Dublin may seek to keep Hudson Freeholder chairman post

Hudson County Freeholder Jeffrey Dublin is trying to hold on to his post as Freeholder Chairman, even though the board has rotated the chairmanship among members one year at a time since eight-year chairman Silverio "Sal" Vega left the board in 2006.

The board will hold its reorganization meeting tomorrow, where members will vote on who will lead it.  According to the rotation order, Vice-Chair Doreen DeDomenico is next in line.

"Being a chairman for only one year doesn't give the board any continuity at all, and it doesn't help as far as dealing with the executive branch of government, because they feel that they have to deal with different chairmen each year," said Dublin.  "Sal Vega was the chairman for eight years.  He gave continuity and respect for the board. I'm not looking to be a party basher, but just to talk and see what we can do with respect to keeping continuity for the board."

Dublin said that he plans to meet with his supporters today, followed by a meeting with DeDomenico.

"I'll be making my decision later on today on whether I'm going to move forward or just support the rotation," said Dublin.

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Don't conclude all candidates are accounted for in the 25th, says Randolph councilman

Morris County political insiders say the race for the vacated assembly seat in District 25 will come down to Tony Bucco and Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana, both of Boonton Township. 

Bucco, son of state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris), officially entered the race late last year, and his brother-in-law, Cabana, is set to kick-off his own campaign on Jan. 13th. 

But Randolph Councilman Gary Algeier, who three years ago pursued an unsucessful run for freeholder, says don’t count him out of the assembly contest. 

“A lot of people have asked me but I haven’t made a decision yet,” he told PolitickerNJ.com. “At the moment, I’m keeping my options open. With Rick Merkt stepping down, it opens a lot of possibilities.”

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Barrett to get sworn in tomorrow as new Middlesex County Freeholder

As expected, the Middlesex County Democratic Organization on Sunday picked South Brunswick Councilwoman Carol Barrett to succeed the late David B. Crabiel as county freeholder, according to party chairman Joe Spicuzzo. 

“We had 611 people from the county committee who voted,” said Spicuzzo. “Carol Barrett won with 58 percent of the vote.” 

Barrett defeated former Edison Councilman Charles Tomaro and Amy Papi of East Brunswick. She is scheduled to take the oath of office tomorrow at the freeholders’ reorganization meeting at Middlesex County College.

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Doherty touts two Hunterdon County endorsements

Doherty touts two Hunterdon County endorsements
Raritan Twp. Mayor Richard O'Malley, on the occasion of his being sworn in Friday.

Two mayors from Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow’s (R-Raritan) native Hunterdon County have endorsed her rival, Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp), for the state senate seat being vacated by Congressman-elect Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).

Newly sworn-in Raritan Township Mayor Richard O’Malley and Bloomsbury Mayor Mark Peck both cited Doherty’s conservative credentials as the reason for their decisions to endorse him over Karrow.

“Mike Doherty is a Reagan conservative who always stands up for our values in Trenton. Whenever I need help as a Mayor, I know that I can count on Mike to respond immediately and in an effective manner,” said Peck.

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Merkt fights perceived Christie canonization in Passaic County

BRIDGEWATER – If he runs statewide, it’s unlikely Chris Christie will resemble Andy Unanue as a candidate. 

But on learning that Passaic County Republican Chairman Scott Rumana tried to recruit Christie confidante Bill Palatucci to address municipal chairmen last week, Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) feared the abrogation of process and quickly drew an analogy. 

“It’s exactly the Unanue fiasco I want to avoid in the election,” said Merkt, himself a declared GOP candidate for governor. “I don’t want a (state Republican Party Chairman) Tom Wilson candidate to drive away other candidates.” 

An unknown, wealthy Latino businessman who was backed by the upper echelons of his party in a U.S. Senate bid, Unanue last year began sealing county committee support in absentia, effectively making other Republican primary candidates like state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) feel helpless – at least until Unanue’s campaign imploded.

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Lance to resign state senate seat tomorrow, to be sworn in to Congress Tuesday

Lance to resign state senate seat tomorrow, to be sworn in to Congress Tuesday
U.S. Rep.-elect Leonard Lance (R-Flemington)

RARITAN TWP. – Pledging to make his home county proud in Washington, D.C., U.S. Rep.-elect Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) told the crowd here that tomorrow is his last day as a state senator. 

“I will resign at noon under Amendment 20,” he told the group of Raritan Township officials and friends on the occasion of the town’s reorganization this evening.  “I will be sworn in (to Congress) on Tuesday.”  

Lance called the coming Congress the “most historic since the New Deal,” and noted how once on the floor he will have to almost immediately consider the merits of a one trillion dollar second stimulus package.   

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Bateman stays neutral in Doherty-Karrow 23rd District scrum

Bateman stays neutral in Doherty-Karrow 23rd District scrum
State Sen. Kip Bateman (R-Somerset) poses with Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.).

RARITAN TWP. – As he stood in a crowd of Hunterdon County politicians, state Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) quickly became the object of attention for one of them, who happens at the moment to be in the middle of a political war.  

Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) wanted help from Bateman in the form of an endorsement. 

He and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington), his   rival for the 23rd District state senate seat vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon), have both been aggressively seeking endorsements, and no one has yet seen Bateman pick a side. Now Doherty towered over him. 

Here was Bateman’s chance.

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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