NJN Foundation ratifies Manahan choice

The fundraising wing of the New Jersey Network voiced its support today for former anchor Kent Manahan’s appointment as Acting Executive Director.

Manahan was appointed to the position last week by The New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority to fill in for Elizabeth G. Christopherson, who officially stepped down on December 1.

As Executive Director, Manahan will also serve as president of the NJN Foundation, which raises funds for the network.

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Marian Pallone, mother of Congressman, dies

Marian Pallone, the mother of U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, passed away on Wednesday.  A lifelong resident of Long Branch, she was a long time Monmouth County Democratic Committeewoman and an active member of the Long Branch Democratic Party. 

She played a role in the campaigns of her son for Long Branch Councilman, State Senator, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Calabrese will try again for freeholder

Calabrese will try again for freeholder
Former and future freeholder candidate Chris Calabrese Credit: votecalabrese.com

After a relatively narrow defeat this year, former Bergen County Republican freeholder candidate Chris Calabrese plans to run again next year.

“I will be running next year,” said Calabrese, 33. “I’ve taken a little time in the last month or so just to collect my thoughts for the next election.”

Calabrese, who lives in Upper Saddle River and owns a real estate business in Rutherford, was the top Republican vote getter in an election year when the GOP capitalized on Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero’s legal troubles to come closer to winning a seat on the all-Democratic board than in the last several election cycles. Despite having Barack Obama at the top of the ticket, Calabrese only came 8,423 votes short of incumbent Democrat David Ganz – a difference of about two percentage points.

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Karrow trumpets Hunterdon support

Karrow trumpets Hunterdon support

Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington) flexed her Hunterdon County political muscle today, touting the endorsements of 14 of the county’s Republican mayors for her state senate candidacy.

"I am both humbled and encouraged that the elected officials that know me best, the ones that I work with on a day to day basis, support my decision to seek the Senate seat,” she said in a statement.

Union Township Mayor Frank Mazza called Karrow a “principled conservative” and a “force to be reckoned with.”  Hampton Maor Rob Walton praised Karrow’s full-time commitment to the job, saying that “there is no question in my mind that Assemblywoman Karrow is the best choice to succeed Leonard Lance in the Senate.”

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Panel finds that civil unions are not equal to marriage

The state’s Civil Union Review Commission today called on the state government to enact same-sex marriage after finding that civil unions do not result in equal treatment.

“After eighteen public meetings, 26 hours of oral testimony and hundreds of pages of written submission from more than 150 witnesses, this Commission finds that the separate categorization established by the Civil Union Act invites and encourages unequal treatment of same-sex couples and their children,” read the first paragraph of its report.

The committee, which includes several public officials and seven members appointed by the Governor, Senate President and Assembly Speaker, recommended that same-sex marriage be enacted "expeditiously because any delay in marriage equality will harm all the people of New Jersey." Members included Annlynne Benson, director of Gloucester County Right-to-Life, and Garden State Equality Chairman Steven Goldstein.


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Bucco blooms: lawyer son of state senator promises to cut taxes and waste

Bucco blooms: lawyer son of state senator promises to cut taxes and waste
District 25 Assembly candidate Tony Bucco, Jr., right, and his father, state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris).

BOONTON – In an Elks Club room jammed with elected officials wearing goodwill game faces for their high country candidate, municipal attorney Tony Bucco, Jr. of Boonton Township this evening formally kicked off his run for an Assembly seat in the 25th Legislative District.

Calling his foray into politics an “obvious next step,” the 46-year old son of state Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) highlighted his work and public service record, including 28 years on the Boonton Volunteer Fire Department, where he has risen to the rank of captain.

“I want to continue to serve my neighbors,” said Bucco, surrounded by his wife and family at a podium heaped with canned and boxed goods he collected from friends and supporters to distribute to local food pantries during the holiday season.

“New Jersey has been living beyond its means for too long and we’re now $31 billion in debt,” Bucco told the crowd. “We have the worst business tax climate in the country. Gov. Corzine and the Democratic administration have failed all of us by simply being reactive to the fiscal crisis.”

He vowed to fight for Morris County values and conservative Republican principles, to cut taxes, eliminate waste, protect private property rights, support alternative energy and green technology and protect the unborn and 2nd Amendment rights.

He criticized a state schools funding formula that does not serve children, in his view, while saddling seniors and families with egregious property taxes.

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Manzo embarks on his fifth mayoral bid

Manzo embarks on his fifth mayoral bid
Former Assemblyman Lou Manzo Credit: PolitickerNJ.com

Lou Manzo stepped on familiar ground today by announcing his candidacy for Jersey City mayor.

Manzo, 53, has done this four times before, starting in the wake of former Mayor Gerry McCann’s indictment on fraud charges in 1992 -- a crowded and brutal race that included his brother, which forced Manzo to air a cable advertisement of his mother calling him “the real Manzo.” He expects to hear references to his four previous losses repeated by his opponents throughout the campaign – especially by Mayor Jerramiah Healy.

Manzo said he doesn’t mind hearing about that. In fact, he believes it testifies to his dogged persistence as a public servant, even when he does not hold a public office. In other words, nobody can call Manzo a quitter.

“Those are the naysayers and those are the spinners. Those are the sound bytes they’ve been handed by the political architects of Healy’s organization,” he said. “Those are the same naysayers that can join the long list of people who criticized Lincoln, Edison and others who understand that you’re never beaten until you quit.”

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The Back Room

Poll: Romney crushing Christie among Iowa Republican voters

A USA Today Suffolk Poll of 2016 GOP presidential prospects shows 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney crushing Gov. Chris Christie among Iowa Republican voters.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 28th

Chris Christie's Jekyll & Hyde complex We all know the story: An amiable, even-keeled doctor, in an effort to separate the good from his darker impulses, concocts and consumes a secret potion that, momentarily, induces a metamorphosis of physical and mental being and turns him into a monstrous and...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >


(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

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