Newly elected Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin called for peace on the internet today.
In a press release, Yudin implored both his own supporters and those of his opponent, former Chairman Rob Ortiz, to declare a “cease fire” in the “internet war” that’s erupted between them.
“I ask that those with the time and the energy to engage in trading Internet insults, please find a new, more productive focus for their energies,” said Yudin, who felt that the internet bickering was another manifestation of the infighting that’s plagued the troubled party that he just took over.Read More >
State Sen. Kevin O'Toole (R-Essex) on Wednesday stepped out in front of the back-static regarding a pairing of U.S. Attorney Chris Christie with state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) for GOP governor/lt. governor in 2009.
"I think it's a dream ticket," said O'Toole. "If Chris Christie decides to run, I expect Jen Beck to be considered in what would be an ideal combination of law enforcement, ethics and government transparency."
O'Toole recalled as "gutsy" Beck's drubbing out of of office of state Sen. Ellen Karcher last year.Read More >
PRINCETON - Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Mercer) had a simple reply today when asked about a running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, whom she supported in New Jersey’s Feb. 5th primary and later stumped for in Philadelphia.
"Someone from a red state," said the Senate’s president pro tempore at her 16th annual family picnic at the Princeton Country Club.
"And I’d put Virginia at the top of the list," she added.Read More >
PRINCETON - Gov. Jon Corzine's Tuesday night shout-out to 4th Congressional District candidate Josh Zetiz was the governor's second public hurrah in as many weeks for the underdog Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4).
Corzine spearheaded a Zeitz fund-raising event at a Trenton restaurant last week, and plugged the professor's candidacy at his governor's gala for the State Democratic Committee last night.
Zeitz's allies in Mercer County took notice.Read More >
Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore told fellow Republicans this evening that he would not seek another term as chair of the Republican county chairmen.
The powerful Republican Party leader has served in that capacity for eight years.
Gilmore sent a letter to his fellow party chairmen of the 21 counties indicating his intentions in advance of a meeting the GOP leaders anticipate having before the end of the month, sources say.
It has been a tough year for Gilmore at the national, and local levels.
He was the lead Jersey organizer for the Rudy Giuliani presidential campaign, and took that loss after personally campaigning for Giuliani in the lead-up to the Florida primary.Read More >
Amy Mallet has not had much time to rest.
Last year, she ran for Assembly in what was perhaps the most hotly contested - and most expensive - election district in the state. Her entire ticket, which was made up of two incumbents, went down, largely attributed to a controversial farmland assessment tax break used by state Sen. Ellen Karcher.
But shortly after that loss, Mallet was again tapped by Democrats, the perennial minority party in Monmouth County, to work towards winning a majority on the freeholder board for the first time in recent memory. She's running with Hazlet Board of Education President Glen Mason against incumbent Republican Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and Republican Red Bank Councilman John Curley, a former Democrat and outsider to machine politics who beat out the Republican establishment's choice to win the party's nomination.
"After I put so much into it last year, I was thinking about how the issues have not gone away," said Mallet, who owns a promotional marketing company. "They're still out there in terms of government spending, and really the cost of living here and the fact that folks don't have a lot of faith in their elected officials."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 >
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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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