Picked on by her Republican opponent as the existing weak link of a 35th District ticket riven by scandal, Assemblywoman Nellie Pou today stood in the rain at the head of 100 workers outside the Majestic Restaurant in Wayne and promised to get state Attorney General Anne Milgram to enforce New Jersey’s labor laws.
Restaurant workers have already bound together here with union backing to force several area restaurants to pay fair wages, but places like the Majestic are dragging their heels, according to Tony Tsai, a former employee. Charging a slave labor situation, Tsai says Majestic’s management doesn’t pay workers a base wage and demands kickbacks of $15 per day from the buffet restaurant staff. On weekends, they demand $20 per day.Read More >
Two competitive races for the U.S. House of Representatives are shaping up in New Jersey, where State Sen. John Adler is challenging 12-term Rep. Jim Saxton, and Assemblywoman Linda Stender is seeking a rematch against Rep. Mike Fergsuon in a contest that was decided by just one percentage point last year.
That’s two out of the three races that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says they plan to target in New Jersey. But in the second district, where Democrats keep saying Rep. Frank LoBiondo is vulnerable, no clear candidate has emerged to take him on.
The most prominent name in the running has been Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew, who’s currently enmeshed in a tight state Senate campaign GOP Republican incumbent Nicholas Asselta. Democrats insist that a Van Drew victory for state Senate in district one, along with a win by Jim Whelan in the neighboring second district, would be a bad omen for LoBiondo. It could even give the Democrats the momentum they need to move Van Drew up to Congress, they say.Read More >
State Sen. Joseph Doria will be appointed Commissioner of Community Affairs today, according to sources close to Gov. Jon Corzine. Doria will resign from the Senate and as Mayor of Bayonne.
Doria will succeed Susan Bass Levin, who is the new Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.Read More >
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani has picked up some more New Jersey endorsements, including Assemblywoman Jennifer Beck, Assemblymen James Holzapfel and Samuel Thompson, Passaic County GOP Chairman Scott Rumana, Gloucester County GOP Chairwoman Loren Oglesby, and Republican State Committee Vice Chairwoman Lynda Pagliughi.
Giuliani has a majority of the state's county party leaders and Republican legislators, and as amassed a huge organizational advantage in the February 5, 2008 Republican primary.Read More >
Former Hamilton Mayor Jack Rafferty made a political comback tonight, winning election as the Republican State Committeeman from Mercer County. Rafferty, who served as Mayor from 1975 to 1999, served as Co-Chairman of Ronald Reagan's New Jersey campaign in 1980, and as an Assemblyman from 1986 to 1988. He sought the Republican nomination for Governor in 1981; his loss in that primary was the only defeat of his political career.Read More >
There’s been a lot of speculation about State Sen. John Adler running for Congress, so his announcement today that he was filing a campaign committee didn’t startle his opponent.
“It’s early, but there have been signs he was going to run. We are not surprised,” said a statement from Rep. Jim Saxton, who declined to offer any other comment.
Adler’s decision to run for Congress means that Democrats are launching their first serious challenge to U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton since Susan Bass Levin ran against him in 2000, spending over $1 million but losing by a margin of 57-42 percent. In 2006, a bad year from the GOP nationally and in New Jersey, Saxton beat the low-budget campaign of newcomer Richard Sexton by an even wider margin.Read More >
ATLANTIC CITY – The Democratic Party’s presumptive gubernatorial nominee officially tapped Jason O’Donnell as chairman of the state party.Read More >
Morning News Digest: Friday, May 17, 2013 By Matthew Arco Smith intends to fight for HCDO seat as Bernie Kenny's name re-emerges in Fulop era Mayor Jerry Healy’s loss Tuesday night inevitably triggered intra-party discussions about consequences to the Hudson County...
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By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with... Read More >
“You represent the grit and tenacity that make Jersey City special. Thank you for believing in this great American experiment called democracy.” - Jersey City Mayor-elect Steve Fulop, to supporters at his victory party last night.- PolitickerNJ.com
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