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.Read More >
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.”Read More >
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.Read More >
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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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.Read More >
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.Read More >
A polling memo prepared by a company with ties to Gov. Chris Christie shows public support for red light cameras.Read More >
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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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 >
"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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