Author: Mark Bonamo

Bergen County Exec's race: Paramus, Tedesco's home base, could play strategic role in election's outcome

Bergen County Exec's race: Paramus, Tedesco's home base, could play strategic role in election's outcome

PARAMUS - Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco has reason to believe that based on his recent electoral history in his hometown of Paramus, the Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive might have a chance of defeating Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan in November.

Tedesco, who served as mayor of Paramus from 2003 to 2010, presided over an approximately 26,000-person Bergen borough that many political observers see as the bellwether town in New Jersey's bellwether county in statewide elections. 

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CD 12 race: Labor unions rally around Watson Coleman

CD 12 race: Labor unions rally around Watson Coleman

TRENTON - Organized labor came out in force for state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) on Wednesday, demonstrating its commitment to getting the Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District elected in November. 

Watson Coleman's labor support campaign rally, held at IBEW Local 269 in Trenton and attended by a significant number of union-member campaign volunteers, was co-hosted by the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, the Mercer, Middlesex/Somerset and Union CLCs, and OPEIU International, according to a press release issued by the New Jersey chapter of the AFL-CIO.

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Sources: Holley has edge in potential bid to succeed Cryan in LD 20 Assembly slot

Sources: Holley has edge in potential bid to succeed Cryan in LD 20 Assembly slot

ELIZABETH - Union County Democratic politics is poised for a shift following the death of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich on Sunday. Following the passing of Froehlich, who had served as sheriff since 1977 and was a respected long-time law enforcement fixture in Union, state Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), who long fulfilled the role of a Union County undersheriff, became the acting sheriff. 

Now poised to succeed Froehlich, Cryan is poised to appear on the November ballot to run to fill the remainder of the late sheriff's term, which expires in 2016. This move by Cryan, a former state Democratic Party Chairman and a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, would obligate him to give up his 20th Legislative District Assembly seat in the event that he wins in November, setting up an internal party contest to succeed Cryan in the Legislature.

While several names have emerged as contenders for the seat, including Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh of Union, Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson and Elizabeth Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-Auguste, sources told PolitickerNJ.com on Wednesday that one name is emerging as a potential champion in a fight to replace Cryan: Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley. 

Several Union County Democratic sources maintain that the Union County Democratic Party committee members from Elizabeth, Roselle and Hillside are now behind Holley if he wants the Assembly seat. Sources also indicated that state Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22), who also serves as the Union County Democratic chairman, also backs Holley.

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Lesniak on support for Chivukula's potential BPU post: "I haven't decided yet"

Lesniak on support for Chivukula's potential BPU post: "I haven't decided yet"

ELIZABETH - Sources have told PolitickerNJ.com that veteran state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) is in line for an appointment to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). But according to Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), three words to the wise might apply to Chivukula - not so fast.

"I haven't decided yet," said Lesniak in a Tuesday night conversation with PolitickerNJ.com. 

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U.S. Attorney Fishman: Federal monitor on way as feds reveal findings of constitutional violations in Newark Police Department

U.S. Attorney Fishman: Federal monitor on way as feds reveal findings of constitutional violations in Newark Police Department

NEWARK - Following the announcement of the results of a three-year federal investigation that revealed significant civil rights violations by the Newark Police Department, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announced that New Jersey's largest police department will be placed under federal oversight. 

"We are announcing that we have signed an agreement in principle with the city and the police department to make the changes that will give the people of Newark the first-class police department that they deserve," said Fishman at his agency's offices in downtown Newark on Tuesday. "The agreement specifically states that we will now turn to finalize a consent agreement that will be filed and enforceable in federal court. That document will require the enforcement of a monitor to follow and report on the progress that the city and the police department are making."  

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Newark Mayor Baraka: in aftermath of Jersey City cop killing, death penalty not a deterrent

Newark Mayor Baraka: in aftermath of Jersey City cop killing, death penalty not a deterrent

NEWARK - Although one state legislator has called for New Jersey to reinstate the death penalty following the shooting death of a Jersey City police officer, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka voiced another opinion on what some advocate as the ultimate way to fight crime. 

"My personal opinion is that I don't believe the death penalty is a deterrent to crime here in the city of Newark," said Baraka at a Tuesday news conference at the downtown office of U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman which announced the results of a federal investigation into the Newark Police Department. "What happened in Jersey City was horrible, completely senseless and the actors should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Ultimately, what we're talking about here in Newark is revitalizing the system that has obviously been broken for some time." 

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U.S. Senate race: Bell releases federal tax return, calls on Booker to do the same

U.S. Senate race: Bell releases federal tax return, calls on Booker to do the same

U.S. Senate Republican nominee Jeff Bell released his 2013 federal tax return on Tuesday, then subsequently called on his opponent, incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), to do the same.

"I'm publicly releasing my tax return now because it's in the interest of voters to know about it well ahead of the November election,"said Bell in a written statement. "Cory Booker should do the same thing right away."

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Reported anaconda sighting in Lake Hopatcong leaves locals defiant in face of roving reptile

Reported anaconda sighting in Lake Hopatcong leaves locals defiant in face of roving reptile

LAKE HOPATCONG - Politics, in some ways, is about control. Right now, it could be argued that man does not control the four municipalities in Morris and Sussex counties that border Lake Hopatcong. 

Instead, a reported sighting of a 16-foot-long anaconda swimming free in the lake has added a tinge of reptilian menace and psychological disturbance to an otherwise placid summer on one of the most beautiful bodies of fresh water in New Jersey. 

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Fight of the Week: Christie v. Clinton, pre-2016 warm-up round

Fight of the Week: Christie v. Clinton, pre-2016 warm-up round

Two political tigers prowled America's 2016 presidential campaign field this week, separated by about 1,100 miles: Republican Chris Christie and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

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NJ State PBA President calls out Christie for "callous" choice of locale to start pension reform tour

NJ State PBA President calls out Christie for "callous" choice of locale to start pension reform tour

WOODBRIDGE - The president of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association (PBA) decried the choice of locale for the start of Gov. Chris Christie's "No Pain, No Gain" pension reform tour as "callous," citing Christie's recent moves regarding public workers' pensions as something even more painful.

In a written statement, State PBA President Patrick Colligan specifically referred to the Christie administration taking out a $2.6 billion short-term loan with financial firm J.P. Morgan on July 1 to bolster the new $32.5 billion state budget and pay for the bills that will come due. Colligan's criticisms came in context of Christie's upcoming appearance next Tuesday, July 22, at the Bay View Park Gazebo in Long Beach Township to discuss his ideas on pension reform and to take questions. 

"His callous choice of venue is not lost on the policemen, firefighters and teachers who recently built a playground there as part of the Sandy Ground Project. That park was built in memory of Lauren Rousseau, one of the brave teachers who lost her life protecting her children at the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. It was built with the sweat of dedicated policemen, firemen and teachers who volunteered their time to honor this incredibly brave teacher who should have never expected to lose her life in her chosen profession. It is a personal affront to every volunteer that participated in the building of that playground and every public worker that continues to make their pension contributions and healthcare co-pays and don’t share the ability of saying “I can’t afford it” like the Governor can," Colligan said in the statement issued Friday. "Long Beach Island is approximately 18 miles long. There are many appropriate and convenient venues throughout the island that the Governor can roll out his disgraceful attempt to once again vilify the hard-working public workers who have made the hard sacrifices with his last round of reforms." 

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The Back Room

Christie takes state helicopter to campaign in Connecticut

Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... 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

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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