GOP chair slams party switching ex-legislator for new government job

Gloucester County GOP Chairman Loran Oglesby is accusing former Assemblyman Steve Altamuro traded his endorsement for a legal job at the Washington Township public library.  Altamuro, a former Councilman, switched from Republican to Democrat in 2008 to back Matt Lyons for mayor. 

"I am not shocked that Altamuro received this contract.  Steve Altamuro is an opportunist at best.  He was a Republican and when the political winds blew Altamuro's way, he abandoned the Washington Twp Republican Party who were loyal to him throughout his political career," said Oglesby.  "Steve Altamuro switched to Democrat last year knowing that if Matt Lyons becomes Mayor, then he will get a job from his good friend.  No other person was able to bid for this contract. No wonder  the Democrats get away with this in New Jersey, these deals of party flipping and then receiving political favors, needs to end." 

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Christie to embark on statewide announcement tour

Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s gubernatorial campaign today announced a multi-stop formal announcement tour throughout the state on Wednesday and Thursday.

The campaign begins with an announcement speech at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark at 10a.m. Wednesday.  From there, Christie will move on to a diner stop in Hamilton, a South Jersey announcement in Haddon Heights, and an evening diner stop in Westville.

On Thursday, Christie will be joined by Republican county leaders, in Ocean County at the Toms River Town Hall.  From there he’ll move up to Monmouth and Union Counties before finishing up at that evening the Zeris inn in Mountain Lakes, in his home county of Morris. 

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Final Test please

Test for Pablo monday final

Pallone wants Justice Department to review prosecutor's attendance at Christie party

Pallone wants Justice Department to review prosecutor's attendance at Christie party
First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown with her former boss, Chris Christie, at a forum at Fairleigh Dickinson University last year.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) wants the Justice Department to look into First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michele Brown's attendance at a social/political gathering at the home of Christopher Christie, a former federal prosecutor seeking the GOP nomination for Governor.  Pallone wants Acting U.S. Attorney General Mark Filip to determine if Brown had permission to attend the event and if it violated any laws or guidelines regarding prosecutors at her level.

Pallone says the January 25 party at Christie's Mendham home "was an organized function of Mr. Christie's political campaign, and not simply a social gathering.  It included, among other things, speeches from prominent Republican fundraisers about campaign fundraising strategy, as well as remarks from key personnel of Mr. Christie's political campaign and Mr. Christie himself about campaign strategy for his candidacy for governor."

"Given the many examples of misconduct and excess over the last few years at the Justice Department, it is clear that such confidence has been shaken and considerable work needs to be done to ensure that we once again have faith that our laws are faithfully executed and justice is administered fairly and without regard to political consideration," wrote Pallone, who is also seeking a review of DOJ gudelines so that senior members of the U.S. Attorney's staff do not become part of a campaign infrastructure.

Michael Drewniak, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office, said that Brown did nothing wrong.

“We are not required to act like cloistered drones when it comes to the political process and, with some obvious restrictions, we are allowed to associate with and support campaigns and make political contributions if we so choose  -- just like all Americans," Drewniak said. "I would refer you and anyone else who is genuinely interested to read the rules governing our conduct in this regard.”

Pallone's full letter to Filip:

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Redd running for Camden mayor

Redd running for Camden mayor
State Sen. Dana Redd (D-Camden)

TRENTON - State Sen. Dana Redd (D-Camden) will run for mayor of Camden and plans to kick off her campaign this Saturday, Feb. 7th, she told PolitickerNJ.com.

Now serving her first term as senator, Redd, 40, is concurrently serving as vice president of the Camden City Council. She said she hopes to be able to work out a deal with Mayor Gwendolyn Faison, 82, who has served as Camden's chief elected official since 2000.

"I've had discussions with Mayor Faison and we're trying to put together a unity slate," said Redd. "I'm hoping she endorses me."

Faison's office issued a statement this afternoon.

The mayor has not officially made a decision about whether she intends to run for re-election.

"It's time to stop fighting and serve the people," Faison said.

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Kaiser leaves top BCUA post

Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) Executive Director Leonard Kaiser – a business partner in the grants consulting firm at the center of the indictments of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero and former party counsel Dennis Oury – retired yesterday for “personal reasons,” according to a press release issued by the agency.   

That marks the third recent resignation for Kaiser, whose home was raided by the FBI in November.  He also left his position on the Meadowlands Commission and as president of the North Arlington Education Foundation. 

In a statement, Kaiser said that he had been planning to retire for three years.

“I have spent 34 years in public service – as a councilman, a freeholder, a mayor and a county government official. It’s been an honor for me to have these opportunities and I am grateful to all those who have aided and supported me in all of those endeavors,” he said.

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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

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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 >

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"And here was Christie — a tell-it-like-it-is, straight-talking, no-nonsense Jersey guy — telling about 60 members of the media what he really thought. 'Governor Branstad is a role model for me,' Christie gushed, referring to his 67-year-old counterpart from Iowa."

- The New York Times

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