Wolfe replaces Karrow on budget committee

Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) named Assemblyman David Wolfe (R-Brick Township) to the Budget Committee today.

Wolfe replaces state Sen. Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan), who was elevated from the Assembly earlier this month to replace U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the state senate. 

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Doyle endorses Holt in the 23rd

Doyle endorses Holt in the 23rd
Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt

Locked in a three-way fight to claim a vacant Assembly seat in the 23rd District, Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt today announced the support for his campaign of former Hunterdon County Sheriff Bill Doyle.

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Daggett will run for governor as an Independent

Daggett will run for governor as an Independent
Christopher Daggett, a former state Commissioner of Environmental Protection, says he'll file papers within the next to weeks to run for Governor of New Jersey as an Independent.

Christopher Daggett, who held top environmental posts under Gov. Thomas Kean and President Ronald Reagan, says he will mount an Independent bid for Governor of New Jersey this year.

Daggett served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Kean, as regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and in Kean's cabinet as Commissioner of Environmental Protection.

The Basking Ridge resident says  he has become disillusioned with the two major parties, which serve entrenched interests, in his view, and not the will of the people.  Daggett says Democrats and Republicans are mutually mired in special interest party loyalties that prevent them from working across the aisle.

“Look how much hope the country had after the presidential election, which broke down along party lines and partisan bickering as Congress tried to pass the federal stimulus package,” Daggett said. "I feel bad for Obama.”

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Sources say Cumberland GOP chairman will quit

Sources say Cumberland GOP chairman will quit
Cumberland County GOP Chairman Douglas Sorantino, left, is expected to resign the post he took over last year when Larry Pepper, center, retired after 33 years. The leading candidate for the chairmanship is Bob Greco, right, who managed the GOP campaign in 2008.

After a bruising loss in November in which his party lost two constitutional officers and its last seat on the freeholder board, Cumberland County Republican Chairman Doug Sorantino is expected to step down from his post tomorrow.

Two Republican sources say Sorantino, a former freeholder who took over the party last year after 33-year reign of former chairman Larry Pepper, will likely be replaced by Bob Greco, a party activist who managed the Republican county campaigns last year.  Sorantino's name has already been removed from the Republican State Committee website.

Sorantino could not immediately be reached for comment. Greco said that he would leave it up to Sorantino to announce his own plans, but acknowledged that he is interested in taking over the post if there is an opening.

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Brown won't seek re-election as Passaic clerk

Brown won't seek re-election as Passaic clerk
Passaic County Clerk Karen Brown, left, announced today that she won't seek re-election to a second term. One possible replacement is West Paterson Council President Keith Kazmark.

Not surprising party brass and rank-and-filers who were preparing for a battle - just in case, Passaic County Clerk Karen Brown announced she will not run for reelection to a second term, informing Democratic Party supporters in a letter this morning.

“Serving as County Clerk has been a great privilege, and I thank all of my supporters for their confidence in my abilities.  Nonetheless, it is with mixed emotions that I announce my intention not to seek re-election as Passaic County Clerk,” wrote Brown, a Clifton lawyer who's originally from Paterson.


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Ex-labor commissioner/Codey advisor to start lobbying, political consulting firm

Ex-labor commissioner/Codey advisor to start lobbying, political consulting firm
Former Commissioner of Labor A.J. Sabath, left, with State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge)

A.J. Sabath, a former state Commissioner of Labor and one of Trenton's most powerful insiders, will leave his post as Chief of Staff to Senate President Richard Codey on March 1 to open his own lobbying, government relations and communications firm.  Sabath will be providing political consulting and campaign services including direct mail, automated calls and earned media communications. 

Sabath has held a number of positions in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature, worked as public affairs director for MWW, a top public relations and lobbying firm, and was an organizer for the New Jersey Tenants Organization..  He spent two years, as an organizer for the National Democratic Institute in the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan. In addition to conducting democracy and governance training programs for political, civic and government organizations, he created an election monitoring panel of local officials that collected and publicized voter complaints of intimidation, inaccuracies, and fraud.

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Morning News Digest: February 17, 2009

Lonegan strategist sees Christie/Giuliani parallel

Lonegan strategist sees Christie/Giuliani parallel
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan

The campaign of Republican candidate for Governor Steve Lonegan delights at what they see as the irony of former New York City Mayor (and unsuccessful 2008 presidential candidate) Rudy Giuliani endorsing GOP frontrunner Chris Christie.

“This Christie campaign is just a repeat of the Giuliani campaign in the sense that the candidate has total contempt for GOP Primary voters,” said Lonegan campaign strategist Rick Shaftan. “I can’t believe they didn’t learn from the Giuliani fiasco. It’s the same group of people, and they didn’t learn.”

Waging his presidential campaign last year, Giuliani as a matter of strategy decided to forego Iowa and New Hampshire to compete in the Super Tuesday states, only to lose vital television time, elude several weeks of buzz, and ultimately suffer a meltdown in Florida. 

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Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >


My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast


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