Santiago perseveres in rugged City Council race

Santiago perseveres in rugged City Council race
Lus Santiago, right,applauds his son at City Hall

PASSAIC – Senior lab tech and family man Luis Santiago figures the fact that he’s been married for 36 years and gone to work at the same company for as long, while striving always to be an honorable citizen and taxpayer, ought to count for something in the City Council election.

“I’m fed up,” says the 58-year old father of two sons and four grandchildren. “I’m paying $10,400 a year in property taxes. That’s almost a quarter of my salary. My wife and I, we’re happy. The job I’ve got? The best job I could ever have.”

But local government… well, it leaves something to be desired, in the view of the candidate.A long-shot, he’s vying with four other men to replace downed Councilman Marcellus Jackson, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges last year.

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Press endorses Lubrecht over Vicari in Ocean County

Sizing up the Ocean County Freeholders’ race, the Asbury Park Press this week endorsed long-shot Democrat Stacy Lubrecht of Brick over incumbent Freeholder Joseph Vicari, who’s served on the board since 1982.

The Board is now all-Republican and all-male in this GOP seaside stronghold. It’s a bad combination, according to the newspaper.“A Democrat hasn't been elected to the board since 1989 and the last time a woman served was in 1979,” writes the Press. “It's time to end the Republican monopoly and bring a fresh, independent voice to the crony-laden board.

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McSorley questions Larkin on sick pay

Mercer County Republican Sheriff candidate Jim McSorley has a question: if incumbent Sheriff Kevin Larkin is not allotted sick days, then why does he get reimbursed for unused ones at the end of the year.

Reacting to a quote in the Trenton Times in which the newspaper paraphrases deputy county counsel Sarah Crowley saying “constitutional officers like Larkin who are elected are in charge of setting their own hours and are not allotted any vacation or sick days.” 

The 2007 payroll records for the Sheriff’s Office show that Sheriff Larkin was paid over $2,400.00 as a buy back for five days of unused sick time.  Yet, according to Mercer County’s attorney, he is not allotted sick time,” said McSorley, who’s requested hundreds, if not thousands of page of documents relating to the sheriff’s office under McSorley’s tenure. “Just how does the Sheriff receive extra money at the end of the year for time he was not entitled to?”

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Devlin readies for high impact election in Republican-dominant Wall

Wall Township Mayor John Devlin would just as soon not have to brave the wildcard impact of a national race.

A Democrat in a Republican town – the first Democratic mayor, in fact, in town history, he says voters know him locally as a nonpartisan elected official.

Although he prefers to run in non-presidential election years, his record is 1-1.

“I won when I ran in 2000, the year Bush beat Gore,” says the mayor. “Then I lost in the 2004 election, when Bush beat Kerry. That was a large turnout election. The Republican community came out in droves."

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In Mount Holly, GOP slams door in Dems' faces

Democrats stormed Burlington County Republican headquarters in Mount Holly earlier today, demanding to know how Freeholder Director Aubrey Fenton and Freeholder Stacey Jordan are funding their campaign with one week to go before Election Day.

Evesham Deputy Mayor Chris Brown and Shamong Committeewoman Mary Anne Reinhart wonder how Fenton and Jordan can pay for a barrage of Philadelphia network television advertising when the GOP candidates reported just $44,000 in the bank in their latest ELEC report.  

“In the past several years, the Burlington County Republicans have been the only political party in the State of New Jersey to use an intricate loan scheme secured from 20 individuals to fund their campaigns and often a last minute network TV buy,” said Burlington Democratic Chairman Rick Perr.

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Will Ferriero indictment affect Shulman's bid to unseat Garrett?

Will Ferriero indictment affect Shulman's bid to unseat Garrett?

There's no question that 5th District congressional candidate Dennis Shulman is benefiting from a national environment that favors Democrats.  But in his native Bergen County, which holds about 65% of the district's voters, he's faced with what could be a less hospitable environment for his party.Last month, Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero was indicted on eight corruption counts.  So was the less-known but extremely influential general counsel of the party, Dennis Oury.  The investigation continues, with subpoenas continuing to land in towns and agencies across the county, and Republicans think they actually have a shot at picking up at least one freeholder seat on the all-Democratic board.Ferriero did endorse Shulman in the primary against attorney Camille Abate, which led to him getting the coveted organization line.  But while the Democratic brand in Bergen may be tarnished, Shulman may be lucky to not be tied too closely with it.  In fact, he said it's never been raised once to him by a constituent on the campaign trail."Not a single person I've spoken to throughout the district, when I go to the fairs or football games... have ever referred to it. My race is a national race with national issues," he said.

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Democrats target Curley in mailer

In the contentious race for two seats on the Monmouth County Freeholder Board, the Democrats have mostly trained their sights on incumbent Republican Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, but today they went after her running mate, former Red Bank Councilman John Curley.

The mailer Democrats sent to voters accuses the former Republican councilman of dereliction of duty in his post on the council, which, Democrats said, eventually sparked the rest of the governing body to fire him.

As chairman of the local finance committee, “he failed to supervise the chief financial officer, causing overspending of $400,000,” reads the flyer, which also charges  that Curley voted to increase property taxes during each of his years in office.

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