Ex-Glen Ridge mayor says he'll challenge Corzine in Democratic primary

Ex-Glen Ridge mayor says he'll challenge Corzine in Democratic primary
Former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson says he'll announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Governor within the next two weeks.

Former Glen Ridge Mayor Carl Bergmanson says he wants to challenge Gov. Jon Corzine and expects to enter the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor within the next few weeks. 

"The Corzine Administration has been a complete failure at every level, and if Democrats don't stand up now and demand better leadership, we're dooming the state to either a Republican Governor in 2010, or four more years of Jon Corzine's incompetence," Bergmanson told PolitickerNJ.com

Bergmanson was elected to the Glen Ridge Council as an Independent in 1990.  He gave up his seat to run unsuccessfully for Mayor in 1999, but returned and won election as Mayor in 2003.  He didn't run again in 2007, but instead discussed a possible campaign to recall Corzine.  He launched his exploratory committee on January 12 and says "the reception thus far has been completely positive."

"Barring some unforeseen circumstance, I will be announcing my candidacy for the Democratic Nomination for Governor within the next two weeks," Bergmanson said.

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Kuhl says all but three seats filled in Hunterdon

Kuhl says all but three seats filled in Hunterdon
Hunterdon County GOP Chairman Henry Kuhl

There’s back-chatter in the 23rd District that Hunterdon County Chairman Henry Kuhl doesn’t have all of the county’s 212 county committee seats filled in what most insiders predict will be a photo finish election between  Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.) for the vacant state Senate seat.

But Kuhl, who supports home-county candidate Karrow over the Warren-based Doherty, says there are only three vacancies in all of Hunterdon County – a point of pride for the chairman.

“Our seats are harder to fill because we have arguably the purest county committee system in the state,” said Kuhl. “Our seats are harder to fill, but we have only three vacancies.”

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Giblin's nephew arrested by feds

Giblin's nephew arrested by feds
Assemblyman Tom Giblin (D-Montclair)

Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) said anytime the feds come with charges, they obviously have to be taken seriously but that his nephew, Dennis J. Giblin, is entitled to his day in court. 

Administrator of an education fund for Local 68 of the International Union of Operating Engineers based in West Caldwell, Dennis Giblin, 36, was arrested this morning on a criminal complaint charging him with receiving kickbacks and embezzling from the education fund, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. 

He’s out on $25,000 bail after appearing before Magistrate Judge Mark Falk.

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Doherty rolls out support from Spadea

Doherty rolls out support from Spadea
Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.)

The telephone war between Assemblyman Michael Doherty (D-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.) went into high gear today, with the Karrow forces securing an endorsement from Hunterdon County Freeholder Ron Sworen and Doherty going outside the box to land the backing of Republican activist Bill Spadea, president of the grassroots GOP outfit, Building the New Majority. 

A veteran of the Marine Corps, Spadea proudly endorsed Doherty for the vacant senate seat in the 23rd Legislative District. 

“Mike is a great role model for the residents of New Jersey,” said Spadea. “A West Point graduate and military veteran, Mike and his wife, Linda, have passed on their patriotism and love of country to their three sons, all of whom are now serving on active duty in the military. 2009 is a critical year in New Jersey. We have a great opportunity to defeat Jon Corzine and a new Republican governor will need strong, articulate, free market advocates like Mike Doherty in the state senate to rein in government and restore fiscal responsibility to Trenton. He has my whole-hearted support.”

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Sires named DCCC vice chairman

U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) was named Third Vice Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) today.  Sires will serve as Vice Chair for Member Participation and Outreach and will focus on a plan to use Democratic Congressmen as surrogates in targeted districts and outreach to interest groups.

Going into the 2010 midterm elections, there are 83 Democrats holding Republicans districts and six Republicans in Democratic districts.

 "Congressman Sires is a strategic thinker who has the respect and relationships within our Caucus and with our allies to encourage the active political participation of our Members throughout the cycle," said U.S. Rep. Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD), the DCCC Chairman.

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Christie romps in Camden GOP straw poll

Christie romps in Camden GOP straw poll
Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, with Scotch Plains Mayor Nancy Malool, at a GOP mixer earlier this month.

Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie won a “non-binding” straw poll conducted by the Camden County Republican Committee (CCRC) at last night’s county committee meeting, according to a release issued by the CCRC. 

The four Republican gubernatorial candidates appeared on the ballot and the results were overwhelmingly favorable to Christie, who received 77% to former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan’s 23%.  

Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Mendham) and Franklin Township Mayor Brian D. Levine did not receive any votes.

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Sworen backs Karrow in the 23rd District

As early as Monday, Hunterdon County Freeholder Ron Sworen said he didn’t think he would endorse a candidate in the 23rd District state Senate matchup between Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.). But today he decided to pick a candidate. 

“I’m going to be supporting Marcia Karrow for the Senate seat,” Sworen told PolitickerNJ.com. “Her local level experience is something we need desperately in the senate, and I intend to vote for her at the convention on Saturday.”

Karrow is a former Raritan mayor and committeewoman.

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