Warren County Clerk Pat Kolb today endorsed Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) for state senate.
“Mike always supports the little guy. When the chips are down, you can count on Mike to do what is right and fair for the people. Mike is a man of great integrity and he has my wholehearted support for State Senate,” said Kolb in a statement.Read More >
Republicans in the 14th Legislative District will have to pull together a slate of challengers without former Mercer County GOP Chair Cathy Tramontana, the niece of former Hamilton Mayor Jack Rafferty.
“I’m absolutely not running for the Assembly,” Tramontana, the Director of Health and Recreation in Hamilton Township, told PolitickerNJ.com.
Hamilton Township Councilman Tom Goodwin and Ewing businessman Adam Bushman have already said they don’t intend to run again against Assemblyman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro) and Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton).Read More >
In a memorandum to members of the Bergen County Democratic Organization’s Executive Committee, the party’s general counsel legally opined that a special meeting can be called for committee members to vote on whether to remove indicted Chairman Joe Ferriero.
This issue has been the subject of much debate within the party, as its own by-laws do not provide for removing a sitting chairman before his term is up, even if he has been indicted. Last week, the executive committee voted for a resolution calling on Ferriero to resign by January 15 if he was not exonerated on all eight corruption counts before then, although members were not sure how to enforce the deadline.
Kaufman’s opinion aims to provide for that enforcement.
“The BCDO By-Laws do not restrict the members from replacing its chairman at any time and do not require that cause be demonstrated,” wrote Kaufman, who in September became general counsel to replace Dennis Oury, who was indicted along with Ferriero.Read More >
In Plainfield and Hillside, sources say two African-American women will be running for reelection to the mayor’s race next year, one with the backing of the Democratic Party and the other in opposition to the machine.
First, in Hillside, sources say incumbent Mayor Karen McCoy Oliver and Union County Democratic Chair Charlotte DiFilippo will likely not make peace before next year’s May election.
They’re both dug in on this one.
DiFilippo lives in Hillside and has served as municipal party chair for 36 years. Oliver would be pursuing her third term in office.Read More >
On reports from local party chairs that U.S. Attorney Chris Christie has been aggressively working the phones this week, Christie's friend, Bill Palatucci, said the prospective Republican candidate for governor is indeed making the rounds.
“Chris is just doing what he said he would do upon leaving office - talk to people,” Palatucci said. “He's talking to a wide range of people - inside and outside of politics - in order to gauge what his options and opportunities are. I think this is a natural part of the process for any person in his position.”Read More >
Former Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle) was indicted today by the State Attorney General’s office for possession of child pornography and official misconduct, months after two of his fellow legislators turned him in after finding suspicious images on his office computer.
“We charge that Mr. Cohen used the computer equipment in his taxpayer-funded legislative office to view child pornography, printing out copies which were accessible to others in the office,” said Attorney General Milgram. “In doing so, he abused his office and, like all who seek out child pornography, he supported the suppliers who exploit and sexually abuse children. We are committed to vigorously enforcing our child pornography laws as part of our broader efforts to combat predatory behavior against children.”
In July, State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) and Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union) notified state police after a staffer found what appeared to be pornographic images involving minors on a computer in the legislative office that they shared with Cohen.
Cohen, a 16-year veteran Democrat from the Assembly, resigned shortly after the allegations surfaced and checked into an undisclosed mental health institution. Aside from a one-sentence letter tendering his resignation, Cohen has not been heard from since.Read More >
In an otherwise tough year for Republicans, Congressman-elect Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) gave the party a much-needed victory in the Garden State. Now, a year after being ousted from his post as state Senate minority leader, Lance has built up considerable political capital.
Which is good for Hunterdon County Freeholder Director Erik Peterson, a personal friend of Lance’s who’s considering running for the Assembly seat in the 23rd Legislative District.
“Leonard Lance is wildly popular in his district. His big win in the congressional race was due largely to overwhelming support in the part of that congressional district that’s in his legislative district in Hunterdon County. The Lance name is a force to reckoned with in Hunterdon County going back more than a century,” said Monmouth University professor and pollster Patrick Murray. “That’s going to carry a lot of weight, particularly in Hunterdon County…. In the Hunterdon County part that’s the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.”Read More >
Dismissed by Republican Governors' Association (RGA) Chairman Chris Christie, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino plans to confront his tormentor tonight at a GOP fundraiser in Aspen.Read More >
Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...
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By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups. But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >
"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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