sprawling Central Jersey county.

A former Assemblyman, Barnes took over the party with the support of Sen. Bob Smith (D-17) and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) after Chairman Joe Spicuzzo melted down amid corruption charges related to his job as county sheriff.

Widely respected, former FBI man Barnes defeated McCabe at the Middlesex Dems Convention two years ago.

In his 80s, the veteran chairman was ready to go again come June. 

But Wisniewski's peel off from Barnes and Smith earlier this week signified the end of the Barnes era, as more party leaders followed with endorsements, making it increasingly mathematically difficult for the sitting chairman to obtain another year as head of the party.

Presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) backed McCabe for chair in 2011's losing cause that at the time she said would materialize as a victory when McCabe succeeds Barnes.

Come June, the succession will finalize. 

The Back Room

Brindle's PolitickerNJ Op-Ed a Must-Read

We are privileged to run today an opinion piece by Jeff Brindle, executive director of the state Election Law Enforcement Commision (ELEC). In the piece, Brindle lays out a blueprint for how to make party organizations stronger in order "to stave off the ever-growing influence of outside groups."

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 21st

'We believe in redemption': Roque heads into 2015 with full backing of the HCDO WEST NEW YORK – When local pain specialist Dr. Felix Roque delivered U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) from discomfort and restored him to the golf course, the congressman in return indulged the political fancies of...

Op-Ed

Five ideas for strengthening the state's political parties

By Jeff Brindle An August 15, 2014 ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler reaffirmed the place of political parties in the State’s electoral system. By rejecting arguments that unaffiliated voters should have a right to vote in... Read More >

Contributors

(8-20-14) Can You Take the ‘Partisan’ out of ‘Partisan Politics’? - Redistricting will not take place for another seven years. Yet the debate has already... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... 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

"I think he was an army general, what was he?" - state Sen. Nick Sacco (D-32)

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Which of these candidates does Gov. Chris Christie absolutely need to win?:

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