Richardson to campaign for Obama in Newark

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is scheduled to campaign for Barack Obama in Newark's North Ward on Saturday, Sept. 6th, according to Essex County insider, former State Democratic Party Chairman Ray Durkin.

Durkin is a personal friend of Richardson's and signed up as an early backer in last year's Democratic Primary.

North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato and his team are organizing the Richardson event, aimed at energizing Latino voters for the Democratic ticket on Nov. 4th.

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State workers contract spawns vigorous prez challenge at Local 1040

President of CWA Local 1040, Carolyn Wade has not received a serious challenge in close to 18 years. But in the wake of what he describes as meager contract negotiation results in March of 2007, Tom Bruno says he’s a legitimate contender to head a local filled with disaffected members who are genuinely steamed.

"When people have challenged her in the past, their nomination forms have been thrown out," says Bruno. "That won’t happen with me. Other people running against her did the bare minimum. I never do anything at a minimum. I go all the way."

A former CWA Local 1040 staffer and Wade’s political point person, Bruno left the local’s inner sanctum two and a half years ago on Wade’s orders. Now he serves as lead supervisor in the Hunterdon Development Center, where he leads a 450-man strong branch of the local, whose numbers of state workers equal 7,200.

According to Bruno, the Trenton local has gotten kicked around in Trenton, and not because a relationship between Gov. Jon Corzine and former CWA Local 1034 president Carla Katz stoked a carnival-like aftermath of press coverage, or even because Sen. Stephen Sweeney’s (D-Gloucester) has repeatedly undertaken efforts to weaken state workers’ benefits packages. He’s a buildings and trades union man. Disappointing, in Bruno’s eyes. But not shocking.

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Democrats won't banish Ferreiro from Denver convention

Democrats won't banish Ferreiro from Denver convention

The day after FBI agents seized eight boxes of documents from the law office of Jospeh Ferriero, State Party Chairman Joseph Cryan said he does not plan to ask the Bergen County Democratic chairman to sit out the national convention, which starts next week.

Cryan’s answer to the question about Ferriero was straightforward.

"No," he said. "I’m not going to ask him to stay home."

The Bergen Record reported yesterday that agents stormed the offices of both Ferriero and Bergen County Democratic Organization attorney Dennis Oury.

Tricia Mueller, state director of the Obama campaign, would not comment on Ferriero’s troubles, saying only, "We’re completely deferring to the Democratic Committee."

In recent months, Democrats in general have questioned the timing and political motivations of U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, a likely Republican gubernatorial candidate.

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Obama to bond with Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi at a concert for John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004: Getty Images PhotoJon Bon Jovi at a concert for John Kerry's presidential campaign in 2004: Getty Images Photo
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is scheduled to be in New Jersey on Sept. 5th for two private, big dollar fundraisers.

First he will hit a home in Middletown for a $2,300-a-head event.

Then he will head to the house of rock superstar Bon Jovi later the same evening for a $28,000-a-ticket Democratic National Committee event.

He is expected to raise $4-5 million total from both events, according to Democratic Party sources.

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Ferriero law firm says FBI search was unrelated to firm business

Ferriero law firm says FBI search was unrelated to firm business

The law firm where Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero is a partner issued a statement today saying that the FBI search warrant was for Ferriero’s personal files and unrelated to his position at Scarinci & Hollenbeck.

"Today representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrived in order to execute a search warrant seeking to search the private office of Joseph Ferriero for records relating to Mr. Ferriero as an individual and not related to his position at Scarinci Hollenbeck," said Lawrence H. Kraft of Scarinci & Hollenbeck. "The search warrant did not seek any records concerning Scarinci Hollenbeck, its business or its clients. Our office fully cooperated with the officers executing the warrant. We are satisfied that the focus of the investigation does not involve Scarinci Hollenbeck or any services Mr. Ferriero may have performed on behalf of Scarinci Hollenbeck."

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Lonegan seeks friends among GOP establishment

Conservative Steve Lonegan is expected to seek the GOP nomination for Governor in 2009.Conservative Steve Lonegan is expected to seek the GOP nomination for Governor in 2009.
For years, conservative activist Steve Lonegan has been seen by the state's moderate, mainstream Republicans more as a thorn in the side than a boon to their party.

But after leaving office as the mayor of Bogota, the ever-controversial Lonegan has - at least on the surface - made nice with some of the party's more high profile members as he's dramatically increased his statewide profile.

Take the convention run shortly before the U.S. Senate primaries at the Trenton Marriot, where Americans for Prosperity - the anti-tax group whose New Jersey chapter Lonegan heads up - brought out a couple national Republican luminaries and a few New Jersey Republicans who typically aren't seen with Lonegan.

Once you got past the 3,000 pound fiberglass pig perched atop a trailer parked outside the hotel, you could meet not only some of the of the Republicans' most conservative legislators -- like Assembly members Michael Patrick Carroll, Richard Merkt, Allison Littell-McHose and State Sen. Gerald Cardinale. But also present were members of the new crop of Republican leadership like Tom Kean, Jr., Kevin O'Toole and Joe Kyrillos.

The convention came about six months after the November surprise defeat of two ballot initiatives that Lonegan fought hard against, including one to borrow money for stem-cell research. Political observers differ on how much credit Lonegan gets for the measures' defeat, but he was most vocal opponent, and became the face of the effort.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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Paterson can flourish with a second chance

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop



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