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Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) is switching his superdelegate vote to Barack Obama. Payne, a ten-term Congressman, endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination on January 1. Payne is the third superdelegate from New Jersey to switch from Clinton to Obama since Clinton won a 9 point victory in the February 5 Democratic presidential primary.
PATERSON - As recently as last month, Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres was coy about whether he would publicly get into the race against his adversary, Ward Two Councilman Aslon Goow.
"I don't know if a mayor should endorse," the mayor mused, later threatening to get into the contest if Goow continued his public assault against his record as mayor.
Today, Torres officially got in the game, lending his voice in a robocall to the cause of Goow challenger Elizabeth Rosado, wife of longtime Torres ally, former Councilman Jerry Luis Rosado.
Goow, a two-term incumbent, is trying to fend off challenges from both Rosado and mason contractor John Larko.Read More >
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) thinks that a Teaneck councilwoman’s “gas chamber” comment was not intended to offend her Jewish colleagues, but that Monica Honis erred by not saying she’s sorry.
“I think it was a slip of the tongue, and I think that she should have immediately apologized,” said Weinberg, who’s not endorsing anyone in her home town’s council race. “And if she didn’t immediately do it, she should have at the subsequent council meeting.”
At a block association meeting on Monday, Honis, who’s up for re-election, said that picking her and not her two running mates would be like sending her “to the gas chamber.” Honis’s Jewish counterparts on the council took offense to that statement, saying that it was an insensitive reference to the holocaust.Read More >
When Jersey City Detective Sean Connors took on the task of running against North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco for the state Senate seat in the 32nd District last year, he really had his eye on a different position: 4th District Freeholder.
Connors, 39, expected that he'd have the backing of powerful Union City Mayor/state Sen. Brian Stack in exchange for undertaking that kamikaze mission on Stack's rivals at the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO). But now, with a tenuous semi-peace holding between Stack and the HCDO, Connors is alone in his freeholder fight against incumbent Eliu Rivera. Even without that support, Connors has surprised local political insiders by running a truly competitive campaign.Read More >
Instead of holding a press conference at Sandy Hook National Park tomorrow to talk about the environment, presidential candidate John McCain will be at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.
The event begins with a press conference at 11:00 a.m., followed by a tour of an exhibit with former Gov. Tom Kean, Sr.
The Sandy Hook event was canceled due to rain.Read More >
Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney endorsed fifth district Democratic congressional candidate Dennis Shulman today.
Shulman, a blind rabbi and psychologist, is running against primary opponent Camille Abate to take on conservative Republican incumbent E. Scott Garrett.
“Dennis Shulman, unlike Scott Garrett, understands the challenges facing the hardworking men and women of Northern New Jersey,” said McNerney.Read More >
Representative Frank Pallone acknowledged today that Hillary Clinton is the underdog for the Democratic presidential nomination, but said that he will continue supporting her until she either wins or decides to end her run.
“I’m sticking with her. I think it’s her decision to decide what she wants to do,” he said. “As long as she’s running I’m supporting her.”
Pallone disputed the conventional wisdom that Barack Obama is virtually sure to win the nomination, saying that it’s “still possible for (Clinton) to win”
“You still have some primaries, you still have the superdelegates and you still have Florida and Michigan,” he said.Read More >
The Sierra Club plans to highlight what the group sees as Assemblywoman Linda Stender's (D-Fanwood) environmental record with a primary season endorsement of the 7th Congressional District candidate.
"It's very specifically a primary endorsement," said the organization's executive director Jeff Tittel, a day before his press conference with Stender in Flemington. "We'll wait to endorse for the general election."
Although the assemblywoman has the full organizational backing of her party and is not in a primary contest, "We felt Linda deserved recognition now," Tittel said.Read More >
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s inspector general is launching its own investigation into the lane closure controversy on the George Washington Bridge.Read More >
Sires erupts on Obama after Castro handshake incident U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) wasn't happy with President Barack Obama for shaking the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro at a South African memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela earlier today. "I'm very disappointed that the President would...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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