Corzine thinks Ferriero should resign

Gov. Jon Corzine thinks that Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero should step down from his party post and his job as Counsel to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission after his indictment this week on federal corruption charges, according to his spokesman.

"Governor Corzine has been consistent and clear in how he feels about political figures under indictment. They should step aside," Sean Darcy, Corzine's press secretary, told Last year, Corzine sought the resignation of two Democratic Assemblymen who had been arrested on corruption charges.

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Mercer Sheriff race heats up

Mercer County GOP Sheriff candidate Jim McSorleyMercer County GOP Sheriff candidate Jim McSorley
Republican Mercer County Sheriff candidate Jim McSorely today accused incumbent Sheriff Kevin Larkin of working a second job when he’s supposed to still be on the clock.

According to McSorely, Larkin works the 4:00p.m. to midnight shift at an apartment complex, when the Mercer County courts don’t close until 4:30p.m. 

“That half hour each day is time that Mr. Larkin is being paid by the taxpayers, but not performing the duties he is paid for,” said McSorely.  “How many Mercer County residents have jobs where their boss agrees to pay them even when they leave early so they can go work at another job?  My bet is not many, if any at all.  Yet, that is exactly the job the Sheriff has now and the taxpayers are the boss.  There is no question that this is an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars.”

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Six running for mayor in Passaic

PASSAIC - The race to succeed Sammy Rivera consists of six Passaic residents, who turned in their petitions by the 4 p.m. deadline today.

They are city supervisor Vincent Capuana, bailbondsman Carl Ellen, Councilwoman Maritza Colon-Montanez, Councilman Joe Garcia, physician Alex Blanco, and real estate developer Jose Sandoval.

"They have all qualified to run," said City Clerk Amada D. Curling.

Ritzy Morales, who handles constituent services for U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), did not make the deadline this afternoon and announced that she had pulled the plug on her mayoral bid.

"It's not the right time," said Morales. "We want to unify the city and as it is there are too many Hispanics in the race."

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Howard Dean coming to New Jersey for Obama fundraiser

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, the former Governor of Vermont who ran for president in 2004,  will be in Gloucester County next week to headline an Obama fundraiser.

The event will be hosted by Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor and Dr. Marie Young at the Gloucester County Dream Park next Friday night. 

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Smith says Dem challenger owes him an apology for getting facts wrong

Republican Chris Smith is seeking his 15th term in Congress.  He was first elected in 1980.: Getty Images PhotoRepublican Chris Smith is seeking his 15th term in Congress. He was first elected in 1980.: Getty Images Photo
An outraged U.S. Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-Hamilton) wants an apology from his Democratic challenger for calling him a bigot and for falsely charging that he concealed campaign contributions from two conservative Christian groups.

Democrat Josh Zeitz, a college history professor challenging the fourteen-term Congressman, released a video this week seeking to dispel the notion that Smith is a moderate. Yesterday he took that a step further, calling Smith a “bigot.”

Zeitz’s claims were amplified by an article in The New Republic, a left leaning magazine, which yesterday outlined Smith’s ties to what Zeitz called “religious-right hate groups.”

Today, the magazine retracted part of their story and, Smith says, apologized to him.

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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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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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