Nominating speeches moments away

Nominating speeches moments away
State Sen. Minority Leader Thomas Kean (R-Union) and Hunterdon County Freeholder William Mennen to his immediate left.

CLINTON TWP. - Hackettstown Mayor Michael B. Lavery nominates Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Raritan Twp. Mayor Richard O'Malley backs him up.

"Mike has an overwhelming passion to vote against taxes, as you see in your packets, he's voted 103 times against taxes," O'Malley tells the packed house.

In the back of the crowd stands State Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr. (R-Union).

"I'm neutral," says Kean of the Karrow-Doherty showdown. "I will support the Republican nominee."

He removes an envelope from his pocket.

"There is a senate pin in there that I will present to the winner," says Kean.

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It has begun

It has begun
Hunterdon County GOP Chairman Henry Kuhl

CLINTON - The middle school sits on the side of  Route 78 and a packed parking lot gives an early indication that turnout is heavy for this special Republican Convention where committee members from Warren and Hunterdon counties will determine the party nominee for state senator in the 23rd District.

Both candidates, Assemblyman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.), the Hunterdon-based candidate - and Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) from Warren, work the coming throng in the hallway outside the auditorium, where voting will occur.

"The guy's a political animal," says a political insider, observing Doherty going for people's hands even before their gloves are off as they come through the big double doors and into the school.

And there's Karrow,

She's mobbed by committee people just before they go through the hallway doors.

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Republicans to fill Lance seat today

Today is Election Day in parts of Hunterdon and Warren counties, where members of the Republican County Committee from the 23rd legislative district will hold a special election convention to replace Leonard Lance in the State Senate.  Lance resigned from the Senate on January 3 to take his seat in Congress.

Two Republicans are seeking to replace Lance: four-term Assemblyman Michael Doherty, 45, a former Warren County Freeholder and West Point graduate; and Marcia Karrow, 49, a two-term Assemblywoman who has served as a Hunterdon County Freeholder and as Mayor of Raritan Township.

 Doherty is viewed as one of the most conservative members of the Legislature and has mulled bids for higher office in recent years, including an exploratory committee for the 2008 U.S. Senate nomination.  He was he only legislator to back Ron Paul for President in the last election.  Karrow, a graduate of Smith College, has masters degrees from the University of Michigan and CUNY.  She  is viewed as a moderate and has the backing of the Hunterdon County Republican organization and eight mayors from Warren County.

The winner will get sworn in to the Senate at their next session, now scheduled for February 23.  The Senate contest will trigger another special election convention to fill the soon-to-be vacant Assembly seat.

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Hackett gets five years from state judge, but can get paroled after six months

Former Assemblyman Mims Hackett was sentenced to five years in state prison after admitting that the filed fake expense reimbursements while serving as Mayor of Orange.  He has already been sentenced to nine months in federal prison after his guilty plea on corruption charges last year.  The state Judge ruled that he can serve the sentences concurrently and will be eligible for parole after serving six months if he is admitted to a supervised program that includes house arrest.

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Sybil Moses, retired Superior Court Judge, dies

Former Superior Court Judge Sybil Moses, the first woman to serve as an Assignment Judge in New Jersey, passed away today.  She was 69 and had breast cancer.

Moses retired in October 2008 after 21 years as a Superior Court Judge and seven as an Administrative Law Judge. Her husband is attorney Steve Moses, a longtime Democratic insider.

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Jackson confirmed as EPA administrator

Jackson confirmed as EPA administrator
EPA chief Lisa Jackson

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Lisa Jackson to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a report by the Star-Ledger.

Jackson, 46, served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) under Gov. Jon Corzizne, and the governor immediately released a statement upon hearing of Jackson's confirmation.

“The American people have gained a tireless public servant and a tenacious guardian of the environment with the confirmation of Lisa Jackson as our nation’s EPA administrator," Corzine said. “During her tenure... Lisa set the highest professional standards in tackling issues both local and global in scope."

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Holt unveils local support

Freeholder Matthew Holt today unveiled endorsements of Republican elected officials from his hometown of Clinton Township. 

Former Mayor and veteran Councilman Robert Smith joined current Republican Council members Dan Shea, Rich Duffy, Todd Pender, and Martin Pendergast in their public support of Holt's Assembly Candidacy in the 23rd Legislative District.

Former Republican Council members Rick Christenson and Rosemary Pendergast also threw their support behind Holt.  

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Democrats back Mayer for Gloucester Township mayor

Former Assemblyman David Mayer won the endorsement of the Gloucester Township Democrats to be their candidate for Mayor against Republican incumbent Cindy Rau-Hatton. 

Mayer, 41, was elected to the State Assembly in 2001 and re-elected in 2003 and 2005. He did not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2007.  A former Chief of Staff to the Camden County Clerk and District Director for U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, Mayer served as a Gloucester Township Councilman in 2002 and 2003.

Incumbent Councilmen Daniel Hutchison and Frank Schmidt will run on the Democratic ticket.  A third candidate has not yet been selected.  Hutchison was elected on a ticket with Rau-Hatton two years ago.

Rau-Hatton was elected in 2006, winning a May non-partisan election.  Voters subsequently approved a referendum that made Gloucester Township municipal elections partisan, so the mayoral post is now up in November 2009, instead of May 2010.

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The Back Room

Asbury Park Press corrects Williams error in Christie report

The Asbury Park Press last night mopped up after NBC anchor Brian Williams overreached when he said the feds had cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in a federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Wake-Up Call

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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