Goow denounces Sayegh crime plan as 'weak'

Goow denounces Sayegh crime plan as 'weak'

PATERSON - Trying to position himself in the Paterson mayor’s race as the law and order candidate, private eye Aslon Goow bashed a rival’s crime prevention plan as derivative of his own. 

“I think it’s very weak,” said Goow, reacting to the plan submitted by Council President Andre Sayegh. “Everyone is piggybacking off of my plan. It’s weak.”

Like another contender, former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, Goow supports curfews as a crime-curtailer.

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South Jersey man indicted on charge of paying bribe to Casino Reinvestment Development Authority official

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a state grand jury today indicted a South Jersey man on charges that he paid a bribe to an official of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) in an attempt to get a higher purchase price from the agency for his property in Atlantic City.  The official immediately reported the alleged crime.

Anthony J. Christaldi, 69, of Cape May Court House, ate a charge of second-degree bribery.  It is alleged that in January 2014, Christaldi paid $10,000 as a bribe to an official who handles real estate purchases for the CRDA’s voluntary land bank program.

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Working Familes Alliance backs Torres, Jackson and Smith in key municipal contests

Working Familes Alliance backs Torres, Jackson and Smith in key municipal contests
Eric Jackson

The New Jersey Working Families Alliance this afternoon announced its endorsement of Jose “Joey” Torres in the 2014 Paterson mayoral election, and Eric Jackson in the Trenton mayoral election. 

The group also backs incumbent Mayor Wayne Smith and two members of his team in Irvington.

Mayor of Paterson from 2002 to 2010, Torres is one of seven candidates challenging incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones.

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Christie, Fishman and Fulop: three Jersey kings intersect, but do not interact, on Holy Thursday

Christie, Fishman and Fulop: three Jersey kings intersect, but do not interact, on Holy Thursday

JERSEY CITY - The view from the sixth floor at St. Peter's University's Mac Mahon Student Center in Jersey City is sweeping. The windows facing the east show off the Jersey City and New York City skylines, while to the west, the under-construction Pulaski Skyway, Newark and the Watchung Mountains come into view. 

At a conference on prisoner reentry held by chance on the morning of Holy Thursday and during Passover week, the theme of redemption was ever present, with discussion centered on how to successfully reintegrate those previously incarcerated into society. 

But at the same time, three major New Jersey political players were also present, reminding those who study both politics and religion that forgiveness in Jersey politics far more resembles the Old Testament rather than the New. 

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul Fishman and Governor Chris Christie all came to discuss to prisoner reentry at a time of growing tension in the state's political landscape. 

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Torres: 'the fact that they were with me when I lost speaks volumes'

Torres: 'the fact that they were with me when I lost speaks volumes'
Torres at last night's candidates' forum.

PATERSON – Former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres sees the forces mobilizing – and he takes heart, he says.

The allies of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) are on the ground and operating alongside mayoral candidate Andre Sayegh, the city’s council president, showing more presence on the streets and precision tactics in advance of the May 13th election.

“Those are the folks that were with me and now they’re with him,” said Torres. “The fact that they were with me when I lost speaks volumes."

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Chivukula in TV ad: 'I am the Tea Party's worst nightmare'

Chivukula in TV ad: 'I am the Tea Party's worst nightmare'

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) targets the Tea Party in his campaign’s second of two ads that will both go up on cable TV on Monday, according to Chivukula Campaign Manager Henry de Koninck.

"I am the Tea Party's worst nightmare," the Democratic hopeful says in the ad.

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Sayegh's crime prevention plan does not favor citywide curfew

Sayegh's crime prevention plan does not favor citywide curfew
Sayegh, right, with Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35), Paterson.

PATERSON - Two days after two murders in the city, Paterson Mayoral candidate Andre Sayegh released his crime prevention plan, which includes a promise of more detectives, greater partnership with the county sheriff's office and draws a line against a city curfew championed by former Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres.

“Over the past twelve years the city we live in, the city we love, has become a place filled with danger and violence," said Sayegh. "When my mother was raising my brother and me all those years ago in Paterson there were the same basic parallels to our city today.  Our city still has people raising families, we still have seniors trying to go to the store for milk and we still have kids just trying to get to school every morning, but the difference now is that random acts of violence are occurring on our streets every day.  The crime stats in our city over the past twelve years are simply astounding, and they are certainly unacceptable.

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Woman candidate chastises veteran male contenders in Paterson Mayor's race

Woman candidate chastises veteran male contenders in Paterson Mayor's race

PATERSON – That old rivalry between Aslon Goow and Jose “Joey” Torres permeates the 2nd Ward, and spills now into the May 13th mayoral contest, but at a candidates’ forum last night on the home turf of these two men, a third contender tried to break through the predictable muzzle flashes of ward politics.

Within walking distance of their respective homes, Goow and Torres mostly avoided each other on the long dais on the gym stage in School No. 27. Their cheering sections supplied requisite bursts of frenzy in the packed crowd after each sound bite.

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The Back Room

Bonnie and the Lonny Factor

Rolled out this week as the finance chair of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman's (D-15) 12th District Congressional Campaign, Trenton attorney Lionel "Lonnie" Kaplan arrives with an unusual asterisk alongside his public endorsement record for someone burnished as a Democratic Primary weapon.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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Paterson can flourish with a second chance

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop



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