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Cunningham on support for DeGise 2015: 'no comment'

Cunningham on support for DeGise 2015: 'no comment'

UNION CITY - Here to add her voice to the protest of Alaris Health's treatment of workers, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31) coyly deflected a question about next year's Hudson County executive's race.

"I haven't decided yet," she said, when PolitickerNJ asked her if she intends to challenge incumbent Executive Tom DeGise.

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Sires requesting federal intervention as Stack looks to state legislation in health workers case

Sires requesting federal intervention as Stack looks to state legislation in health workers case

UNION CITY -U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) told hundreds of healthcare workers tonight that he intends to send a letter to the federal Department of Labor, demanding the feds investigate Alaris Healthcare's treatment of workers.

"It's a violation of federal law that they were kicked out the way they were," said Sires.

Two dozen striking workers say that upon returning to work at Alaris on Friday 9/19 and Saturday 9/20, management turned them away.

With Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) at his side, Mayor Brian P. Stack said he intends to craft legislation to help the workers.

"We need to look at the ratio of patients each aide should have to take care of," said Stack to cheers from the crowd.

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Stack furious at for-profit care center at packed Union City rally for 1199 healthcare workers

Stack furious at for-profit care center at packed Union City rally for 1199 healthcare workers

UNION CITY - Mayor Brian Stack had a look on his face somewhere between Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as he mounted the stage in front of hundreds of SEIU workers from around the tri-state area and demanded the immediate reinstatement of two dozen nursing home caregivers whom he said for-profit healthcare center Alaris booted following a three-day strike.

"It's disgraceful to treat workers like that," screamed Stack, voice shaking with emotion.

It's personal.

The mayor's ailing mother is in an Alaris facility in Bergen County.

"My mother is cared for better by you than by some people in her own family," said Stack, backed up onstage by 1199 leader Milly Silva, U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), state Sen. Sandy Cunningham (D-31), Weehawken Mayor Richard Turner and Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-31) and other labor leaders.

"You can't put a price on that," said the mayor.

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Hillman upbraids Traier for choice of openly gay candidate to address New Jerseyans

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus today criticized Passaic County Republican Chairman John Traier's choice of an openly gay Republican congressional candidate as a guest here in New Jersey.

Traier, a gay Republican county chairman who wants to improve his party's image with diverse populations, is hosting Carl DeMaio of California today. 

That sparked the following response from NJDSC LBGT Caucus Chris Hillmann.

“A bad representative is a bad representative, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Hillmann. “Only one major political party truly supports the LGBT community: the Democratic Party. The Republican Party, by contrast, has consistently blocked our path as we march en masse toward equality. In this respect, Mr. DeMaio — who has noted in past campaigns that LGBT concerns are not his concern — represents the same sad, antiquated, and closed-minded GOP priorities. We look forward to sending him back to San Diego to lose another campaign.”

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Beck says GOP brand in Monmouth too tough for Dems; backs Bell for U.S. Senate

Beck says GOP brand in Monmouth too tough for Dems; backs Bell for U.S. Senate

THE MEADOWLANDS - From county to county, Democrats see opportunity in Cory Booker coattails blanking Republican incumbent freeholders.

The push is on - especially in Monmouth, Somerset, and Burlington, where minority county party chairs salivate over a mismatch in Booker versus Republican Jeff Bell.

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) said no way.

"In Monmouth County, the Republican brand is so strong, you could even imagine the freeholders running parallel to [Booker]," said Beck. "While Jeff Bell will get the support of Republicans in Monmouth County, I don't think he plays a big role."

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New Jersey's women lawmakers want Goodell fired; stronger counter attack to domestic violence

New Jersey's women lawmakers want Goodell fired; stronger counter attack to domestic violence

THE MEADOWLANDS - Standing in a parking lot amid whizzing planes and cargo trucks and Metlife Stadium looming in the background, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) led a bipartisan delegation of women legislators to demand stronger action by the NFL - and Congress - in response to former NFL running back Ray Rice's show of violence to his wife and the moribund reaction by the league until the release of an infamous Atlantic City video.

All the women want NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell canned.

It wasn't just Rice.

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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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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: October 1st

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...

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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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(10-1-14) Mayor Fulop’s Working Family Rebellion Spreads - What began as a commitment between Mayor Steve Fulop and the people of Jersey City is fast becoming a movement spreading... more »
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