Corzine eager to review stimulus package fine points

Corzine eager to review stimulus package fine points
Gov. Jon Corzine

Regarding news today that Congress came to an agreement regarding a $789 billion stimulus package to boost a flagging national economy, Gov. Jon Corzine said, “Their effort in getting a stimulus package onto the desk of the President as quickly as possible is a critical step to restoring confidence in our economy. 

“Although we are now in the process of reviewing the details of the bill, I am thrilled that there will be a significant recovery initiative," the governor added. "Any financial support realized from the federal stimulus package will translate into retaining jobs and vital services for New Jerseyans and people throughout the nation.”

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Lonegan: 'Kean represents the past'

Lonegan: 'Kean represents the past'
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan

Going for contrast, shortly after frontrunner Chris Christie appeared alongside former Gov. Tom Kean in the Bernardsville Inn, insurgent Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan stood with relative no-namer Pat Cassio, the municipal chairman of the Rahway Republican Party.

The run and gun Lonegan presser was meant to show blue collar base support against a Christie-Kean GOP establishment.

“With all due respect to Tom Kean, I did not seek his endorsement,” said Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota. “I’m not a Tom Kean Republican. As governor, Tom Kean raised the sales tax from five to six percent, increased the gas tax, the income tax from two and a half to three and a half percent, and a number of corporate taxes. The state budget increased 118 percent under Gov. Kean. 

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Christie stands with Kean - but says he won't campaign with Bush and Ashcroft

Christie stands with Kean - but says he won't campaign with Bush and Ashcroft
Former Gov. Tom Kean, right, stands with gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie today at the Bernardsville Inn

BERNARDSVILLE - It's a well-documented story, about how  then-Assemblyman Tom Kean went to a Livingston classroom 32 years ago and awoke the imagination of a precocious 14-year old student, who would volunteer on Kean's successful gubernatorial campaign, grow up to be U.S. Attorney, and himself run for governor. 

Now he runs with the former governor's backing, as Kean stood with Chris Christie in the Bernardsville Inn this afterrnoon and reminded reporters that the only other time he involved himself in a Republican Primary was when his son ran for the U.S. Senate three years ago.

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Five Bergen County Republicans line up to take on O'Brien and Walton

Five Republican are seeking the Bergen County Republican Organization’s nod to take on incumbent Democratic Freeholders Julie O’Brien and Vernon Walton in November.  

Altogether, six candidates filed letters of intent with Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin, although one has already withdrawn her name.  The party will award the line to the two candidates that win a convention later this year.  

Among them is Chris Calabrese, an Upper Saddle River resident with a business in Rutherford who ran last year and was the Republicans freeholder candidates' top vote getter.

The other two Republican candidates last year, Jeff Heller and Paul Duggan, have not expressed an interest in running again. 

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In Gloucester County, potential GOP chairman candidate keeps his options open

In Gloucester County, Franklin Township Republican Municipal Chairman Bill Fey said that he does not condone the public sniping from disgruntled Republicans at Party Chairwoman Loran Oglesby.

But he understands it.

“I do not condone the way they’re doing this now and the way that some people are trying to push it,” said Fey in a phone interview today.  “I understand the point they’re trying to make, but I think there’s a different way to approach it.”

The Gloucester County Republicans are in the midst of a public civil war that had been festering under the radar for months. It was only brought to the attention of the media at the beginning of this month, when former freeholder candidate Larry Wallace made critical comments about Oglesby to the Gloucester County Times, and his running mate, Phyllis Scapellato, started a Web site meant to help force Oglesby from her post. 

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Former Governor Kean to endorse Christie for Governor

Former Governor Kean to endorse Christie for Governor
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Former Gov. Thomas Kean is expected to announce today that he will back former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie for the Republican nomination for Governor.

Former Gov. Thomas Kean will endorse Christopher Christie for the Republican nomination for Governor at a news conference in Bernardsville later today.   Kean is one of three living Republican statewide officeholders and remains popular with New Jersey voters.

Kean was Governor from 1982 to 1990, and later served as President of Drew University and as Chairman of the 9/11 Commission.  Christie worked on Kean's campaigns for Governor, starting as a high school student in 1977.  The two lived in the same hometown and are longtime friends.

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Caruso and Rottino to kick off primary challenge tomorrow

Caruso and Rottino to kick off primary challenge tomorrow
Financial services executive and Republican activist Joe Caruso begins his primary campaign tomorrow night Credit: Facebook

Calling District 40's current Republican representation in Trenton “weak,” Republican activist Joe Caruso will formally kick off his primary challenge against Assemblymen Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) and Dave Russo (R-Ridgewood) tomorrow.

Caruso, who’s from Wayne, will run with Franklin Lakes resident Anthony Rottino, a businessman who owns two Harley-Davison dealerships and part of a Gold’s Gym.  Rottino has never sought elected office before.  The two appear to be mounting a challenge to the right of Rumana and Russo, who are both considered moderate.  

Caruso and Rottino will make their announcement on Thursday at 7p.m. at the Packanack Lake Clubhouse in Wayne, which they say is intended to send a “message to the establishment Republicans in Trenton.”

“Trenton’s legislators have created a state that punishes success and rewards dependency on government,” said Caruso in a statement.  “It is time for professional politicians to move aside and give experienced business people a chance to lead. Anthony and I will help shape a business environment that leads to the creation of well paying jobs.”

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Mironov happy being mayor, she says

Mironov happy being mayor, she says
East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov

Democratic Party members have approached veteran East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov about the possibility of her running for the Assembly in the 12th District this year, Mironov confirmed to

But, “I don’t have any plans to do that,” said Mironov, who has served 14 years as mayor of the east side Mercer County town.

“I love being mayor,” she added. “I never close any doors. Nobody does that. But I have no plans at this point. My residents have been very good to me.”

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Campaign season now under way in Bergen County Politics is practiced year-round in Bergen County, and street-level campaigning has been going on quietly all summer. But both Republicans and Democrats say the Rutherford Street Fair on Labor Day signals a more intense phase of electioneering. (Ensslin/The Bergen Record)  ...

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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