Mercer Republicans take a pass on filing third freeholder candidate

Unable to field a candidate both willing and able to do the job, Mercer County Republicans yesterday took a pass on replacing a freeholder candidate who had dropped out last month.

Yesterday was the deadline to file a replacement candidate for Republican Darren Chell, who dropped out of the race on August 8th citing personal and business obligations. 

Mercer County Democratic Chairman Rich McClellan gleefully pointed that out in a press release today, trumpeting it as a proof that Republicans tacitly acknowleged that Democrats ran an effective county government.

"I want to thank Roy Wesley and the Republicans for providing the outstanding evidence to demonstrate what a great job the Democrats are doing in managing County government. By failing to fill the freeholder candidate vacancy, the Republicans are conceding the fact,” joked McClellan.

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Corzine testifies at D.C. hearing

WASHINGTON - House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) (L) greets Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) (R) and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (D) before a hearing about health care reform September 18, 2008 in Washington, DC. The panel included researchers, health experts and academics talking about the future of health care in the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Legislator wants Corzine to stop out of state campaign trips

Gov. Jon Corzine should have a moratorium on out-of-state campaign trips until he gets New Jersey’s fiscal affairs in order, says Assembly Minority Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Union).  

“We need Governor Corzine to stay here in New Jersey and address the serious fiscal problems facing this state,” said Bramnick. “Rather than walking around in Florida to campaign for Barack Obama, Corzine should be walking around state departments and agencies and trying to figure out ways the state can save money.”

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Schundler sides with Manzo in attempt to remove Healy from office

Bret Schundler is mulling another bid for Mayor of Jersey City, his job from 1992 to 2001.Bret Schundler is mulling another bid for Mayor of Jersey City, his job from 1992 to 2001.
Count former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler as one ally of former Assemblyman Lou Manzo in his quest to force Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy to forfeit his office.

“If what the officer said happened actually happened, then I think Healy should be removed,” he said.

After grand jury testimony surfaced from a police officer alleging that Healy tried to use his political status to “sweep” his 2006 disorderly conduct arrest in Bradley Beach “under the rug,” Manzo filed a lawsuit asking the Monmouth County Prosecutor to look into the matter.

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Margolin: Internal poll says voters question Corzine intergrity

An internal poll commissioned by Gov. Jon Corzine says that "more than half of New Jersey's voters question the first-term governor's integrity because of his relationship with ousted state-worker union leader Carla Katz," according to Josh Margolin's story in the Star-Ledger.

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Dems seek House seat GOP has held since 1884

Retiring U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Mount Holly) never had a hard time defeating Democrats in the third congressional district. In fact, no Democrat has held the seat in 124 years. But Saxton isn’t on the ballot this year, leading Democrats to believe that voting trends over the 24 years of Saxton’s tenure no longer apply.

“You have to start with this premise: Jim Saxton won this district by 20 points in every election over the last several years. The district itself went Bush over Kerry 52-48% – that’s district-wide,” said Burlington County Democratic Chairman Rick Perr.

The Bush/Kerry numbers, Perr said, are more representative of the district’s true voting trends than the large margins that Saxton, who had become a known quantity and beloved incumbent, used to win by.

“That is the DNA of the district,” he said. “That’s where they vote when they deal with national issues aside from for some personality. So you erase a 20 point Saxton win.”

With 48 days to go before the race between Democratic state Sen. John Adler (D-Cherry Hill) and Republican Medford Mayor Christopher Myers is decided, the great unknown is Perr’s county.

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Somerset Republican chairman says Hsing is not a factor

Michael Hsing, a Republican Councilman from Bridgewater, is running for Congress as an Independent in the 7th districtMichael Hsing, a Republican Councilman from Bridgewater, is running for Congress as an Independent in the 7th district
If Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s congressional campaign poll numbers are to be believed, then State Sen. Leonard Lance should be worried about Michael Hsing.

Hsing, a councilman from Bridgewater, pulled out of the Republican congressional primary to run as an independent after complaining that Somerset County’s GOP endorsement process was “rigged.”

Now the Stender poll shows her in a close race with Lance, leading him by just three points – 36-33%. That poll has the independent Hsing at 9% -- most of which would presumably belong to Lance otherwise.

Somerset County Republican Chairman Dale Florio, however, doesn’t believe that the poll is accurate.

“I don’t put any credibility into that number. That’s just not a real number,” he said.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

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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