Ariyan tapped as new BCDO general counsel

Ariyan tapped as new BCDO general counsel

Michael Kasparian, the new Bergen County Democratic Chairman, today tapped former state senate candidate Joe Ariyan as the party's general counsel.

Ariyan is the fourth BCDO counsel in the last five months.  He replaces Joseph Marinello, who took over two weeks ago after Paul Kaufman was abruptly fired when indicted former chairman Joe Ferriero temporarily returned from his leave of absence before resigning.  Insiders with knowledge of the situation attributed the firing to a legal opinion Kaufman wrote paving the way for party members to vote on ousting Ferriero.

Kaufman had taken over the position from Dennis Oury, who resigned before being indicted with Ferriero on eight corruption counts.   

“I am proud that my one my first official actions as Chairman is to appoint Joe Ariyan as Legal Counsel. Joe will undoubtedly do an excellent job as Counsel to the BCDO,” said Kasparian in a statement. “In addition to being a great attorney, Joe is a loyal Democrat who has worked hard over the last several years on behalf of our party.”

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Peterson shows off Hunterdon County support

Peterson shows off Hunterdon County support

Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson today announced the endorsement of 20 elected officials from nine Hunterdon County towns for his 23rd District assembly bid.  

Among the endorsers was Hampton Borough Mayor Robert Walton, who despite Peterson’s moderate reputation called him “accessible, honest and conservative.”  

Clinton Township Mayor Kevin Cimei, who cited Peterson’s freeholder board purchase of the Windy Acres property as proof of his commitment to open space and farmland preservation.

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Jersey Journal faces April 13 closure

The Hudson County-based Jersey Journal will close on April 13 "if its revenue is not sufficient to support the papers' reduced expense plan," according to a statement made by publisher Kendrick Ross today.  Ross said the possible closure includes their weekly newspaper chain.

"We are optimistic that we will be able to come up with a plan that will save The Jersey Journal and some of our weeklies and position ourselves to grow, once the economy rebounds," Ross said.  "We will be looking at everything.  We understand how important it is for Hudson County to have a strong local newspaper and we'll be doing everything we can to make sure we can continue to provide that service."

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Quinnipiac to release Corzine vs. Christie poll tomorrow

Quinnipiac University will release a new poll Wednesday morning that looks at Gov. Jon Corzine's approval rating and tests him in a head-to-head matchup against former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie  for the 2009 gubernatorial race.  A November 19 Quinnipiac poll had Corzine's jon appoval upside-down at 43%-46%.  Corzine led Christie 42%-36%.

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DCCC on radio criticizing Lance stimulus vote

DCCC on radio criticizing Lance stimulus vote
The DCCC is on the air with a radio ad attacking U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, who has been in Congress about a month.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will begin running a radio advertisement today attacking newly-elected U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) for voting against President Obama's $89 billion economic stimulus plan.  The DCCC did not disclose how much they are spending on the Lane ads, but Democratic party sources said it was not an expensive media buy.

Lance easily held the 7th district House seat last November (51%-42%) despite substantial financial help from the DCCC for Democrat Linda Stender, a four-term Assemblywoman. 

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GOP chair slams party switching ex-legislator for new government job

Gloucester County GOP Chairman Loran Oglesby is accusing former Assemblyman Steve Altamuro traded his endorsement for a legal job at the Washington Township public library.  Altamuro, a former Councilman, switched from Republican to Democrat in 2008 to back Matt Lyons for mayor. 

"I am not shocked that Altamuro received this contract.  Steve Altamuro is an opportunist at best.  He was a Republican and when the political winds blew Altamuro's way, he abandoned the Washington Twp Republican Party who were loyal to him throughout his political career," said Oglesby.  "Steve Altamuro switched to Democrat last year knowing that if Matt Lyons becomes Mayor, then he will get a job from his good friend.  No other person was able to bid for this contract. No wonder  the Democrats get away with this in New Jersey, these deals of party flipping and then receiving political favors, needs to end." 

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Christie to embark on statewide announcement tour

Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s gubernatorial campaign today announced a multi-stop formal announcement tour throughout the state on Wednesday and Thursday.

The campaign begins with an announcement speech at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark at 10a.m. Wednesday.  From there, Christie will move on to a diner stop in Hamilton, a South Jersey announcement in Haddon Heights, and an evening diner stop in Westville.

On Thursday, Christie will be joined by Republican county leaders, in Ocean County at the Toms River Town Hall.  From there he’ll move up to Monmouth and Union Counties before finishing up at that evening the Zeris inn in Mountain Lakes, in his home county of Morris. 

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The Back Room

Armstead has to pay ELEC fine

Charged with a late filing going back to his 2011 local election, Linden Councilman Derek Armstead has to pay $1,550.80 in fines, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

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Morning Digest: October 1st

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...

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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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