Doherty brings up the abortion issue in primary against Karrow

Calling a donor group that supports pro-choice Republican women a “radical pro-abortion group,” Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) called on his primary opponent, state Sen. Marcia Karrow (R-Hunterdon), to return donations from the fund.

At issue is $3,000 Karrow received for her assembly primary bids in 2001 and 2005 from The WISH List, and a 2001 $2,200 donation from its founder, pro-choice Republican activist Candace Straight.

“According to its mission statement, ‘The WISH List raises funds to identify, support and elect pro-choice Republican women at all levels of government – local, state and national.’” Said Doherty in a press release, “I find it amazing that Marcia Karrow is trying to fool the
voters of the district regarding her pro-abortion views. On top of that, she has the audacity to take thousands of dollars of campaign contributions from this radical pro-abortion group.”

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Salem Republicans to pick candidates tonight

Salem County Republicans will hold their convention tonight, where they’re expected to pick heating engineer Benjamin Laury and professor Stacy Jennings to run for freeholder in a year when control of the board is at stake.  

Salem County Republican Chairman Paul Reed said that the two are not expected to face any opposition at the convention.  Laury ran and narrowly lost last year, while Jennings is a political newcomer.  

If they proceed unchallenged and win the Republican nomination, Laury and Jennings will face off against incumbents Beth Timberman and James Hogan.

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Don't miss the Coniglio trial

In case you missed it, today’s must-read story is the coverage of former state Sen. Joseph Coniglio’s (D-Paramus) corruption trial.

Prosecution witness Robert Torre, who headed up the Hackensack University Medical Center’s (HUMC) fundraising arm, testified that he did not have any need to hire Coniglio as a $5,000-per-month consultant, but did so at the urging of HUMC President and CEO Robert Torree and governing board members Joseph Simunovich and Joseph Sanzari.

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Schundler endorses Christie for Governor

Schundler endorses Christie for Governor
Former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler today endorsed Chris Christie for Governor.

Bret Schundler, who became the darling of national conservatives during his nine years as Mayor of Jersey City and won the Republican nomination for Governor in 2001, today endorsed Christopher Christie for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

"I know we need a strong conservative leader who will stand up for middleclass taxpayers, and I believe that Chris Christie will be that kind of leader," said Schundler.  "Chris will be the tough, fiscal conservative we need to cut income and business taxes, provide property tax relief and get our state's economy back on track."

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Morning News Digest: March 31, 2009

Assemblyman Munoz dies

Assemblyman Munoz dies
Eric Munoz, M.D. (1947-2009)

Celebrated by his colleagues for his intelligence, gentility and dedication to public service, Assemblyman Eric Munoz (R-Summit) died this evening following heart surgery earlier today.

He was 61. 

"It is with deep regret that we announce the death this evening of Assemblyman Eric Munoz, M.D. following cardiac surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)," read a statement issued by the Office of Assemblyman Munoz. "Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming."

A practicing trauma surgeon at UMDNJ, Dr. Munoz first became an assemblyman in 2001, fulfilling a lifelong dream to enter politics.

Of Puerto Rican descent, Munoz was born in the Bronx and grew up in Colts Neck, where his parents owned and operated a country general store on Route 537, which served the surrounding horse farming community during his youth.

Tonight, the accomplished doctor and lawmaker leaves behind a wife and five children.

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Sarlo backs Schaer and Scalera, but says he will stay out of Passaic mayor's race

Sarlo backs Schaer and Scalera, but says he will stay out of Passaic mayor's race
State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge)

Passaic Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie’s decision to welcome three strikes and you’re out (Assembly, Congress, mayor) Republican candidate Jose Sandoval into the Democratic Party this afternoon triggered a curiosity wave in the city as Democrats wondered about Sandoval’s intentions.

The chief question was whether the real estate developer with a bug for politics and access to cash would turn around and run in the 36th Legislative District Democratic Primary against his former conqueror Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic)?

Currie said he did not discuss that possibility with Sandoval.

“I first heard that he might do that on Friday night, but I couldn’t stop him if I wanted to,” said the party chairman. “All he told me is he’s bringing 1,000 of his people into our party, and if you ask me, that’s pretty positive. Anyone can challenge anyone at anytime. I told him you don’t really need me to change parties but if you want to do something publicly, that’s fine.”

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Milgram takes down another Perth Amboy official in Vas probe

Attorney General Anne Milgram, who is building a case against former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas, won her second guilty plea form a Perth Amboy official today.

Perth Amboy recreation supervisor Ana Pastrana, 49, pleaded guilty today to using city funds to pay off a credit card in her name that she used for personal expenses for herself and Vas.  In her plea, Pastrana said that Vas directed her to reimburse the card for purchases of sneakers, beachwear and sportswear through a bank account for the city’s Housing Development Corporation.  

“With this second guilty plea, we continue to advance our case against former Perth Amboy mayor Joseph Vas, who we charge conspired with other officials to enrich himself at the expense of his struggling city and its taxpayers,” said Milgram.

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"I see Loretta Weinberg in the back of the room. Loretta, you have my eternal admiration for what you did to rid the Democratic Party of a certain political boss. However, not everyone shares that distinction." - Bergen County Republican Freeholder candidate Robert Avery

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