Formerly the McCain campaign's field coordinator for Hillsborough County in New Hampshire, Joe Coletti has moved up and now serves as deputy regional campaign manager for Ohio and Pennsylvania.
A staffer for state Sen. Thomas Kean's (R-Union) unsuccessful 2006 U.S. Senate campaign, New Jersey native Coletti made the transition soon after to the presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.Read More >
TRENTON - The general election race to succeed U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3) has opened up in earnest now, with GOP Medford Mayor Chris Myers charging his Democratic opponent, state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) with being part of the Trenton spending beast, and Adler arguing that Myers has been hapless at the local level.
In the face of a letter from Myers urging him to vote "no" on the state budget this evening, Adler defended the $32.9 billion document, and seized the opportunity to criticize Myers for what he sees as the Medford mayor’s failure to harness local spending.
Myers fired first in the letter he mailed to the state senator last week, in advance of the full Senate’s consideration of the budget. He specifically targeted the budget’s spending cuts for small-sized towns.Read More >
TRENTON - With a majority arguing that the state pension system needs to get on better financial footing, the Senate tonight passed a package of state worker pension reforms by a vote of 30-8.
Sen. Stephen Sweeney of South Jersey introduced the controversial proposal in what he described as a bipartisan vein.
"I make my living as a union leader," Sweeney told the Senate chamber. "You can go out of business if you don't manage your funds properly. These are modest not major reforms."Read More >
The 1988 political landscape in Bergen County bears little resemblance to today's.
Former President George H.W. Bush carried the county against Michael Dukakis. Bill McDowell, a Republican, was the county executive, having been elected to the newly created office of two years earlier. Republicans controlled the freeholder board 7-0, and Republican Assemblywoman Kathleen Donovan had just been elected to her first five-year term as county clerk.
Times have changed, to say the least. Democrats have a popular incumbent county executive and hold all the freeholder seats. Only Donovan has managed to stay on top of the rising Democratic tide, and stands today as the only Republican county-wide officeholder in a place where the GOP has become the perennial minority party.
After 20 years in office, Donovan is the sole obstacle to County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero's quest for complete county-wide domination - even if she holds an unglamorous office, where the primary responsibilities are overseeing election ballots, issuing passports and recording deeds and mortgages.Read More >
With all the picketing, legal saber-rattling, TV and radio ads, and political arm-twisting over the proposed pension changes, how's the average Jersey Joe and Jane supposed to stay in the know?
This is "inside baseball" at its best. So it's important the daily newspapers distill the facts for readers.
Credit The Record for its Sunday series which went a long way towards reminding us how the State got into this hole -- while sorting out what's now at the heart of the current pension reform controversy.Read More >
Gov. Jon Corzine does not yet have a defined role in the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama, according to the State Democratic Committee Chair Joseph Cryan (D-Union).
But in the last week, Corzine has revved up his advocacy for the presumptive Democratic nominee: likening Obama to the late Bobby Kennedy in a pump-up-the-troops speech in Newark, cheering on a statement of support for Union workers in Atlantic City, and presiding over an Obama campaign conference call Sunday, toting his presidential candidate’s plan to limit oil market speculation.Read More >
TRENTON - The vote on the budget today is expected to go along party lines in the Assembly, which means Democrats have the numbers to pass a $32.9 billion document over the objections of a Republican minority.
For at least one key legislator on the Senate side, however, his "aye" vote for the budget hinges on whether the governing body approves $3.9 in borrowing for schools construction in mostly poor school districts.Read More >
The State Senate is expected to consider a bill today that repeals the designation of Route 23 as Robert A. Roe Highway – pulling back their tribute to former Congressman Robert Roe after a family injured in an accident when Roe was driving drunk complained. The bill passed in the Assembly 76-2; among the supporters of removing Roe’s name was Assemblyman Scott Rumana, the Mayor of Wayne and a longtime Roe ally.Read More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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