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The Rodriguez Factor: Can a man under indictment turn the course of the Paterson Mayor's race?

The Rodriguez Factor: Can a man under indictment turn the course of the Paterson Mayor's race?
Rodriguez at Tuesday night's City Council meeting.

PATERSON – In public, At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez shows no sign of being rattled by the fact that he’s under indictment, and, with a kind of Bill Musto gusto, runs his mayoral campaign as if he expects to win, as if he knows that in the end, the people will serve as his jury.

As the council approached the midnight hour Tuesday night, he turned the heads of colleagues who noticed him animatedly communicating with campaign personnel. Someone only half jokingly asked him if he intended to go pound on doors after the meeting.

Rodriguez proved the most consistently keyed in voluble presence on the dais Tuesday, seizing on citizens’ complaints and repeatedly criticizing the Jones administration for failing to act on certain council recommendations.

“That’s not cutting it,” rebuked the councilman, angling a stern look at a mayor’s representative on the issue of street maintenance.

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Judge rules against Select Committee on Investigations in Stepien/Kelly case

Judge rules against Select Committee on Investigations in Stepien/Kelly case

A judge this afternoon denied an appeal by the Select Oversight Committee into the George Washington Bridge lane closures to compel Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly to go before the investigative committee.

“For the reasons set forth in this opinion, plaintiff’s applications for judgments declaring that defendants have failed, without justification, to produce documents in accordance with the subpoenas are denied, as are plaintiff’s requests for injunctive relief ordering defendants to comply with the subpoenas,” Assignment Judge Mary C. Jacobson wrote. “Plaintiff’s complaints in both actions are dismissed.”

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New Poll: Christie running in sixth place in Iowa

New Poll: Christie running in sixth place in Iowa

A Suffolk University Iowa Presidential Primary poll shows five other candidates running ahead of Gov. Chris Christie.

The poll shows former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 11 percent, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (10 percent each), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and medical professor emeritus Ben Carson (9 percent each), and Christie (7 percent).

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Running for re-election, veteran Morris pulled into Torres' showdown with council

Running for re-election, veteran Morris pulled into Torres' showdown with council

PATERSON – Under the mayor’s race in New Jersey’s third largest city, eight candidates are competing for three at-large council seats, including veteran Councilman Ken Morris, Jr., the second longest serving member of the governing body.

Director of Government Affairs at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System, Morris has served as a councilman for 12 years.

“It’s a city which I chose to make my home,” said Morris. “I have lived here since birth, and only lived outside the city when I went to college in Ohio. I was fortunate to find employment here, and to have had long-time employment in the City of Paterson. My home is here and to ensure that it maintains its value, I have a vested interest.”

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At-Large Paterson Council candidate Younes says he wouldn't take $42K salary

At-Large Paterson Council candidate Younes says he wouldn't take $42K salary

PATERSON – Owner of seven investment properties here, At-Large Council candidate Haytham Younes sums up his city government in one word: corrupt.

He wants to take a crack at reversing that perception by giving up his $42,000 city council salary if he wins.

“This city,” he told PolitickerNJ, “it’s sad. It’s unsafe. We have council members paid a fulltime salary to sit there once a week and complain about the administration.”

When he made the comment at last night’s council meeting, retiring At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez nearly came out of his chair, objecting to the charge that the council is useless.

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Paterson Mayor's Race: Torres lays siege to City Council

Paterson Mayor's Race: Torres lays siege to City Council
Sayegh listens to Torres.

PATERSON – The circus of politics descended on City Hall tonight with a month to go before the May 13th mayoral election, and at the center of silk city hoopla stood Council President Andre Sayegh and former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres.

“Ah, Andre,” Torres used to caution the charismatic comer when Torres was mayor. “Just make sure that when they laugh they’re laughing with you, not at you.”

But now the rivalry between the onetime young school board president and aging political lion has turned very bitter.

There are no friendly cautionary words of advice – just hard-angled charges.

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Baraka Campaign launches first TV spot

Baraka Campaign launches first TV spot

The Ras Baraka Campaign today launched its first television campaign ad of the season.  

The ad features the principal of Central High School - on leave from the job while he runs for mayor - greeting school children as they get off the bus.

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CD7 Update: Kovach back on the ballot

CD7 Update: Kovach back on the ballot

Running for Congress in the 7th District, Democrat Janice Kovach is back on the ballot following a judge's ruling after getting booted on a technicality last week.

The state Division of Elections ruled invalid certain signatures submitted by the Clinton Twp. Mayor based on the fact that her petition circulators did not live in the congressional district. 

Today, a court knocked that decision down.

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CD3: Lonegan lunges at MacArthur in new ad

CD3: Lonegan lunges at MacArthur in new ad

Poking fun at his rival’s “slick TV ads,” 3rd Congressional District candidate Steve Lonegan hammers his Republican Primary opponent in his own cable TV attack ad.

His word of choice for the Republican establishment candidate?

Liberal.

His choice comparison?

MacArthur and President Barack Obama.

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Vauss shows off countywide alliances at Irvington rally

Vauss shows off countywide alliances at Irvington rally

The rupture of the longtime political alliance between Freeholder L. Bilal Beasley and Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith issued a strengthened relationship between Beasley and his protégé, School Board President Tony Vauss.

With the veteran Beasley at his side, Vauss sharnessed establishment Democratic Party power in Irvington on Saturday as he prepares for a final month of campaigning in his May 13th matchup with Smith.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

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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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