Goodwin rules out a 2009 Assembly race to focus on re-election in Hamilton

Hamilton Township Councilman Tom Goodwin sent out a release today announcing he intends to seek re-election to the Hamilton Township Council in 2009, and therefore will not pursue another run for the Assembly in the 14th Legislative District. 


“It has been both flattering and humbling to have received sincere encouragement from present and former elected officials, state political leaders and so many friends and colleagues,” said Goodwin. “But four years ago we set out on a mission to improve Hamilton government and restore stability in our municipal business and that job is not yet completed. 


Goodwin ran on a Republican Assembly ticket with Jamesburg software engineer Adam Goodwin. Both men lost to the Democratic team of Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein (D-Monroe) and former Hamilton Councilman Wayne DeAngelo. At the top of the ticket, Goodwin and Bushman’s running mate, state Sen. Bill Baroni (R-Mercer) defeated former ratepayer advocate Seema Singh. 

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Edison Mayor Choi prepares to withstand united front in Democratic Party Primary

Edison Mayor Choi prepares to withstand united front in Democratic Party Primary
Edison Mayor Jun Choi outside one of his favorite haunts in his hometown.

EDISON – His town’s paved over compared to some of the more quaint rural reaches of the Garden State, but Mayor Jun Choi of Edison never had the luxury of acting like a politician who can stand on an unbreakable political foundation. 

He’s running for re-election next year, and this one will be no give-me for the first-term mayor who ran as an underdog the first time and despite the advantage he enjoys as an incumbent, can probably still claim the underdog brand as he squares off against a regenerated opposition. 

There are three council members up for re-election in 2009, and they are all prospective mayoral candidates: Council President Robert Diehl, Councilwoman Antonia Ricigliano, and Councilman Anthony Massaro.  

If it sounds like an easy divide and conquer opportunity for an incumbent with especially good name ID and blue collar celebrity status whose change-time election three years ago made the national magazine circuit, it’s actually not. 

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Report: two Bergenfield councilmembers indicted

The Record is reporting that a state grand jury today indicted Bergenfield Council members Elaine Rabbitt and Dennis Mulligan for forging the signatures of two other members of the borough’s Democratic committee. 

Mulligan allegedly forged Mayor Timothy Driscoll’s signature on a letter offering Driscoll’s resignation from the municipal party committee, while Rabbitt allegedly forged Marie Gillman’s signature on a letter declaring Gillman’sresignation from the same committee, according to the state attorney general’s office. 

The fourth-degree charges carry a maximum penalty of 18 months in state prison and a $10,000 fine. 

Rabbitt and Mulligan offered no comment to the newspaper, while their lawyers, Ed Cillick and Albert Carilli, respectively, maintained their clients’ innocence.

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McNerney will seek reelection in 2010

McNerney will seek reelection in 2010

The shakeup of the Bergen County Democratic Organization has already led to speculation about who will run for county executive in 2010. 

Many insiders believe that if indicted Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero goes --  as the party’s executive committee has called on him to do by January 15 barring total exoneration - then incumbent executive Dennis McNerney is on his way out too.

But McNerney, who’s held the seat since 2002, told PolitickerNJ this week that he definitely intends to seek a third term. 

“I’m definitely running.  There’s never been a doubt,” he said.  “I love what I do. That’s capital L.O.V.E.  It’s a great county and I love serving the people of Bergen County.” 

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FBI investigates envelope of 'powdery substance' at Senate Majority Office

TRENTON –Law enforcement officials are investigating a powdery substance in an envelope that arrived today at the Senate Majority Office and for a short time emptied the work area.

The envelope was addressed to “Gov. Codey,” according to Lieutenant Gerald Lewis of the New Jersey State Police Department.

“We received a call at  12:15 p.m.,” said Lewis.

Police evacuated the offices and a hazmat crew seized the envelope containing the suspicious substance.  Former governor Senate President Richard Codey (D-Essex) was in his district office this afternoon.

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Al Steele to be sentenced on Monday

Former Assemblyman Al Steele, who pleaded guilty last year to taking $15,500 in bribes, will be sentenced on Monday.

Judge Anne E. Thompson is scheduled to sentence Steele at 10a.m. at the Clarkson S. Fisher Federal Courthouse in Trenton.

Steele, a reverend who was also the Passaic County undersheriff, was arrested on September 6, 2007 with 10 other public officials in a sting dubbed “operation bid rig.”  He pleaded guilty to taking bribes to steer public contracts to an insurance company that turned out to be an undercover shell company set up by the FBI. 

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Donovan keeps Lieutenant Governor options open

Bergen County Clerk Kathe Donovan, who just won her fifth five year term as county clerk last month, does not rule out the possibility of becoming a candidate for Lieutenant Governor next year. 

But she’s not running for it.

“First of all you don’t run for it. The way I understand the law is people select you after the primary,” she said.

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BCDO counsel is writing a legal opinion on Ferriero's future

With nothing in the Bergen County Democratic Organization’s bylaws that gives authority to oust a sitting chairman, the party’s general counsel is working on a legal opinion to see if there is a mechanism to oust indicted Chairman Joe Ferriero.

“I’m working on a legal opinion right now, actually as we speak,” said counsel Paul Kaufman, who had no further comment on the matter.

An opinion is expected to be given to the party’s executive committee --  who voted for a resolution calling on Ferriero to resign by January 15 if he is not cleared on all eight corruption counts before then -- within the next several days.

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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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Wake-Up Call

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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