Atlantic County GOP chairman reads desperation in Democrats' District 2 ticket

Atlantic County GOP chairman reads desperation in Democrats' District 2 ticket
State Democratic Party Chair Joe Cryan, left, mingles with Northfield Councilman Jimmy Martinez and the Rev. Reginald Floyd, right.

EGG HARBOR CITY – When the better-known names faded, Atlantic County Democrats turned to two relative newcomers – Northfield Councilman Jimmy Martinez and Northfield attorney and Minister Reginald Floyd - who accepted their party’s nomination tonight at the Vienna Inn on the White Horse Pike.

By all accounts good guys in their party’s eyes, the pair nonetheless emanated “B” team presence after freeholders Alisa Cooper and Charlie Garrett and former Atlantic County Prosecutor Jeff Blitz made the rumor rounds as early favorites these last few weeks to face incumbent GOP Assemblyman John Amodeo and Assemblyman Vince Polistina in a South Jersey war - only to decide against running 

Republicans promptly pounced on the news coming out of Egg Harbor City tonight.

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In the 2nd District, Martinez and Floyd pursue Democratic Party nomination

In the 2nd District, Martinez and Floyd pursue Democratic Party nomination
Jimmy Martinez, left, and Reginald Floyd

EGG HARBOR – Northfield Councilman Jimmy Martinez and Northfield attorney Reginald Floyd work the hands of the guests here who come through the doors to assemble for the Atlantic County Democratic Convention.

The men tell everyone in earshot they’re seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the Assembly in the 2nd Legislative District.

They plan to challenge GOP Assemblyman Vince Polistina and Assemblyman John Amodeo. 

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Cooper 'definitely' not running for Assembly

Atlantic County Freeholder Alisa Cooper said today that after much consideration, she "definitely will not seek the District 2 seat for the New Jersey General Assembly this year."  Cooper, a Democrat, had said on Friday that she would not run, and then reconsidered her decision later in the day.

"I am most grateful that the Democratic Party asked me to be a candidate for the State Assembly," Cooper said. "I appreciate their utmost confidence in me as someone who would be an effective representative of the 2nd District in Trenton. My late mother, who served as both a Freeholder and then, an Assemblywoman, showed what strong, visionary leadership in Trenton meant for the residents of the 2nd District, and I look forward someday to following in her footsteps."

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Cooper reconsiders

Atlantic County Freeholder Alisa Cooper announced this morning that she did not plan to run for assembly in the 2nd Legislative District, but she is reconsidering at the urging of party leaders.  

“Once the word got out that I was not going to run, I started to receive some phone calls,” she said.  “Some very important phone calls from very important people who were asking me to reconsider.”

Cooper’s press release this morning said she was honored to have been asked to run, but had just been reelected to the freeholder board last year and wanted to concentrate on serving in that position. 

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Weekend TV

Tonight on Reporters Roundtable, catch Politifax’s Nick Acocella, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Cynthia Burton, The Record’s Charles Stile and Gannett’s Michael Symon discuss Gov. Jon Corzine’s reconsideration of the property tax deduction, the state’s suit against Lehmann Brothers and the state Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the Corzine/Katz email case.  The show, hosted by Michael Aron, airs tonight at 7:00 and Sunday at 10a.m.

On the Record, also hosted by Aron, features former State Treasurer Richard Leone, the president of Century Foundation, discussing global and state fiscal matters.  The show airs Sunday at 9 and 11a.m., and again on Monday monrning at 6:30a.m.

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Republicans eye freeholder seats in Cumberland while Dems prepare to target Noto

Republicans are hoping to claw their way back to relevance in Cumberland County, where they are trying make up for a crushing blow in last year's election by winning back some seats on the all-Democrat freeholder board.

"Without a doubt it's a great year. With the anti-Corzine sentiment, I think we'll certainly see a good Republican backlash," said Bob Greco, the new Cumberland County Republican Chairman.

The GOP will also seek to re-elect County Clerk Gloria Noto, who is in the crosshairs of Democratic Chairman and Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu.

Cumberland County is traditionally Democratic-leaning, but Republicans were, until recently, a significant minority.  Before being washed away by last year's Democratic wave, all three of the county's constitutional officers - sheriff, surrogate and county clerk - were Republican, along with one member of the freeholder board.  Now, Noto is the last one standing.

Magazzu said that he has four potential candidates who want to take Noto on, although he wouldn't reveal any names.

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Report: Cooper declines assembly run

Atlantic County Freeholder Alisa Cooper told the Press of Atlantic City this morning that she will not run for assembly in the 2nd Legislative District.

Cooper, a Democrat, won reelection to the freeholder board last year and has been weighing an assembly bid for several months.

Cooper’s mother, Dolores G. Cooper, a Republican, served five terms in the assembly, from 1982 to 1992.  

Atlantic County Democrats had also hoped to run Jeff Blitz, a former county prosecutor, but he turned down the offer.  The party has yet to reveal a slate to run against incumbents John Amodeo (R-Margate) and Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township).   

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Weinberg praises Sweeney, Buono and Watson Coleman as possible Corzine running mates

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) thinks that Gov. Jon Corzine should consider gender in picking a Lieutenant Governor, but not as a top priority.

"I would hope that it is a woman.  I think that since it is a new job it would be another breakthrough for women in the state.  But I don't think that's a basic requirement," she said.

Weinberg said that the three potential candidates that she's heard the most speculation about - state Sens. Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford), Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen) and Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Trenton) would all bring valuable traits to the job.

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