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CD7: Kovach misses getting on ballot; will appeal

The 7th Congressional District Campaign challenge of Democrat Janice Kovach stumbled Monday.

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A GOP first in Bergenfield

Bergenfield Republicans filed their Council petitions today at Municipal Hall today and nominated Kathleen A. Sahlberg for reelection, and sought to make history with the nomination of U.S. Navy Veteran Reynaldo Magdadoro, who would be the first Republican Councilperson in Bergenfield of Filipino descent. 

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Senate GOP Primary: a 4-man race

Robert Turkavage's failure to meet the 4 p.m. deadline this afternoon at the state Division of Elections sets up a four-man contest for U.S. Senate.

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Bergen Update: Pagan managing Tedesco Campaign

Michael Pagan, a Teaneck native who previously served as Press Secretary for Senator Frank Lautenberg and the Assembly Democrats, will manage the Bergen County Democratic Campaign of Jim Tedesco for County Executive and Joan Voss and David Ganz for Freeholder.

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Federal incumbents file petitions

TRENTON – Several federal incumbent lawmakers filed petitions seeking additional terms in office.

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Today is Filing Day

TRENTON - Today is the filing deadline for candidates running in the June Primary.

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Weinberg wants Christie to go before Investigative Committee

Appearing this morning on Meet the Press, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) said she wants a list of the "70 so-called witnesses" who participated in the internal review of Bridgegate by attorney Randy Mastro that cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrong-doing.

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Baraka birthday fundraiser generates $200K in campaign funds

NEWARK - The star-studded birthday fundraiser for Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka generated more than the apperance of famed hip-hop singer Lauryn Hill, who serenaded Baraka with a rendition of "Happy Birthday."

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Devine resurfaces - this time as a candidate for mayor

Rahway Mayor Samson Steinman has a recognizable opponent in the June 3rd Democratic Primary.

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CD1 Dem Primary: Not so fast, Mr. Norcross

Logan Mayor Frank Minor is running for Congress in the 1st District, according to a CBS News report.

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McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >


(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“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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