Doherty seeks Lance's state Senate seat

Now that State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) is headed to Congress, his district-mate, Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Township) plans to seek his seat.

Doherty is filing his paperwork with the Election Law Enforcement Commission today.

“I am announcing today that I am running for the state Senate seat, and I’m going to be spending today getting out my announcements and contacting the chairmen of the two counties, other elected officials and others involved in political circles,” Doherty told this morning.

Doherty’s heavily Republican district spans mostly rural Hunterdon and Warren Counties. The two Republican county committees must meet within 35 days of Lance's resignation to choose a replacement. Since there are more than two years remaining in Lance’s term, whoever the committees select to fill the seat will have to win a primary contest in June of next year and a special general election in November.

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Report: Corzine being vetted for Treasury Secretary

President-elect Barack Obama's staff is actively vetting Gov. Jon Corzine as a potential pick for Secretary of the Treasury, The Star-Ledger's Josh Margolin reports.

Asked yesterday by about the prospect, Corzine said "I like my job," but would not commit unequivocally to turning down a potential offer. 

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Clerk's Office shows Lucianin edging LaBoy in council race

Clerk's Office shows Lucianin edging LaBoy in council race
Kenneth Lucianin

PASSAIC – In the race for former Councilman Marcellus Jackson’s vacated seat, the Passaic County Clerk’s Office has designated Kenneth Lucianan a close winner over Angel LaBoy, 2769 to 2707 votes.

Although a challenge is likely, a win by Lucianan would mean that both candidates endorsed by Acting Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) emerged victorious Tuesday night.

The other is Mayor-Elect Alex Blanco.

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Results in local Monmouth races show GOP strength

In the Matawan Borough Council race, Republican Thomas Fitzsimmons and his running mate, Joseph Urbano, defeated their Democratic Party rivals. Fitzsimmons ran state Sen. Jennifer Beck's (R-Monmouth) victorious 2007 campaign over Ellen Karcher and remains a Republican Party Trenton insider and Beck confidante.

In Middletown, Republican Deputy Mayor Pam Brightbill and her running mate, Tony Fiore, defeated their Democratic Party rivals to maintain a Republican majority on the Township Committee.

In Wall Township, a ginned up McCain-Palin effort overseen by state Sen. Sean Kean (R-Monmouth) may have contributed to the loss of Democratic Mayor John Devlin. Republicans George Newberry and Ann Marie Conte defeated Devlin and his Democratic running mate Joseph Tonzola to strengthen GOP cntrol of the Towship Committee.  

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Monmouth doesn't go for Obama - or Lautenberg

In battleground Monmouth County, where Democrats hoped to dropkick Republicans from the top down, it didn’t happen.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) defeated Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) here by 51.26 percent to 47.39 percent, or 159,461 to 147,424 votes. While losing statewide, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer defeated U.S.  Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) in Monmouth by a 51.95 percent 45.59 percent.

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Burry retains freeholder seat, while Mallet still battling Curley for control of second seat

Burry retains freeholder seat, while Mallet still battling Curley for control of second seat
Freeholder Director Lillian Burry

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry won comfortably tonight, but the second seat remains up for grabs with provisional ballots left to be counted, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office.

Burry won with 136,875 votes.  As it stands now, Democrat Amy Mallet leads Republican John Curley by 18 votes, or 135,688 to 135,670.

Mallet’s running mate, Glenn Mason, lost with 127,699 votes.

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Blanco wins Passaic mayor's contest

Blanco wins Passaic mayor's contest

PASSAIC - Physician Alex Blanco won the mayor's contest here tonight, defeating runner-up Vincent Capuana by 400 votes.

Blanco won with 3,872 or 28.01 percent of the vote.

Capuana received 3,465 votes, Jose Sandoval received 2,741 votes, Jose Garcia received 2,626 and Carl Ellen received 1,052 votes.


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The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

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The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >


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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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