Author: Mark Bonamo

Newark mayor's race: Jersey City Mayor Fulop, a Baraka backer, endorses Ramos, Jeffries slate member

Newark mayor's race: Jersey City Mayor Fulop, a Baraka backer, endorses Ramos, Jeffries slate member

NEWARK - To the casual observer of Newark politics, the scene at Don Pepe's restaurant on Thursday night was confusing, unless one considers a force that is at times more powerful than politics: friendship.

North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. hosted a fundraising event where more than 200 people waited to hear him speak. Ramos, an erstwhile mayoral candidate, dropped his bid to be Newark's political CEO in February. Shortly thereafter, he joined the council slate of mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries. 

But before Ramos addressed the crowd, one supporter stepped forth and stepped up to the microphone: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. 

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Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral race

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral race

BAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith. 

"It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a Smith fundraiser at the Bayonne Golf Club that included Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), state Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), state Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell (D-31), Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal and New Jersey Laborers Union leader Ray Pocino. "I am going to be as helpful as humanly possible over the next month of the campaign." 

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Fulop on arbitration cap bill fight: "We're going to defer" to Prieto

Fulop on arbitration cap bill fight: "We're going to defer" to Prieto

JERSEY CITY - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop declined on Thursday to get directly involved in the ongoing debate over interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters, but indicated that he trusted State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto's (D-32) leadership. 

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Christie, Fishman and Fulop: three Jersey kings intersect, but do not interact, on Holy Thursday

Christie, Fishman and Fulop: three Jersey kings intersect, but do not interact, on Holy Thursday

JERSEY CITY - The view from the sixth floor at St. Peter's University's Mac Mahon Student Center in Jersey City is sweeping. The windows facing the east show off the Jersey City and New York City skylines, while to the west, the under-construction Pulaski Skyway, Newark and the Watchung Mountains come into view. 

At a conference on prisoner reentry held by chance on the morning of Holy Thursday and during Passover week, the theme of redemption was ever present, with discussion centered on how to successfully reintegrate those previously incarcerated into society. 

But at the same time, three major New Jersey political players were also present, reminding those who study both politics and religion that forgiveness in Jersey politics far more resembles the Old Testament rather than the New. 

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul Fishman and Governor Chris Christie all came to discuss to prisoner reentry at a time of growing tension in the state's political landscape. 

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Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions comments

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions comments

HACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political candidates. 

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CD 5 race: Cho raises more than $250K in first 2014 fundraising quarter, more than rival Garrett

CD 5 race: Cho raises more than $250K in first 2014 fundraising quarter, more than rival Garrett

HACKENSACK - The campaign of Roy Cho, the Democratic candidate for New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, announced on Wednesday that it had raised more than $250,000 during the first 2014 fundraising quarter in their effort to defeat Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5). 

According to a newly-released Federal Election Commission (FEC) report and an additional amendment, the campaign of Cho, 32, of Hackensack, took in total receipts of close to $252,000 in the first quarter of 2014 for a grand total of more than $471,000 raised to date. 

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Newark mayor's race: break-in reported at offices of Jeffries campaign manager

Newark mayor's race: break-in reported at offices of Jeffries campaign manager

NEWARK - The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has issued a statement announcing that the offices of Carl Sharif, Jeffries' campaign manager, have been broken into.

"A break-in occurred early this morning at the offices owned by Carl Sharif and two others at 660 Stuyvesant Ave. in Irvington, New Jersey," Jeffries campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd said in a written statement on Tuesday. "Several items are reported missing, including two laptop computers owned by Carl Sharif. There is also reported damage in the building. The Irvington police were called and a report was filed."

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Bayonne mayor's race: Davis launches first TV ad, fights back against Smith's airwaves allegations

Bayonne mayor's race: Davis launches first TV ad, fights back against Smith's airwaves allegations

BAYONNE - The battle of Bayonne fully took to the airwaves this week as insurgent mayoral candidate Jimmy Davis launched his first television advertisement this week. The Davis TV spot hit the airwaves on Monday. 

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CD 12 race: Watson Coleman opens Trenton campaign headquarters, a city key to victory

CD 12 race: Watson Coleman opens Trenton campaign headquarters, a city key to victory

TRENTON - In the close race for the Democratic nomination in New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District, state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) came close to home on Monday night.

Watson Coleman opened up her Trenton headquarters on South Broad Street, blocks from the Statehouse where she has served in the state Legislature since 1998. A few miles from her Ewing home, she was flanked by her Mercer County allies, including Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes and state Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15). At one point, Watson Coleman held her grandchild as she addressed a crowd of 75 supporters and made her case for Congress. 

"I can be a voice in Congress, just like I think I've been a voice in New Jersey, standing up for working-class families, standing up for those who have the least among us, and where the least voice is heard," Watson Coleman said. 

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Newark mayor's race: former Newark FOP president backs Jeffries, calls Baraka's record on crime "dangerous"

Newark mayor's race: former Newark FOP president backs Jeffries, calls Baraka's record on crime "dangerous"

NEWARK - A former president of the same Newark-based Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) chapter that endorsed Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka last month lashed out in an open letter on Monday, calling the South Ward councilman "part of the problem" in Newark's war on crime. 

The letter by Derrick Hatcher, the former president of FOP Lodge #12, was issued by Newark First, an independent expenditure group that supports Baraka's rival in the race, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. Addressed to members of the law enforcement community, Hatcher assails Baraka's record on crime as "troubling" and "dangerous." 

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

Op-Ed

Paterson can flourish with a second chance

By ASLON GOOW, SR. I have spent the past three decades raising a family, building a business, and working to improve our Paterson communities.  I am proud of those accomplishments.  In 2002, I spoke at an expungement... Read More >

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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