Rothman deputy chief heads to White House

Shelly Stoneman, deputy chief of staff/legislative director for U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Fair Lawn), will serve as a member of President Barack Obama’s legislative team.

According to a press release issued by Rothman’s office, Stoneman will work in the East Wing. She has served with Rothman since 2003 directing much of his work on the House Appropriations Committee. 

“I am very pleased that Shelly will be joining President Obama’s staff and continuing to work on issues that benefit New Jersey, the nation and the world,” said Rothman, the sole member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation to endorse Obama in last year’s Democratic Primary. 

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Englewood Dems pass anti-Kasparian resolution but lack a publicly declared candidate

HACKENSACK - Although the Englewood Democratic Municipal Committee last night passed a resolution opposing the candidacy of Paramus-based developer Michael Kasparian for chairman of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO), it remains unlikely Kasparian’s opponents will be able to unseat him at a special party convention at 4:30 p.m.

Indeed, it’s a question mark at this point whether they’ll even try.

“I’m not going to put my name in, I’m not running,” said local labor leader Richard “Buzzy” Dressel, who had originally hoped to be the anti-Kasparian candidate in the name of striking a blow against  Kasparian ally and outgoing BCDO Chairman Joe Ferriero.

Ferriero’s leaving to fight federal corruption charges, and Dressel’s convinced he’s rigged the game at this afternoon’s convention, so why participate.

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Ex-Glen Ridge mayor says he'll challenge Corzine in Democratic primary

Ex-Glen Ridge mayor says he'll challenge Corzine in Democratic primary
Former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson says he'll announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor within the next two weeks.

Former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson says he wants to challenge Gov. Jon Corzine and expects to enter the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor within the next few weeks. 

"The Corzine Administration has been a complete failure at every level, and if Democrats don't stand up now and demand better leadership, we're dooming the state to either a Republican Governor in 2010, or four more years of Jon Corzine's incompetence," Bergmanson told

Bergmanson was elected to the Glen Ridge Council as an Independent in 1990.  He gave up his seat to run unsuccessfully for Mayor in 1999, but returned and won election as Mayor in 2003.  He didn't run again in 2007, but instead discussed a possible campaign to recall Corzine.  He launched his exploratory committee on January 12 and says "the reception thus far has been completely positive."

"Barring some unforeseen circumstance, I will be announcing my candidacy for the Democratic Nomination for Governor within the next two weeks," Bergmanson said.

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Kuhl says all but three seats filled in Hunterdon

Kuhl says all but three seats filled in Hunterdon
Hunterdon County GOP Chairman Henry Kuhl

There’s back-chatter in the 23rd District that Hunterdon County Chairman Henry Kuhl doesn’t have all of the county’s 212 county committee seats filled in what most insiders predict will be a photo finish election between  Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.) for the vacant state Senate seat.

But Kuhl, who supports home-county candidate Karrow over the Warren-based Doherty, says there are only three vacancies in all of Hunterdon County – a point of pride for the chairman.

“Our seats are harder to fill because we have arguably the purest county committee system in the state,” said Kuhl. “Our seats are harder to fill, but we have only three vacancies.”

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Giblin's nephew arrested by feds

Giblin's nephew arrested by feds
Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-Montclair)

Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) said anytime the feds come with charges, they obviously have to be taken seriously but that his nephew, Dennis J. Giblin, is entitled to his day in court. 

Administrator of an education fund for Local 68 of the International Union of Operating Engineers based in West Caldwell, Dennis Giblin, 36, was arrested this morning on a criminal complaint charging him with receiving kickbacks and embezzling from the education fund, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. 

He’s out on $25,000 bail after appearing before Magistrate Judge Mark Falk.

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Doherty rolls out support from Spadea

Doherty rolls out support from Spadea
Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.)

The telephone war between Assemblyman Michael Doherty (D-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.) went into high gear today, with the Karrow forces securing an endorsement from Hunterdon County Freeholder Ron Sworen and Doherty going outside the box to land the backing of Republican activist Bill Spadea, president of the grassroots GOP outfit, Building the New Majority. 

A veteran of the Marine Corps, Spadea proudly endorsed Doherty for the vacant senate seat in the 23rd Legislative District. 

“Mike is a great role model for the residents of New Jersey,” said Spadea. “A West Point graduate and military veteran, Mike and his wife, Linda, have passed on their patriotism and love of country to their three sons, all of whom are now serving on active duty in the military. 2009 is a critical year in New Jersey. We have a great opportunity to defeat Jon Corzine and a new Republican governor will need strong, articulate, free market advocates like Mike Doherty in the state senate to rein in government and restore fiscal responsibility to Trenton. He has my whole-hearted support.”

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Sires named DCCC vice chairman

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) was named Third Vice Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) today.  Sires will serve as Vice Chair for Member Participation and Outreach and will focus on a plan to use Democratic Congressmen as surrogates in targeted districts and outreach to interest groups.

Going into the 2010 midterm elections, there are 83 Democrats holding Republicans districts and six Republicans in Democratic districts.

 "Congressman Sires is a strategic thinker who has the respect and relationships within our Caucus and with our allies to encourage the active political participation of our Members throughout the cycle," said U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD), the DCCC Chairman.

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The Back Room

Dems stumble over one another on guv trail as newly mic'd up Murphy joins the fray

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) regaled the crowd tonight gathered for a Middlesex County Democratic Committee fundraiser organized by Chairman Kevin McCabe.

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NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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