Inquirer endorses Zimmer

The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Republican Dick Zimmer for U.S. Senate today over long-time incumbent Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park).

The paper said that despite being overshadowed by the presidential race, Zimmer has raised important issues in New Jersey.  It touted his fiscal conservatism and pork busting credentials. 

“Zimmer is a fiscal conservative who supports cutting taxes and pork-barrel spending, but is a moderate on many social issues - which would go a long way in reaching across the aisle,” it read. 

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New Jersey's two most competitive House seats on GOP death list

The 3rd and 7th Congressional District races seem too close to call, but a list that has circulated around the blogosphere indicates that Republicans have given them up for dead.

U.S. News & World Report editor Paul Bedard broke the story yesterday, publishing information from a leaked memo from Republican operatives that they considered a “death list.” It ranks races one a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most likely for a Democratic takeover.

The story caught fire across the internet, on sites both partisan and non-partisan, including Politico, Daily Kos and New Jersey’s own Blue Jersey. On the list, the 3rd District seat of retiring Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Mount Holly) and 7th District seat of outgoing Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-Warren) are both ranked 5 – in other words “likely to go unless significant turn of events.”

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APP endorses Burry and Curley for freeholder seats

The Asbury Park Press today endorsed Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and her Republican running mate, former Red Bank Councilman John Curley, for Monmouth County Freeholder.

"This year, two seats now held by Republicans are up for grabs," the editorial reads. "If the Democrats capture just one of them, they will control the board for the first time in two decades. We believe voters would be better served by retaining the 3-2 Republican majority, re-electing Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, who, despite missteps, has done a credible job during her first three-year term, and...Curley..."

The Press took time to praise Curley, whom it describes as a fiscal conservative and strong proponent of pay-to-play reform and transparency in government.

Burry and Curley are running against businesswoman Amy Mallet and retired Hazlet detective Glenn Mason. 

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Manzo suit gets first hearing tomorrow

The Jersey City political scene has been pretty quiet over the past month, with several potential mayoral candidates quietly positioning themselves for the election in May.  But that could change tomorrow, when former Assemblyman Lou Manzo’s lawsuit that seeks to throw Mayor Jerramiah Healy out of office gets its first hearing in Monmouth County Superior Court.

Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson will hear a petitions brought by Mayor Healy and Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin to dismiss Manzo’s suit, which claims that Healy touched on his office to try to stop Bradley Beach police officers from arresting him for disorderly conduct in 2006.

“If Jerry Healy was the mayor of some small town in New Jersey, he would have forfeited his office and the Monmouth County prosecutor would have gone after him,” said Manzo, who’s mulling his sixth bid for mayor of New Jersey’s second largest city. 

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Bergen freeholder board subpoenaed

Bergen freeholder board subpoenaed

A subpoena was served to the Bergen County Custodian of Records today seeking documents related to the Freeholder Board. 

Freeholder counsel Ed Florio confirmed that a subpoena was served, but would not detail what it was for.

"A subpoena was served to the Freeholder Board by the US Attorney," he said. "I can tell you that there were no individual freeholders, nor was the Board of Chosen Freeholders noticed on the subpoena at all. It was served on the custodian of records of Bergen county.”

U.S. Attorney spokesman Greg Reinert declined to comment.

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Sires publicly endorses Smith for Bayonne mayor

BAYONNE - U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) officially endorsed Acting Police Director Mark Smith for mayor in a statement today.

"It is my distinct privilege to represent the great City of Bayonne in the United States Congress," said Sires. "On Nov. 4th, people all over our nation will make important choices about the future. In Bayonne, Mark Smith is clearly the best choice for mayor. He represents a new generation of leadership and is a man of unquestionable integrity and good character.

"I am looking forward to working with Mark on important issues for Bayonne's future and I am proud to endorse him and the entire Democratic ticket," the congressman added.

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Bell proud to take James money in Central Ward campaign

In his Central Ward Council campaign, presumptive frontrunner Charles Bell  does not apologize for taking money from former Mayor Sharpe James, who’s now serving time in a federal prison for fraud.  

“He contributed $5,000 to my campaign, and the only thing is I was a little disappointed,” said Bell. “With $1 million left in his campaign account, I think he should have contributed a little more.”

Bell, a political ally of James’ who served on the council during the James era, said he believes the jury dealt the former mayor a bad hand earlier this year when it found James guilty of fraud in his oversight of the South Ward redevelopment program.

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The Back Room

Christie takes state helicopter to campaign in Connecticut

Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

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Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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