AP: Lonegan confirms ELEC probe

AP: Lonegan confirms ELEC probe
The state agency that handles public financing of gubernatorial camaigns is investigating whether Republican Steve Lonegan failed to properly disclose his connection to an anti-tax lobbying group, according to the Associated Press.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission is investigating Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan's eligibility for public financing amidst speculation he did not report his connection to an anti-tax lobbying group to the state, according to an Associated Press report

Candidates seeking public financing are required to disclose their role in issue advocacy groups to "avoid potential campaign conflicts, and to reveal their donors and expenditures if they've recently run such a group," the AP noted.  There is no evidence that Lonegan was the manager of Americans for Prosperity, the group in question, or that any conflict really does exist.

Earlier this month, an AP story "raised questions about whether he is entitled to receive more than $550,000 in public matching funds for the campaign."

The probe will delay Lonegan's most recent submissions for matching funds.

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Love won't seek re-election

Love won't seek re-election

Assemblywoman Sandra Love (D-Gloucester Township) said today that she will not seek re-election to a second term in the Legislature, saying a recent health issue has promoted her retirement.

Love, 63, served as Mayor of Gloucester Township from 1994 to 2006.  She won an Assembly seat in 2007 – on her second try – after Democrat David Mayer opted not to run again.  Mayer is now a candidate for Mayor.

"I am very grateful for the opportunity the voters gave me to represent them in Trenton," Love said. "It has been a wonderful and challenging experience, and there is still a great deal I want to accomplish in the year remaining on my term. However, I feel it's time to give someone else the chance to work on the very important issues our state faces in the years ahead."

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Fey says he'll challenge Oglesby for Gloucester GOP chief

Bill Fey, the Republican municipal leader in Franklin Township, announced today that he will challenge incumbent Loran Oglesby for Gloucester County GOP Chairman.

"These times call for strong leadership and a change in direction of our party," Fey said in a statement.  "Hopefully Loran will act in the best interest of the party and step aside gracefully."

Fey said that Barbara Capelli, the Wenonah GOP Municipal Chair and a former Councilwoman, will run on his ticket for Vice Chair, and that Monroe Republican Club President Randy Ford will run for Secretary.  The anti-Oglesby ticket will also include candidates Republican State Committee: Washington Township GOP Chairman Jeff Morris and '08 Freeholder candidate Phyllis Scapellato. 

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DeCroce says Corzine is breaking pledge on rebates

Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) has accused Gov. Jon Corzine of breaking his 2005 campaign promise to keep the property tax rebate program. 

"The governor claimed that he recognized that property taxes in New Jersey were high and needed reform," DeCroce said in a statement released today. "No one interpreted that as eliminating or curtailing the only program that provides some relief to taxpayers. The ultimate effect of doing what the governor is suggesting is actually a tax increase. Even some members within his party recognize the impact this would have."

DeCroce said that Democrats promised that the rebate program would be "safeguarded" when they backed a 2006 sales tax increase aimed at property tax relief.

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Morning News Digest: February 26, 2009

Mark Caliguire to screen for freeholder in Somerset

Mark Caliguire to screen for freeholder in Somerset
Mark Caliguire

In a letter he sent today to Somerset County Republican Committee members, second-term Montgomery Township Committeeman Mark Caliguire announced he intends to seek their support to replace retiring Freeholder Rick Fontana.

“The current financial crisis requires leaders with innovative solutions that lower taxes.  I’ve been on the front line of the effort to do that in Montgomery and I’m eager to add my energy, ideas and business experience to the considerable talents already assembled on our Freeholder Board,” said Caliguire, a former New Jersey deputy attorney general who owns a privately held specialty paper company with 100 employees.   

“In Montgomery, I implemented a groundbreaking program that incentivizes municipal employees to develop and present ideas that produce real and recurring savings,” he added.

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Reddin pledges to be low-key Mayor if he replaces Wildes in Englewood

Reddin pledges to be low-key Mayor if he replaces Wildes in Englewood

Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes may be stepping down after his term expires, but he is still expected to play a major role in the upcoming election. "I would be shocked if there was not a Democratic primary. I would not object to that," said Councilman Scott Reddin, an adversary of Wildes who so far is the only declared candidate for mayor. Politics in this ethnically diverse and heavily Democratic city of 26,000 have been driven over the last six years by the rivalry between the headline-generating Wildes, a fundraising powerhouse who has been candid that he aspires to higher office and who has been a key ally of former county Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero, and his adversaries, who hold a 4-1 majority on the council. For his mayoral bid, Reddin has the support of fellow council members Charlotte Bennett Schoen, Ken Rosenzweig and Gordon Johnson, who is also a state assemblyman (Johnson ran in 2006 to take out Wildes-backed incumbent Vernon Walton, and will not seek reelection this year).  The other councilman, Jack Drakeford, is aligned with Wildes. Reddin said that, if elected, he would govern with a much more low-key style than Wildes.

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Essex County honors Booker

Essex County honors Booker
Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo today honored Newark Mayor Cory Booker as Essex County's "Black Man of the Year” at the Essex County Hall of Records.

The ceremony featured a typically rousing acceptance speech by Booker, a local level punctuation mark on President Barack Obama’s oratorical efforts at the national level last night to uplift the country’s spirits in a flagging economy.

Longtime allies who find themselves on opposing sides of local wars at times, but more often in the same encampment, DiVincenzo and Booker both face crises in their respective domains, as the former battles local union reps in search of an agreement for county workers, while the latter fights a crime wave in the City of Newark.

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