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Warring pols try to submerge battle lines at historic city baseball stadium

Warring pols try to submerge battle lines at historic city baseball stadium

PATERSON – Donning caps and sporting fierce grins, politicians this morning did their best to pretend all of this is really ultimately just about baseball in an event outside the dilapidated Hinchcliffe Stadium above the Great Falls.

But there was another pastime that inevitably leaked into the ceremony officially designating Hinchcliffe a national landmark, and an especially bruising one with 27 days left to go in the Paterson Mayor’s race.

Politics.

At the center of the drama, ties flapping in the breeze, stood incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9).

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Lance smothers Larsen in CD7 money game

Lance smothers Larsen in CD7 money game

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) has $465,753 cash on hand for his June 3rd tilt with perennial challenger David Larsen of Tewksbury.

Lance raised $268,180 from the first of the year until the end of last month.

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Politicians from around New Jersey jump into CD12 race with financial contributions

Politicians from around New Jersey jump into CD12 race with financial contributions

A quick scan of Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports shows politicians from around the state throwing financial support to their favorite candidates in the 12th Congressional District contest.

Below, find some of the names of those out-of-district and out-of-county players in the developing June 3rd Democratic Primary in CD12:

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Fulop v. Sweeney: Paterson Mayoral contest a staging area to curry favor with Currie

Fulop v. Sweeney: Paterson Mayoral contest a staging area to curry favor with Currie

PATERSON – Gearing up for a possible 2017 showdown for governor, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop both want to be loved by Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie, who also serves as chair of the Democratic State Committee.

So when it comes to winning one race, at least, the two men are united.

To that end, and to enhance their standing in the statewide political stratosphere, Fulop and Sweeney donated money to the Paterson mayoral campaign of Andre Sayegh, who has Currie’s and the County Democratic Party’s backing in the closely watched May 13th mayoral election.

Sources close to Sayegh say the money is less about Currie and more about a chance for players beyond the borders of the SIlk City to get the attention of a rising North Jersey party star.

As Fulop and Sweeney play a statewide chess match using candidates as opposing pieces in an effort to gain clout for a future head-to-head, the rivals’ support for the same candidate in Paterson represents a departure from Newark.

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CD3 Update: Belgard has nearly $326K COH

CD3 Update: Belgard has nearly $326K COH

Third Congressional District Democratic candidate Aimee Belgard raised nearly $230,000 during the first three months of 2014, according to her campaign. The candidate, a Burlington County freeholder, finished the quarter with $325,725.24 cash-on-hand, with 1,563 individual contributions under $100.

"Our campaign is running strong," said Belgard. "Folks from all over the district, Democrats, Republicans and independents, are supporting me because they're fed up with this irresponsible Congress and want to be represented by someone who will immediately get to work fighting for what people in South Jersey need: jobs, a good education, Medicare and Social Security.

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Newark First goes up on cable with Spanish TV ad in support of Jeffries

Newark First goes up on cable with Spanish TV ad in support of Jeffries

Pro-Shavar Jeffries independent expenditure group Newark First today launched its first Spanish Language television advertisement in support of Jeffries' Newark mayoral candidacy.

Jeffries is running in the May13th election against South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka.

The spot is the second cable TV ad from Newark First.

“Newark needs to move in a new direction – that’s why Newark First will work tirelessly to ensure that Shavar Jeffries becomes our next mayor. The people of this great city can’t afford to turn over the keys to a career politician like Ras Baraka who has promoted himself, while letting crime spiral out of control and leaving our communities behind. Shavar Jeffries is the real deal, not a politician only looking out for himself. He’s a lifelong Newarker, a civil rights lawyer, and someone who has never backed down from a tough fight. As mayor, he will unite all of our communities and put the people Newark first,” said Dr. Chris T. Pernell, President of Newark First.

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Sources: WNY pols pull in HCDO's Prieto to help put down energized Munoz

Sources: WNY pols pull in HCDO's Prieto to help put down energized Munoz

The allies of West New York Mayor Felix Roque want Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman (HCDO) Vinny Prieto to intervene more aggressively on behalf of Commissioner Caridad Rodriguez in the June Democratic Primary for freeholder.

They’ve called a meeting set for this evening to sit down with the chairman to figure out a containment strategy for discarded incumbent Freeholder Jose Munoz.  

The feds’ star witness against Roque in a computer hacking trial last year that ended with a jury acquitting the mayor, Munoz evidently didn’t get the memo that he’s supposed to be political roadkill.

And establishment sources fret that he’s personally taking chunks out of the organization at the local level with a very energized campaign.  

Alert, Roque also craves payback for the job Munoz tried to do on him at that trial.

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CD3 Race: Lonegan reports $172K cash on hand

CD3 Race: Lonegan reports $172K cash on hand

Running in the 3rd Congressional District’s Republican Primary, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan reported $301,688 in total contributions for the period starting Jan. 1st of this year and ending on the 31st of last month, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The movement conservative candidate for Congress who last year ran for U.S. Senate, Lonegan has $172,054 cash on hand, but also reports $161,209 in owed debt, according to the federal report.

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East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum

East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum

PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made the case for why he or she can best revive the state’s third largest city.

Cliques and preferred rivalries have developed along this jagged campaign trail, leaving the two women in the contest to share the conclusion that men have fairly uniformly contributed to the city’s ruin.

“I like her,” Maria Teresa Feliciano said following the concluding remarks of her fellow competitor, Health and Human Services Director Donna Nelson Ivy, who threw up an arm in solidarity.

Cleaving to his message that the last 12 years have been a disaster, Council President Andre Sayegh attempted to simultaneously detonate both incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones and former Mayor  Jose “Joey” Torres.

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In Irvington, Smith burnishes backing of Crump, Johnson in mayor's contest

In Irvington, Smith burnishes backing of Crump, Johnson in mayor's contest

Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith received the endorsements of several unions and politicians in his bid for reelection on May 13th, including Newark Municipal Council President Mildred Crump, Essex County Freeholder Rufus Johnson and Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca. 

President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and the former President and Chairman of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, Smith has also received endorsements from the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, the Communication Workers of America (including its locals 1037 and 1039), RWDSU local 108, and New Jersey Citizen Action. 

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The Back Room

Trenton mayor's race: Worthy campaign funds surge according to filed ELEC report

Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 15, 2014

East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made...

Op-Ed

Ryan's Budget Plan

BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs.  Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >

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"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. 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." - Jeffries campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd

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