CARLSTADT - In this Bergen borough on the edge of the Meadowlands, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan announced her re-election bid on Tuesday, with the Republican hoping to emerge from the swamp of county politics triumphant in the November 2014 election.
Speaking before a crowd of approximately 300 supporters at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, Donovan set the tone for an anticipated hard fight against a yet-to-be-named Democratic challenger.
"Despite what you may have heard, and much to my enemies' unhappiness, I'm running for re-election as Bergen County Executive," Donovan said. "We inherited a government run by political bosses that knew no limits on wasteful spending. We stopped that. We made changes - and we angered some people who liked things they way they were.
"Tonight is just one small step in an eleven-month journey that we will take together, my friends. There will be good times and there will be rough times," Donovan added. "We are fighting against people who want to take control of Bergen County government simply to fulfill a political agenda. They will fight hard and dirty, but we're ready for them."Read More >
HILLSIDE - Councilwoman Angela Garretson defeated incumbent Mayor Joe Menza in tonight's runoff election.
The unofficial vote totals were Garretson 1,936 and Menza 1,556.
Garretson defined herself as the Democrat running in a Democratic Party-advantage town, while Menza tried to paint his challenger as too tied to Newark.Read More >
The nation's largest property services union today formally endorsed South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka for mayor of Newark.
"Newark needs a mayor who will stand up for working men and women," said Kevin Brown, New Jersey 32BJ State Director. "Ras Baraka has shown leadership and commitment to making Newark work for working families. He is an ardent supporter of legislation that our members consider essential to make our city more livable, like earned sick leave, prevailing wage laws and in-state college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants. Ras is a true progressive."Read More >
Edison Mayor-elect Tom Lankey today announced the formation of his transition team, to be chaired by Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac.
“I am honored that John has graciously agreed to facilitate a smooth transition and to lend Edison the benefit of his experience and knowledge to guide my new administration,” Lankey said.
Mayor of Woodbridge since 2006, McCormac served as N.J. Treasurer under former Gov. James McGreevey and was chief financial officer and business administrator in Woodbridge during McGreevey's tenure as mayor.
HILLSIDE - If you take a wrong turn here you end up in another county before you can turn around, in this town where cul de sacs turn into highway on-ramps.
It's the scene today of a mayoral runoff between incumbent Independent Mayor Joe Menza and Democratic Party challenger Councilwoman Angela Garretson.
Garretson hit Calvin Coolidge Elementary School ahead of the mayor with time running out on the contest, before that late afternoon push from both sides.
"His campaign has been so divisive, it's not what the people of Hillside want," said the councilwoman. "His campaign has been low and despicable and it shows that he has to run this kind of campaign because he has no vision."Read More >
NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Anibal Ramos Jr. reacted to an audit issued by state Comptroller Matthew Boxer on Tuesday that found questionable expenditures, including that Newark’s city council budget is considerably larger than that of comparable cities.
Ramos, the North Ward councilman, stated that he has worked to reduce city spending, not add to it.Read More >
Former President Bill Clinton arrived in New Jersey this afternoon to raise money for Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop at the Liberty House.
Democratic State Party Chairman John Currie introduced Fulop, who introduced the former President, who raised an estimated $600,000 for Fulop at the event.
In a room packed with guests and the New York skyline in the background, Clinton talked about how recessions occur and how they require ten years to shake.
He gave credit to Fulop for implementing paid sick leave.Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie is California’s favorite among potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, according to a new poll.Read More >
Donovan rolls out Bergen County Exec re-election campaign CARLSTADT - In this Bergen borough on the edge of the Meadowlands, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan announced her re-election bid on Tuesday, with the Republican hoping to emerge from the swamp of county politics triumphant in the November 2014...
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"I think it's going to be fine. I don't take this personally. Some people in my party agree with me, some don't. Senator Cardinale is very gracious by supporting me tonight, and [Bergen County GOP Chairman] Bob [Yudin], of course, is celebrating Hannukah, so I don't expect him to be here tonight." - Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan, at her campaign launch last night.- PolitickerNJ.com
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