Whitman won't run for freeholder

Whitman won't run for freeholder
Kate Whitman, the daughter of former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, says she won't seek the Republican nomination for Somerset County Freeholder in 2009.

After considering running for a seat left vacant on the Somerset County Freeholder Board, Kate Whitman of Peapack-Gladstone today announced that she has decided not to screen for the position before the Republican Committee here, she wrote in a letter to supporters.

“While I was heartened by the level of support and encouragement that I was receiving, this is simply not the right time for me personally and professionally,” said Whitman, the daughter of former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, who placed second behind Leonard Lance in a run for Congress in the 7th District last year and screened unsuccessfully for freeholder in 2007. 

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Morning News Digest: March 3, 2009

In Passaic, Blanco lands Ellen, Capuana runs with Garcia - and Sandoval jockeys

In Passaic, Blanco lands Ellen, Capuana runs with Garcia - and Sandoval jockeys
Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco

Having vanquished a field of four other men in last November’s special election, Passaic Mayor Alex Blanco appears to have strengthened his position heading into the May 12th municipal election where he hopes to secure a full, four-year term.

If Blanco wants to continue as mayor in the aftermath of the jailed Sammy Rivera era, he will have to once again beat second-place finisher Vincent Capuana, the city super committed to making up his 203-vote deficit (3,859 to 3,656 votes) this time with the backing of Councilman Joe Garcia.

Garcia was 2008’s fourth-place finisher in the special mayoral election with 2,684 votes, and this year seeks reelection to the council.

The fusion of Capuana’s and Garcia’s troops on its face looks formidable – but in a small turnout election may be more than offset by Blanco’s ongoing alliance with Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic). 

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Cabana backed by most LD 25 mayors

Cabana backed by most LD 25 mayors
Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana with Wharton Mayor/Morris Freeholder William Chegwidden (right)

In his bid for a seat in the 25th Legislative District, Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana today announced the support of 13 of the district’s 15 Republican mayors. 

They are: Cyril Wekilsky of Boonton; Thomas Donadio of Boonton Twp.; P. Ted Hussa of Denville Twp.; Russell Felter of Jefferson Twp.; Frank Cioppettini of Mendham Twp.; Richard Leary of Mine Hill Twp.; Arthur Ondish of Mt. Arlington; Stephen Shaw of Mountain Lakes; Kathyann Snyder of Rockaway Borough; Louis Sceusi of Rockaway Twp.; Kathy DeFllippo of Roxbury Twp.; Betty Simmons of Victory Gardens; and William Chegwidden of Wharton. 

“I am humbled to have the support of these community leaders, with whom I’ve worked to help provide good government for the citizens of Morris County,” said Cabana, who is running in a field of four candidates in pursuit of two seats, including one left vacant by retiring Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham), a Republican candidate for governor.

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Lonegan spurns 'the line'

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan’s campaign announced today that they are giving up on trying to win county lines from mainstream Republican organizations unless and until legislation that reforms county political parties is signed into law.

Or as Lonegan Campaign Chairman Hank Butehorn put it in a press release: “If I may use a Star Wars metaphor, we are leaving behind the Empire to focus on building a Rebel Alliance.”

Lonegan, a strict conservative, has participated in several county committee screening processes and a nominating convention, but has lost every time to former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie -- the more moderate candidate who Republican leaders have long courted to run.

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Corzine and the white moderate LG option

Corzine and the white moderate LG option
Senate President Richard Codey (D-West Orange)

Democratic Party auditions are ongoing for the state’s first lieutenant governor, but if there are any white males interested in playing Banquo to Jon Corzine’s Macbeth, their soliloquies at present are decidedly understated – even inaudible.  

Sources close to state Senate President Richard Codey (D-West Orange), for example, say the former governor who shouldered executive office duties after Jim McGreevey’s 2004 bow-out, doesn’t want the lieutenant governor’s job, although some party insiders say the regular guy lawmaker – or someone like him - could provide the right bounce to a ticket headed by Gov. Jon Corzine.

New Jersey’s electorate breaks roughly into three ideological sections: 25% liberal, 25% conservative, and 50% moderate. 

Of course, Republicans will seize on spending during the last eight years and a budget ballooned from $25 billion up to $33 billion to brand Codey a bloated government Tip O’Neill lib, but the former governor’s coach and family man cred lends him the kind of Christmas card patriarch appeal arguably doable with suburban white moderates. And if Codey couldn't convince as a moderate, he at least would have little trouble wearing the label "political pragmatist."

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Republicans will seek to avoid primary in '10 race vs. Adler

Republicans will seek to avoid primary in '10 race vs. Adler

At their election night party in Mount Laurel, while Burlington County Democrats were ecstatically watching the best returns they've seen in recent memory roll in, local Democratic chairman Rick Perr followed newly minted Congressman-Elect John Adler's (D-Cherry Hill) victory speech with a joke that lent a sobering reminder to an otherwise heady atmosphere.

"Hey John, when does re-election start?" he said.

The answer: immediately. 

After losing a seat that their party held for 124 years, national Republicans have stressed to local party leaders that they should start fielding potential challengers to Adler as soon as possible.  Not that they needed to tell that to Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore and Burlington County Republican Chairman Bill Layton, who head up the GOP in the two counties that dominate the 3rd Congressional District (Camden County has one town, Cherry Hill, in the district).

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Ex-Whitman official dies at 59

Ex-Whitman official dies at 59
Stephen Sasala died of cancer on Friday. He was 59.

Former Whitman administration official Stephen Sasala passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer.  He was 59.  Sasala served as Deputy Commissioner of Corrections from 1994 to 1996, as Deputy Commissioner of Banking and Insurance from 1996 to 1999, and as Acting Director of Local Government Services for the Department of Community Affairs in 1999.  He served as CEO of Prosperity New Jersey, a private/public partnership Gov. Christine Todd Whitman created by Executive Order.   Sasala held that post from 1999 to 2003, when he moved to Connecticut to run a regional chamber of commerce.

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The Back Room

Sources: Why Fox?

With the support of Gov. Chris Christie, Jamie Fox is on the fast track to get back to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The question is why?

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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“We’re going to hold the line until hell freezes over, and when hell freezes over, we’re going to hold the line on ice skates." - Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-31), at yesterday's SEIU 1199 rally.

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