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Gilmore surfaces with Torres as anti-Christie protesters crash ceremony

Gilmore surfaces with Torres as anti-Christie protesters crash ceremony

PATERSON - In a brace of Republican brand names, including former Mayor Pat Kramer, County COP Chair John Traier and Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-40), Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore gave off a Jose "Joey" Torres inner sanctum gleam as he made his way to his seat.

"It's time for a revitalization of our cities, and Joey's the guy to do it," Gilmore told PolitickerNJ.

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Speziale here amid laughter - coy about return to Paterson

Speziale here amid laughter - coy about return to Paterson

PATERSON - The southern accent on the other end of the line in Prichard, Alabama couldn't account for the precise whereabouts of the local police chief.

"He won't be back until Wednesday," she said.

That's because he's here: Jerry Speziale, the former Passaic County sheriff who left on bad terms with the county Democratic Party, bounced from the Port Authority to Prichard, and resurfaced with a Youtube endorsement of anti-establishment mayoral candidate Jose "Joey" Torres during last month's brutal mayoral contest.

Torres won, and now Speziale enjoys inner circle attention amid rumors of a return to the city of his birth as head of the police department.

"No comment," Speziale told PolitickerNJ.

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Paterson: Torres on verge of swearing-in by Christie

Paterson: Torres on verge of swearing-in by Christie

PATERSON - The siren's voice of Donna Summer projects through speakers here in the Silk City in a fast-filling plaza in front of City Hall where soon Mayor-elect Jose "Joey" Torres will assume the oath of office.

Gov. Chris Christie will swear in Torres, who served from 2002-2010, lost to Jeff Jones, then in May defeated incumbent Jones and a field of six other contenders.

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Gill charges Christie with 'direct assault on integrity of institution' of the senate

Gill charges Christie with 'direct assault on integrity of institution' of the senate

TRENTON - A spat between Gov. Chris Christie and the Senate Judiciary Committee spilled angrily onto the floor this afternoon, as state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34) excoriated the front office for withdrawing the nominations of Essex County judges due to questions she said the judiciary posed to a former Christie administration member in line for a judgeship.

"Gov. Chris Christie, I am willing to stand... I am willing to stand against you for as long as you are governor," the senator said.

Gill laid out the issue.

"Today in Judiciary we had [five] judges for Essex County," the senator said. "One of the nominees who came before us, Mr. David A. Cohen, was director of [labor] relations in the Office of the Governor. He was the first nominee up. Ater his opening statement, we received a letter, brought to our attention by Senator [Loretta] Weinberg."

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James backs Crump for Council Prez

A late effort by members of the Newark City Council to try to swing the council presidency away from Councilwoman Mildred Crump sputtered when South Ward Councilman-elect John Sharpe James removed himself as an alternative.

"I support the current council president, Council President Crump," said James, referring to At-Large Councilwoman Mildred Crump.

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Currie bails on Torres/Christie in favor of Baraka/Codey - bashes governor on budget

Currie bails on Torres/Christie in favor of Baraka/Codey - bashes governor on budget

Don't expect to see Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie at Mayor-elect Jose "Joey" Torres' swearing-in ceremony tomorrow.

"A scheduling conflict," explained the chair, who also leads the Passaic County Democratic Party that Torres defeated in becoming mayor.

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Sources: John Sharpe James considered council prez seat, as Crump hangs tough in Newark

Sources: John Sharpe James considered council prez seat, as Crump hangs tough in Newark

It so often comes down to Councilman-elect Luis Quintana, the city's acting mayor, amid rumors this afternoon that Mildred Crump may not be a done deal as Newark Council president.

But this time someone else stands at the fulcrum of power.

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Is Torres the new Stack?

Is Torres the new Stack?

Due to be sworn-in tomorrow, Paterson Mayor-elect Jose “Joey” Torres has a full-fledged theatrical set-piece planned that will set Passaic County Democrats’ teeth grinding amid the fanfare.

Some publicly unresolved appointments also have Dems on edge.

With dramatic flair ripped straight from Hudson County’s Brian P. Stack (the Union City mayor and 33rd District state senator) and superimposed on Paterson, Torres has called on Republican Gov. Chris Christie to swear him into office.

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Budget endgame: Dems expect Christie cuts, little unexpected drama, Sarlo says

Budget endgame: Dems expect Christie cuts, little unexpected drama, Sarlo says

TRENTON – The Statehouse is quiet for the most part as state Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-36) anticipates Gov. Chris Christie acting upon the Democrats’ submitted $34.1 billion budget later today to meet the deadline.

Democrats expect Christie to enact his desired cuts and make up the balance by taking $900 million out of the state pension fund, which a Superior Court Judge last week ruled – at least this year - is within the governor’s constitutional purview in this budget crisis.

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Prez 2016: Booker talks up Clinton's 'high marks' from national-level Republicans

Prez 2016: Booker talks up Clinton's 'high marks' from national-level Republicans

TRENTON – Cory Booker isn’t ready to issue a 2016 presidential endorsement, but based on what he’s heard in Washington, D.C., says he disagrees with the argument that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be a nationally polarizing figure.

“I think she’s been an extraordinary leader in many ways,” Booker told PolitickerNJ, reflecting on the Democrats’ presidential frontrunner and former first lady. “She gets great marks from leaders on the other side of the aisle.”

According to GOP senators with whom Booker’s spoken, “she’s not polarizing."

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The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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