Key Bergen Dems say Ferriero should stay

Bergen County Democrats will meet today to discuss Joe Ferriero's political future.Bergen County Democrats will meet today to discuss Joe Ferriero's political future.
Three top Bergen County Democratic officials -- Sheriff Leo McGuire, Surrogate Michael Dressler and Freeholder David Ganz -- are standing with indicted party chairman Joseph Ferriero, saying there is no reason for him to resign as County Chairman.  Gov. Jon Corzine, U.S. Rep. Steven Rothman (D-Fair Lawn), Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan, and State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) have already said Ferriero should resign.

Ferriero, who has taken a leave of absence from his post, was indicted last week on federal fraud charges.  His partner in a firm that helped local governments obtain grants, Dennis Oury, was also named in the same indictment.  

McGuire confirmed that a group of Democratic leaders will meet tomorrow to discuss Ferriero's status.  "I’m not sure who’s meeting tomorrow, but I think it will be larger than five or six," McGuire told

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DCCC hits NJ airwaves

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is up with its first television advertisement targeting Republican Leonard Lance, a 30-second spot tying the Flemington state Senator to Trenton.

The ad began running on cable stations in the 7th Congressional District last week, with a media buy totaling about $116,000.

“Watch Leonard Lance do the old Trenton dance,” an announcer says. “Dancing to the tune of big oil, pocketing thousands in campaign cash. Lance has those Trenton moves, voting against property tax relief for us but voting himself a 40 percent pay raise, sponsoring a state budget that gave us nearly $3 billion in new debt that paved the way for higher taxes.

“A new Lance dance in D.C.?” the ad concludes. “No thanks.”

Lance is competing against state Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Fanwood) for the seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Michael Ferguson (R-New Providence). Democrats have identified the race as a pickup opportunity, with the DCCC reserving about $1.8 million in air time in the district. The committee has already taken Lance to task in mail pieces distributed to residents in the district.

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Lautenberg leads Zimmer 51%-40% in new poll

Democrat Frank Lautenberg has an 11 point lead over Republican Dick Zimmer in his bid for a fifth term in the United States Senate and has passed the magic 50% mark, according to a new Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll released tonight.  Among likely voters and including leaners, Lautenberg is ahead 51%-40%.

Lautenberg also had an 11 point lead, 46%-35%, in a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released two days ago.

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New poll shows Obama, McCain in a dead heat in N.J.

New poll shows Obama, McCain in a dead heat in N.J.

A new Marist College poll shows Barack Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat in New Jersey: Getty Images PhotoA new Marist College poll shows Barack Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat in New Jersey: Getty Images Photo
Another poll shows the race for New Jersey's 15 electoral votes tightening: Barack Obama leads John McCain by three percentage points, 48%-45% among likely voters including leaners, according to a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll released tonight.

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Corzine thinks Ferriero should resign

Gov. Jon Corzine thinks that Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero should step down from his party post and his job as Counsel to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission after his indictment this week on federal corruption charges, according to his spokesman.

"Governor Corzine has been consistent and clear in how he feels about political figures under indictment. They should step aside," Sean Darcy, Corzine's press secretary, told Last year, Corzine sought the resignation of two Democratic Assemblymen who had been arrested on corruption charges.

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Mercer Sheriff race heats up

Mercer County GOP Sheriff candidate Jim McSorleyMercer County GOP Sheriff candidate Jim McSorley
Republican Mercer County Sheriff candidate Jim McSorely today accused incumbent Sheriff Kevin Larkin of working a second job when he’s supposed to still be on the clock.

According to McSorely, Larkin works the 4:00p.m. to midnight shift at an apartment complex, when the Mercer County courts don’t close until 4:30p.m. 

“That half hour each day is time that Mr. Larkin is being paid by the taxpayers, but not performing the duties he is paid for,” said McSorely.  “How many Mercer County residents have jobs where their boss agrees to pay them even when they leave early so they can go work at another job?  My bet is not many, if any at all.  Yet, that is exactly the job the Sheriff has now and the taxpayers are the boss.  There is no question that this is an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars.”

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Six running for mayor in Passaic

PASSAIC - The race to succeed Sammy Rivera consists of six Passaic residents, who turned in their petitions by the 4 p.m. deadline today.

They are city supervisor Vincent Capuana, bailbondsman Carl Ellen, Councilwoman Maritza Colon-Montanez, Councilman Joe Garcia, physician Alex Blanco, and real estate developer Jose Sandoval.

"They have all qualified to run," said City Clerk Amada D. Curling.

Ritzy Morales, who handles constituent services for U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), did not make the deadline this afternoon and announced that she had pulled the plug on her mayoral bid.

"It's not the right time," said Morales. "We want to unify the city and as it is there are too many Hispanics in the race."

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Howard Dean coming to New Jersey for Obama fundraiser

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, the former Governor of Vermont who ran for president in 2004,  will be in Gloucester County next week to headline an Obama fundraiser.

The event will be hosted by Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor and Dr. Marie Young at the Gloucester County Dream Park next Friday night. 

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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