Glading mulls Assembly bid

Glading mulls Assembly bid
Rev. Dale Glading, with his wife and son, is mulling a challenge to Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts in 2009

Dale Glading insists he’s not a glutton for punishment. But after getting crushed by Rob Andrews in ultra-Democratic 1st Congressional District last week, he’s thinking about making another run for office in a similarly Democratic district.

Glading, who runs a prison ministry and lives in Barrington, said that he may run against Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden) and incumbent Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden) in the 5th Legislative District.

“I would never say never. I told my wife going in, or she told me rather, that it was one and done. But she’s expressed some interest in it,” said Glading. “At this point it’s up to God and my wife in that order.”

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Capuana ops stay up and running in advance of next year's contest

Capuana ops stay up and running in advance of next year's contest
Gearing up at Capuana HQ.

PASSAIC - It stands right across from City Hall, and although he came up 400 votes short in last week's mayoral election, sources close to Vinny Capuana say his headquarters isn't going anywhere.

It will remain open and active.

There is a mayor's race next year, after all.

As mayor, Capuana's conqueror, Alex Blanco, will enjoy the advantage of incumbency in next year's mayoral contest for a full, four-year term.

But both Blanco and Capuana are trying to secure the backing of those other contestants in last week's race to fill the unexpired term of Sammy Rivera: real estate developer Jose Sandoval, City Councilman Joe Garcia, and bail bondsman Carl Ellen. 

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McSorley doubts he'll seek an assembly seat

McSorley doubts he'll seek an assembly seat
Former Mercer County sheriff candidate Jim McSorley

Former State Police Captain Jim McSorley said today that he’s been asked whether he’s interested in running for a District 14 assembly seat, but that he’s very unlikely to do it. 

“My DNA is in law enforcement.  There have been a few people that have approached me to do it, but I doubt it very much to tell you the truth,” he said. 

McSorley just wrapped up an unsuccessful run for Mercer County Sheriff.  Although he ran an active and spirited campaign, he was crushed by incumbent Kevin Larkin, 63% to 37%. 

“I’d be pretty pompous, after having just lost an election only nine days ago, to think along those lines,” he said. 

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Chiaravalloti doesn't rule out rematch with Chiappone

Chiaravalloti doesn't rule out rematch with Chiappone
Could next year bring a Chiaravalloti (left)-Chiappone part II?

BAYONNE – Running off the line last year, attorney Nicholas Chiaravalloti lost his race for the Assembly in District 31, and doesn’t yet know if he will run next year.

“I haven’t ruled it out, but honestly, I haven’t even thought about it,” said the former state director for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken), who recently opened his own law practice in Bayonne. “Between all of the Obama ads and the mail for the Bayonne mayor’s race, I don’t even want to think about politics right now.

 “I love what I’m doing and I love my quality of life,” added Chiaravalloti. “I know (Bayonne Mayor) Mark Smith, and I supported Mark Smith. He’s not giving a second thought to anything political at the moment.”

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Report: Feds raid Kaiser home

Report: Feds raid Kaiser home

The Record is reporting that FBI investigators raided the home of Bergen County Utilities Authority Executive Director Leonard Kaiser, a partner in a grants consulting firm owned by Joseph Ferriero and Dennis Oury.  Federal agents executive a search warrant at 7AM this morning at Kaiser's North Arlington home, where he was the longtime Mayor.  Kaiser, a former Republican Freeholder, allegedly owns a 23% share in Governmental Grants Consulting, which was founded by Ferriero, the Bergen County Democratic Chairman, and Oury, the BCDO Counsel.  Both were indicted in September.

CLICK HERE TO READ CHARLES STILE'S OCT. 15 COLUMN ON KAISER

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Wells likes Hayden for U.S. Attorney

Wells likes Hayden for U.S. Attorney
Ted Wells

Following a recommendation by former Gov. Brendan Byrne that the incoming Obama administration consider criminal attorney Joe Hayden for the office of U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, one of Hayden’s best-known peers this week also endorsed Hayden.

Criminal attorney Ted Wells said he believes the Hoboken-based Hayden would be an excellent choice – the question at this stage is whether the veteran attorney would take the job.

“I think Joe would bring a stature to the office because for a long time he has been viewed as one of the top lawyers in the state,” said Wells. “He has served as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney, everyone knows him and everyone respects him.”

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Hunterdon County freeholder considers state Senate run

Hunterdon County freeholder considers state Senate run
Matt Holt, a Hunterdon County Freeholder and the grandson of former U.S. Sen. Clifford Case, says he might run for Leonard Lance's State Senate seat

Another potential candidate has emerged to succeed State Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Flemington) after he resigns his seat to head to Congress.

Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt this morning put one foot in the ring, announcing that he’s forming an exploratory committee to “examine his prospects” at the joint Hunterdon and Warren County convention that will decide who will serve in Lance’s seat until the November election.

Holt likened his political temperament to Lance and former State Sen. Bill Schluter, as a “voice of reason and moderation” and “a person of vision who avoids partisan gridlock in order to promote the best interests of the residents of Warren and Hunterdon counties.”

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