Juliano not interested in top BCDO job

Fairview Public Works Superintendent Paul Juliano today took his name out of the running to succeed Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero.

“I don’t have an interest in serving as the chairman. I’m sure my name surfaced in different circles, but I’ve never had an interest in being the chairman. It was actually a shock to me,” said Juliano, who saw his own name raised in a Bergen Record article on Sunday.

“I’m definitely flattered that my name, however it got there, was thrown into contention.”

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Holt declares state senate candidacy

Holt declares state senate candidacy
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Holt being sworn in as freeholder by state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton), who he now hopes to succeed

Calling himself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate in the mold of state Sen. Leonard Lance and former state Sen. Bill Schluter, Hunterdon County Freeholder Matt Holt formally declared his candidacy for state senate in the 23rd district today to local municipal chairs and elected officials.

“It is time that the traditional Republican principles of low taxes, responsible government, transparency and impeccable integrity become the hallmarks of New Jersey governance,” wrote Holt in a letter to Republican county committee members from Hunterdon and Warren that's set to widely distributed tomorrow. “As your State Senator, I will pledge total commitment to these principles.”

Holt, the grandson of former U.S. Sen. Clifford P. Case, joins Assemblyman Mike Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) of Warren County and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington), a fellow Hunterdon County resident, in the race to succeed state Sen. Leonard Lance, who was just elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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In gubernatorial quest, Merkt unveils some local endorsements

On a week in which U.S. Attorney Chris Christie resigned from office and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan officially announced his decision to run for governor, yet another Republican statewide prospect burnished some modest local support.

Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) said his campaign for governor has so far picked up the endorsements of more than 50 elected officials in his home county of Morris.  

“We have only just begun making telephone calls to elected leaders in Morris County, but already the response has been heartening,” said Merkt, a six-term state legislator. “The gratifying part is that most of the support comes unasked from local elected officials – people with whom I have worked closely over the past dozen years and who know me better than anyone.”

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Haines will vote for Anuzis for RNC Chairman; Norcross undecided

Haines will vote for Anuzis for RNC Chairman; Norcross undecided
Saul Anuzis has two of New Jersey's three votes in his bid to become the Republican National Chairman. He is the Michigan GOP State Chairman.

Republican National Commiteewoman Virginia Haines plans to vote for Saul Anuzis, The Michigan State Republican Chairman, to lead the Republican National Committee.

“I just think he’s someone who has always been on top of the issues, he’s always kept the committee people abreast – I’m not saying that the present chairman didn’t, don't get me wrong,” said Haines.

Haines joins New Jersey Republican Chairman Tom Wilson in supporting Anuzis for the post – giving two of New Jersey’s three votes to him. Republican National Committeeman David Norcross, however, said that it’s “very premature” to decide who he wants to lead the party.

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Robinson pleads guilty as part of Operation Bid Rig

Robinson pleads guilty as part of Operation Bid Rig
Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra, Jr., who took office at 12:01 AM EST today, is now 1-0.

As part of Operation Bid Rig, a former employee of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to the first public corruption release issued under the auspices of Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra. 

The feds charged Leroy Robinson, 52, of Maplewood, in March 2008 in a six-count indictment with various money laundering offenses. 

“The guilty plea of Leroy Robinson represents the most recent conviction to arise from Operation Bid Rig, the same investigation which has led to charges against more than 20 officials in Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset Counties, including convictions of the former mayors of Asbury Park, Ocean Township, West Long Branch, Brick Township, Hazlet and Keyport,” said U.S. Attorney spokesman Michael Drewniak.

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Christie and DiVincenzo cherish friendship, as Essex Exec maintains political support for Corzine

Christie and DiVincenzo cherish friendship, as Essex Exec maintains political support for Corzine
Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo today in the Hall of Records.

NEWARK – A soundtrack of Chris Christie’s favorite Jersey songster wailing on a mouth harp flooded the room as Essex County politicians and staffers filled the first floor of the Essex County Hall of Records, but Phil Alagia clarified that there was a reason why he didn’t select Springsteen’s magnum opus.

 “We were going to play ‘Born to Run’ but we realized that would not be a good song for him (Christie) today,” said County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo’s chief of staff and hard-nosed Democratic Party operative.

With a light touch, Alagia made sure people understood that DiVincenzo and company’s celebration of Christie’s seven-year service as U.S. Attorney should not be misconstrued as a statement of support for Christie should the Republican decide to run for governor and rebrand a battered statewide party.

“I’m 100 percent with Corzine,” he said.

Ditto DiVincenzo, the County Executive explained when it was his turn to herald Christie, who went 130 and 0 in pursuing corruption cases against public officials. Theirs is a special relationship, he admitted – indeed, a friendship - and not just because the man affectionately termed “Joe D” and Christie are both Newark natives.

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Davis still stung by Lonegan's targeting of Asselta

Last year, Americans for Prosperity, a taxpayer advocacy group headed up by former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, targeted then- Republican state Sen. Nicholas Asselta for supporting paid family leave.

Now, as Lonegan seeks the Republican nomination for governor, that could hurt Lonegan’s chance at winning support in Atlantic County.

“As a Republican County chairman, I question why someone who wants to be our gubernatorial candidate would go out of his way to spend money against a Republican, as opposed to spending those resources to grow our Republican Party in this state.  That’s something I want to sit down and talk to Steve about,” said Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis.  “We have to stop shooting at each other and start shooting at the opposition.”

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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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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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 >


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