In Newark mayoral race, Kenny's presence further evidence of Hudson-Newark alliance
By Mark Bonamo | March 13th, 2014 - 11:24am
| More

NEWARK - One face in the crowd at a fundraiser for Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka on Wednesday night provoked a political remembrance of things past.

Former State Senator Bernard Kenny (D - Hoboken) stood amidst a crowd of mostly Newark-based supporters who were snacking on garlic shrimp, not far from fellow Hudson politico West New York Felix Roque. 

Kenny, 67, is the former state Senate Majority Leader and the former Hudson County Democratic Organization chair. He is now a partner with the Hoboken-based law firm of Florio & Kenny, which stood behind Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop during his successful election campaign last year. 

Fulop made statewide waves last month when he endorsed Baraka in the May election instead of former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. 

"We're here because we met Ras Baraka several months ago. He actually reached out to us," Kenny told "We're early supporters of Mayor Fulop, and we're impressed by Mr. Baraka. Hudson and Essex is a natural alliance that Mayor Fulop, and I would expect that one day Mayor Baraka, will form. You've got to be inclusive. Inclusiveness is the answer to a lot of political questions. In diversity is power." 

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...


White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >


My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast


Who is a better field general for his party as both try to win governor's races around the country?:


Visit the 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.