Magazzu off the ballot, but on the minds of Cumberland candidates

In Cumberland County, the local races this year revolve largely around an officeholder who isn't on the ballot: Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu.

Magazzu is wearing three hats this year: in addition to being the freeholder director, he's the chairman of the dominant Cumberland County Democrats - who control the freeholder board 6-1 - and he's the coordinated campaign chairman of the Democratic county-wide candidates.

Republicans see Magazzu's multiple roles as a volatile mix that has led him to politic from his freeholder pulpit and argue that he's alienated even members of his own party.

"It's sort of his way or no way, and he has no qualms about going after anybody who doesn't agree with him. He's not somebody who likes to engage in debate in a professional and fair manner," said Cumberland Republican Chairman Doug Sorantino.

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Smith lands advantageous position in clerk's ballot drawing

Clerk Barbara Netchert gives renewed meaning to an old form of Hudson County political spin.: Politicker photoClerk Barbara Netchert gives renewed meaning to an old form of Hudson County political spin.: Politicker photo 

JERSEY CITY - Police Director Mark Smith took the pole position here today in a ballot drawing for the special election to be held Nov 4th for Bayonne mayor.

In the Division of Elections Office at the William Brennan Court House, Hudson County Clerk Barbara A. Netchert put the names of the five mayoral candidates in small plastic tubes and then placed the tubes in a revolving holding chamber.

"This ballot box probably goes back to the days of (Jersey City Mayor) Frank Hague," she said.

The clerk spun the chamber a number of times before withdrawing Smith's name first.

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Bailout bill fails in House. How did New Jersey's delegation vote?

The emergency $700 billion bailout plan failed in the House this afternoon.

The final count was 228 to 205 against.And reflective of the national picture, New Jersey’s House delegation was almost evenly split on how they voted on the bill, going against it 7-6.

The two New Jersey Republicans who voted for the bill are both retiring at the end of this year. Democrats, however, were split 4-3.

Below is the New Jersey roll call.

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Garrett rails against bailout bill

Garrett rails against bailout bill

As the House met this morning to vote on the $700 billion bailout package for financial institutions, U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) took to the floor to rail against the proposal.

Garrett, who sits on the House Financial Services Committee, gave an impassioned speech this morning on the House floor, casting blame on the Bush Administration, Democratic leadership and The Federal Reserve and accusing them of getting the nation into the mortgage mess in the first place. 

“America, you should be outraged about what Washington is about to do, because Washington is not listening to you.  Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, our offices have been receiving phone calls 10-1, 100-1 against this proposal, but Washington is not listening,” he said. 

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Torricelli on the Wall Street Bailout

The financial debacle on Wall Street may change many things. Our international power, standard of living and individual security might all change. Every cloud, however, has a silver lining. At least the American people will be spared much of the Republican rhetoric that reflects the policy choices that produced this mess.   Here are my favorite classic Republican lines that we might not hear for a while.

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White House counsel coming to raise money for Garrett

White House counsel and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie will come to Bergen County tomorrow to raise money for U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).

Garrett Campaign Manager Amanda Gasperino confirmed that Gillespie, who grew up in Burlington County, will host a fundraiser for Garrett in the 5th Congressional District.

“The fundraiser is going to be held in District Five before the end of the election, and the tickets are priced just right,” she said.

According to the Bergen County Republicans' Web site, the event will be a luncheon tomorrow at Seasons Restaurant in Washington Township. Tickets to attend the lunch are $250 per head -- a special VIP reception will run $1,000 per person.

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Passaic Jews host online mayoral forum

School Board President Vincent Capuana: Politicker photoSchool Board President Vincent Capuana: Politicker photoPASSAIC - If body language is one of those factors observers use to score debates, on Sunday evening they could at least imagine four mayoral candidates frantically typing answers to questions posed by a moderator at Passaic

"Arranging an online chat session with mayoral candidates is one of the crazier things I've done in my life," admitted debate organizer Moshe Feigin in an email written shortly after the conclusion of the two-hour forum.School Board member Dr. Alex Blanco: Politicker photoSchool Board member Dr. Alex Blanco: Politicker photo

The public could make judgements about the various candidate’s speed in response, as answer after answer appeared on screen, registered by physician Alex Blanco, School Board President Vincent Capuana, and real estate developer Jose Sandoval on a broad range of topics.

Citing a family emergency, bailbondsman Carl Ellen did not participate in the online debate.

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New poll shows Obama leading in South Jersey; Adler and Myers in dead heat

A Press of Atlantic City/Richard Stockton College poll of South Jersey voters shows Obama leading McCain by 9% in the region, while Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg leads Republican challenger Dick Zimmer.

The poll is the first non-partisan survey conducted of the 3rd Congressional District race, where State Sen. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) is running neck-and-neck with Republican Medford Mayor Chris Myers.

Myers leads Adler 38.5% to 37.1% -- within the poll’s 4.5% margin of error.

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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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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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