Jewell poised to formally enter Hillside mayor's race

Jewell poised to formally enter Hillside mayor's race
Councilman Jerome Jewell

HILLSIDE – Here it comes – a Hillside free-for-all. 

Sources close to Councilman Jerome Jewell say he will formally enter the race for mayor sometime in the next two weeks. The long-serving Newark detective will run with the backing of the local Democratic Party organization. 

But there’s still political oxygen out there that at least two other candidates are trying to gobble up in the apparent aftermath of the troubled tenure of Mayor Karen McCoy-Oliver, niece of the late Assemblyman Willie Brown, who has not publicly declared her intentions regarding reelection.  

Whatever she does, McCoy-Oliver’s well-publicized head-butting episodes with powerful local party leader Charlotte DeFilippo have made the mayor an off-the-line contender at best now as Jewel commands the organization’s backing.

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In Newark, Oprah's $500,000 little pieces

In Newark, Oprah's $500,000 little pieces
North Ward Democratic Party leader Steve Adubato

Essex County insiders said all along that North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato, Sr.’s incessant political jockeying to the determent of Newark Mayor Cory Booker could come to a standstill with one ring-kissing session. 

That might have come this weekend albeit not in a formal ceremony, as The Star-Ledger reported that Adubato, Sr.’s celebrated North Ward Center received a $500,000 gift courtesy of Booker’s pal Oprah Winfrey, part of $1.5 million the television star gave to nonprofit organizations in the city. 

Adubato told the Ledger the money will be used "to provide scholarships to graduates of the center's charter school, the Robert Treat Academy," which consistently graduates high achieving urban students.

It’s not a given that the gift will grind to a halt the Booker-prodding political machinations of the North Ward mastermind, but insiders say Adubato is certainly less likely to mount a serious challenge to Booker when the mayor runs for reelection in 2010.

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In Hoboken, Cammarano nears formal announcement

In Hoboken, Cammarano nears formal announcement
Councilman Peter Cammarano

HOBOKEN – Sources close to At-Large Councilman Peter Cammarano say the attorney plans to formally enter the race for mayor sometime next week.  

Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer is already in the contest, and sources say Councilwoman Beth Mason will roll out her campaign shortly with the endorsement of Union City Mayor/Sen. Brian P. Stack. 

Stack wouldn’t comment this week when asked him who he’s supporting for mayor in Hoboken. He simply said he’ll have an answer probably in the next couple of weeks.

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DiGaetano to endorse Lonegan

Former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano plans to endorse former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan for governor tomorrow at an 11 a.m. press conference outside his Nutley home.

Already running a grassroots, against-the-grain, campaign, Lonegan's alignment with DiGaetano - himself a gubernatorial candidate in 2005 - will give the GOP candidate for governor some line-building capacity in Passaic, Bergen and Essex.

DiGaetano's 40th Legislative District candidate Joe Caruso of Wayne is waging a primary run against the Republican orgaizations of those counties, and if GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie wins organizational support there, the DiGaetano connection will enable Lonegan to stand up an alternate slate. 

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Corzine helps unload food at Community FoodBank a day before Christie gets in

Corzine helps unload food at Community FoodBank a day before Christie gets in
Gov. Jon Corzine arrives at the Community FoodBank this afternoon.

HILLSIDE – He didn’t wear jeans or sport a “Born in the USA” baseball cap in the back pocket, but Gov. Jon Corzine struck a decidedly blue collar pose among the trucks and pallets here at Bruce Springsteen’s favorite charity outlet as he offloaded crates in the Community FoodBank of New Jersey’s Hillside warehouse. 

The appearance came a day before the governor’s presumptive chief rival, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, formally enters the Republican Primary for governor with a speech at the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts (NJPAC). 

In a short setup event on the outskirts of Brick City, Corzine tried to blunt the backyard appeal Christie hopes to achieve with a rollout in his native Newark tomorrow, while stealing some Springsteen thunder from the former U.S. Attorney, a noted devotee of the Boss.

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Ariyan tapped as new BCDO general counsel

Ariyan tapped as new BCDO general counsel

Michael Kasparian, the new Bergen County Democratic Chairman, today tapped former state senate candidate Joe Ariyan as the party's general counsel.

Ariyan is the fourth BCDO counsel in the last five months.  He replaces Joseph Marinello, who took over two weeks ago after Paul Kaufman was abruptly fired when indicted former chairman Joe Ferriero temporarily returned from his leave of absence before resigning.  Insiders with knowledge of the situation attributed the firing to a legal opinion Kaufman wrote paving the way for party members to vote on ousting Ferriero.

Kaufman had taken over the position from Dennis Oury, who resigned before being indicted with Ferriero on eight corruption counts.   

“I am proud that my one my first official actions as Chairman is to appoint Joe Ariyan as Legal Counsel. Joe will undoubtedly do an excellent job as Counsel to the BCDO,” said Kasparian in a statement. “In addition to being a great attorney, Joe is a loyal Democrat who has worked hard over the last several years on behalf of our party.”

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Peterson shows off Hunterdon County support

Peterson shows off Hunterdon County support

Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson today announced the endorsement of 20 elected officials from nine Hunterdon County towns for his 23rd District assembly bid.  

Among the endorsers was Hampton Borough Mayor Robert Walton, who despite Peterson’s moderate reputation called him “accessible, honest and conservative.”  

Clinton Township Mayor Kevin Cimei, who cited Peterson’s freeholder board purchase of the Windy Acres property as proof of his commitment to open space and farmland preservation.

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Jersey Journal faces April 13 closure

The Hudson County-based Jersey Journal will close on April 13 "if its revenue is not sufficient to support the papers' reduced expense plan," according to a statement made by publisher Kendrick Ross today.  Ross said the possible closure includes their weekly newspaper chain.

"We are optimistic that we will be able to come up with a plan that will save The Jersey Journal and some of our weeklies and position ourselves to grow, once the economy rebounds," Ross said.  "We will be looking at everything.  We understand how important it is for Hudson County to have a strong local newspaper and we'll be doing everything we can to make sure we can continue to provide that service."

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >


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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast


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