State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville) says that Republicans find themselves with "no message, no money and no direction" going into the 2009 gubernatorial election.
After reading newspaper accounts of New Jersey Republican leaders downplaying the seriousness of John McCain’s loss in New Jersey, the loss of a Congressional seat and the loss of Senate candidate Dick Zimmer to “an octogenarian who barely put up a fight,” Pennacchio says he had to take exception with a public statement.
“If our party publicly expressed satisfaction with New Jersey and National Republican results in Tuesday’s election, all they were doing was reinforcing rank and file Republican cynicism for our party’s leadership,” he said. “Once again Republicans find themselves with no message, no money and no direction going into next year’s gubernatorial election. To say our Republicans 'Ship of State' was run aground by our captain, would imply that it had a direction. That simply was not so.”Read More >
PASSAIC – Results of the City Council election remain stalled here as rivals, Vice Principal Angel LaBoy, and former School Board member, Kenneth Lucianin, hang in the balance.
Right now, Lucianin leads LaBoy by 102 votes, with provisional ballots yet to be officially inventoried and forwarded to the Board of Elections office. In the City Clerk’s unofficial tally, Lucianin received 2,895 votes to 2,793 for LaBoy.
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FREEHOLD - A Deputy Attorney General is in the Monmouth County Clerk's Office observing as Superintendent of Elections workers at 5 p.m. again began tallying provisional ballots.
Democratic Party representive Michael Mangan and Republican Party representative Rosanne Scotti also stand in the room with the attorney general's office representive and the elections workers.
"All of the material they inventory will go to the Board of Elections where two Republicans and two Democrats will count all of the provisional ballots," said County Clerk Claire French.
The process could take up to two weeks, according to French.Read More >
FREEHOLD – A squat drab building on the side of a highway could describe a lot of places in New Jersey, but this one warrants a double take because a state trooper stands out front, and operatives come and go, frantically talking on their cellphones in the rain.
It’s two days after Election Day, but there remains a political war going on in Monmouth and here at the Clerk’s Office on Halls-Mill Road represents ground zero.
In a fight to secure a second seat on the Freeholder Board, Democratic candidate Amy Mallet leads Republican candidate John Curley by 18 votes, 135,688 to 135,670 as representatives from both parties jockey in the background for position in case a legal challenge goes down.Read More >
NEWARK – Surrounded by a core of South Ward supporters, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) watched the results come in last night and celebrated as he watched Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) win.
“I was very pleased with the victory and I’m also pleased that some of the concerns I had have been calmed a bit,” he said.
At the Democratic National Convention in August, Payne felt confident about Obama’s chances, and predicted the only potential barrier to an Obama victory would be race.
The Wall Street meltdown removed that as an issue, in the congressman’s view.Read More >
PASSAIC – Yesterday’s mayoral victory by physician Alex Blanco in a 62 percent turnout election depended heavily on the endorsement of Acting Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic).
The city is split in half, with the 3rd and 2nd wards on the south side of town and 4th and 1st wards to the north.
In the heart of Schaer’s Orthodox Jewish community, Ward 3 totals show that Blanco earned 1,965 of his 3,859 total votes, according to the Passaic City Clerk’s Office.
That’s where nearly a third of the city’s total 25,543 registered voters are concentrated.Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie today said the discussions he's having with Speaker Vinny Prieto (D-32) ahead of Monday's vote on bail reform are going swimmingly.Read More >
Christie makes his pitch on bail reform TRENTON -In a win-win moment for Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks tough guy points ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, both houses of the legislature packed into the assembly chamber and listened as Christie pleaded for a constitutional amendment on...
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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 >
"Potentially, we can get this done, because it's important. We get it. We understand it. But there are issues. There's the speedy trial component. How are we going to pay for this? How is the risk-assessment piece of it going to be done?" - Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32), on bail reform.- The Asbury Park Press
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