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Trenton Councilwoman Caldwell-Wilson going to her native Scotland to vote in referendum election

Trenton Councilwoman Caldwell-Wilson going to her native Scotland to vote in referendum election

Scottish-born Trenton Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson has a dual citizenship, and she’s watching with considerable interest those political events unfolding in the country of her birth in the lead up to a September 18th referendum election on independence.

Now in her second term on the city council, Caldwell-Wilson, a retired CWA labor leader, plans to go to Scotland for the vote and the aftermath, and to celebrate that country’s separation from England.

“The big conversation going on right now is about revenues from North Sea oil, which would be a big loss to the UK,” said the councilwoman.

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Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell

Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell

Fight of the Week

Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9)

The most-watched race of the season after Labor Day will be Donovan versus Bergen County Freeholder (and former Paramus Mayor) James Tedesco. Republicans are confident that Donovan’s mix of money and name ID and Obama backlash will blunt the Democrats’ attack. But Dems are trying to take advantage of the fact that the popular Pascrell will be on the ticket for the first time in a Bergen County executive’s race and in position to fight house to house in Donovan’s home portion of the sprawling county.

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Bar Notes Hudson: an operative's developing back story

Bar Notes Hudson: an operative's developing back story

WEST NEW YORK – The Saccoites in the vicinity of Cosmo Cirillo tensed up at the sight of the familiar grim reaper figure in the doorway with the Ivan Drago expression on his face otherwise known as Mark Albiez, veteran political confidant of Union City Mayor/Senator Brian P. Stack.

But before anyone reached for a bottle to break over the bar in Son Cubano, Joey Muniz and other cooler heads prevailed, reminding their fellow Sacco heavies that Albiez no longer works for Stack.

He is, in fact, an aide to Hudson’s young prince, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

Cirillo and those other operatives long schooled in the cloak and dagger escapades of North Bergen versus Union City summoned their most sociable grins as Albiez joined the party.

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'We believe in redemption': Roque heads into 2015 with full backing of the HCDO

'We believe in redemption': Roque heads into 2015 with full backing of the HCDO

WEST NEW YORK – When local pain specialist Dr. Felix Roque delivered U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) from discomfort and restored him to the golf course, the congressman in return indulged the political fancies of his friend, which wound up causing Roque a world of hurt.

But that was then, this is now, and those same insiders high-fiving one another at the sight of Roque in leg iron agony last year, tonight showed up in respectful reappraisal of West New York’s mayor eight months before his scheduled re-election.

“He’s a good guy,” leered a face at the bar in Son Cubano, and one could almost hear the nasal narration of Ray Liotta expounding on that point.

“He’s a good fella.”

One half expected Paul Sorvino to show up and tousle Roque’s hair.

“You can only do it by earning it,” sized up U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who acknowledged that he and Roque started their relationship on rocky terms, made most shockingly manifest when the mayor backed the incumbent senator's Republican opponent in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.

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Sources: O'Dowd AG prospects 'bleak'

Sources: O'Dowd AG prospects 'bleak'

He looked like a go for attorney general based on what insiders universally assess as a sterling record and statehouse likeability, but the mood around Kevin O’Dowd’s nomination has decidedly darkened.

“He will not be the attorney general,” said a political insider, a Democrat, close to the process.

A Republican, also speaking on condition of anonymity and inside the halls of power offered a one-word snapshot of O’Dowd’s prospects: “Bleak.”

Both sources emphasized that at least by the reckoning of those close to the gears of government, it’s nothing O’Dowd did or didn’t fulfill as Christie’s chief-of-staff that will sink his AG chances.

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Bell argues for intensified bombing against ISIS

Bell argues for intensified bombing against ISIS

Decrying genocide marked by the beheadings of innocents, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Bell wants the United States to expand airstrike operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

President Barack Obama this week ordered airstrikes against Islamic State militants, stopping their advance on the city of Erbil. Bell wants more, arguing that what the President has done so far will prove ineffective without bombing intensification.

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Sires: 'There's despair in the air;' Christie up against 'right-wing agenda' in prez bid

Sires: 'There's despair in the air;' Christie up against 'right-wing agenda' in prez bid

JERSEY CITY – Young people are despairing and the Democratic Party provides no hope, said U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8), in a sit down interview Tuesday with PolitickerNJ.

“We are floating on a barge with no direction,” said Sires, the former West New York mayor and Assembly Speaker who whipped Joe Vas of Perth Amboy to win Bob Menendez’s vacant congressional seat.

“I think there’s despair. People see no future. Jobs are limited. I think there’s despair in the air,” said Sires. “Young people are falling into debt. They can’t afford their education. We get calls here all the time.”

Republicans implemented a better redistricting strategy 10 years ago to win statehouses and governorships, Sires said, but the GOP is mired in a fundamental cynical misunderstanding of the role of government in American life.

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Essex Royale: Jones pulls party faithful in for night of gaming, political mixing

Essex Royale: Jones pulls party faithful in for night of gaming, political mixing

BELLEVILLE – Elbows on the felt table top, veteran Democratic Party political operative Phil Alagia looked across the void in a room crammed with party members getting a groove on as a bow-tied dealer dealt another round of chips.

The leaden eyes betrayed no emotion in the waging of another gamble.

But the real test was going to be for Chairman Leroy Jones and whether anyone showed up in late August to the Essex County Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser at Nanina's.

Operatives worked the phones in the lead-up to peel people off their sun roofs for a few hours as summer sank toward Labor Day and, in this room at least, a keener apprehension of the Bergen County Executive’s race - and 2015.

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Essex Dems to fundraise for Monmouth Dems

Essex Dems to fundraise for Monmouth Dems

Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones and powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo will join other Essex Democrats at a fundraiser next month for the Monmouth County Democrats.

Monmouth Dems Chairman Vin Gopal has spent considerable time and care building party relationships statewide and sees a chance this year to grab two freeholder seats.

Jones and DiVincenzo want to help him.

Joe Grillo and Larry Luttrell are the challengers, who on Sept. 17th in Monclair will get a boost from the same personage who last year infuriated fellow Democrats by backing Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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In Focus: Veteran Councilman Leonard eyes District 4 Essex Freeholder seat

In Focus: Veteran Councilman Leonard eyes District 4 Essex Freeholder seat

Rich Leonard has run for higher office on at least two occasions and lost.

Both times he ran as a Democrat.

In 1981 he ran for the assembly against the late Bob Franks on a ticket with Jim Florio and said his first action in office would be to demand a leadership position.

“Anyone who got elected in that district at that time would deserve nothing less,” said the veteran Roseland Councilman, first elected in 1973 and the third generation in his family to hold the seat.

Of course, Tom Kean, Sr. of Livingston was the Republican candidate for governor then.

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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 17th

U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...

Op-Ed

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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