Orange Mayor-elect Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., issued a statement in response to former Mayor Mims Hackett's pleas of guilty to a charge each in federal and state court.
"It is a sad day for Orange and my prayers go out to Former Mayor Hackett's family," said Hawkins. "I am confident that on July 1st, Orange will get the fresh start the voters asked for when they elected me as mayor. It is time for us to look to the future for positive change as we usher Orange to its great potential."
A West Orange police officer, Hawkins defeated Councilman Donald Page and four others in May 13 elections.Read More >
NEWARK - Borrowing from American regional painting, Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) followed up on his press conference attack of former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer by issuing a mailer lampooning Zimmer’s use of a farmland assessment tax break.
The piece shows the heads of Zimmer and former state Sen. Ellen Karcher (D-Monmouth) pasted on the bodies of the farmer and his wife in Grant Wood’s "American Gothic."
"It’s silliness," said Zimmer U.S. Senate campaign spokesman Ken Kurson. "We have no response. No comment."Read More >
Sherron Rolax, who has a place in New Jersey political trivia as the teenager Gov. Christine Todd Whitman patted down while accompanying State Troopers in a late night patrol in 1996, was killed in a fight in Camden early Saturday morning. The photo surfaced in 2000, after Whitman was nominated to serve as Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Read More >
NEWARK - At-Large Councilman Luis Quintana plans to endorse U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews tomorrow.
That makes five out of nine Newark council people lining up with the South Jersey congressman in his primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg: Anibal Ramos in the North Ward, Augusto Amador in the East Ward, Dana Rone in the Central Ward, Oscar James II in the South Ward, and now Quintana.
Originally the North Ward councilman, Quintana has a base of support separate from the North Ward Democratic Organization, which also backs Andrews.
Council President Mildred Crump, At-Large Councilman Donald Payne, Jr., At-Large Councilman Carlos Gonzalez and West Ward Councilman Ronald Rice all back Lautenberg for re-election.Read More >
NEWARK - The steps of City Hall.
That was the image U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie used to tell the bad ending story of former Assemblyman and Orange Mayor Mims Hackett, who twice pleaded guilty today: once in federal court to one count of attempted extortion, and once in state Superior Court to a charge of official misconduct.
Flanked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office by state Attorney General Anne Milgram and state FBI Director Weysan Dun, Christie made special mention of the fact that it was outside City Hall that Hackett took the bribe which started his fall.
"This is a public servant who decided that $5,000 was a good down payment for him to sell his office," said Christie.
The defiant U.S. Attorney recalled critics who questioned his office’s motives when Hackett and ten other elected officials first appeared in court last year to answer to federal corruption charges.Read More >
U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) made an exception today.
This was the first time in his 35 year Senate career that he has jumped into a Democratic primary. It wasn't even in his home state, but here in New Jersey, on behalf of incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
"I count Rob Andrews as my friend, and I've never been engaged in a primary before - in my home state or anywhere else," said Biden in a short press availability before a fundraiser in Union.
About 35 people attended the later event, paying anywhere from $500 to $2,300 for the privilege.Read More >
The upcoming Hollywood movie American Hustle delves into the seedy side of politics, which, yes, means that it’s set in – of all places - New Jersey.Read More >
Burlington Dems a lock on CD 3 nominee, other candidates still emerge As names of possible Republican replacements for U.S. Rep. John Runyan (R-3) swirl around GOP circles, so do Democratic congressional hopefuls among their respective party organizations. The Republican-leaning district that comprises Burlington and Ocean counties has yet...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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