Wesley K. Bell, one of New Jersey's most colorful political figures during more than thirty years in politics, died last night after falling from a billboard he owned in Atlantic County. Bell, who was an Independent candidate for Governor in 2005 and sought the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 1978, served several non-consecutive terms as Mayor of Stafford between 1972 and 1983. He was recalled in 1983 and lost numerous comeback bids to his successor, Carl Block. READ BELL'S OBITUARY.Read More >
Mercer County Republicans voted to postpone the endorsement of a U.S. Senate candidate tonight and will wait and see if biotech millionaire John Crowley decides to enter the race.
“We have two new candidates, one from Mercer County,” said Mercer County GOP Chairman Roy Wesley. “So it’s almost like we have one of our own who we need to give some consideration to.”
Crowley, 39, was a Bristol-Myers Squibb executive eleven years ago when he found out his 15-month-old daughter and four-month-old son had a rare and fatal neuromuscular disease. He wound up leaving to head up a series of biotech firms and has raised a reported $200 million for research of genetic diseases. Harrison Ford is expected to play Crowley in a film about his life.
In an informal vote, taken by a show of hands, Mercer Republicans overwhelmingly supported deferring a formal endorsement in the Senate race, and authorized the party’s executive committee to award the organization line sometime before the April 7 filing deadline.
State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio and Ramapo College Professor Murray Sabrin attended the convention. A third candidate, millionaire businessman Andy Unanue, is vacationing in Vail.Read More >
PORT MONMOUTH - The Monmouth County Republican Committee nominated Bergen County businessman Andy Unanue for U.S. Senate at their convention tonight at the VFW building.
A late entry to the race who was introduced to members of the party's screening committee via conference call last night, Unanue beat rivals state Sen. Joe Pennacchio and economics Prof. Murray Sabrin by a vote of 146, 83 and 33 respectively.Read More >
PORT MONMOUTH - The Monmouth County Republican Committee tonight nominated Red Bank Councilman John Curley to run for freeholder on a ticket with Freeholder Director Lillian Burry.
Curley beat Holmdel Mayor Serena DiMaso in the VFW building here by a vote of 168 to 103, according to County Clerk Claire French.
"We both worked exceptionally hard," Curley said of himself and DiMaso. "I know she's going to continue to work hard to elect the two of us (Curley and Burry) in November."
DiMaso promised as much.Read More >
HAMILTON -- Princeton businessman John Crowley is poised to enter the U.S. Senate race, according to Mercer County Republican Chairman Roy Wesley.
“Crowley has indicated, at least to me, that he’s interested in becoming a candidate for U.S. Senate,” said Wesley.
The Mercer County Republicans were set to endorse a U.S. Senate candidate at a convention tonight at 7:30, but the entrance of a Mercer native has led to a motion on the floor to defer the endorsement to the Executive Committee.Read More >
Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson says his attorney has contacted Yahoo! to trace the origin of a political prankster who has impersonated Wilson in e-mails to GOP leaders and initiated discussions on Andy Unanue's candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Three GOP County Chairmen responded to the fake e-mail, which was then forwarded to PolitickerNJ.com by the purported author, who says "as a college student, I originally set up this email as a gag thinking no one would really think this was coming from the State Chairman - as you can see, I was wrong. To be clear, I was very upset about the Chairmen pushing this guy Andy into the race, since I like both Senator Pennacchio and Dr. Sabrin." Copies of the e-mail were also sent to the Pennacchio and Sabrin campaigns.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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