Weinberg takes a wait and see approach on Ariyan

Weinberg takes a wait and see approach on Ariyan
State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) with former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero in 2007. Weinberg says she's willing to give Ferriero's successor, Michael Kasparian, a chance to succeed.

State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) said that she’s taking a wait and see approach on whether newly elected Bergen County Democratic Chairman Michael Kasparian’s selection of Joe Ariyan as the party’s general counsel – his first and so far only appointment – sets a unifying tone for the party.

“I am waiting to see what’s going to happen with all the other appointments.  I’m waiting to see when he’s going to convene the meetings of elected officials and the executive board.  And I’m waiting to see what kind of bylaws changes Mr. Ariyan is interested in leading us toward.  Then I’ll make judgment,” she said.

Weinberg heads up a reform faction that has traditionally feuded with party leadership under indicted former Chairman Joe Ferriero, who let Kasparian, his preferred successor, inherit his post last month. 

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Secaucus Democrat runs against the establishment

Secaucus Public Defender Pete Weiner, who’s running in the Democratic primary against Mayor Dennis Elwell, plans to announce his slate of council candidates on Sunday.

Elwell has the support of the powerful Hudson County Democratic Organization, making Weiner, 61, the automatic underdog in the primary contest.  Elwell’s forces, for their part, are more concentrated on defending the mayor against independent Councilman Michael Gonnelli, who may run in the general election.  But Weiner is confident that his campaign has momentum.

“I have a very good base of people that I’ve been talking with and who have known me for many years.  I’m not just Johnny on the spot. I’ve been involved here with 30 years in town,” he said, adding that he is also president of the community service organization UNICO.

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Christie on federal stimulus package: 'focus should be on tax cuts'

Christie on federal stimulus package: 'focus should be on tax cuts'
GOP candidate Chris Christie

NEWARK – The GOP crowd has cleared out of here, leaving all but reporters to face the newly declared gubernatorial candidate, and here comes Chris Christie to stand in front of the podium and answer questions. 

He won’t discuss specific cuts to the state budget. Not yet. He promises a detailed four-year plan in the coming weeks.  

“We can do it responsibly,” he says. “We will discuss our priorities. I’m not going to get into specifics about percentages.” 

A reporter asks him how he thinks he can convince New Jerseyans that he will be able to get his mind around the enormous economic issues confronting the state.

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Fulop to run as an independent

After turning down multiple overtures to join a mayoral ticket, Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop will run for reelection to his Ward E seat independently.  

“I had the opportunity to go on the (Mayor Jerramiah) Healy, (Former Assemblyman Lou) Manzo, (Assemblyman L. Harvey) Smith ticket, and at the end of the day, based on who else is on the ticket and the landscape, I thought this was the best route for me,” said Fulop.  

Shelley Skinner, a community and education activist who flirted with a run in Ward E while Fulop was considering a mayoral bid, will be Fulop’s campaign manager. 

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In Newark kickoff, Christie promises bold leadership

In Newark kickoff, Christie promises bold leadership
GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie enters to prolonged applause.

NEWARK – In the city of his birth, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie launched his campaign for governor this morning, vowing if elected to wage an aggressive battle against wasteful and parochial politicians, special interests and bloated state spending. 

“I have the experience and the determination and the will to make the tough decisions that are necessary to make the right decisions,” Christie told a room packed with enthusiastic Republican supporters here at the New Jersey Center for the Performing Arts. 

Christie said he would restore trust in government, make use of the line item veto, relentlessly market New Jersey to forge a new jobs base, and budget “like you do at home.” 

“Our government taxes too much, borrows too much and spends too much,” said Christie. “We have a government that refuses to be held accountable for how they spend our money."

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Menendez, Pallone to join Obama for bill signing

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch) will join President Obama at the White House today for the signing of legislation reauthorizing and expanding state children’s health insurance programs. 

Pallone, the Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, was the lead sponsor of the bill in the House.   Menendez, who is now a member of the Senate Finance Committee, was a leading proponent of the bill.

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McSorley acknowledges interest in running for assembly

McSorley acknowledges interest in running for assembly
Republicans have not yet settled on candidates to challenge Democratic incumbents Linda Greenstein and Wayne DeAngelo for the State Assembly in the politically competitive 14th district.

Former Mercer County sheriff candidate Jim McSorley acknowledged today that he is considering running for assembly in the 14th District.

“I’m thinking about it, to tell you the truth.  I haven’t made any decisions one way or the other,” said McSorley, a Hamilton resident and former State Police captain.  

The 14th is expected to be one of the prime battleground districts this year, with Republicans specifically targeting freshman Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton), a labor leader.  DeAngelo’s running mate, Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Plainsboro), is a five-term incumbent.

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The Back Room

Report: Christie in Wisconsin with Walker

In his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Gov. Chris Christie campaigned in Wisconsin today with fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 30th

Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >


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Quote of the Day

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"When you're asked to cast a vote on a bill and it seems innocuous, and it's got a hidden land mine that perhaps only an expert would see, it would sort of behoove those experts to tell us in advance rather than make us look, shall we say, a little bit indecisive later on." - Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).



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