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Paterson Mayor's Race: Arab-American leaders, Currie and Pascrell III fundraise for Sayegh

Paterson Mayor's Race: Arab-American leaders, Currie and Pascrell III fundraise for Sayegh

CLIFTON – Getting on 2012 game faces for the May 13th 2014 mayor’s race, leaders of Paterson’s Arab-American community and the Democratic Party crowded into a banquet room in the Valley Regency last night and rammed the candidacy of Council President Andre Sayegh.  

Anchored by Arab-American leader Al Abdelaziz; Democratic State Party (and Passaic County Dems) Chairman John Currie; and Bill Pascrell III, son of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), who led an historic get-out-the-vote effort in his hometown in the 2012 Democratic Primary, the event raised Sayegh’s mayoral campaign $80,000.

“I’m all in on this race, and I’m ready to double down,” said Pascrell, who sat at the front of the room with Currie and Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) days after the Arab-American Screening Committee organized by Abdelaziz awarded its endorsement to Sayegh.

“Some of the candidates were great,” beamed emcee Salaheddin Mustafa, reflecting on a seven-hour long candidates’ screening exercise.

“Some of the others – Joey – weren’t,” he cracked, a jibe at Sayegh’s competitor, former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, who had his own fundraiser earlier this week with former Mayor Pat Kramer.

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Turkavage gets GOP support in Hunterdon

Turkavage gets GOP support in Hunterdon

Seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, former FBI agent Robert Turkavage tonight won the line in Hunterdon County.

His win further chopped up the primary field among five competitors vying to go up against U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in the general election.

Essex businessman Brian Goldberg has the lines in Ocean, Essex, Atlantic, Mercer, Cumberland, Passaic and Somerset.

Monmouth businessman Rich Pezzullo has the line in Union and Monmouth.

Bergen Finance Professor Murray Sabrin has the line in Middlesex.

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The PolitickerNJ Interview: GOP Senate candidate Brian Goldberg

The PolitickerNJ Interview: GOP Senate candidate Brian Goldberg

Heading into tonight’s Hunterdon County GOP convention, cement business owner Brian Goldberg feels like he’s standing on a solid foundation.

The 40-year-old West Orange resident, a self-described mainstream Republican, won seven county lines in his quest to secure the GOP nomination to run against U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

Those lines – the most amassed by any single candidate in the race - arguably make Goldberg the frontrunner in a field of five contenders by turns scrapping or fading in a hard-to-pin-down contest.

In no particular order, Goldberg has racked Ocean, his home county of Essex where he serves as a party committee member, Somerset, Cumberland, Passaic, Mercer and Atlantic.

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Cumberland County Clerk 2014: Noto v. Riley

Cumberland County Clerk 2014: Noto v. Riley

Quick, what race has the makings of the most bruising general election battle of the season?

If you answered Cory Booker versus Goldberg/Sabrin/Turkevage/Bell/Pezzullo you’re probably not watching a quietly but no less fiercely developing contest south of the state’s Mason-Dixon line.

That’s where incumbent Republican Cumberland County Clerk Goria Noto (pictured) is gearing up for a west versus east countywide stare down with Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-3).

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Sweeney's RGGI regroup bill advances out of Environmental Committee

Sweeney's RGGI regroup bill advances out of Environmental Committee

TRENTON –Gov. Chris Christie wanted to run for president, so he yanked New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to play up his street cred with pro-business conservatives in red-hued America.

Now Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) (pictured) wants to run for governor, and on the way needs to shore the statewide affections of blue-tinged enviros outraged by Christie's 2011 executive declaration.

That's the short and simplified political version of why the Senate Environment Committee this morning released Sweeney's bill requiring the state’s participation in RGGI.

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Senate Enviro Committee releases Beck's fracking moratorium bill

Senate Enviro Committee releases Beck's fracking moratorium bill

TRENTON –Jobs versus the environment, and midway versus all the way.

That was the way the fracking debate went down this morning as the Senate Environmental Committee passed a bill sponsored by state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-11) that would temporarily suspend New Jersey fracking, or hydraulic fracturing.

Aimed at protecting drinking water, the bill advanced on a 4-0-1 vote, with mostly favorable input of New Jersey’s top environmental advocacy organizations, including Environment NJ, the Delaware Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club, organizations that quibble with details but in the main back the legislation as part of a longer-term goal to permanently ban fracking.

Sen. Sam Thompson (R-12) abstained on the bill.

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Somerset Dems unanimously back Chivukula in CD12

Somerset Dems unanimously back Chivukula in CD12

MANVILLE - Packed into the local VFW hall here, 41 delegates in the 12th Congressional District issued 41 votes, all for Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), of Franklin Twp.

"I am ready to fight for you," the candidate for Congress declared. "Are you ready to fight for me?"

Hoping to succeed the retiring U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), Chivukula is running in a bruising Democratic Primary against state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14) and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15).

Watson Coleman received the line in the Union County portion of the district (12% of the district's registered Democrats).

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Sources: Backroom flareup in Mercer heading into tonight's convention

Sources: Backroom flareup in Mercer heading into tonight's convention

Emotions – a lot of them – spilled out of the pre-convention meeting room in Mercer this past Saturday as two bitterly feuding camps prepare to battle tonight for the county line in the much-watched CD12 Democratic Primary.

Trying to get a leg into Mercer in a Middlesex versus Mercer/Union contest, the Middlesex-based state Sen. Linda Greenstein questioned rules governing the Mercer Democratic Chair’s 25 committee votes of a possible total 150.

Having lost the Union county line to chief rival Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), Greenstein – legal bifocals firmly in place - fought for every break in the backroom action, sources say.

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Paterson Mayor's Race: suddenly swarmed Sayegh answers his critics

Paterson Mayor's Race: suddenly swarmed Sayegh answers his critics

PATERSON - The best laid plan was for Council President Andre Sayegh to appear as the heroic, good guy alternative to worn-out older generation Paterson brand names. 

He was also going to stay out of the political fist-fighting while other candidates in the mayor’s contest sniped at old rivals and did one another in, leaving a mostly un-scuffed Sayegh to stride into City Hall amid all the winged and dinged casualties.

But a story out of the Paterson Times this week has the council president in the crosshairs, as his competitors attempt to muddy him with a variation on the attack they say he leveled at them, while they continue to quietly but fiercely nip at Sayegh’s connections to the Democratic Party in a fast intensifying May 13th nonpartisan election.

The story this week reports that Sayegh accepted numerous contributions from developers whose projects he later voted on, including a tax abatement for a law firm that donated to the council president.

Sayegh’s allies dismissed the piece as hardly noteworthy; a non-item, in fact.

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Labor Brawl at the Port: Union leaders spar with the Waterfront Commission over new hires

Labor Brawl at the Port: Union leaders spar with the Waterfront Commission over new hires

ELIZABETH – Men in orange safety vests with the initials “ILA” and “NYSA” stenciled on them in marker crowded into an overflow tent at the shipping port here and gave a collective battering to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor.

The longshoremen, checkers, their long-coated leaders and Democratic legislators in the shadows of stacked shipping containers and trucks at a standstill for the occasion say the commission stands in the way of hundreds of new hires.

Absorbing heaped complaints from under those tent flaps in Elizabeth, the commission, for its part, says the labor unions want to frontend load their own patronage trough of well-connected six-figure pals while foot-dragging on employing veterans, women and minorities in accord with a collectively bargained agreement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...

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“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones

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