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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Pallone: If Christie can talk to Beck, then why not me?

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone doesn’t buy state Sen. Jen Beck’s explanation that she didn’t discuss the upcoming gubernatorial race with U.S. Attorney Chris Christie when the two met over the summer.

But even taking her at her word, Pallone said that it makes him wonder why Christie can meet with Beck, a Republican state legislator, and not him, a Democratic Congressman. Or, for that matter, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), who also pushed for a meeting.

“To me it’s abusurd. Because I’m sure they are talking about politics and his gubernatorial ambitions. But even if I take them at their word, I say that if you can talk amongst yourselves about what’s going on in your office with regard to Monmouth county and Marlboro, he can talk to us,” said Pallone.

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Bush coming to N.J. to raise money for Lance, Myers

President Bush will come to New Jersey on Monday, September 22 to headline a fundraiser for GOP congressional candidates Leonard Lance and Christopher Myers.  He will attend a high dollar reception at the Colts Neck home of Juan and Marta Guttierez.

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Davis returns to North Ward Center leadership role

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NEWARK - Newly retired from her nearly 20-year career as clerk of the Essex County Freeholder Board, Adrianne Davis this month assumed her role as executive director of the North Ward Center.

It’s a return to her roots for the member of the 1963 Newark Teachers’ Union, who coordinated buses that carried activists to Washington, D.C. to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his "I Have a Dream" speech.

The former high school teacher helped found the North Ward Center in 1970 with her friend and fellow teacher, Steve Adubato.

"What Steve sought to do was stabilize the North Ward with programs that served the Italian population that lived here," said Davis, a native of the West Ward, who ran the early secretarial training program and worked as the North Ward Center’s administrator.

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Healy responds to Manzo's quest to remove him from office

Angered by former Assemblyman Lou Manzo’s legal action to try to get Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy removed from office, Healy chief of staff Dominick Pandolfo issued a scathing response, characterizing Manzo as a lawsuit-mad wannabe mayor.

“Four time loser Louis Manzo is an embittered and disgruntled individual who spends his time filing frivolous lawsuits," said Pandolfo (Manzo has sought the mayor's office four times in the past, and narrowly lost to Healy in a 2004 runoff). "He is angered that the mayor did not endorse him in his recent run for the Senate, which he lost by an overwhelming margin to our candidate, Sen. Sandra Cunningham. He is also upset that the mayor refused to re-hire his close friend who had been terminated by a prior administration due to unexplained and excessive absenteeism.”

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Smith ad stirs 17-year old incident in bitter mayoral contest with Conaghan

Smith ad stirs 17-year old incident in bitter mayoral contest with Conaghan

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A month ago, Police Director Mark Smith looked very strong in the Bayonne's mayor race.

He was on the streets with that personal touch. People know him in Bayonne. And they like him. If success in American politics hinges on making an emotional connection with voters, Smith, runnning in his first political campaign, showed talent early and often.

He has personality and presence, not to mention a compelling story: that of a hero cop who diffused a potentially deadly situation in Bayonne 17 years ago. In an advertisement run by his campaign, an old black and white news clipping of the incident involving a rifle-toting Richard Barba is superimposed on fresh, color images of the dynamic mayoral candidate.

"A police officer faces down a gunman holding a young family hostage," says the voice-over, referring to a standout moment in the long career of the 46-year old Smith, who has received over 40 commendations.

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Manzo petitions to have Healy removed from office

Former Assemblyman Lou Manzo, a potential mayoral candidate in Jersey City next year, filed a petition with Monmouth County Superior Court to ask them to weigh whether Mayor Jerramiah Healy’s conduct during his 2006 Bradley Beach arrest should trigger him to forfeit his office.

No hearing date is set yet, and Manzo can’t release details until all parties have been served.

Healy was convicted of disorderly conduct in Bradley Beach last year, and has sought unsuccessfully to reverse the decision several times. He’s currently appealing it in the state Supreme Court.

But after an Essex County judge ruled that former Newark Councilwoman Dana Rone must forfeit her office earlier this summer, Manzo started digging and hired legal counsel to see whether the same standard should apply to Healy. Healy and Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said it shouldn’t, since Healy never invoked his office during his arrest.

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Beck denies she talked politics with Christie

State Sen. Jennifer Beck acknowledged meeting with U.S. Attorney Chris Christie over the summer, but denied that they talked about the upcoming gubernatorial race or anything else political.

PolitickerNJ’s inside edge reported last week that the two discussed the prospect of Beck as Christie’s running mate for Lieutenant Governor.

“I talk to him fairly regularly and get together with him once in a while, and obviously we don’t have any conversations about political stuff. It’s about Marlboro and Monmouth County and what’s going on there,” she said.

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The Back Room

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...

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