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A test for Lou, Part 2: former Mayor Stellato's style the opposite of operative Ferriero

A test for Lou, Part 2:  former Mayor Stellato's style the opposite of operative Ferriero
Stellato, right, with former Senator Bernie Kenny of Hudson County.

The focal point for this season’s politics, Bergen prepares for the Nov. 3th corruption trial of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero, even as the party looks to the Election Day leadership of Ferriero’s organizational heir, sitting Chairman Lou Stellato on Nov. 4th.

They’re very different, these two party leaders, one up and one down, with different temperaments, according to Democrats who worked with both of them.

When it comes to political style, the most significant difference is that Stellato, a former mayor of Lyndhurst, has a spotlight-friendly public politician’s approach to his job, as opposed to Ferriero, the consummate backroom operative.

Stellato excels at the touchy feely side of the game.

Ferriero could raise money, and built a patronage empire that ultimately put him on a collision course with that November 3rd trial date. It was not uncommon to trip into a 2006 or 2007 ELEC report and finding $1.7 million sitting in the Bergen Democrats’ campaign account.

Now the net worth of the committee is $70,000, according to a July 24th ELEC report.

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Mercer bash brings out potential Democratic Party candidates for governor

Mercer bash brings out potential Democratic Party candidates for governor

Four possible candidates for the 2017 Democratic nomination for governor - and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) - are scheduled to attend party fundraising events this week for the Mercer County Democrats, proof that Mercer has muscled up since the last Democratic Primary.

Confirmed on the guest list in Ewing this evening are Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19).

Former U.S. Ambassador to Germary Phil Murphy will attend a Friday dinner party fro Mercer Dems.

Fulop and Sweeney have been playing political chess with each other for almost year across the great sprawling board of New Jersey.

Thrown by Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, Friday's dinner represents the first time that Murphy - a former Goldman Sachs CEO - will officially be in attendance at a Democratic Party event.

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Cho's 2016 horizon: in to win now, CD5 contender has his own party to win over, sources say

Cho's 2016 horizon: in to win now, CD5 contender has his own party to win over, sources say

Talk to the people in Roy Cho world and they have a straight-ahead 2014 intent.

"Our plan, plain and simple, is to win in 2014 and for Roy to be running for reelection in 2016," said the CD5 Democratic candidate’s spokesman, Derek Roseman.

But there’s buzz behind the scenes in Bergen - as attorney Cho runs a well-financed and energetic campaign – about what he needs to do on Election Day in order to muscle anyone else out of the way two years from now who might have designs on the Democratic nomination in a balmier political climate.

The best past losing efforts against Garrett hover in the 42-44% range.

A presidential year, 2016 conceivably will give the CD5 Democrat the insulation of Hillary Clinton and that much more trampoline potential for a challenger to rough up incumbent movement conservative Scott Garrett in a district with 122,377 registered Republicans to 110,105 registered Democrats.

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Christie fundraiser for Bell set for Sept. 18th

Christie fundraiser for Bell set for Sept. 18th

As promised, the Bell for Senate campaign will employ Gov. Chris Christie at a fundraiser in support of the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

Chaired by Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25); Christie confidant William J. Palatucci, Republican National Committeeman; and Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), the $1,000 per person reception is slated to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton from 5 to 8 on Sept. 18th.

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Christie's Jersey delegation for Mexico trip

Christie's Jersey delegation for Mexico trip

Governor Christie will travel to Mexico for what the front office describes as a trade mission from September 3-5.

The following group of business and community leaders will join him...

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Speaking Spanish isn't a pre-requisite for the presidency, Christie says

Speaking Spanish isn't a pre-requisite for the presidency, Christie says

SEA BRIGHT - Queried by NJTV reporter David Cruz in the lead up to his trip to Mexico next month, Gov. Chris Christie, not a hair out of place on the shore as he sandwiched a quick New Jersey appearance between RGA stops on the national trail, said speaking Spanish isn't a pre-requisite for the presidency.

"No," he told Cruz bluntly, and claps and whoops filled the seaside air. "English is our language."

"English," a woman shouted in affirmation.

Christie said he took Spanish in school and "I was really bad at it."

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Governor says he will vote 'no' on open space ballot question, blasts politicians seeking more gun regs

Governor says he will vote 'no' on open space ballot question, blasts politicians seeking more gun regs

SEA BRIGHT - Gov. Chris Christie derided as irresponsible an open space measure on the November ballot secured earlier this month by the legislature.

As envisioned by Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27), the referendum will ask voters to designate a permanent source of funding to New Jersey's valuable open space, historic sites, parks, and clean water preservation.

"I'll be voting no," said the governor. "It's irresponsible to earmark this way. I'm voting no. When they can't get something by me," (they go around him with a referendum question).

Christie also criticized those renewing calls for more gun control.

"There's not a legislative remedy to every [tragedy]," he said, denouncing "politicians who want to get their names in the paper" when they propose stricter gun laws in the wake of deadly shootings.

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Christie says Baraka should run the city not the schools

Christie says Baraka should run the city not the schools

SEA BRIGHT - Back in New Jersey after an RGA swing through Arkansas yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie slapped at Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.

"The mayor should run the city and not run the schools," said Christie, who cited the city's budget deficit. "The mayor has plenty on his plate to worry about."

Baraka earlier this week reiterated his belief that Newark should regain control of the school system and eject Schools Superintendent Cami Anderson, whom Christie just reappointed to a three-year term.

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Singer on the news out of Israel: 'tragically sad'

Singer on the news out of Israel: 'tragically sad'

State Sen. Bob Singer (R-30) confirmed the discovery of a body by Israeli authorities in the forest where Lakewood student Aaron Sofer went missing last Friday.

Authorities have not officially determined that the body is Mr. Sofer.

But speaking for the community of Lakewood Singer said if it is, "It's tragic."

The veteran senator and former mayor of Lakewood said that from he understands, "He apparently slipped" while hiking in the mountains outside Jerusalem.

There is no evidence of the involvement of a terrorist organization, the senator said.

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Four North Jersey Democratic organizations come together in Lyndhurst

Four North Jersey Democratic organizations come together in Lyndhurst

They crowded into the San Carlo in Lyndhurst this afternoon, not just the chairs of the four northern Democratic counties, but their attendant lower legislative delegations, for what amounted to a show of political power.

This was Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones joining his counterparts from Passaic, Hudson, and Bergen counties and 18-19 assembly people, each of whom spoke about his or her most pressing issues.

Jones spoke to PolitickerNJ after the session.

“I’m enthused and encouraged and looking forward to a partnership that can bolster dividends for our region,” said the Essex chairman.

The laundry list of issues included Newark, the Meadowlands, the ports, education and a focus on small bus along main street corridors.

“I applaud them,” said Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28), referring to the chairs who scheduled the meeting. “North Jersey has got to take care of their region on the bigger issues, and yes, gaming is one of them.”

Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36), chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, also attended.

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The Back Room

POLITICO: GOP on track to expand House majority by 5 or 6 seats

Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year, according to Politicker alum Alex Isenstadt, now of Politico.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 2nd

Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)  ...


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

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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