Redd running for Camden mayor

Redd running for Camden mayor
State Sen. Dana Redd (D-Camden)

TRENTON - State Sen. Dana Redd (D-Camden) will run for mayor of Camden and plans to kick off her campaign this Saturday, Feb. 7th, she told PolitickerNJ.com.

Now serving her first term as senator, Redd, 40, is concurrently serving as vice president of the Camden City Council. She said she hopes to be able to work out a deal with Mayor Gwendolyn Faison, 82, who has served as Camden's chief elected official since 2000.

"I've had discussions with Mayor Faison and we're trying to put together a unity slate," said Redd. "I'm hoping she endorses me."

Faison's office issued a statement this afternoon.

The mayor has not officially made a decision about whether she intends to run for re-election.

"It's time to stop fighting and serve the people," Faison said.

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Kaiser leaves top BCUA post

Bergen County Utilities Authority (BCUA) Executive Director Leonard Kaiser – a business partner in the grants consulting firm at the center of the indictments of former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero and former party counsel Dennis Oury – retired yesterday for “personal reasons,” according to a press release issued by the agency.   

That marks the third recent resignation for Kaiser, whose home was raided by the FBI in November.  He also left his position on the Meadowlands Commission and as president of the North Arlington Education Foundation. 

In a statement, Kaiser said that he had been planning to retire for three years.

“I have spent 34 years in public service – as a councilman, a freeholder, a mayor and a county government official. It’s been an honor for me to have these opportunities and I am grateful to all those who have aided and supported me in all of those endeavors,” he said.

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So far, GOP has one candidate in 38th

Ridgefield Councilman Nicholas Lonzisero has filed a letter of intent with the Bergen County Republican Organization to run for assembly in Legislative District 38, according to the party's chairman, Bob Yudin.

So far, no other Republicans have come forward to run in the Democratic-leaning district, which some members of the party think maybe, just maybe could be put in play in light of the state's economic woes and the pending federal corruption trials of former State Sen. Joseph Coniglio (D-Paramus) and ex-Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero.

"We're actively recruiting now," said Yudin.

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Scutari wants longer terms, O'Toole likes limits, Weinberg wants reapportionment

Scutari wants longer terms, O'Toole likes limits, Weinberg wants reapportionment
State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union)

TRENTON- State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union) wants to change terms for members of the state Senate from four to five years, and when he opens the item up to discussion on the Senate State Government Committee, state Sen. Whip Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex) goes in the opposite direction by broaching the issue of term limits.

“You can’t say New Jersey is a success story,” O’Toole says. “This committee has the opportunity to do something bold."

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) doesn’t immediately align herself with O’Toole’s suggestion, but does question lengthening the terms of service of legislators.  She worries about creating even more insular elected offices.

“When you extend the term, you only let the incumbent continue that (natural incumbent) advantage,” Beck says.  “The way our districts are crafted now, it’s very difficult to overturn an incumbent. You have to have a safeguard that you’re not simply crafting a way for those in office to simply stay in office.”

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For now, 'I'm from New Jersey' derails four-song package of proposed state songs

For now, 'I'm from New Jersey' derails four-song package of proposed state songs
Songwriter Red Mascara

TRENTON - In 1960, Gov. Robert Meyner complained that New Jersey didn’t have an official state song that bands could play when he appeared, so songwriter Red Mascara wrote “I’m from New Jersey,” he tells the Senate State Government Committee.

Mascara’s state song passed both houses of the Legislature in 1972, however, the governor never signed the measure into law and Mascara’s ode to the Garden State dangled into history.

Now, as the state senate committee considers the passage of four official state songs packaged in a bill sponsored by state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), an elderly Mascara fights for the inclusion of his song in the official canon.

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Scutari bill would lengthen term durations

Scutari bill would lengthen term durations
Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union)

TRENTON – Of interest in this Senate State Government Committee today is a bill sponsored by state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), which would change the term of members of the state Senate to five years, and the term of Assembly people to three years followed by two years in an alternating pattern. Presently, the committee will consider the bill.

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

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"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

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