Author: Mark Bonamo

Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

WALL TOWNSHIP - More than two hundred people came out to the Wall Township backyard of Gary and Linda Faraci on Gully Road to support the candidacies of Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo and Larry Luttrell on Friday night.

Flanked by blooming flower beds, focused political allies and a posse of squawking chickens, the Monmouth Democratic ticket's most prominent supporter spoke out for Grillo and Luttrell.

"People are here because you believe in the leadership of two really fine men, and you believe in the idea that democracy is not a spectator sport," said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who is at the top of the statewide Democratic ticket in November as he seeks a full six-year term. "It is a full-contact participatory endeavor. You have to be able to pay it forward through your contributions, your involvement, your activism and your sacrifice."

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Fight of the Week: Christie v. Astorino

Fight of the Week: Christie v. Astorino

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looked askance at the chances of Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino versus New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic incumbent, it wasn't just the shot that echoed across the Hudson. Instead, the verbal skirmish that ensued could have national repercussions. 

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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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The Back Room

Christie: 'I'm the decider'

While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

  Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...

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 »

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- The New York Times

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