Wilson opts out of 37th District primary challenge

Wilson opts out of 37th District primary challenge
Would-be candidate Cid WIlson with Gov. Jon Corzine

In the spirit of party unity in what promises to be a hard fought election year, Democrat Cid Wilson said tonight he does not intend to challenge District 37 legislators Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Gordon Johnson.

“While I believe that I would bring immediate leadership excellence to the New Jersey State Assembly during this period of economic crisis, I also believe that challenging the current Democratic Assembly incumbents, at a time when Gov. Jon Corzine needs a unified Democratic Party, may not be in the best interest of party-building this year,” Wilson said in a statement.

Wilson, a financial analyst, urged party members to coalesce behind Michael Kasparian, the new chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO).

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Roberts won't seek reelection in Hoboken

Roberts won't seek reelection in Hoboken
Hoboken City Hall

HOBOKEN - City Hall sources this afternoon confirmed what Hoboken's political class has known for a very long time, which is that as much as Mayor David Roberts would love to run for a third term, the city's budget crisis and resulting state takeover make it politically infeasible for him to do anything other than tap out at this point.

He won't run again, said sources close to the mayor, who anticipate Roberts releasing an official statement sometime in the coming days.

When asked to consider his one-time political ally's legacy, At-Large Councilman Peter Cammarano said, "It's a mixed bag. For much of his term, he presided over the ramping up of the local economy and a Hoboken renaissance. There was unprecented growth in the local economy. ...Clearly the downside was the growth of the city budget from $52 million to $100 million in seven years."

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Ex-mayor announces bid to challenge Corzine in Dem primary

Ex-mayor announces bid to challenge Corzine in Dem primary

Former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson announced today that he will challenge incumbent Jon Corzine in the Democratic primary for Governor.

Bergmanson was elected to the Glen Ridge Council as an Independent in 1990 and served there for nine years.  After losing a bid for Mayor in 1999, he won a four-year term in 2003.

“The Democratic Party machinery in New Jersey has been bought-up lock, stock and barrel by Jon Corzine, and he’s going to try to skate through this primary without discussing a single issue, defending his abysmal record or explaining his many broken promises – Democrats need to stand up and say that that’s not acceptable.” Bergmanson said. “Money has poisoned our politics in New Jersey. We need to get back to basic, issue-oriented democracy. Democrats deserve a real primary with a genuine discussion of issues, and that’s why I’m running.”

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McGuire joins lobbying firm

Patti Nelson McGuire, who spent three years as Gov. Jon Corzine's Deputy Chief of Staff, has joined Princeton Public Affairs Group, one of the state's largest lobbying firms.

"We are excited to have Patti join our dedicated and successful government and public affairs team," said Dale Florio, a partner at PPAG and the Somerset County GOP Chairman.  "Her role at our firm will help strengthen our reach in the New Jersey political arena."

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Lautenberg gets second subcommittee chairmanship

Lautenberg gets second subcommittee chairmanship
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg will chair a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the Superfund.

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) has been named Chairman of the Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. 

"We need to leave our children with a cleaner, safer environment," Lautenberg said.  "New Jersey has more Superfund sites that any state in the nation and - like many environmental programs - Superfund was neglected and underfunded for the last eight years.  Our subcommittee will get these programs back on track and better protect our environment.  I also intend to reform how we regulate chemicals in everyday household products so they are safe before winding up in the hands of consumers."

Lautenberg says he intends to reintroduce the Kids Safe Chemicals Act, and legislation to force polluters to pay for Superfund cleanups.  

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Launching his bid for Hoboken Mayor, Cammarano runs on his budget record

Launching his bid for Hoboken Mayor, Cammarano runs on his budget record
At-Large Councilman Peter Cammarano

HOBOKEN - In a Denver hotel lobby on the eve of Obama’s big nominating speech, amid the clatter of high heels, elevator music and 11th hour political pell-mell, a young Hudson County elected official sat in an oversized armchair with his head down, intently reading a biography of his hero, Abe Lincoln.

This morning, on the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday, At-Large Councilman Peter Cammarano launched his campaign for mayor at the hipster Frozen Monkey cafe, becoming the second person to formally get in the race to succeed incumbent Mayor David Roberts. 

For Cammarano, 31, the critical moment in recent Hoboken history was the budget vote last year. 

The councilman argued that he has an enviable record on that score, particularly compared to Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer - who's already in the mayor's race - and Councilwoman Beth Mason - set to enter as early as next week - both of whom voted in favor of a state monitor assuming control of a battered Hoboken.

Zimmer and Mason and a majority of the council prevailed, the state came in, and Hoboken lost, said Cammarano.  

"Last year, Hoboken taxpayers were hit with a huge tax increase that was at least $8 million more than necessary due to the failure of the city council to adopt a budget, preventing the city from sending out tax bills," the candidate told reporters. "This happened because a majority of city council members, including my opponents, refused to vote for a 7% tax increase. Instead, they voted for a state takeover that resulted in a 47% increase and great hardship for our homeowners at the worst possible time."

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Morning News Digest: February 12, 2009

Another poll shows Corzine struggling for voter approval, especially on economic issues

Another poll shows Corzine struggling for voter approval, especially on economic issues
Voters give Gov. Jon Corzine a C- overall grade in a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll.

Gov. Jon Corzine has an upside-down 34%-51% approval rating and gets a grade of D+ on providing property tax relief, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today. 

Corzine gets a D on making the state more affordable and a D+ for controlling costs and cutting waste.  He gets a C- for bringing ethics and honesty to state government and a C for improving schools.  He also gets a C for his effort. 

"The public is looking for strong leadership in this volatile time, but they are unsure of Jon Corzine's hand on the tiller," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  "Independent voters, a critical group for the governor's re-election prospects, have become particularly doubtful over the past few months."

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