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ELEC: Led by Newark First's support for Jeffries, IEs spent $5.3 million on Newark elections

ELEC: Led by Newark First's support for Jeffries, IEs spent $5.3 million on Newark elections

Independent special interest groups spent $5.3 million on recent municipal elections in Newark, far exceeding the previous record for “outside group” activity in a local campaign, according to an analysis by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

The outlay dwarfs the $261,629 expenditure in Jersey City 2013 mayoral race by Better Education for New Jersey’s Kids Inc., which appears to have been the largest previous expenditure by an independent special interest group in a local election in New Jersey.

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Rest in Peace: Eva Christine Conaway

PolitickerNJ extends profound condolences to Assemblyman Herb Conaway and his family.

The Conaways this week are mourning the death of the Assemblyman's mother, Eva Christine Conaway.

The daughter of late Perlie D. Godard and late Eva Viola Godard, Mrs. Conaway was born on August 12, 1938 in Martin County, North Carolina.  After a long and valiant struggle from Alzheimer’s, she was called to glory on July 24, 2014 at her home in Bordentown.

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AG's Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

AG's Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former top official of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC) pleaded guilty today to conspiring to manipulate testing of the agency’s water supply to falsify results and report lower levels of a regulated contaminant in the drinking water supplied to customers. 

William Mowell, 52, of Wyckoff, the former assistant executive director and engineer for the EOWC, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree conspiracy before Superior Court Judge Carolyn Wright in Essex County.  Mowell was indicted on Feb. 12, 2013, along with Harry L. Mansmann, the former executive director of the EOWC.  Mansmann is now deceased.  Mowell pleaded guilty to a charge that he conspired to engage in a pattern of official misconduct, tamper with public records, and violate both the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act and the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act.  Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Mowell be sentenced to three years in state prison.  Judge Wright scheduled sentencing for Mowell for Nov. 7.

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ELEC: Passaic County Dems have most COH among party county committees, followed by Somerset GOP; Burlington GOP has highest net worth

ELEC: Passaic County Dems have most COH among party county committees, followed by Somerset GOP; Burlington GOP has highest net worth

County party officials are gradually rebuilding their financial reserves in a year with no state campaigns but with most counties hosting elections for at least some positions, according to the latest reports filed with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Quarterly reports filed by county parties showed their combined reserves grew from $1.3 million to $1.5 million since March. Those reserves are smaller than the $1.6 million raised during the same period last year, when there was a governor’s race and all 120 legislators were running. However, the combined war chest is larger than the $1 million amassed in 2012, another year with no major state campaigns.

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Transgender activist Bowen named executive director of Garden State Equality

Transgender activist Bowen named executive director of Garden State Equality

Following a national search, veteran transgender activist Andrea “Andy” Bowen has been named the new Executive Director of Garden State Equality (GSE). 

Bowen is the nation’s first openly transgender Executive Director of a statewide organization for LGBT civil rights.

She replaces Troy Stevenson, who went on to lead TEN, the Equality Network, after helping to secure marriage equality in New Jersey.

“New Jersey has a lot of forward thinking policy already in place,” said Bowen. “But we must continue to press for full equality for the LGBT and ally community, and be vigilant in working to ensure our current laws are implemented and enforced. My goal is to work with communities across intersections of race, class, gender, age, and ability to ensure that LGBT people and our allies are truly protected from discrimination, physical violence, and economic pain.”

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Federal Highway Administrator in New Jersey division arrested on fraud charges

Federal Highway Administrator in New Jersey division arrested on fraud charges

The feds this morning arrested the Assistant Division Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), New Jersey Division, for allegedly using a straw company to get FHWA grant funds he also oversaw as a public official, and for falsifying related federal disclosure documents, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. 

Special agents from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of Inspector General (OIG), and criminal investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey took into custody Lawrence F. Cullari Jr., 42, of Tinton Falls, at his FHWA office in West Trenton.

They charged Cullari in a criminal complaint with five counts of making false statements and one count of wire fraud.

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Democratic Party leaders mourn Sheriff Ralph Froehlich of Union County

Condolences poured in all day from Democratic Party leaders mourning the death of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich.

Mr. Froehlich died last night at 83.

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Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November

Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November

Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) is in position to succeed Sheriff Ralph Froehlich in Union County.

Now serving as acting sheriff, Cryan will appear on the November ballot to run for a full three-year term.

Sheriff since 1977, Mr. Froehlich died last night, aged 83.

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Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died

Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died

Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83.

First elected in 1977, Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich was a highly respected law enforcement figure in Union.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, the career officer served in the Elizabeth Police Department for almost 20 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

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ELEC: Party committee fundraising the weakest it's been in 8 years

ELEC: Party committee fundraising the weakest it's been in 8 years

TRENTON - The so-called “Big Six” fundraising committees reported the weakest combined campaign finance activity in at least eight years, a sign that independent spending by special interest groups may be taking a toll on traditional fundraising committees, according to an analysis by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

“It may be no coincidence that in the year after special interest groups spent a record $41 million independently of parties and candidates, traditional fundraising committees are struggling,” said Jeff Brindle, ELEC’s Executive Director.

Reports filed by the two state parties and four legislative leadership committees revealed a combined reserve of just $800,994. At this point last year, the cash-on-hand for both parties totaled $3.2 million - nearly four times as much. Even compared to 2012, which was an off-election year, the total is low.

The following ELEC table representing Jan. 1 through June 30th of this year, shows the big six committees, the money they raised, spent, cash on hand, followed by their net worth.

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The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

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Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

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