Yudin: Brizzi will join Pio Costa in 36th District bid

East Rutherford Councilman Joel Brizzi intends to pursue the Republican nomination for the Assembly in the 36th District, according to Bergen County Chairman Bob Yudin, who plans to back both Brizzi and Nutley businessman Carmen Pio Costa.

"I’m supporting Carmen and Joel, and I will give them both the line," said Yudin. "They're great candidates and they're going to win."

The bulk of the 36th District is in Bergen County, with other potions in Essex and Passaic.

Brizzi and Pio Costa hope to challenge Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Assemblyman Fred Scalera (D-Nutley).

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Lonegan submits matching funds application for $44K

Lonegan submits matching funds application for $44K
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan

Steve Lonegan’s gubernatorial campaign today submitted a second application for state matching funds in the amount of $43,988.21, according to campaign consultant Rick Shaftan. 

“If every dollar is matched 2-to-1, that would mean another $87,976.42 deposited into our public funds account,” Shaftan said.

Last week, the campaign deposited $471,343.24 into its public funds account, according to Shaftan. State approval on both counts would bring the GOP gubernatorial candidate’s funding total to date, between money raised and public matching funds, to just over $1,030,662.

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Pio Costa gets in the 36th District Assembly race

Nutley businessman Carmen Pio Costa today officially entered the race for a seat in the 36th legislative District, as he submitted a letter of intent asking for the support of the  three party chairmen of those counties with towns in the district: Kevin O’Toole, chairman of Essex; Scott Rumana of Passaic, and Bob Yudin of Bergen.

This is a second go for Pio Costa.  

In 2007, the Republican lost to Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Assemblyman Fred Scalera (D-Nutley), but came close enough – in his words – to take another crack at the Democrats in this cycle. 

“In spite being outspent 5-to-1 in 2007, I made substantial gains and came within 2,500 votes of victory,” Pio Costa wrote. “In light of this monumental accomplishment I am poised to cross the finish line and bring this district Republican representation.  The experiences of my campaign in 2007 have left me with the knowledge, understanding, and determination necessary to achieve victory in 2009."

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New Jerseyan gets Geithner's job at Fed

New Jerseyan gets Geithner's job at Fed
New Jerseyan William Dudley is the new President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Cranford resident William Dudley will succeed newly-confirmed Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Prior to entering government as the Executive Vice President of the Markets Group at the Federal Reserve, Dudley worked for now-Governor Jon Corzine as Chief Economist at Goldman, Sachs & Company.

His wife, Anne Darby, is a former Deputy Mayor of Cranford.  A Republican, she served on the Township Committee from 2003 to 2005.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Dudley contributed to Democratic candidates, including the presidential campaigns of Al Gore, John Edwards and John Kerry, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (while Corzine was DSCC Chairman), and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT).

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Levine to announce Governor's bid today

Levine to announce Governor's bid today

PRINCETON - Running a campaign with a fixed idea of what government does best and what the private sector does best, Franklin Twp. Mayor Brian D. Levine plans on Wednesday afternoon to formally enter the Republican Primary for governor with a kickoff at the Quality Inn in his hometown.

"As Republicans we have to remember our basic philosophy, which is smaller and more efficient government," Levine told PolitickerNJ.com as he made his way to a candidates' forum at the Hyatt Regency sponsored by the Republican county chair people.

"The basic idea is how do we run a government, not whether someone is or is not for stem cell research," he said. "We can debate those issues and should, of course, but small and efficient government is the starting point."

A CPA by trade and grassroots candidate who won election and re-election in Democratically-controlled Franklin, Levine says he’s used to going door-to-door and generating old fashioned face-to-face political support. 

Currently serving his second term in this Somerset County town of 60,000 residents, Levine, 50, became mayor in a 2003 upset election. A Republican where registered Democrats have the numbers, he put an exclamation point on his local victory when he won re-election in 2007.

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Republican gubernatorial candidates cross paths at GOP chairmen's event in Princeton

Republican gubernatorial candidates cross paths at GOP chairmen's event in Princeton
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr., (R-Union), left; and state Sen. Kevin O'Toole, GOP chairman of Essex County and chair of the GOP chairs.

PRINCETON – It didn’t look like a scene of devastation – or of a coming battle.

In the swank lobby of the Hyatt Regency, water tumbled over rocks and splashed into a pool, where Koi fish gaped up at a swiftly striding figure heading toward a crew of young, BlackBerry-thumbing operatives at the far end of a long, carpeted corridor.

On his way to the Republican Party chairmen’s dinner, Chris Christie took several questions before an aide steered him toward his destination: a room in which 15 of the party’s 21 chair people and party leaders waited to assess the merits of the former U.S. Attorney and three other Republican candidates for governor a month in front of the first county convention in Union.

Like a lot of his colleagues, Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore personally thinks Christie gives his party the best shot at rebirth.

“I will be endorsing Chris Christie,” he said, against the nagging back story of former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, who for months has aggressively organized a grassroots effort in the likely event he’s unable to scale the walls of the establishment at a majority of the party’s nominating conventions.

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In Plainfield, Mapp gets in the game against Mayor Robinson-Briggs

In Plainfield, Mapp gets in the game against Mayor Robinson-Briggs
Councilman Adrian Mapp

PLAINFIELD - Pledging transparency in government, better city services and better advocacy for residents, Ward Three Councilman Adrian Mapp today formally announced his intention to challenge one-term Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs.

A former two-term member of the Plainfield City Council and former Union County Freeholder, Mapp won re-election to the council last year on a ticket with Annie McWIlliams, daughter of the late former Mayor Al McWilliams, whom Robinson-Briggs defeated four years ago.

"I had planned as far back as 2007 on running for Mayor," said Mapp, "but put that thought on the back burner after I was approached by residents about running for the Ward 3 seat. Folks were concerned that with the issues the country and the City were facing, a more experienced and pro-active presence was needed from the Third Ward."

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