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Jones: 'Let people know we ain’t playing'

Jones: 'Let people know we ain’t playing'

PATERSON – Suit. Tie. Loafers freshly polished.

A confident Mayor Jeff Jones said they dislodged former Mayor Marty Barnes, the late leader of Paterson who ended his reign in handcuffs.

The Republicans told Barack Obama he’s not presidential material.

“I’m in good company,” the mayor beamed, as he launched the opening of his campaign headquarters earlier today around the corner from Market Street, close to the train station.

When it comes to running the White House or running City Hall, the message, the mayor said, has been simple.

The smile disappeared.

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Paterson: Under indictment, Rodriguez doubles down on mayoral campaign

Paterson: Under indictment, Rodriguez doubles down on mayoral campaign

Indicted last month for election fraud, At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez said he’ll be the next mayor of Paterson.

Roughed up themselves and used to coping with disaster, the people will be with him, he says.

“People love me,” Rodriguez told PolitickerNJ. “I’m going to win it.”

He and his wife face charges of filing fraudulent mail-in ballots, but with less than a month and half remaining before the May 13th election, Rodriguez focuses on City Hall.

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CD3 GOP Primary - MacArthur to Lonegan: 'Frankly, Steve, it's creepy'

CD3 GOP Primary - MacArthur to Lonegan: 'Frankly, Steve, it's creepy'

The war is on in CD3, with family members of the two prime combatants in search of the seat currently occupied by U.S. Rep Jon Runyan (R-3) already in human shield mode.

Former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur wrote in a personal letter to his Republican Primary opponent, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, charging the Lonegan Campaign with trying to dig dirt on Facebook.

“I am appalled that you are promoting an anonymous internet blog by a person or organization who has clearly spent a considerable amount of time spying on my 16-year old daughter's Facebook page in search of an issue to use against her father in a political campaign,” MacArthur wrote.

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Trying to run as a local version of Obama, Jones runs into Gilmore at Paterson forum

Trying to run as a local version of Obama, Jones runs into Gilmore at Paterson forum

PATERSON – On a prominently placed table in the mayor’s office stands a framed picture of President Barack Obama and Mayor Jeff Jones, snapped the day the president visited Paterson in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

While the picture shows the mayor in easy proximity to the nation’s chief executive, it also carries a painful reminder to some observers of what Jones detractors cite as his downfall, when he and others in his administration collected hefty overtime checks for work rendered during the 2011 storm.

But to Jones, the connection to Obama runs deeper, and the badge of honor, what others call failure, links him no less powerfully: namely the motivation by others to destroy him politically and his and Obama’s mutual unwillingness to surrender. To hear the mayor and his allies tell it, Obama had Mitch McConnell and the GOP assuring federal wreckage, and Jones had the Paterson City Council dooming the local administration.

As Obama’s approval rating skids into the low 30s and Jones tries to conjure a second four-year term with time ticking down until May 13th, another inevitable comparison arises when people consider his tenure: the academic temperament Obama and Jones share, which invariably leads to conclusions about lack of executive ability.

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Bramnick: Putin 'horrified' that Menendez banned him from Hudson County

Bramnick: Putin 'horrified' that Menendez banned him from Hudson County

NEWARK – Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) got in a dig on Hudson County tonight at Brendan Byrne’s birthday bash.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin banned Senate foreign Relations Committee Chairman U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) from Russia, Bramnick said.

Menendez retaliated by banning Putin from Hudson County.

“Putin was horrified because that’s where he learned how to run elections,” Bramnick cracked.

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Behar to Christie: 'You're toast'

Behar to Christie: 'You're toast'

NEWARK - TV personality Joy Behar slapped at fellow comedian Joe Piscopo, who has a cable show, taking down Gov. Chris Christie in the process.

“More people have seen Gov. Christie eat a salad,” Behar cracked, standing onstage at a roast for former Gov. Brendan Bryne.

The View star reserved the bulk of her material for Christie.

“First the Velveeta shortage and now the bridge thing,” Behar said. “When I heard about the lane closure I said what the hell is he doing, standing in the middle of the bridge? You had your eye on the White House, it used to be the House of Pancakes.

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Political insiders roast Brendan Byrne on the occasion of his 90th Birthday

Political insiders roast Brendan Byrne on the occasion of his 90th Birthday

NEWARK – A feast of political insiders, including Gov. Chris Christie and five former governors this evening toasted former Gov. Brendan Byrne on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

Byrne entered the room to a standing ovation with his wife Ruthie.

The man of the hour and his bride made their way to the front of the room, to the head table, where the sitting governor, former governors Jim McGreevey, Donald DiFrancesco, Dick Codey, Tom Kean, and Jim Florio, TV personality Joy Behar and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno awaited them.

The roomful of fork and knife clinkers raised $110,000 for education awareness.

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LoBo to Greco: Resign

LoBo to Greco: Resign

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) today issued the following statement upon hearing news reports of the arrest of Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization Chairman Robert Greco.

"I was shocked to learn about the alleged actions of Bob Greco as reported in the press today," LoBiondo said. "Due to the seriousness of the charges, it is only appropriate that Bob resign his chairmanship of the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization."

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GOP Primary for U.S. Senate: Turkavage in trouble

GOP Primary for U.S. Senate: Turkavage in trouble

TRENTON - Four down and one to go.

But that one is unlikely to make the 4 p.m. deadline imposed by the state Division of Elections. 

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Robert Turkavage said he collected the required number of signatures - 1,000 - but at five minutes to four with a half an hour left to drive, Turkavage appeared resigned to falling out of contention.  

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June 3rd Primary: Elizabeth prepares for ward wars

June 3rd Primary: Elizabeth prepares for ward wars

TRENTON - Once again, the allies of the Board of Education will be looking to make gains against a ticket backed by Mayor Christian Bollwage and the Union County Democratic Party.

The nine-member council consists of three at-large seats and six ward seats.

The ward seats will be in play on June 3rd.

The BOE allies control two out of the nine city council seats.

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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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