In Gloucester County, potential GOP chairman candidate keeps his options open

In Gloucester County, Franklin Township Republican Municipal Chairman Bill Fey said that he does not condone the public sniping from disgruntled Republicans at Party Chairwoman Loran Oglesby.

But he understands it.

“I do not condone the way they’re doing this now and the way that some people are trying to push it,” said Fey in a phone interview today.  “I understand the point they’re trying to make, but I think there’s a different way to approach it.”

The Gloucester County Republicans are in the midst of a public civil war that had been festering under the radar for months. It was only brought to the attention of the media at the beginning of this month, when former freeholder candidate Larry Wallace made critical comments about Oglesby to the Gloucester County Times, and his running mate, Phyllis Scapellato, started a Web site meant to help force Oglesby from her post. 

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Former Governor Kean to endorse Christie for Governor

Former Governor Kean to endorse Christie for Governor
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Former Gov. Thomas Kean is expected to announce today that he will back former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie for the Republican nomination for Governor.

Former Gov. Thomas Kean will endorse Christopher Christie for the Republican nomination for Governor at a news conference in Bernardsville later today.   Kean is one of three living Republican statewide officeholders and remains popular with New Jersey voters.

Kean was Governor from 1982 to 1990, and later served as President of Drew University and as Chairman of the 9/11 Commission.  Christie worked on Kean's campaigns for Governor, starting as a high school student in 1977.  The two lived in the same hometown and are longtime friends.

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Caruso and Rottino to kick off primary challenge tomorrow

Caruso and Rottino to kick off primary challenge tomorrow
Financial services executive and Republican activist Joe Caruso begins his primary campaign tomorrow night Credit: Facebook

Calling District 40's current Republican representation in Trenton “weak,” Republican activist Joe Caruso will formally kick off his primary challenge against Assemblymen Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) and Dave Russo (R-Ridgewood) tomorrow.

Caruso, who’s from Wayne, will run with Franklin Lakes resident Anthony Rottino, a businessman who owns two Harley-Davison dealerships and part of a Gold’s Gym.  Rottino has never sought elected office before.  The two appear to be mounting a challenge to the right of Rumana and Russo, who are both considered moderate.  

Caruso and Rottino will make their announcement on Thursday at 7p.m. at the Packanack Lake Clubhouse in Wayne, which they say is intended to send a “message to the establishment Republicans in Trenton.”

“Trenton’s legislators have created a state that punishes success and rewards dependency on government,” said Caruso in a statement.  “It is time for professional politicians to move aside and give experienced business people a chance to lead. Anthony and I will help shape a business environment that leads to the creation of well paying jobs.”

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Mironov happy being mayor, she says

Mironov happy being mayor, she says
East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov

Democratic Party members have approached veteran East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov about the possibility of her running for the Assembly in the 12th District this year, Mironov confirmed to

But, “I don’t have any plans to do that,” said Mironov, who has served 14 years as mayor of the east side Mercer County town.

“I love being mayor,” she added. “I never close any doors. Nobody does that. But I have no plans at this point. My residents have been very good to me.”

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Cammarano launches mayoral campaign tomorrow in Hoboken

Cammarano launches mayoral campaign tomorrow in Hoboken
Councilman Peter Cammarano

HOBOKEN - At-Large Councilman Peter Cammarano will formally launch his campaign for mayor tomorrow, Thursday, at the Frozen Monkey, 526 Washington Street.

An attorney with Genova, Burns and Vernoia, Cammarano enters the fray as Hoboken works with a state monitor to repair a budget crisis. An early opponent of allowing the state to fix a budget the councilman argued the mayor and city council should address locally, Cammarano is the second formally declared candidate for mayor behind 4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer.

Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason is also expected to enter the race. 

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Morning News Digest: February 11, 2009

Kyrillos will head Christie campaign

Kyrillos will head Christie campaign
State Sen. Joe Kyrillos, a former GOP State Chairman, will serve as chairman of Chris Christie's campaign for Governor.

State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos will serve as Chairman of Christopher Christie's campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor, and four of the five Republicans in the state congressional delegation will serve as Co-Chairmen.

U.S. Reps. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), Frank LoBiondo (R-Vineland), Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) and Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) are also part of Christie's statewide leadership team.

"I am honored to stand with Chris Christie in his noble fight to bring genuine reform to New Jersey," said Kyrillos, who served as GOP State Chairman from 2001 to 2004.   "There is no doubt that Chris Christie will unify not only our party, but all New Jerseyans.  This team speaks to his regional and ideological appeal all across the state." 

Smith called Christie "a man of honor, integrity, and backbone."

"He has the skills and ability to lead our state during this time of turmoil and economic struggle," said Smith, a Congressman since 1981.

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Ex-Freeholder candidate seeks ouster of Gloucester GOP chair

Ex-Freeholder candidate seeks ouster of Gloucester GOP chair
Phyllis Scapellato and Larry Wallace, the Republican candidates for Gloucester County Freeholder in 2008, want GOP County Chairman Loran Oglesby to resign.

Led by a former Republican freeholder candidate, critics of Gloucester County Republican Chairwoman Loran Oglesby have launched an offensive intended to force her from office.

"If she cares anything about this party she'll resign now -- step down gracefully while she still has good favor," said Phyllis Scapellato, a school administrator who unsuccessfully ran for freeholder last year, coming a little under 14,000 votes short of the least popular Democrat, Freeholder Warren Wallace. 

Oglesby is up for reelection in June, but her detractors would like to see her removed before then, so that she does not have a role in picking the next slate of county-wide candidates for the beleaguered minority party.

Scapellato, who thinks that her top vote-getting running mate, Larry Wallace, might have beaten Warren Wallace had it not been for Oglesby's management, has started a Web site, that states its sole aim as to "begin the search for a new chairman of the Gloucester County Republican Executive Committee."

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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

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