Rice demands tangible low income federal aid, and reaffirms minority LG choice

Rice demands tangible low income federal aid, and reaffirms minority LG choice

NEWARK – Veteran Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-Newark) said he has had several sit-downs with Gov. Jon Corzine to make certain women and minorities are an integral part of the federal aid package, which Rice fears could turn into a labor free-for-all that would little benefit low-income District 28 constituents.

“As a Democrat I’m asked to fight for construction trades contracts but then those projects don’t include women and minorities, and all I’m saying is when we start really distributing this aid from the feds, we better pay attention to Latinos, our African Americans and women – you follow me? Because historically with projects like these, there has not been that inclusion. 

“We’re in a tough cycle economy,” added Rice, who infuriated the AFL-CIO when he abstained on last year's Paid Family Leave Act vote. “This is real in terms of the downside: 12-13-14 % unemployment in Newark, but I want to make sure we are part of the stimulus, and the Black Caucus will continue to meet with the governor to collectively drive that issue home.”

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Pay to play reports due today

The Business Entity Annual Statements, which represent the disclosure of contract and contribution activity by business entities that have received $50,000 or more in the aggregate through public contracts and agreements in 2008, are due today.  They will be available for inspection on the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission website on Friday.

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Haines and Wujcik announce retirement

Burlington County Freeholders Bill Haines and Jim Wujcik both announced today that they will not seek reelection, leaving Republicans without any incumbents on the ticket in November. 

In a joint letter to Burlington County Republican Chairman Bill Layton, Haines and Wujcik said that they came to their decisions after “several weeks of introspection, discussions and dliberation.”

“In the end, our decision was based not on any one factor, but several.  Among these is the need to ensure upper mobility in the Republican organization, and to give other qualified individuals an opportunity to serve in County government,” read the letter.  

Layton said that the two were “outstanding public servants whose leadership and commitment have made Burlington County a better place to raise a family and retire, while carrying on a long, rich tradition of fiscally responsible, environmentally friendly Republican leadership here in Burlington County.”

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Princeton Dems dump Karcher

The Princeton Community Democratic Organization voted Sunday night to endorse Jenny Crumiller for Borough Council over incumbents Kevin Wilkes and Peggy Karcher.  Crumiller, a former PCDO President, will run on the Mercer County Democratic organization line with the endorsement of the local party organization.  Wilkes got enough votes to run on the line, but without a formal party endorsement.  Karcher, who was married to the late Assembly Speaker Alan Karcher and is the mother of former State Sen. Ellen Karcher, did not receive enough votes to win either an endorsement or a position in the Democratic column.

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Roffie Pascrell, mother of Congressman, dies at 95

A funeral for Roffie Pascrell, the mother of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), will be held at 8:45 AM on Wednesday at the Scillieri Funeral Home in Paterson, followed by  a mass at St. George's R.C. Church in Paterson at 9:30 AM. Visitation is on Tuesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Mrs. Pascrell died on Saturday.  She was 95.

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Corzine wins 91% in Hunterdon

Gov. Jon Corzine won a 91%-9% victory at the Hunterdon County Democratic Convention on Saturday, winning the organization line by a 74-7 vote over former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson.Corzine, seeking re-election to his second term, is expected to run on the organization line in every county."Democrats in Hunterdon should be proud of their County Committee," Bergmanson told PolitickerNJ.com.  "This is the only county convention that has allowed me to speak."

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Morning News Digest: March 30, 2009

Levine won't quit: says poor totals to date won't affect advance of his campaign

Levine won't quit: says poor totals to date won't affect advance of his campaign

With his county convention vote totals adding up to less than 1% of all those cast, GOP gubernatorial candidate Franklin Twp. Mayor Brian D. Levine would appear to be at a serious gut check point in his campaign, particularly as he heads into Thursday night’s committee vote in his home county of Somerset.

But Levine has no intention of standing down – neither before nor after the Somerset convention.

“I’m in it,” Levine told PolitickerNJ.com on Sunday night. “Unfortunately, it’s tax season and as a CPA I’ve had to be focused on that more than I would have liked. If I did it again (mount a gubernatorial campaign), might I farm out some business in order to spend more time connecting with committee people? Yes, I think so. Hopefully, I’m a quick study."

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The Back Room

Report: Christie in Wisconsin with Walker

In his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Gov. Chris Christie campaigned in Wisconsin today with fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 30th

Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >


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 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

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"When you're asked to cast a vote on a bill and it seems innocuous, and it's got a hidden land mine that perhaps only an expert would see, it would sort of behoove those experts to tell us in advance rather than make us look, shall we say, a little bit indecisive later on." - Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).



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