Manzo explains his lawsuit

Responding to Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy’s charge that he’s a lawsuit-mad political opportunist, former Assemblyman and potential mayoral candidate Lou Manzo today defended his decision to file a lawsuit seeking to oust Healy from public office.

Healy was convicted over a 2006 disorderly conduct charge stemming from an incident outside of his sister’s Bradley Beach restaurant, which he’s currently appealing in state Supreme Court.  After former Newark Councilwoman Dana Rone was ordered to forfeit her office after her own disorderly conduct conviction, Manzo sought to apply the same standard to Healy.

Healy claims that he never invoked his office to the arresting police officers, as Rone did while trying to get her nephew out of a parking ticket.  The Rone incident, however, was captured on videotape.  Healy’s incident was not, but in grand jury testimony, several police officers involved claimed that Healy mentioned his office several times, along with his friendship with the Bradley Beach chief of police in order to “sweep this under the rug.” 

Below is Manzo’s full statement. 

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Cryan says Ferriero should resign

Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan: Politicker file photoDemocratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan: Politicker file photo 

State Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Cryan today said it would be in the best interest of the party for embattled Bergen County Democratic Organization Chairman Joseph Ferriero to consider resignation.

"Clearly the Bergen County Democratic Organization needs a change at the top for permanent leadership to move forward," said Cryan.

From the governor down, there’s mostly been a delayed hammer drop on Ferriero, with the official public comment that Assemblyman Mims Hackett (D-Orange) and Assemblyman Alfred Steele (D-Paterson) - arrested last year on corruption charges - were elected officials, not party masterminds.

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In Passaic, Schaer holds off on making endorsement for mayor

Acting Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer: Politicker file photoActing Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer: Politicker file photo 

He’s the man everyone’s watching, in part because his ties are deep and solid with the powerful Orthodox Jewish vote in Passaic, but at least for now, Assemblyman/Acting Mayor Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) said he is not prepared to make an endorsement in the race for mayor.

Sources say Schaer is close to School Board President Alex Blanco, a physician, who in addition to his own Dominican base has good ties to the Democratic Party and to other long-established families in Passaic.

But the acting mayor insisted he’s not ready to commit jut yet.

"I’ve seen a lot of posters and bumper stickers, but I have not heard any plans," said Schaer. "What are their plans? What is their vision to put Passaic on the right track? I’m not hearing that from the candidates, and I need to hear that.

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Weinberg calls for Ferriero resignation

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) says that Joseph Ferriero, indicted this week on federal corruption charges, needs to resign his post as Bergen County Democratic Chairman.  "I have received numerous phone calls from many Democrats who are anxiously awaiting Joseph Ferriero’s overdue resignation as Chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization," Weinberg said. "Our party has important campaigns to run on national, county and local levels.  We need to obtain Mr. Ferriero’s resignation so that we can move forward under new leadership and re-chart our course for the future."

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Mark Warner coming to New Jersey for U.S. Senate fundraiser

Democratic Party fundraisers John Graham and Michael Kempner have scheduled a Sept. 22 money event for former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who’s running for U.S. Senate to succeed retiring Sen. John Warner (R-VA).

Members of the Clinton fundraising team called the Group, Graham and Kempner have their own ties to Warner, whom they talked to last year during the run-up to the Democratic presidential primary.

At the time, Warner was mulling a presidential run.

He ultimately opted instead for a U.S. Senate bid. By helping to raise money for the Virginian, Graham and Kempner still have their eye on presidential politics.

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Five candidates submit petitions for Passaic mayor prior to today's 4 p.m. deadline

On the day of the filing deadline for the office of mayor of Passaic, five candidates have already submitted their petitions to the Clerk’s Office.

The candidates are physician Alex Blanco, city supervisor Vincent Capuana, Councilwoman Maritza Colon-Montanez, Councilman Joe Garcia and realtor Jose Sandoval.

Two other potential candidates - Ritzy Morales, who works for U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), and bail bondsman Carl Ellen - have not yet submitted petitions.

The candidates vying for mayor in the Nov. 4th special election hope to succeed former Mayor Sammy Rivera, who earlier this year was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison on corruption charges.

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Democrats slam Lance, Myers for Bush fundraising visit

Medford Mayor Chris Myers last night in Mount Holly debate: Politicker photoMedford Mayor Chris Myers last night in Mount Holly debate: Politicker photoThe news tonight that President George W. Bush plans to headline a Colts Neck fundraiser on Monday for Republican Congressional candidates, state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) and Medford Mayor Chris Myers, created an easy opening for the Democrats.

Bush has a 15 percent job approval rating in New Jersey, according to Strategic Vision.

Only too happy to exploit the president’s toxicity here, Mark Warren, spokesman for state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden), Democratic candidate in the 3rd Congressional district, criticized Republican adversary Myers for allowing Bush to come in and raise money for him.State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) last night in the Veterans for Education debate in Mount Holly: Politicker photoState Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) last night in the Veterans for Education debate in Mount Holly: Politicker photo

Still, he said the news didn’t catch him off guard. In the most recent fundraising reports, the Republican candidates trailed their counterparts by wide margins.

"It’s no surprise at all," said Warren. "Mayor Myers has been getting his campaign playbook from George W. Bush and Karl Rove. The principle point of Mayor Myers’s energy policy is extensive tax breaks for big oil companies.

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The Back Room

Trenton mayor's race: Worthy campaign funds surge according to filed ELEC report

Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign. 

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Wake-Up Call

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