SUMMIT –To the oft-muttered intra-party charge that Republicans plan to coronate former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie as their candidate for governor, Union County Republican Chairman Phil Morin said his organization stands on its record.
Last year, millionaire businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook was supposedly the money candidate for U.S. Senate. Then the county committee here awarded the line to erstwhile underdog state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris), dropping the jaws of not only Estabrook’s campaign infrastructure but the party establishment in all 21 counties.
After Estabrook pulled the plug on her candidacy owing to health problems, Morin resisted pressure to hold another convention to dump Pennacchio and swap in the state GOP’s latest frontrunner, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer, who would ultimately go on to secure the statewide nomination.
Morin’s view was Jersey Joe earned it the hard way, he should have it.Read More >
President-elect Barack Obama has picked Jeh Charles Johnson, a Montclair attorney, top serve as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense. Johnson served in the Clinton administration as general counsel for the Department of the Air Force, and is now a partner at of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, a New York law firm. He served as special counsel to the John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Two years ago, the bi-partisan bipartisan New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination nominated Johnson to be Chief Judge of New York, but then-Gov. Elliot Spitzer instead renominated Justice Judith Kaye.Read More >
Assemblyman Michael Doerty (R-Washington Twp.) announced two Hunterdon County endorsements for his 23rd District state senate run, that of High Bridge Mayor Mark Desire and Tewksbury Municipal Chair Shaun Van Doren.
"Mike Doherty is the best candidate for State Senate in the 23rd Legislative District,” said Desire. “He clearly has more experience than anyone else in the race, and, more importantly, he shares my conservative values. As our Assemblyman, Mike has always been there to help High Bridge when we need his assistance. He has my wholehearted endorsement for State Senate."Read More >
U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) today announced that he has been appointed to the House Financial Services Committee.
“This assignment will allow me to work immediately as a member of the House Committee that will directly address the historic financial crisis facing our country,” said Lance in a release. “I am extremely honored and pleased to be a new member of the House Financial Services Committee, and I look forward to using my experience to advocate for fiscal responsibility in Washington and deliver economic relief and reform to New Jersey’s working families and their counterparts across the country.”
Veteran U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) today accepted a new assignment on the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.
“I am honored and excited to become a member of the Health Subcommittee during such a critical time in the history of our nation,” Pascrell said in a press release. “Health care is inextricably linked to the American economy and both stand at a tipping point that demands bold and immediate action in Congress. With health care reform a top priority on President-elect Obama’s agenda, Congress has a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the economy by lifting the incredible burden that health care costs have placed on American families.”Read More >
Willie B. Brown, the former Assembly Minority Leader who passed away on Monday at age 68, will be remembered for sticking to his principles and standing up for his beliefs, “even if that wasn’t the most expedient and popular choice,” Speaker Joseph Roberts said in a statement today.
“His fight in the 1980s to halt the investment of state pension funds in companies doing businesses with South Africa was not only righteous, but courageous and groundbreaking,” Roberts said. “His willingness to get arrested outside the South African consulate in New York served as example to us all of standing up for what is right.”
Brown's wake is scheduled for Sunday from 4PM to 7PM at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark. A funeral service will be held at 10AM Monday.Read More >
Focused on the reelection of Gov. Jon Corzine, the Democrats issued a brief statement today, taking a three-candidate in one shot in the wake of former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s announcement that he's planning to run for governor.
“Whether it’s a right-wing small town mayor, a right-wing mountain man assemblyman, or a Bush-Cheney political appointee, we’ll see who wins the nomination,” said State Party Chairman Joseph Cryan, referring respectively to former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, Assemblyman Richard Merkt (D-Mendham) and Christie.Read More >
He’s up for re-election this year, and no one knows whether Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello will run. However, Council president John Cryan, who four years ago ran on the Democratic Party line with Cresitello, said he believes the mayor is likely to pursue reelection.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do,” said Cryan, a first cousin of State Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Cryan. “But I can’t see him walking away when things are starting to click, when development projects are starting to take off in Morristown. I can’t see him turning down ribbon cutting ceremonies. So my money is on him running.”
Sources say Cresitello at one point told former Councilman Timothy Dougherty that he wouldn’t run for mayor again. Dougherty was poised to run.
But now the trypically headstrong Cresitello isn’t sure.Read More >
A veteran fire fighter and first responder, Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco yesterday helped a cyclist struck by a car, according to a local report.Read More >
Kean, Webber join Pennacchio at patriotism-charged Morris County fundraiser WHIPPANY - Joe Pennacchio planned on talking about New Jersey politics, the usual "Trenton stuff", at his annual Republican fundraiser tonight -- but then he asked his wife for advice. (Brush/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/83166/kean-webber-join-pennacchio-patriotism-charged-morris-county-fundraiser Belgard slams MacArthur's pay equity positions; compares them...
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By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
"Our future Senate President someday. We're going to keep banging away at that, Tom." - Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26), referring to Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-21).- PolitickerNJ
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