Buttressed by Jersey power structure, 'unpretentious' Healy runs on his record

Buttressed by Jersey power structure, 'unpretentious' Healy runs on his record
Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy, flanked by Gov. Jon Corzine, left, and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York).

JERSEY CITY - Professing to be an agent of "change you can see," Mayor Jerry Healy launched his bid for a second term tonight in the politically muscle bound company of Gov. Jon Corzine, Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex), State Party Chairman Joe Cryan, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and no fewer than three congressmen.  

The apparent backing of longtime local foe, Councilman Steve Fulop, drew some bewildered gasps from the crowd here at the Culinary Arts Institute, and one of Healy's three challengers, former Assemblyman Lou Manzo (D-Jersey City), later admitted of the councilman's presence at the event, "I'm surpirsed." 

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Kasparian assumes leadership of BCDO, and pledges independent organizational audit

Kasparian assumes leadership of BCDO, and pledges independent organizational audit
BCDO Chairman Michael Kasparian

HACKENSACK - Paramus-based developer Michael Kasparian of Hohokus became the new chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO) tonight with well over 500 county committee votes cast in his favor at a special convention held in the Hackensack Middle School.

In a process supervised by BCDO attorney Joseph Mariniello, Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney nominated Kasparian, and Kasparian ran unopposed.  

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Wilson argues Corzine's shrug-off leaves him with no choice but to fight email verdict

Wilson argues Corzine's shrug-off leaves him with no choice but to fight email verdict
Gov. Jon Corzine

Digging in against a court ruling that went against him, State GOP Chairman Tom Wilson said he would give Gov. Jon Corzine until noon today to cough up emails between himself and former labor leader Carla Katz. 

Convinced the governor does not plan to make the emails public after Corzine didn't make Wilson's ten-day deadline, Wilson said he has decided to pursue an appeal to the State Supreme Court in the matter.  

An appellate judge ruled earlier this month in Corzine’s favor, agreeing with him that he could invoke executive privilege to keep private email communications he had with girlfriend Katz while negotiating the terms of a state workers contract with the former Communication Workers of America (CWA) leader. 

But Wilson wants another shot at the emails.

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Rothman deputy chief heads to White House

Shelly Stoneman, deputy chief of staff/legislative director for U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn), will serve as a member of President Barack Obama’s legislative team.

According to a press release issued by Rothman’s office, Stoneman will work in the East Wing. She has served with Rothman since 2003 directing much of his work on the House Appropriations Committee. 

“I am very pleased that Shelly will be joining President Obama’s staff and continuing to work on issues that benefit New Jersey, the nation and the world,” said Rothman, the sole member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to endorse Obama in last year’s Democratic Primary. 

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Englewood Dems pass anti-Kasparian resolution but lack a publicly declared candidate

HACKENSACK - Although the Englewood Democratic Municipal Committee last night passed a resolution opposing the candidacy of Paramus-based developer Michael Kasparian for chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO), it remains unlikely Kasparian’s opponents will be able to unseat him at a special party convention at 4:30 p.m.

Indeed, it’s a question mark at this point whether they’ll even try.

“I’m not going to put my name in, I’m not running,” said local labor leader Richard “Buzzy” Dressel, who had originally hoped to be the anti-Kasparian candidate in the name of striking a blow against  Kasparian ally and outgoing BCDO Chairman Joe Ferriero.

Ferriero’s leaving to fight federal corruption charges, and Dressel’s convinced he’s rigged the game at this afternoon’s convention, so why participate.

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Ex-Glen Ridge mayor says he'll challenge Corzine in Democratic primary

Ex-Glen Ridge mayor says he'll challenge Corzine in Democratic primary
Former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson says he'll announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor within the next two weeks.

Former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson says he wants to challenge Gov. Jon Corzine and expects to enter the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor within the next few weeks. 

"The Corzine Administration has been a complete failure at every level, and if Democrats don't stand up now and demand better leadership, we're dooming the state to either a Republican Governor in 2010, or four more years of Jon Corzine's incompetence," Bergmanson told PolitickerNJ.com

Bergmanson was elected to the Glen Ridge Council as an Independent in 1990.  He gave up his seat to run unsuccessfully for Mayor in 1999, but returned and won election as Mayor in 2003.  He didn't run again in 2007, but instead discussed a possible campaign to recall Corzine.  He launched his exploratory committee on January 12 and says "the reception thus far has been completely positive."

"Barring some unforeseen circumstance, I will be announcing my candidacy for the Democratic Nomination for Governor within the next two weeks," Bergmanson said.

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Kuhl says all but three seats filled in Hunterdon

Kuhl says all but three seats filled in Hunterdon
Hunterdon County GOP Chairman Henry Kuhl

There’s back-chatter in the 23rd District that Hunterdon County Chairman Henry Kuhl doesn’t have all of the county’s 212 county committee seats filled in what most insiders predict will be a photo finish election between  Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.) for the vacant state Senate seat.

But Kuhl, who supports home-county candidate Karrow over the Warren-based Doherty, says there are only three vacancies in all of Hunterdon County – a point of pride for the chairman.

“Our seats are harder to fill because we have arguably the purest county committee system in the state,” said Kuhl. “Our seats are harder to fill, but we have only three vacancies.”

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >


My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast


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