For much of the year, it appeared that New Jersey was a two-party state -- the problem for the Republicans is that they weren't one of the two parties. But suddenly, just after Labor Day, it looks like the NJ GOP hibernation may have ended. Between reports that Governor Jon "Hold Me Accountble" Corzine gave a $15,000 cash gift to the brother-in-law of his former girlfriend, CWA President Carla Katz, and the arrests of eleven public officials (all but one were Democrats) that included two Democratic Assemblymen, the Republicans had a good week. And now, Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson, Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, have been on fire .Read More >
Deputy Speaker Alfred Steele is expected to resign his seat in the New Jersey State Assembly on Monday, four days after FBI agents arrested him on bribery charges. Another Assemblyman Mims Hackett, indicated his intent to resign late Friday night.
Steele has stepped down as Passaic County Undersheriff, and Sheriff Gerald Speziale has not said if he would fire him.Read More >
Assemblyman Mims Hackett says he will resign his seat in the New Jersey State Assembly and will withdraw his bid for re-election to a fourth term. His announcement comes two days after his arrest in bribery charges, and one day after state Democratic leaders asked him to step down.
He will remain as the Mayor of Orange.
Members of the Essex County Democratic Committee from the 27th district will meet to hold two contests: a special election convention to fill the remaining four months of Hackett's current Assembly term, and to nominate a new candidate to run in the November general election. While they could pick separate candidates in each race, Democrats are expected to give their candidate the advantage of incumbency.Read More >
Barack Obama didn’t show up to the Democratic State Committee’s Annual Conference, but Rep. Steve Rothman was there to advocate for him.
Rothman, a Northeast Regional Co-chair for the Obama campaign, used his speech at the convention dinner to passionately stump for his candidate, taking a swipe at Hillary Clinton that drew a mixed reaction from the audience. After conveying Obama’s best wishes to the attendees, Rothman sought to counter the notion that the candidate was not experienced enough to be president.Read More >
Perception of corruption’s so rampant, political scientists say it’s unlikely yesterday’s fiasco will substantially impact Election Day.
Every time U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie puts on the cape and lands on the steps of a federal building in either Trenton or Newark, inevitably there are those who want to try to drive over a mud puddle and spatter the fearless crusader.
What Christie has had to stare down in particular over the past year is the criticism that under the guise of Captain Americanism he’s little more than a lowly spear carrier for the Bush administration, serving a subpoena to Democrat Robert Menendez in 2006, and in ‘07 going after urban and mostly African-American lawmakers who represent poor Democratic districts.Read More >
State Sen. Gerald Cardinale wants the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold up on the confirmation of Matthew Boxer as State Comptroller until a Special Prosecutor is named to review Rocco Riccio's acceptance of a $15,000 cash gift from Gov. Jon Corzine. Riccio is the brother-in-law of Corzine's ex-girlfriend, CWA President Carla Katz.Read More >
Four more Democratic County Chairs today endorsed Hillary Clinton for President: Charlotte DeFilippo of Union, Sheriff Joseph Spiczuzzo of Middlesex, James Pickering of Cape May and Louis Magazzu of Cumberland. Clinton was in New Jersey today, speaking to the annual Democratic State Committee conference in Atlantic City.Read More >
ATLANTIC CITY – The Democratic Party’s presumptive gubernatorial nominee officially tapped Jason O’Donnell as chairman of the state party.Read More >
Morning News Digest: Friday, May 17, 2013 By Matthew Arco Smith intends to fight for HCDO seat as Bernie Kenny's name re-emerges in Fulop era Mayor Jerry Healy’s loss Tuesday night inevitably triggered intra-party discussions about consequences to the Hudson County...
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By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with... Read More >
“You represent the grit and tenacity that make Jersey City special. Thank you for believing in this great American experiment called democracy.” - Jersey City Mayor-elect Steve Fulop, to supporters at his victory party last night.- PolitickerNJ.com
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