Taylor challenges Bowser in East Orange

Taylor challenges Bowser in East Orange
East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser

Essex County political junkies bewailing the lack of action in this year’s campaign cycle may take some solace in the wizened warrior versus young Turk implications of East Orange politics, where veteran Mayor Robert Bowser faces a challenge from businessman Kevin Taylor. 

A local legend whose administration ushered in East Orange’s relative boom time in recent years, Bowser is seeking his fourth term as mayor. The low drama pal of party leaders both county and statewide, he figures to be a heavy favorite against Taylor, the self-identified owner of KETCO Construction.

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Cryan applauds court's ruling on Corzine-Katz emails

Cryan applauds court's ruling on Corzine-Katz emails
State Democratic Party Chair Joe Cryan

State Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Cryan today celebrated a state appeals court ruling that Gov. Jon Corzine doesn’t need to release his email transmissions with former girlfriend Carla Katz, former president of Communications Workers of America Local 1034. 

“I expect Tom Wilson and the Republican Party will be reimbursing the taxpayers of New Jersey,” said Cryan, referring to the State Republican Party Chairman’s suit to gain access to the emails. 

Wilson feared a conflict as Corzine and Katz participated in negotiations for a new state workers’ contract in 2007.

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Holt generates support for 23rd District Assemby run

Hunterdon County Freeholder Matthew Holt this week released the names of elected officials endorsing him for the Assembly in the 23rd District. 

"From the very first announcement of my intent to run to represent the 23rd Legislative District last November, the outpouring of support has been overwhelming,” said Holt, who originally contemplated a run for the state senate seat vacated by U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton).

“Since following the advice of my campaign committee, and seeking the anticipated Assembly seat, the support base has grown, and continues to grow daily,” added the Republican candidate.  “Having spent the past 15 years serving at every level, from school board, to councilmember, mayor, and freeholder, coupled with my ownership of a small business in the county, I bring with me a strong understanding of the needs of our district.”

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Judges say Corzine doesn't have to release Katz e-mails

Judges say Corzine doesn't have to release Katz e-mails
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Gov. Jon Corzine will not be forced to release his e-mail correspondence with Carla Katz, a former girlfriend and a powerful union leader, according to a state appeals court ruling.

A state appeals court ruled today that Gov. Jon Corzine will not be compelled to release e-mails exchanged with his former girlfriend, union leader Carla Katz, according to a Star-Ledger report. "We hold that the Governor properly asserted executive privilege and plaintiff did not articulate or identify a sufficient reason to overcome the privilege," the judges wrote.

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Rice backs Caputo and Tucker in the 28th

Rice backs Caputo and Tucker in the 28th
State Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex), left, and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Belleville).

TRENTON - The 28th District primary battle to take down state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Essex) in 2007 proved bloody enough for Rice - the survivor - to comment in its aftermath, “Every war has casualties.” 

Running off the line, Rice fended off his own challenger, but lost his running mates, Craig Stanley and Oadline Truitt, who were defeated by Ralph Caputo and Cleopatra Tucker. 

Now months before the 2009 Democratic primary in Essex County with sources saying Stanley wants back in, Rice wants it known he supports the reelection of Assemblyman Caputo (D-Belleville) and Assemblyman Tucker (D-Newark), and won’t back challengers to the two people who in the last election helped comprise a ticket that challenged him. 

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Kasparian enters race for Bergen Democratic Chairman

Michael Kasparian, a Democratic fundraiser and ally of outgoing Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero, formally entered the race to succeed Ferriero this weekend, saying that he demonstrated his independence from party leaders by becoming an early support of Barack Obama's presidential campaign. 

The Ho-Ho-Kus real estate developer and former Assembly candidate says he will unveil his platform for reform over the next two weeks.  Kasparian is expected to face labor leader Buzz Dressel in a January 22 special election.  Ferriero announced on Friday that he was stepping down after ten years at the helm of the Bergen County Democratic Organization.

The complete text of Kaspaian's announcement follows:

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Sources: Kasparian still in fight as Bergen Dems mull consensus alternatives, including Sarlo

Sources: Kasparian still in fight as Bergen Dems mull consensus alternatives, including Sarlo
U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fairlawn) wants state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) to serve as Bergen County Democratic Organization interim chairman.

HACKENSACK – The Bergen reformer’s fear is someone disgraced or incarcerated will be running the party, giving orders via cellphone or BlackBerry to drones working in the service of a political patronage system that grinds forward unchanged even as the feds expose and prosecute the upper eschelons. 

But it’s also an election year – for governor, no less – and in that all important, 70-community county of Bergen, which Democrats or Republicans must win in order win it all in 2009 – tampering with the Democratic Party infrastructure and leaving it depleted or less than muscular could give the GOP that one opportunity they’re seeking. 

Indeed, even as Joe Ferriero wrote his letter of resignation as chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO), former U.S. Attroney Chris Christie – the man whose office last year indicted Ferriero on federal corruption charges – filed his papers to run for governor against Democrat Jon Corzine, setting up that most dramatic contrast of party plot lines, which the GOP wants to translate into crumbling utterly the Dems’ most vulnerable fault line here in Bergen.

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