Christie wins 78% in Lonegan's home county

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie easily won the endorsement of the Bergen County Republican organization tonight, defeating former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan by a 78%-22% margin at the party's nominating convention.  Christie won 615-172, with Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) receiving 4 votes.

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Governor ready to change property tax deduction proposal

Governor ready to change property tax deduction proposal

BRIDGEWATER – Gov. Jon Corzine just told News 12 host Jim McQueeny that he wants to raise the income threshold for property tax deductions to $150,000 for residents other than seniors in his working 2010 budget.

“This is new today,” said Corzine, who two days ago told a living room full of middle class Eatontown residents that he was in “rethink” mode regarding his initial decision to eliminate the deduction for all residents except seniors after getting lambasted by Republican lawmakers and some members of his own party.

The governor’s comment tonight came in response to a man in the street question from “Kevin in Bayonne” on McQueeny’s live call-in show, "Ask the Governor."

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Cape May GOP backs Christie for Governor

Cape May County GOP Chairman David Von Savage says that his organization has endorsed Christopher Christie for the Republican nomination for Governor, becoming the seventh county organization to put the former U.S. Attorney on their line. 

"Governor Corzine obviously does not understand that the hardworking taxpayer is asked to reach deeper and more often into his pockets year after year to pay for the mistakes of our leaders in Trenton and Washington," said Von Savage, who is among the most ideologically conservative GOP party chairs.  "Chris Christie gets it and he is on the side of the taxpayer."

Von Savage said that Christie will run on the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization line with first district Assembly candidates Mike Donohue and Frank Conrad, and Freeholder Leonard Desiderio.

"Donohue and Conrad will vote for the reforms in a Christie Administration that are absolutely necessary to roll back the size of government, get it off our backs and out of our wallets," said Von Savage.

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Milgram charges two Vas-connected insiders

Milgram charges two Vas-connected insiders
Ray Geneske, shown here in 2005, was charged today with campaign contribution fraud Credit: Source: Perth Amboy Chamber of Commerce Web site

The chairman and the treasurer of former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas’s ill-fated 2006 congressional campaign were charged today by the State Attorney General’s Office with soliciting fraudulent campaign contributions.

Raymond Geneske, 73, a member of the Perth Amboy Board of Education and former municipal Democratic chairman who headed up Vas’s campaign, and Melvin Ramos, 53, a formal mayoral aide to Vas who served as his campaign treasurer in 2006, were each charged with three counts for conspiracy, official misconduct and money laundering.  

Geneske and Ramos are accused of pressuring city employees to write checks to Vas’s campaign fund and reimbursing them with cash, thereby skirting federal reporting requirements.  

“We charge that these defendants engaged in an elaborate fraud to pump cash into Joseph Vas’ congressional campaign,” said Attorney General Anne Milgram. “By pressuring city employees to go along with their scheme, they were able to conceal the source of the cash and skirt bank reporting requirements.”

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Christie wins Passaic GOP endorsement

Republican gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie has been endorsed by the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization and will run on their line in the June primary.  Christie, the former U.S. Attorney, received the unanimous backing of the party's Executive Committee at a vote Wednesday evening.

GOP Strong, a rival Republican organization in Passaic, has not yet said if they would include a gubernatorial candidate on their ticket.  One of the leaders of the other group, former Passaic County GOP Chairman Peter Murphy, has given his personal endorsement to Christie.

Passaic becomes Christie's sixth organization line, joining Burlington, Camden, Essex, Monmouth and Union counties.

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Englewood Dems pick Huttle for mayor

Englewood Democrats have endorsed Frank Huttle as their candidate for mayor.

Huttle, a tax attorney who is married to Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood), screened against Englewood Councilman Scott Reddin.  

The municipal Democratic committee vote was 18-10 in Huttle’s favor.

Huttle is also president of BergenPAC and a trustee of Hackensack University Medical Center. 

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Hoboken mayoral candidates split budget vote three ways

Hoboken mayoral candidates split budget vote three ways

The Hoboken City Council’s mayoral election year vote on the budget broke down 6-2-1 last night, with Councilman Peter Cammarano voting in the affirmative for the $123 million document, Councilwoman Beth Mason voting in the negative, and Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer abstaining.

Following a year in which Hoboken residents’ taxes went up 47%, Cammarano, Mason and Zimmer have all filed to run for mayor to succeed David Roberts.

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Battle ready in Hillside

Battle ready in Hillside
Councilman Jerome Jewell

Today at 4 p.m. is the deadline for bracketed candidates to submit petitions to run in May 12th municipal elections and barring last minute entrants, the contest appears set in Hillside Township, according to sources.

Running for mayor, 2nd Ward Councilwoman Shelley Bates heads a slate that includes Recreation Committee Member Leonard Dupree, former School Board President Sip Whitaker and former School Board Member Beverly Lynn;

School Board Member Andre Daniels heads a slate including Planning Board Member Jeffrey Dykes, Recreation Committee Sandy Cureton and Activist Neomi Escobar;

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The Back Room

Dems stumble over one another on guv trail as newly mic'd up Murphy joins the fray

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) regaled the crowd tonight gathered for a Middlesex County Democratic Committee fundraiser organized by Chairman Kevin McCabe.

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Morning Digest: September 19th

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

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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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