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Insiders flock to DeAngelo's annual fundraiser at Tir Na Nog

Insiders flock to DeAngelo's annual fundraiser at Tir Na Nog
From Left: Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14), Trenton Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, and Mercer County Freeholder Andrew Koontz.

TRENTON – They barged through the doors here at Tir Na Nog, where walls overhung with the faces of IRA  and GPO heroes blend into the flesh and blood fabric of this Grateful Dead strumming present: bar stool locals and sidewalk spillover from Hamilton, where Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-14) welds the cacophony of an Irish and Italian past into well-heeled district-wide politics.

“Wayne has really matured,” Trenton North Ward Councilman Marge Caldwell-Wilson said of the veteran Democratic Party lawmaker and assistant business manager of IBEW Local 269. “He’s really come a long way since he was first elected. He’s growing and he gets better the longer he’s in there. He’s become one of our most aggressive legislators.”

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In floor speech, Greenwald goes off on the front office

In floor speech, Greenwald goes off on the front office

TRENTON - In a calculated move designed to make the GOP caucus look cowed by executive power, Democrats fell short of overriding Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of A961, but not before Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6) issued a caustic critique of the administration from the floor of the chamber.

“What I’m used to is the disrespect from the front office, which everyone in this governing body should be fed up with,” Greenwald said. “It is tiresome. It is old. And it is bad public policy, but I do know what my responsibility is.

“After the confidential veto statement went out, which made no reference to this, hours before the vote, this mystery comes to the forefront and everybody says hold it,” the majority leader fumed.

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At odds with Donovan, Saudino applauds Supreme Court ruling in compensation case

At odds with Donovan, Saudino applauds Supreme Court ruling in compensation case

Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino today rejoiced with the news that the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld a unanimous Appellate Court decision demanding that Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan immediately release all the compensation due to the Sheriff’s Officers.

The amount is about $8 million.

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Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill

Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill
Credit: Liz Swain
Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7)

TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged - from peeling away an adequate number of his caucus members.

The bill received 45 votes in the affirmative, five in the negative, and 23 abstentions.

In a floor debate prior to the vote, Bramnick labored to offset the embarrassment of Republicans, whose caucus members would have to overturn an earlier vote on the issue to please Christie.

An original staunch backer of the bill, Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R-13) backed up the leader on a change of course after the treasury department notified Republicans that it would be inappropriate for the state, the issuer of the debt, to also issue an affordability analysis.

"I strongly urge that we pull this back," O'Scanlon argued, citing new information. "If there is another we to work this, then that's the way we ought to go."

Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D-6) was aghast.

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In first TV ad buy, Donovan goes after Tedesco - and Ganz and Voss - all at once

In first TV ad buy, Donovan goes after Tedesco - and Ganz and Voss - all at once

The Kathe Donovan Campaign got tough in Bergen County this morning, looking to smother their Democratic challengers in Donovan’s first TV ad of the season.

The Republican county executive seeking her second term in office, Donovan bought $45,000 worth of cable and Internet ad time in an attempt to snuff out challenger James Tedesco, a county freeholder and former Paramus mayor.

The ad highlights Tedesco’s long-ago choice for Paramus attorney, Dennis Oury – who was later tried and convicted for attempting to profit from a secret business venture; and pokes at Tedesco’s running mates.

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Ince running against Cryan for 'professionalism' at Union County Sheriff's Office

Ince running against Cryan for 'professionalism' at Union County Sheriff's Office

LINDEN – It’s tough to get traction in Union as a countywide Republican.

He knows it. Admits it.

But Michael Ince told PolitickerNJ he’s running anyway, and on the street here in downtown Linden at the annual fair, he worked it hard.

“The idea is to put a professional in the position, not a politician,” said Ince, who’s running for sheriff against Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), a Democrat undersheriff looking to fill the job left vacant by the death this summer of Ralph Froehlich.

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Gubernatorial candidate Pierce circulates at Dems' Woodbridge grand opening

Gubernatorial candidate Pierce circulates at Dems' Woodbridge grand opening

WOODBRIDGE – Another gubernatorial candidate just surfaced.

“Titus Pierce, Democratic candidate for governor,” he said, sticking his card into the hand of a lawmaker, whose shoulders sagged at this grand opening by the Democratic State Committee of its statewide coordinated campaign headquarters.

The lawmaker's eyes caught those of another lawmaker’s.

Both sets of eyes rolled.

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Union County and the politics of pie-eating

Union County and the politics of pie-eating
Gerbounka, left, and Holley, in the clutch.

LINDEN – The stage stood over Wood Avenue downtown, in that business district sprinkled heavily with Polish butcher shops as a more permanent matter, today enhanced by a ZZ Top lookalike rock band, barbecue grills and a block stocked with old cars, as two men got ready for a showdown surging with political optics.

“We’re friends – but today we’re adversaries,” announced Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka, who stood beside Roselle Mayor Jamal Holley in front of a tableful of apple pies.

Both men had their hands behind their backs, as though preparing to face a firing squad together.

Actually, in a few moments, they would receive the order from a timer to plunge face first into a pair of pies.

A handful of other competitors likewise stood at the ready.

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State Dems open Woodbridge HQ, Booker and Bell trade on ideology, as undercurrent of regional party politics abides

State Dems open Woodbridge HQ, Booker and Bell trade on ideology, as undercurrent of regional party politics abides
Booker and Currie

WOODBRIDGE – In terms of creating the kinds of dramatic tension that produces a heroic public outcome, Jeff Bell has been a frustrating general election opponent for incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

The tedium of carrying someone for 11 rounds before coming suddenly alive in the 12th on Election Day at that carefully cultivated moment of heightened public expectation and producing the spectacular knockout is the difficult task of the incumbent in this case.

In his three mayoral runs – 2002, 2006 and 2010 – only in the first did Booker produce the kind of scintillating narrative that offset the loss to then-Mayor Sharpe James and resolved itself at last in his runaway comeback four years later.

Wins over Ron Rice and Cliff Minor were snooze-fests; and while Team Booker has labored hard to make this season look like Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier III against the backdrop of Republicans pushing around Barack Obama; or even Booker v. James with a happy ending, the media has absorbed the contest as something on the order of Ali v. Al Blue Lewis.

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Union City Police arrest grieving Falto for making threatening comments about Stack

Union City Police arrest grieving Falto for making threatening comments about Stack
Stack, far right.

Union City Police last night arrested a man who had wanted to run against Mayor Brian P. Stack earlier this year. They charged Jose Falto after complying with his directive to confiscate his gun and then hearing him make what they construed as a threatening comment about the mayor. 

Police charged Falto with making terroristic threats, according to the police report.

In separate interviews with PolitickerNJ, Falto blamed the police and the city, saying their actions amounted to payback because he nursed designs on challenging the mayor and said he plans to sue, while Stack said he takes the threat seriously and expressed concern for his family.

The backdrop this week for both men reflects personal duress and strain.

Falto’s ex-wife died this week and he said his behavior was an expression of pure grief. For his part, Stack is going through family turmoil himself, as he cares for his ailing, 82 year-old mother.

The two men have a history.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 30th

Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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