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CD3 Update: Shaftan butts heads with Independence Hall Tea Party group

CD3 Update: Shaftan butts heads with Independence Hall Tea Party group

The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC wants the Lonegan Campaign to apologize for a comment posted by Loneganite Rick Shaftan, suggesting that the PAC endorsed Tom MacArthur in the NJ 3rd Congressional District race in exchange for a monetary bribe.

Citing the group's history and recorded opposition to Lonegan, Shaftan laughed off the request as absurd at best.

Unamused, the PAC issued the following statement:

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Paterson's Nelson Ivy: victory or bust

Paterson's Nelson Ivy: victory or bust

PATERSON – Donna Nelson Ivy says she’s not a spoiler.

She’s in the race to be mayor.

Nothing less.

“We have a mess,” the city’s Health and Human Services Director told PolitickerNJ. “This is not how it’s supposed to be.”

Despite her best efforts to project “in-to-win” ferocity, insiders inevitably see Nelson-Ivy as a component of the Mayor Jeff Jones story.

Nelson Ivy helped elect Jones.

And now she’s going to help un-elect him, sneer the mayor’s foes.

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Operation Paterson: Dominican factor in play as contest intensifies

Operation Paterson: Dominican factor in play as contest intensifies
Alex Mendez (center)

PATERSON - The presence in the Paterson mayor’s race of two Dominican mayoral candidates and two strongly vying at-large council candidates – all four drawing from different and at times overlapping pockets of support in the community – creates an unavoidable impact point in the May 13th election.

If insiders agree that a public soured on politics will contribute to a low voter turnout election next month, they simultaneously see the potential for a vote spike among Dominican Americans, which could swing the outcome.

“The Dominican piece is a very important piece for me,” says School Board Commissioner Alex Mendez, a candidate for one of three at-large city council seats, who also voices his commitment to every community in Paterson in his quest to represent the whole city.

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Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'

Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.

“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen. Michael Bennet told POLITICO in a statement. “From the beauty of the rolling hills of the Eastern Plains to the magnificent landscapes in the mountains and from our smallest rural towns to our largest cities, Colorado offers the greatest quality of life in the nation. In fact, our quality of life is one reason more innovative companies are moving into the state. If Gov. Christie does find the time to visit, I’m sure he’ll find our Western hospitality on display.”

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Flare-up between Torres and Rodriguez at Paterson mayoral forum

Flare-up between Torres and Rodriguez at Paterson mayoral forum

PATERSON – At a mayoral forum this morning in this fast-intensifying contest with three weeks to go until Election Day, former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez collided for the first time.

In self-protection mode, Torres called out by name his tormentors who signed off on his controversial $74,000 severance package four years ago only to resurface now as chastising 2014 mayoral combatants.

Rodriguez objected, telling the former mayor that he was wrong, and noting that Torres’ severance pay he received for review as a councilman was hidden amid other city payments.

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Christie: If NJ doesn't act, it could become Detroit

Christie: If NJ doesn't act, it could become Detroit

A caller prodded Gov. Chris Christie on the subject of cancer research funding, another on education funding, and in each case the governor pointed at the legislature.

He wouldn't tell Ask the Governor host Eric Scott how he will handle Speaker Vinny Prieto's (D-32) refusal to date to re-up the 2 percent cap on police and fire salary awards, preferring to keep his strategy cloaked.

"You wouldn't want me to look like a schmuck, would you?" Christie asked Scott.

But the governor was pleased to blame Prieto.

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Frank X. Graves versus Allen Ginsberg

Frank X. Graves versus Allen Ginsberg
Frank X. Graves, Mayor of Paterson from 1961-1966 and from 1982 to 1990; and 35th District State Senator from 1978 to 1990 (his death).

 

Montagu Square gave us London versus John Lennon.

In New Jersey, Paterson contributed its own timeless would-be drug bust rivalry – and a rare (almost unheard-of) NJ intersection of politics and poetry: Mayor Frank X. Graves – noted non-reader - versus native poet Allen Ginsburg, who actually claimed to have been able to understand Ezra Pound.

According to the late mayor’s New York Times obituary in 1990, “In his first administration, from 1961 to 1966, Mr. Graves personally led police raids, unleashed dogs on rioters and ordered the arrest of the poet Allen Ginsberg, a Paterson native, for saying at a poetry reading that he had just smoked marijuana at the Passaic Falls.”

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ELEC: in Bayonne, $243K COH-armed Smith swamps challenger Davis

ELEC: in Bayonne, $243K COH-armed Smith swamps challenger Davis

For a political contest that looked hotwired for a riverfront slugfest, there’s not much going on in the money race.

It’s a one-sided Bayonne cash-on-hand beat-down.

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ELEC: aided by donations from Fulop, Sweeney, labor, and Dems Establishment, Jackson smothers Trenton mayoral field

ELEC: aided by donations from Fulop, Sweeney, labor, and Dems Establishment, Jackson smothers Trenton mayoral field
Jackson, second from left.

Plainfield Public Works Director Erick Jackson reported a clear-cut advantage over his adversaries and flexed a statewide establishment edge in the local Trenton money game.

The mayoral candidate raised $181,420 to date, including $96,811.80 for this morning's 29-day report period, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).  

Jackson has $72,605.43 cash on hand.

Contributors to the candidate include a pair of warring 2017 gubernatorial prospects: Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) ($7,200), the Jersey City Democratic Committee (Mayor Steve Fulop) ($8,200); former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli, former state Senator Bernard Kenny, and many labor group donations.

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CD3: In new radio ad, Lonegan zeroes in on MacArthur's fundraising

CD3: In new radio ad, Lonegan zeroes in on MacArthur's fundraising

Running in the 3rd Congressional District Republican Primary, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan this morning released a radio ad tageting the fundraising of his opponent, former Randolph Mayor Tom MacAthur.

The two Republicans want to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3)and althouth denied the organization lines in CD3, Lonegan claims renewed vigor over MacArthur's inability to raise money from sources other than his own bank account.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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