Giblin's nephew arrested by feds

Giblin's nephew arrested by feds
Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-Montclair)

Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) said anytime the feds come with charges, they obviously have to be taken seriously but that his nephew, Dennis J. Giblin, is entitled to his day in court. 

Administrator of an education fund for Local 68 of the International Union of Operating Engineers based in West Caldwell, Dennis Giblin, 36, was arrested this morning on a criminal complaint charging him with receiving kickbacks and embezzling from the education fund, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. 

He’s out on $25,000 bail after appearing before Magistrate Judge Mark Falk.

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Doherty rolls out support from Spadea

Doherty rolls out support from Spadea
Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.)

The telephone war between Assemblyman Michael Doherty (D-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.) went into high gear today, with the Karrow forces securing an endorsement from Hunterdon County Freeholder Ron Sworen and Doherty going outside the box to land the backing of Republican activist Bill Spadea, president of the grassroots GOP outfit, Building the New Majority. 

A veteran of the Marine Corps, Spadea proudly endorsed Doherty for the vacant senate seat in the 23rd Legislative District. 

“Mike is a great role model for the residents of New Jersey,” said Spadea. “A West Point graduate and military veteran, Mike and his wife, Linda, have passed on their patriotism and love of country to their three sons, all of whom are now serving on active duty in the military. 2009 is a critical year in New Jersey. We have a great opportunity to defeat Jon Corzine and a new Republican governor will need strong, articulate, free market advocates like Mike Doherty in the state senate to rein in government and restore fiscal responsibility to Trenton. He has my whole-hearted support.”

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Sires named DCCC vice chairman

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) was named Third Vice Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) today.  Sires will serve as Vice Chair for Member Participation and Outreach and will focus on a plan to use Democratic Congressmen as surrogates in targeted districts and outreach to interest groups.

Going into the 2010 midterm elections, there are 83 Democrats holding Republicans districts and six Republicans in Democratic districts.

 "Congressman Sires is a strategic thinker who has the respect and relationships within our Caucus and with our allies to encourage the active political participation of our Members throughout the cycle," said U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD), the DCCC Chairman.

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Christie romps in Camden GOP straw poll

Christie romps in Camden GOP straw poll
Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, with Scotch Plains Mayor Nancy Malool, at a GOP mixer earlier this month.

Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie won a “non-binding” straw poll conducted by the Camden County Republican Committee (CCRC) at last night’s county committee meeting, according to a release issued by the CCRC. 

The four Republican gubernatorial candidates appeared on the ballot and the results were overwhelmingly favorable to Christie, who received 77% to former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan’s 23%.  

Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) and Franklin Township Mayor Brian D. Levine did not receive any votes.

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Sworen backs Karrow in the 23rd District

As early as Monday, Hunterdon County Freeholder Ron Sworen said he didn’t think he would endorse a candidate in the 23rd District state Senate matchup between Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.). But today he decided to pick a candidate. 

“I’m going to be supporting Marcia Karrow for the Senate seat,” Sworen told “Her local level experience is something we need desperately in the senate, and I intend to vote for her at the convention on Saturday.”

Karrow is a former Raritan mayor and committeewoman.

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Inauguration Day Democratic Party imagery hypes the Corzine-Obama connection

Inauguration Day Democratic Party imagery hypes the Corzine-Obama connection
Gov. Jon Corzine tonight in Edison.

EDISON – Gov. Jon Corzine’s 2009 reelection campaign received a predictable, high-profile kick-start at an Inauguration celebration here tonight as Corzine allies showcased images of the governor together with newly sworn-in President Barack Obama in a buck-up-the-troops multimedia show.   

The governor attended the Inauguration earlier today then made a beeline back to New Jersey to be with this crowd of Obama supporters from Middlesex and Essex, who were joined by well-wishers coming from as far away as Camden. 

While a New Jersey delegation whooped it up in downtown Washington, D.C, a bearded middle-aged man with a small entourage ducked through a back door in a hotel amid the highways somewhere in Edison, New Jersey. 

Corzine entered the Holiday Inn ballroom, worked his way through a crowd of around 1,000 people and jumped onto the stage. 

“I want you to party on down,” cried the governor, his arms outstretched. “They’re partying in D.C., and I’m glad I’m not down there, but here with you!”

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Watson Coleman welcomes 'true partner' for N.J.

Watson Coleman welcomes 'true partner' for N.J.
Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing)

Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) today released a statement on the occasion of President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. 

The hope and optimism that surrounds President Obama’s inauguration could not come at a more fateful time for our nation,” said Watson Coleman, a former State Democratic Party chair and rumored to be a short-list candidate for lieutenant governor. “Buffeted by recession and torn apart by war, our nation now has in the White House the inspirational and hard-working leader we need to renew America’s promise and repair our collective faith.  

“Closer to home, New Jersey now has a true partner who will work with us to jumpstart our economy and deliver on the federal government’s many broken promises of support,” Watson Coleman added. “Barack Obama may be America’s first African-American president, but more importantly he is America’s president – period."

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Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

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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 »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

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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