ORANGE - The city at its summit straddles a ridge in the western hill country of Essex County, where affordable housing high-rises loom over residential two and three stories and churches, the public library, the Elks Lodge and Main Street, packed into 2.2-square miles with an elevated train track cutting along the edge of the valley and Highway 280 splitting the city in half.
Orange lost its once formidable industrial base on the south side over four decades ago, and now it’s trying to shake off the after-effects of its mayor’s tumble from power.
None of Mims Hackett’s would-be successors disagrees that the Abbott District town needs redevelopment, and all six of them are willing to work with the Berg Development Corporation, its partners and other developers to see the fruition of commercial and residential projects.Read More >
ORANGE - The foes of At-Large Councilman Donald Page say he’s a chronic naysayer and grandstander, the kind of councilman who’s been so determinedly anti-administration that if he gains the executive’s chair himself he will short circuit for lack of knowing any role other than agitating underdog.
"Page is a no-vote on the city council," says Tency Eason supporter William Hathaway. "Every time he votes, he votes no. He’s there to bring a negative vibe to Orange."Read More >
She wishes she could have been the one to vanquish Mims Hackett.
But while other politicians were either lining up behind him, or still in college, or getting steam-rolled in Senate campaigns against Dick Codey, activist Betty Brown was challenging Hackett head-on.Read More >
ORANGE - Midway into a mayoral candidates’ forum in a senior housing facility in the North Ward, an elegant, bearded man walks briskly to the front of the room and occupies a chair almost directly in front of At Large Councilman Donald Page.
Conspicuously seated apart from the rest of the audience, the man studies closely the politician widely viewed as the frontrunner in the race.Read More >
ORANGE - Long serving zoning board chair Janice Morrell has a circle of supporters who follow those meetings, and who swear that in terms of integrity and preparation, she is unmatched among the field of mayoral candidates.
A retired director of minority affairs at Rutgers University, Morrell works by the book, particularly when it comes to Orange development projects. Even someone’s off-handed remark about the state Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) exacting measures in overseeing the remediation of the Berg Hat Factory produces a stern gaze from Morrell.Read More >
ORANGE - If Donald Page can boast that he’s the candidate in the race who has most actively opposed Mayor Mims Hackett, North Ward Councilwoman Tency Eason is the only person who can rightfully argue that she has already defeated Page.
When she challenged the sitting North Ward councilman with Hackett’s blessing in 2002, she beat him by ten votes.Read More >
ORANGE - Politics here invariably comes back to the state’s most popular politician, former governor and Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex), who grew up across the street from the city’s other favorite son, Two Ton Tony Galento.
"With Tony, what you saw was what you got," Codey recalls.
A rotund puncher who trained on spaghetti and beer, what that got Galento was a fourth round technical knockout at the hands of heavyweight champion Joe Louis, and a subsequent supporting role as a heavy in "On the Waterfront."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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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"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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