The law firm where Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero is a partner issued a statement today saying that the FBI search warrant was for Ferriero’s personal files and unrelated to his position at Scarinci & Hollenbeck.
"Today representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived in order to execute a search warrant seeking to search the private office of Joseph Ferriero for records relating to Mr. Ferriero as an individual and not related to his position at Scarinci Hollenbeck," said Lawrence H. Kraft of Scarinci & Hollenbeck. "The search warrant did not seek any records concerning Scarinci Hollenbeck, its business or its clients. Our office fully cooperated with the officers executing the warrant. We are satisfied that the focus of the investigation does not involve Scarinci Hollenbeck or any services Mr. Ferriero may have performed on behalf of Scarinci Hollenbeck."Read More >
For years, conservative activist Steve Lonegan has been seen by the state's moderate, mainstream Republicans more as a thorn in the side than a boon to their party.
But after leaving office as the mayor of Bogota, the ever-controversial Lonegan has - at least on the surface - made nice with some of the party's more high profile members as he's dramatically increased his statewide profile.
Take the convention run shortly before the U.S. Senate primaries at the Trenton Marriot, where Americans for Prosperity - the anti-tax group whose New Jersey chapter Lonegan heads up - brought out a couple national Republican luminaries and a few New Jersey Republicans who typically aren't seen with Lonegan.
Once you got past the 3,000 pound fiberglass pig perched atop a trailer parked outside the hotel, you could meet not only some of the of the Republicans' most conservative legislators -- like Assembly members Michael Patrick Carroll, Richard Merkt, Allison Littell-McHose and State Sen. Gerald Cardinale. But also present were members of the new crop of Republican leadership like Tom Kean, Jr., Kevin O'Toole and Joe Kyrillos.
The convention came about six months after the November surprise defeat of two ballot initiatives that Lonegan fought hard against, including one to borrow money for stem-cell research. Political observers differ on how much credit Lonegan gets for the measures' defeat, but he was most vocal opponent, and became the face of the effort.Read More >
The search warrant executed on Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero’s law office comes just days before Ferriero, a Clinton delegate, was set to travel to Denver for the Democratic National Convention.
Ferriero could not be reached for comment to say whether his plans have changed regarding today’s events.
Ferriero’s long-time political foe, State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), said that she won’t take a position on whether or not Ferriero should go.
“I think that’s his decision. I think this whole thing does cast a dark cloud over Bergen County political activities, but he is not an elected official, he hasn’t been elected to govern, and I hope whatever’s coming out of this happens quickly so that it’s over,” she said. “The timing is not great given the upcoming election. So I would hope that it moves quickly and he has a chance to clear his name.”Read More >
Conservative activist and potential gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan said that he’ll support John McCain for president, even if he picks a pro-choice running mate.
But he hopes it doesn’t come down to that.
“I’m going to support the McCain ticket, but I think that would be another discouragement for conservatives. So I hope he chooses better than that, wiser than that,” said Lonegan. “Barack Obama is way far to the left, but that would just be, I think,a political blunder on McCain’s part. And I think the signal to conservatives, again, is hey we don’t need you or where else are you going to go.”Read More >
The Associated Press reports that U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) has succeeded in securing the passage of two Monmouth County children from a war zone in the Republic of Georgia to the U.S. Embassy in the capital.
Ashley and Sophia Evans, ages seven and three, had been trapped at their grandparents’ farm after Russian troops invaded parts of the nation two weeks ago.Read More >
The Record is reporting that "federal law-enforcement officials executed a search warrant at the Lyndhurst law offices of Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero this morning, removing at least eight boxes of documents." The report says that "federal agents also were at the Hackensack offices of BCDO attorney Dennis Oury."
"The Bergen Record has reported extensively on the subject, and it would be improper for me to form an opinion on the matter," Bergen County GOP Chairman Bob Yudin told PolitickerNJ.com today. "It's obviously now in a criminal investigation mode and the best we could do is for us all to stand back and let the professionals in the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office do their job and let the chips fall where they fall. I would just limit my comment to that."
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Ask former Gov. Brendan Bryne about his most memorable Democratic National Convention and he fires back the answer without hesitation: 1976.
"The first one with Jimmy Carter was a new experience for me, although he did not carry New Jersey," said Byrne, who served as governor from 1974-1982.
"It was a festive atmosphere, as I recall," he said. "People were throwing peanuts around the convention hall and everything had a newness for me, though now it’s a little bit stale."Read More >
Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said he fully supports Gov. Jon Corzine’s re-election and would not run for governor if Corzine went to an Obama administration or abruptly pulled out of his re-election bid.
"I’ve been successful in Mercer, but to move up to governor in a 2009 run would take a lot of work, and I don’t have the recognition to go statewide," said Hughes, son of the late Gov. Richard J. Hughes, who served from 1962 to 1970.
Himself re-elected last year, Hughes said Corzine definitely deserves re-election.Read More >
Former Paterson Mayor, Lawrence "Pat" Kramer, today endorsed Jose "Joey" Torres for mayor of Paterson in the May 13th nonpartisan election.Read More >
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
"It sounds like Councilman Baraka is talking about regionalization similar to what happened to the Camden Police Department. Clearly, if you regionalize, there is going to be a layoff of Newark workers. We cant afford to have more cops laid off right now. During Mr. Baraka's time on the council, the city laid off about 170 cops, when has led to our streets being much more dangerous than they need to be." - Newark Mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, the former state Assistant Attorney General, referring to the disbandment of the South Jersey police force.- PolitickerNJ.com
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