Obama picks Montclair resident as Deputy Labor Secretary

Obama picks Montclair resident as Deputy Labor Secretary
Seth Harris of Montclair, who is President Obama's pick for Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor.

Montclair resident Seth Harris, a Clinton Administration veteran, has been tapped by President Obama to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor under Secretary Hilda Solis.

Harris is a professor at New York Law School and was an official on the Obama transition team for labor, education and transportation. 

During the Clinton years he served as Counselor to the Secretary of Labor and Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy, according to an Obama Administration press release. 

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Christie reports raising $137k; Lonegan reports $70k

The two leading candidates for the Republican gubernatorial nomination filed for addition public funds with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission today.

Former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie reported raising $137,322, which could bring him additional matching fund of $274,644.  Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan reported $69,820 in new contributions.  The Lonegan campaign estimates that if fully matched, they will receive an additional $139,640 in public funds.

Christie, who has made one previous filing, has already received $760,160 in public financing.  Lonegan has received $553,841 in public funds from his three other filings.

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Lonegan camp says GOP avoiding open conventions

Mainstream Republicans are avoiding holding county conventions to give former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie favorable ballot placement in the primary, according to Rick Shaftan, the chief strategist for Christie rival Steve Lonegan.

"This is exactly why we can't win elections in this state.  They don't want any public involvement at all. It's a country club," said Shaftan.  "So we never expected any kind of fair process from these guys, because they hate conservatives more than they want to beat Democrats."

Shaftan made the comments in response to Camden County Republican Chairman Rick DeMichele's decision to award Christie the organization line without holding a convention where county committee members could vote on the decision.  The Camden GOP did hold a straw poll last month, where Christie won.

"Come on, it was a straw poll.  The guy invites his friends and says it was a straw poll," said Shaftan.

Monmouth County Republican Chairman Joe Oxley last week awarded Christie the line without holding a convention where county committee members could vote, arguing that the party had in recent months failed to reach quorums at its meetings. 

Oxley's endorsement came only after current and former GOP officials had a chance to meet with the leading candidates for Governor.  The Christie campaign has released endorsements from most Monmouth GOP officials. Read More >

In Morristown, Cresitello poised to run again for mayor

In Morristown, Cresitello poised to run again for mayor

MORRISTOWN – For several weeks now, the signs have been solid in the form of friends circulating petitions and allies receiving phone calls: Mayor Donald Cresitello is running for reelection.  

On Thursday evening, he intends to make it official at the Hyatt Hotel, according to sources on the ground here.

To some a brazen creature of intolerance based on his stand against illegal immigrants, to others the embodiment of Lyndon Johnson on the local level with his hard mechanical understanding of government and politics and old fashioned work ethic, Cresitello is reportedly ready for a Democratic Party primary showdown with former Councilman Tim Dougherty.

“I’m full of energy” said Cresitello, 63. “I don’t play golf. I’m not into sport. Running government is not just business, it’s enjoyment. When I’m done with my sport, which I call politics, I’ll have a record of accomplishment that people can see.”

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Christie gets the Camden GOP line

Christopher Christie will have the organization line in Camden County - the third Republican organization to back his candidacy for Governor in the last five days.  Christie won a January 21 straw poll of Camden GOP county committee members with 77% of the vote.

"Chris Christie is a candidate who brings real leadership to our party," said Camden County GOP Chairman Richard DeMichele, Jr., "In Camden County, we have seen firsthand the way that corruption and graft dramatically increase the cost of government. We know all too well about no-show jobs and trading taxpayer money for personal gain. And we know that it was Chris Christie who, as U.S. Attorney, convicted Wayne Bryant on two counts of fraud."

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Morning News Digest: February 24, 2009

Faison backs Redd for mayor of Camden

Faison backs Redd for mayor of Camden
Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison

South Jersey sources report that Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison tonight announced she would not run for reelection in June, and endorsed the mayoral candidacy of state Sen. Dana Redd.

Appointed mayor after the scandalous collapse of her predecessor, elected in 2001 and then reelected in 2005, the 82-year old Faison made her announcement at a state management forum in the Malandra Hall Community Center.

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In Edison, Massaro backs Ricigliano's mayoral bid

In Edison, Massaro backs Ricigliano's mayoral bid
Councilman Tony Massaro

EDISON – Beaten by Jun Choi in 2005, two long-warring factions in town– old school Democrats and the People’s Choice Party – decided to get together to take down the incumbent mayor this year. 

First they wanted to determine which of two candidates - Councilman Tony Massaro, an establishment Democrat, or Councilwoman Toni Ricigliano of the People’s Choice – would be the stronger candidate.

Apparently surprising Massaro, Ricigliano jumped out and declared her candidacy last month.

Now the councilman plans to endorse her at an Edison Democratic Party meeting tomorrow evening at the Pines, officially aligning onetime antagonists whom Choi’s shoe leather reform school organizing has driven into the same camp.

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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 17th

U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...

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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 >


(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... more »
The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana      Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War 2.  It started with the... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

- The Times of Trenton


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