Ferriero and Oury indicted

Ferriero and Oury indicted

An announcement of Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero's indictment is expected at 3PMAn announcement of Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero's indictment is expected at 3PM

U.S. Attorney Chris Christie will annouce today that Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero and counsel Dennis Oury have been indicted on eight corruption counts.

The indictment charges both men of "conspiring to defraud the Borough of Bergenfield of Oury’s honest services and using the mails in furtherance of that scheme," according to a media advisory from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Oury is the former Bergenfield Borough Attorney, and has been under investigation with Ferriero over a grants writing firm that both had a stake in.

Christie plans to make the announcement during a press conference at 3:00PM.

 

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A Tuesday armistice in Newark

NEWARK - In the middle of a political battlezone in the lead-up to the Nov. 4th presidential election, the forces of President George Bush aligned with the Democrats on the ground here in New Jersey to support the expansion of a prisoner re-entry program in the City of Newark.

Gov. Jon Corzine today stood with state Attorney General Anne Milgram, Mayor Cory Booker, representatives of the U.S. Department of Labor and others to announce the infusion of $5 million in county, state and federal prisoner re-entry funds.

The program expansion will beef up opportunities for Newark ex-cons to get job coaching, job readiness training and mentoring, Milgram told a packed crowd in the Dryden House near Lincoln Park.

The attorney general laid out the stats: 60 percent of those released from prison are re-arrested, and 50 percent are re-convicted. With the expansion of this program, "we know we can successfully drop the recidivism rate," Milgram said.

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Yudin sees opportunity for Bergen GOP

Democratic lawyer Dennis Oury (left), whose indictment is expected to be announced today, with Freeholder David GanzDemocratic lawyer Dennis Oury (left), whose indictment is expected to be announced today, with Freeholder David Ganz
Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin admits that, after a decade of Democratic gains, Bergen County will not likely return to the Republican bastion it once was.

His appeal to the voters in the upcoming freeholder and county clerk races is not to start a movement for total Republican control of the county, but to create a two-party system that he feels has been sorely lacking.  That the federal investigation of his Democratic counterpart, Joseph Ferriero, and Democratic lawyer Dennis Oury may have little effect alone on the local races, but that it underscores the need to bring the Republican Party out of the political wilderness.

“I think it’s very, very unfortunate for the people of Bergen County, and it shows what one party rule leads to. The residents of Bergen deserve a two party government and this has underlined how important that is,” he said.   “The corruption, the pay-to-play in Bergen County is systemic, and the only way to change this is to bring back the two party system. Elect republicans to at least share in the running of government.”

Even if he wanted to, Yudin would be hard pressed at this point to make this election a referendum on Ferriero.  Republican consultant Thom Ammirato has polled Ferriero’s name recognition in races past, and it has not exceeded nine percent – despite the Democratic power broker’s huge influence in the every day workings of county government.

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Christie to make "significant" corruption announcement today

Christie to make "significant" corruption announcement today

Look for big news today from U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie: Getty Images PhotoLook for big news today from U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie: Getty Images Photo
U.S. Attorney Chris Christie plans an announcement this afternoon “concerning a significant public corruption matter of interest mainly to media covering northern New Jersey.”

The announcement will take place the Peter J. Rodino Federal Building at 3p.m. 

The U.S. Attorney’s office will not identify the parties involved, and said that no court appearances are scheduled for today. 

PolitickerNJ.com will be there to cover it.  Stay tuned. 

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Baraka prepares for 2010 council run

Former Newark Councilman Ras Baraka plans to announce his plans for a 2010 run at the Newark City Council tomorrow evening at the Key Club.

Principal of Central Ward High School, the South Ward-based Baraka is the son of poet/political activist Amiri Baraka. He assisted state Sen. Ronald L. Rice (D-Essex) in Rice's re-election bid last year, and is a political foe of the Booker Administration.

Baraka ran in opposition to the Booker Team in 2006.

The prospective council canddiate notified supporters of his Wednesday reception via email.

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Mike Kelly's coverage of the N.J. National Guard

The Record's Mike Kelly ran a series of stories about the New Jersey National Guard being deployed to Iraq that's worth looking at, especially his slide show:

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Presidential race tightens in N.J.; Obama leads shrinks to six points

Presidential race tightens in N.J.; Obama leads shrinks to six points

Barack Obama's lead in New Jersey has shrunk to six percentage points, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll: Getty Images PhotoBarack Obama's lead in New Jersey has shrunk to six percentage points, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll: Getty Images Photo
The contest for New Jersey’s fifteen electoral votes has narrowed to a six-point lead for Barack Obama over John McCain, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released this morning.  Obama leads McCain 47%-41%.  An August 13 Quinnipiac University poll had Obama ahead by ten points, 51%-41%.

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