In the wake of Fulop's decision, Skinner says she'll wait and see

Shelley Skinner, a downtown Jersey City community activist who planned to run for city council in Ward E, isn’t sure what she’s going to do now that incumbent councilman Steve Fulop has decided not to run for mayor

“I think obviously Steve’s decision does change things somewhat. I think time is really on my side,” she said.  “There are options on the table, and I’m going to take my time to figure out which suits me best.”

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Former assembly candidate pleads guilty to accepting bribes

Former Paterson school board member and assembly candidate Chauncey Brown III pleaded guilty today to taking $13,000 in bribes after being netted in the same sting that took down his one-time opponent, former Assemblyman Al Steele, last year. 

Brown admitted taking the money in late 2006 from a shell insurance company set up by the FBI to steer the board of education’s business to the company. 

In 2007, Brown was the sole Republican assembly candidate in the heavily Democratic 35th district against Democratic incumbents Al Steele and Nellie Pou.  After Steele’s arrest as part of the sting that the FBI dubbed “Operation Broken Records,” Brown told PolitickerNJ  that he was "just taken back in shock” and “totally caught off guard.”

“Al Steele’s a great guy. Every person is innocent until proven guilty, and my prayers are with his family,” he said at the time.

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Fulop's decision not to run could stir up mayoral race

Fulop's decision not to run could stir up mayoral race
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Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop’s announcement that he will not run for mayor breathes new life into a race that has been dormant for months.

Since summer, the field of prospective candidates has remained in stasis, with state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham’s pending decision on whether or not to run holding up former Assemblyman Lou Manzo’s own candidacy. Former Mayor Bret Schundler has said that he’s going to run, but has yet to make a formal announcement, while Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith has yet to make a decision. Downtown community activist Dan Levin is running as well.

Fulop said that the lack of campaign activity only benefited incumbent Mayor Jerramiah Healy, who he frequently butts heads with.

“It’s to the benefit of the Jersey City residents that it’s going to start the campaign. It has kind of been not moving forward, which doesn’t benefit the dialogue – probably just Jerry Healy,” said Fulop.

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Fulop takes a pass on Jersey City mayoral run

Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop, long considered a potential mayoral candidate next year, announced today that he will seek reelection to the city council instead of running for higher office.

“For me, politics has never been about status, titles or public position, but about purpose. I believe that public service is important whether through a community group, in professional life, or in government. My view has never wavered regardless of the opportunities presented for bigger titles or positions,” wrote Fulop in an email to supporters. “While humbled by an outpouring of support to run for higher office, I have decided to seek re-election in the community that has given me the opportunity and privilege of representing them on the Council. In knowing what my goals were when I set out into public service I think this is the right thing to do in being true to my initial core beliefs on the reasons I entered government, as well as my responsibilities to the people I have represented on completing properly the issues that I have started as a councilman.”

Fulop is the first potential candidate so far to take his name out of the running. Mayor Jerramiah Healy is expected to seek reelection, while former Mayor Bret Schundler and community activist Dan Levin have already announced intentions to run. Other candidates expected to make announcements soon are former Assemblyman and four-time mayoral candidate Lou Manzo, Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith, and state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham.

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Report: Menendez to meet with Kennedy

Report: Menendez to meet with Kennedy
Caroline Kennedy, who owns a home in Somerset County, is a possible candidate for Hillary Rodham Clinton's soon-to-be-vacant seat in the United States Senate.

The New York Observer is reporting that Robert Menendez, the Chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, "has reached out to Caroline Kennedy to gauge her interest in filling the empty seat Hillary Clinton will leave when she joins the Obama administration as secretary of state."  CLICK HERE TO READ.

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Levine to take next step toward running for governor

Still sizing up a run for the GOP nomination for governor, Franklin Township Mayor Brian Levine edged closer today, as he plans to go to Trenton on Monday to file paperwork with the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

"I'm going to file with ELEC now as the time frame is getting short," said Levine, who plans to take a final exploratory round in the area of fundraising before making an announcement in the coming days about whether he's running.

He watched former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan's gubernatorial kickoff on NJN earlier this week.

"He was good, he laid out some specifics, and he's been a mayor like I am so he can relate to issues impacting local government," Levine said.

The prospective candidate, a GOP moderate, said he intends to deliver his own economic policy speech on Monday, Dec. 15.

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Lonegan strategist predicts Christie won't run

Lonegan strategist predicts Christie won't run
Chris Christie resigned as U.S. Attorney on Monday, but says he hasn't decided if he'll run for Governor next year.

Rick Shaftan, the political point man for gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan, is convinced: the much heralded announcement that former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie is running for governor will never come.

"He's absolutely not running," said Shaftan.

That is, of course, coming from the chief strategist for Lonegan, the  conservative former mayor of Bogota and anti-tax advocate who entered the race on Monday. But Shaftan said that since resigning from his post as U.S. Attorney on Monday, Christie has not acted like a candidate.

"Don't you think Todd Christie would say he's absolutely in this race, 100 percent? On December 2nd the operation starts going. That's what these guys expected," said Shaftan, referring to the former U.S. Attorney's brother and the Republican county chairmen who are hoping Christie enters the race.

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