HOBOKEN - Taking a nod from Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop, freshman Hoboken Councilwoman Beth Mason intends to introduce an amendment that would ban city elected officials from receiving more than one public salary or pension.
"I am sure that Councilman Fulop recognizes, as do I, how difficult it is to create a more responsive and responsible government when the primary interest of many elected officials lies in perpetuating a cumbersome, costly bureaucracy that rewards the few, at the expense of the many," Mason said.
Elected last year to fill a vacant seat in the city’s second ward, Mason - like Fulop in Jersey City - is a likely 2009 mayoral candidate.Read More >
Lifelong Democrat Caren Turner doesn’t plan to vote for Democrats out of a sense of nostalgia. In fact, she’s not sure she’s going to vote Democratic in the coming presidential election.
Turner, a Hillraiser who worked as part of the powerhouse New Jersey fundraising arm called the Group, was among those Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) holdouts who yesterday took part in a feel-out session with a surrogate of Sen. John McCain’s (D-AZ).
Of the group formerly known as "The Group," Michael Kempner last month indicated his absolute adherence to the Obama campaign, as did the Rev. Reginald Jackson; John Graham and others last week sat down with Mark Alexander, senior policy advisor to Obama.
When it comes to presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.), Graham and others are getting there, and they plan a unity bash for State Party Chairman Joseph Cryan next Thursday.Read More >
The revelation that U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie is investigating former CWA Local 1034 President Carla Katz, reported by the Star-Ledger yesterday, has unavoidable political ramifications.
Christie is, in effect, investigating the ex-girlfriend of the man he will likely face off against if he chooses to challenge Gov. Jon Corzine next year.
You won't hear them go on the record about it, but the idea has some Democratic insiders grumbling.
"It sure as hell doesn't look right, I can say much," said one prominent Democratic official.Read More >
Joe Cryan, chairman of the Democratic State Committee, announced on Thursday the party’s selection of Michael Muller of Mount Laurel to run the Democratic Party’s "coordinated campaign" operation in New Jersey.
"This is an important election year that offers opportunities for Democrats at all levels," said Cryan. "We have the best candidates, we have the issues on our side and we have a strong Democratic tide fueled by the accumulated failures of George Bush and the Republicans. Hard working and skilled campaign staffers such as Michael will help convert Democratic advantages into Election Day victories."
Associate Executive Director for Communications for the Assembly Democratic Majority, Muller served as campaign director for Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) presidential primary race in New Jersey.Read More >
IRVINGTON - Council President John Sowell said he is not ruling out a mayoral run in 2010, however, he said he would not run against Mayor Wayne Smith if Smith decides to pursue a third term.
"I don’t rule out anything, two years out," Sowell told PolitickerNJ.com, "But I wouldn’t run against Wayne, that’s not my style."Read More >
The Rider Institute for New Jersey Politics will be renamed in honor of its late founder and managing director, David Rebovich.
Rebovich, a political scientist and prolific media commentator who wrote a column for PolitickerNJ.com, died suddenly of a heart attack in October.
The school also announced that the institute will be directed by veteran Democratic political operative Ben Dworkin, a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University. Dworkin has recently worked for several communications firms in New York and New Jersey, and started off his New Jersey political career as an aide and protégé of the late state Sen. Matthew Feldman.Read More >
Kimberly Allen, communications director for U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9), is relocating to Richmond, VA.. with her husband, who is beginning graduate studies.
She said she would continue to work for the congressman on a variety of projects, however, starting on July 28, Jean Roehrenbeck would be the day-to-day press contact.
"On a personal note, it has been a privilege to serve Congressman Rothman and to get to know the New Jersey press corps," said Allen. "I will truly miss working with you on a daily basis."Read More >
Democratic Party insiders are converging tonight on the Morristown home of attorney Phil Sellinger.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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