PATERSON - Shrugged off by the incumbent as too aloof to feel the pain of the 4th Ward, Kisha Manning smiles and shakes her head.
She was born here and grew up here.
"I even get my hair done and my nails done here," she says with a laugh.
Her school record at William Paterson University and subsequent success as a revenue officer with the Internal Revenue Service don’t diminish the roots, or the lifelong street cred Councilwoman Vera Ames-Garnes claims Manning lacks to maneuver in a city that has been under state-control for 18 years.Read More >
PATERSON - A man on a cellphone behind the wheel of a car with New York plates turns a pair of red eyes toward the formidable-looking woman suddenly shouting at him and jabbing her index finger at him.
"Hey, home boy," bellows Councilwoman Vera Ames-Garnes. "Stay off my streets!"
The man floors it, and seconds later a Paterson patrol car streaks past in another direction.
"They’re going the wrong way," mutters Ames-Garnes, throwing her minivan in gear and tearing after the police. She pulls her vehicle up onto the sidewalk alongside the patrol car where it’s now idling in the middle of the road next to an unmarked car facing the opposite direction.Read More >
PATERSON - Wilkin Santana turns left on Rosa Parks Boulevard and hits the gas into the heart of the 4th Ward. He sees foreclosure signs on front doors and gangs standing on sidewalks who look at him when he drives past.
"You have open drug dealing going on here," says Santana, shaking his head as he guns the engine. "You’ve got crack houses. Abandoned buildings. This is her record. I believe if you have 23 years to try to fix the neighborhood, you’ve had enough."
His reference is to Councilwoman Vera Ames-Garnes. This is her neighborhood. It’s also Santana’s ward, which is why he’s running against Ames-Garnes.Read More >
TRENTON - Three Republican state legislators stepped into the heated primary contest in the 3rd Congressional District between fellow Republicans Chris Myers and Jack Kelly.
The 8th Legislative District's contingent stood with Myers to announce that, at his request, they were drafting a bill that would ban employees of two or more taxpayer funded jobs from accepting cash payments in lieu of health coverage if one of the jobs already provides health insurance - a practice Myers referred to as "health care double dipping."
The proposal comes just days after a campaign attack Myers made on Kelly on the same topic.Read More >
Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) hopes his written request to Attorney General Anne Milgram for an investigative audit of Irvington, cc’d to voters, will give North Ward Councilman David Lyons a leg up in Tuesday’s municipal elections.
A vocal critic of Mayor Wayne Smith’s management of the Essex County town and often the lone dissenting vote on the council, 12-year incumbent Lyons is in a competitive race with Newark Det. Gene Etchison.
Lyons has questions about his town’s obligation to pay the state back $8 million over a 20-year period, a result of the Smith administration’s bonding without the permission of the state Department of Community Affairs.
Rice has the same questions.Read More >
Dismayed by his opponent’s attendance record on the floor of the U.S. House in recent weeks, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) fired off a press release this afternoon demanding that the hard-campaigning U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) compensate his constituents for time missed on the job.
Andrews promptly issued a hard-edged response.
Lautenberg wants Andrews to reimburse the taxpayers of his district 70% of his salary since April 3, since he has missed 70% of all House votes., according to the senator's campaign.
"Rob Andrews is a no-show congressman who thinks he has a no-show job," said Lautenberg campaign spokesperson Julie Roginsky.
"He should realize that there is more to his job than co-authoring and lobbying for the Iraq War," Roginsky added. "He was elected by his constituents and paid ($169,300 annually) by the taxpayers to do a job, which includes showing up for votes in Washington. If he wants to campaign, he should do it on his time and not on the taxpayers’ dime."
In arguably his harshest words for Lautenberg to date, Andrews said in reply, "If I owe the citizens six weeks of salary, Frank Lautenberg owes them his salary for the last six years."Read More >
Zhifei Li, the owner of an antique business in China, pleaded guilty today to organizing an illegal wildlife smuggling conspiracy in which 30 rhinoceros horns and numerous objects made from rhino horn and elephant ivory worth more than $4.5 million were smuggled from the United States to China.Read More >
Christie on bridge controversy: ‘I know you guys are obsessed with this, I’m not’ TRENTON – There’s “no doubt” in Gov. Chris Christie’s mind that the controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is being used by New Jersey Democrats as partisan game. “Inside the Statehouse there’s...
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"I know you guys are obsessed with this. I'm not." - Gov. Chris Christie on the George Washington Bridge story.- PolitickerNJ.com
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