PolitickerNJ Wire Feed

By Thom | February 14th, 2014 - 9:10am
| More

(Woodland Park, NJ)  Declaring that it was time for Passaic County Republicans to stop fighting among themselves and focus on fighting Democrats, the county GOP Chairman John Traier welcomed dissident Republican Peter Murphy back into the fold at a press conference on Lincoln’s Day.

Recalling President Lincoln’s iconic phrase that a house divided cannot stand, Traier said the years-long divisions in the party had to end for the Republicans to have any success in this year’s county elections, which include the re-election Republican Kristin Corrado as county clerk.

Speaking before a gathering of party and elected officials that included State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) and West Milford GOP leader Dan Jurkovic, Traier said the moment signified “a rebirth of the party,” and added that: “We will never get anywhere if we keep fighting among ourselves.”

Corrado and Murphy, a former county and municipal GOP chairman from Totowa, thanked Traier for extending the olive branch that brought them back into the fold of the county organization. Corrado was elected clerk three years ago with the help GOP Strong, an insurgent organization that was formed with Murphy’s help. 

“If John didn’t put this together I don’t know where the Republican Party would be,” said Murphy. “He’s (Traier) the best man for the job and I will follow his lead to bring a Republican victory this year.”

O’Toole who has represented parts of Passaic County for 11 years in the state legislature praised Traier for having the patience to work to create this unity moment for the party.

“John Traier did something today that I thought was impossible – he threaded the needle and I don’t know how you did it. How you brought the party together,” said O’Toole.

The senator noted that in his time representing Passaic County, that there have always been friction points in the county organization that resulted in needless Primary Election battles, but that now it’s time to put the differences aside.

“John you are our leader,” said O’Toole. “I want to thank you for the work you did; thank you for volunteering so much of your time to make this peace within the party a reality.”

O’Toole – a former Essex County Republican Chairman, said being a county leader is a thankless job that brings with it plenty of critics and not much glory. He said it takes a person like Traier, who has character and persistence to bridge the factions that exist in any countywide political organization.

“It’s time to put pettiness aside and move forward.  I’m here for you, John. Whatever the chairman wants I’m here,” O’Toole told the crowd.

Assemblyman Scott Rumana, a former county GOP chairman,  who also represents district 4O said:  “I commend the county chairman’s attempt to unify our party.”

And District 40 Assemblyman David Russo said he is glad to see  the county organizing is unifying. “Intraparty fights are a costly distraction that Republicans cannot afford,” said Russo.

Jurkovic said he sees positive results coming from  the unity effort that is bringing Murphy’s faction back into the fold. He pledged his support to work with Traier and Murphy to elect countywide candidates.

 

 

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

Contributors

(4-23-14) Bridgegate Witnesses Not "RATS" if Testimony is Forced -Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson’s decision last week was covered in most newspapers and blogs as an affirmation of the... more »
(Absecon Island, NJ) --With his shocking win in last year's election, Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian emerged as one of the most intriguing figures in the New Jersey political... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Who would you back for Governor of NJ in this 2017 general election dream match-up?:

Resources

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