Sources in the City of Passaic say real estate developer Jose Sandoval is gathering forces to launch another run for mayor.
That makes Sandoval the second unsuccessful candidate in the Nov. 4th special election who's already gearing up for next year's May contest to secure a full, four-year term.
City supervisor Vinny Capuana never shut down his downtown campaign headquarters.
Capuana and Sandoval came in second and third respectively behind physician Alex Blanco.
City Councilman Joe Garcia and bail bondsman Carl Ellen came in fourth and fifth, and sources say both men are the objects of the remaining candidates' efforts to bring them and their constituents on board for the 2009 grudge match.Read More >
Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Henry Kuhl has sat down with all three potential candidates to succeed state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington), but said he won’t make an endorsement yet.
“This is too soon. Some people jump in front. I’m usually a late endorser because I want to see how all candidates running for office are participating, and whether they intend to be in to the end and so forth,” he said.Read More >
If it’s Corzine versus Christie for governor next year, both parties agree on one thing at least: the contest will get ugly, with bruising attacks emanating out of both camps.
“You’re probably going to have to go back to Lautenberg-Dawkins to find a race like this one, if it happens,” said Democratic Party political operative Pat Politano.
In that infamous 1988 matchup, the “Swamp Dog” incumbent senator, plagued by unfavorable internal polling, branded challenger Pete Dawkins a carpetbagger and flailed away at him with negative ads until he dropped him on Election Day by eight points.
Gov. Jon Corzine said a while ago that now retiring U.S. Attorney Chris Christie has demonstrated expertise “in one area,” namely as a crusader against government corruption. As such, the Democrats anticipate a Christie campaign trying to cocoon Corzine in the danker reaches of New Jersey politics.Read More >
A Quinnipiac poll released this morning paints a bleak picture of New Jerseyans’ economic status, though a majority see hope under a Barack Obama administration.
Fifty-nine percent of New Jersey voters say that they are financially worse off than last year, but 66 percent believe the economy will get better under Obama.
"While only about a quarter think things will be better next year, there is broad optimism the Obama administration will be able to fix the nation's economic problems,” said pollster Clay Richards.Read More >
Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington) will run for state senate at the special convention held early next year, but she will not run in a primary if she loses that initial battle.
“I believe in representative democracy. That’s what we are as a republic both in the United States and in New Jersey, and the county committee is the representative democracy in our district. I will abide by their decision,” said Karrow. “I don’t think this district needs to see a bloody primary. If that’s what [Assemblyman Michael Doherty] needs to do that’s his choice.”
That also means that Karrow will have the option to run again for her assembly seat if she does not prevail in the joint county convention, although other ambitious local politicos may see an opening there as well.
“I represent small town, rural New Jersey. I feel I’m giving a voice that they didn’t really have before, and by all means I intend to stay in government as an elected representative,” she said.Read More >
A New Jersey pension fund run by one of Barack Obama’s earliest and biggest campaign fundraisers/bundlers has lost $25 billion -- including $9 billion in October, according to a report issued today by a state panel. The New Jersey Investment Council, chaired by hedge fund manager Orin Kramer, says that the value of the state pension fund has shrunk from $82 billion in July to $57 billion.
Kramer, 63, a former White House aide in the Carter administration and a partner at Boston Provident, was named to head the state retirement benefits panel by then-Gov. James E. McGreevey in 2003. The state Division of Investment is one of the ten largest public fund managers in the U.S., with a market value at of $70.7 billion as of the end of September, according to the Treasury Department website. The fund provides retirement benefits for more than 700,000 current and future retirees.
U.S. News and World Report ranked Kramer as Obama's #3 bundler last August, just behind Lehman Brothers' Christine Forester.Read More >
Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt said today that Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow’s (R-Flemington) decision to run for the seat of outgoing state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) will not deter his own ambition.
Holt, who announced that he was setting up an exploratory committee last week, told PolitickerNJ.com today that he is likely to run for the seat as well.
“If anything, it energizes me even further,” said Holt. “Since the press release and my sort of formal announcement of my intent to move forward, I have just had an extremely large number of supporters both on a financial end as well as the working end of the campaign.”Read More >
NEWARK - U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman laughed and exclaimed "So close!" when asked by a member of the press about the ongoing federal investigation into the September 2013 George Washington Bridge access lane closure incident, a.k.a. the Bridgegate scandal, at a Tuesday press conference in downtown Newark. Then Fishman soberly addressed the progress his office has made.Read More >
Between RGA gigs, Christie doesn't skip a beat bashing Trenton Dems at seaside LGI town hall LONG BEACH ISLAND – Gov. Chris Christie squeezed LBI between trips to IowaNew HampshireConnecticut and – tomorrow – Colorado – just long enough to puncture his favorite Trenton-based targets in front of a...
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By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups. But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >
“We lived up to our end of the bargain. He didn’t live up to his end of the deal.” - Ed Connolly, president of the New Jersey Firemen’s Benevolent Association.- The Bergen Record
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