Street level Levine: governor should have proposed cutting state workers' jobs

Street level Levine: governor should have proposed cutting state workers' jobs
Mayor Brian Levine

FRANKLIN TWP. – There’s a woman at a town hall microphone and she’s mad.

“We need more cricket fields,” she cries, and she hardly appears pacified as the Franklin Town Council kicks around some answers before At-large Councilman Rajiv Prasad leans over and hands her his card and tells her, “I’m a cricketer.”

“Good,” she exclaims. “I need a cricketer.”

The exchange causes a man in a soccer jacket to come out of his chair and now he’s up at the microphone and telling Mayor Brian D. Levine and the council that cricket consumes an entire day to play.

“Cricket is a dominant sport,” he explains, not angry but forceful. “It takes an area and it dominates it for eight hours, and it is played eight or nine months each year.”

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Another gubernatorial poll due later today

Rasmussen Reports will release a new poll on the race for Governor of New Jersey this evening.  This morning, a new Quinnipiac University poll has Republican Christopher Christie leading Gov. Jon Corzine by nine percentage points.  Christie also has a nine point lead in a recent Fairleigh Dickinson University poll.

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Mason to formally enter Hoboken mayor's race Friday

Mason to formally enter Hoboken mayor's race Friday
Councilwoman Beth Mason

HOBOKEN - Councilwoman Beth Mason plans a formal, crack of dawn launch of her mayoral campaign Friday, which will include a rollout of her at-large council candidates: Anthony Pasquale, Raul Morales II and Vincent Addeo.

Following the 7 a.m. announcement at her campaign office on Washington Street, Mason and her supporters plan to go to City Hall where the candidate will file her petitions.

Mason is running against Councilman Peter Cammarano and Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer to succeed Mayor David Roberts.

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In potentially competitive 3rd District, Marchand wants a commitment from state Republicans

In potentially competitive 3rd District, Marchand wants a commitment from state Republicans
Marchand

Former Cumberland County Surrogate Art Marchand said that Gov. Corzine’s budget address on Tuesday made it slightly more likely that he’ll run for assembly in the 3rd Legislative District. 

“I think his budget address only reinforces the information we’re getting from Trenton that it’s a disaster.  Blaming George Bush for it all is just not going to work anymore,” said Marchand.  “Democrats have been in charge for seven years.  It’s time for them to accept complete responsibility.  You don’t raise taxes in the middle of a recession – that’s economics 101.”  

Marchand lost his job as surrogate in November after a Democratic wave swept through Cumberland County, taking out the freeholder board’s last Republican member and a long-time incumbent sheriff.  But with Governor Corzine at the top of the ticket this year instead of Barack Obama, Marchand said that the district’s two assembly seats appear ripe for Republican takeover – at least if the GOP agrees to fund more than just a token challenge.    

Over the last three decades, the party makeup of the district’s legislators has mostly mirrored the party that has controlled Trenton, with the exception of former state Sen. Raymond Zane, a Democrat who switched parties at the end of his political career.  With Republicans growing confident about their gubernatorial prospects, some see potential coattails on former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

“My thought is that it’s a completely swing district.  Who has the majority in Trenton and who has the governor basically will have the 3rd District too,” said Marchand. 

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Holt will not run for assembly

Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt has decided to run for reelection rather than make a bid for the state assembly in the Republican primary.

“We had three good candidates, and we had a decision reached by those folks. I’m not going to question that decision. It is what it is.  You move on,” he said.  “I have a lot of things I’m working on at the county level and I really enjoy my job.”

Holt initially wanted to run for state senate in a special convention against Assembly members Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan) and Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) to fill the seat of newly elected U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).  Karrow won that contest, but Doherty plans to challenge her again in the June primary, leaving his assembly seat open.  After dropping out before the state senate convention, Holt decided to run for Karrow’s old assembly seat, but came in third behind Warren County Freeholder John DiMaio and fellow Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson at a follow-up convention.

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Corzine, Cryan and Roberts say Vas should resign

Three leaders of the state’s Democratic Party added their own votes of no confidence to indicted Assemblyman Joe Vas’s (D-Perth Amboy) tenure today.  

Governor Corzine, Democratic State Chairman/Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union) and Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) issued a short joint statement this morning calling on Vas to resign.  

“These are serious public corruption charges. The voters of the 19th Legislative District deserve a legislative team they can rely on to act with full integrity. Therefore, we think the Assemblyman should step aside,” read the statement.  

Both of Vas's fellow District 19 legislators, state Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge) and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), called on him to resign yesterday.

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Zimmer announces Hoboken Council slate

Zimmer announces Hoboken Council slate
Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer

Hoboken Mayoral candidate Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer today unveiled her slate of at-large Council Candidates: former Councilwoman Carol Marsh, attorney Ravi S. Bhalla and middle school teacher Dave Mello.

Zimmer said she and her candidates pledge an active grassroots campaign as they battle Councilwoman Beth Mason (who has not yet formally announced her candidacy) and Councilman Peter Cammarano. 

The slate will appear at a 6 p.m. house party kick-off tonight.

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Roberts strips Vas of leadership posts, asks him to resign

Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-Camden) today announced that he’s stripping indicted Assemblyman Joseph Vas (D-Perth Amboy) of his chairmanship of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee and his position as Deputy Majority Leader.

Vas was indicted yesterday by Attorney General Anne Milgram on 11 counts of theft and bid rigging related to his work as mayor of Perth Amboy, where he served from 1990 to 2008.  

“Any time an elected official is accused of using their office for personal gain, it stains the reputations of all of us who have chosen to dedicate ourselves to public service,” said Roberts in a statement issued this morning.” 

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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