Former Whitman administration official Stephen Sasala passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 59. Sasala served as Deputy Commissioner of Corrections from 1994 to 1996, as Deputy Commissioner of Banking and Insurance from 1996 to 1999, and as Acting Director of Local Government Services for the Department of Community Affairs in 1999. He served as CEO of Prosperity New Jersey, a private/public partnership Gov. Christine Todd Whitman created by Executive Order. Sasala held that post from 1999 to 2003, when he moved to Connecticut to run a regional chamber of commerce.Read More >
Burlington County Freeholder Bill Haines, Jr. is considering retiring at the end of his current term, a move that could make the Republicans’ 3-2 majority on the board even more tenuous.
“I’m still trying to decide what I’m going to do about freeholder,” said Haines, who this year finishes up his fifth term.
Haines, a Republican who’s sometimes known as “Cranberry Bill,” said that the expansion of his cranberry and blueberry farming business is the main reason he’s considering retiring from the political world.
The fact that control of the freeholder board is up this year, with Republicans holding just a one seat majority over Democrats, complicates matters.
“I probably would have made the decision a long time ago if Aubrey Fenton and Stacey Jordan had won the last time, but with control up it makes the decision more difficult,” he said.Read More >
SOMERSET – The influx of federal stimulus money dominated much of the conversation here Saturday night at the Garden State Equality dinner, with some Democrats privately terrified by the prospect of misspent money ballooning into a crippling headline just in time for the gubernatorial election.
As there are just two gubernatorial contests nationwide this year, New Jersey becomes the de facto frontline for President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan, and what most anticipate will be a Meadowlands charm offense by the president on the eve of the election could boomerang badly for Democrats if they mismanage the historic infusion of cash.
After meeting a week ago with Obama, who told governors to pay particular attention to ensuring stimulus transparency, Gov. Jon Corzine said New Jersey would receive $17.5 billion from the federal aid package, or $7.5 billion in tax benefits, and $10 billion for Medicaid, and investments in highways, roads, bridges, mass transit, and healthcare information technology.Read More >
Republican gubernatorial candidates Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan sparred on the issue of medical marijuana on NJN’s On the Record this weekend, with Lonegan arguing in favor of a bill allowing treatment centers to grow marijuana plants for chronically sick patients, and Christie rejecting the bill in its current form, citing the lack of specific and strict controls.
NJN’s senior political correspondent Michael Aron broached the issue with the candidates on Saturday while taping his show at the Ram’s Head Inn in Galloway Township, which aired on Sunday.
“It’s a freedom and liberty issue,” said Lonegan, former mayor of Bogota. “If a doctor knows that’s what needs to be prescribed to a suffering patient, I’ve met patients like this, that’s their decision and government should get out of the way.”
Now Christie considered the question.Read More >
MOUNTAIN LAKES – They’ve seen other candidates in neighboring districts arrive at the brink of running and then back down with the awful idea of a bad economy turning even worse. For if there’s nobility in serving the public, there is also the catastrophic fear of accepting that service to the detriment of the more foundational forces of job and family.
What’s the good of circulating a glossy mailer advertising first-rate business credentials and a great looking family, when in fact the family sits at home with no food on the table because dad is out pouring the contents of their nest egg into his campaign, and a once thriving but now unmanned business simultaneously goes belly up?
Yet as hard as it is to run, to pick up the phone and beg for money in a flat-lined economy, the four 25th District Republican primary candidates in pursuit of two seats – all attorneys who fulfill at least some government contract work, some more than others - are going anyway, lousy economy be damned.
“We’re in the early stages of this campaign, and I’m in whether I raise $10 or $100,000,” said Randolph Councilman Gary Algeier, who intends to rely on writing columns and door-to-door campaigning probably more than fundraising.Read More >
In 2009, the late John Sheridan, CEO of Cooper University Hospital in Camden, testified at a hearing regarding how to strengthen employer-based health care.Read More >
Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...
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By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
"I see Loretta Weinberg in the back of the room. Loretta, you have my eternal admiration for what you did to rid the Democratic Party of a certain political boss. However, not everyone shares that distinction." - Bergen County Republican Freeholder candidate Robert Avery- PolitickerNJ
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