PolitickerNJ.com's The Year in Review 2008

PolitickerNJ.com's The Year in Review 2008

Read PolitickerNJ.com's The Year in Review 2008, our annual lists of Winners & Losers of the Year, Politician of the Year, Best & Worst Campaigns, Best Operatives, People to Watch, and much more.

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Merkt hits 300-town milestone, vows to jog in all 566 towns in longshot bid for Governor

Merkt hits 300-town milestone, vows to jog in all 566 towns in longshot bid for Governor
Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham)

The man in a jogging suit and sneakers turns onto Main Street and runs through Raritan, past the taverns and pizza parlors and churches and convenience stores.


He keeps a good pace as he heads out of the downtown business district, through a few blocks of residential housing and then across Route 206 and into Somerville. “I want to show people I’m hungry for this nomination,” says Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham).  


There aren’t a lot of people out here who appear to be hanging on his every footfall, let alone his every word. With the exception of his campaign manager Chris Venis in tow and his daughter, occasionally – Merkt runs alone.

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Fifth Ward vet Belfiore says Cammarano has right temperament for Hoboken mayor

HOBOKEN - Perry Belfiore will sit out the municipal races next year in Hoboken, where a state monitor has taken over the city's embattled financial situation. He won’t run for mayor and he won’t run for any of the three at-large seats. 

“What are you kidding me? I borrowed $9,000 for my last campaign, and had to get out a second mortgage on our second home,” he told PolitickerNJ.com. “Every time I mention politics, my wife reminds me how much my hobby costs us. $9,000. So that’s where it’s at. I will be roasting, toasting and hosting but I will not be embroiled.” 

Befiore ran against Peter Cunningham in the fifth ward last year. Cunningham beat him by 104 votes in a runoff election.

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Beck seeks details on budget freezes from gov's office

Beck seeks details on budget freezes from gov's office
State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), left, with Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-Franklin).

Following a lead taken by state Senate Minority Leader Thomas Kean, Jr., (R-Union), State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) today called on Gov. Jon Corzine to detail what fund he intends to freeze to address a $1.2 billion revenue drop in this year's budget.  

"Time is of the essence if we are going to adequately address New Jersey's declining revenue," Beck said in a release. "Tough decisions inevitably must be made, but that is what governors and members of the legislature are elected to do. Governor Corzine should not keep stonewalling the release of these documents if they exist, which they should.” 

The governor’s office gave a “must be a slow news day” acknowledgement of Beck’s plea, noting that Corzine has already said he plans to release the budget details in the New Year. 

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In Madison, Stevenson concedes

Local Republican candidate George “Jerry” Stevenson apparently does not intend to contest a ruling by Judge Theodore Bozonelis declaring Dan Dunham winner of the Madison Borough Council race by a three-vote margin.

A recount on Monday, Dec. 22, at the Board of Elections in Morristown showed Democrat Dunham's total number of votes rising to 3,370 while Stevenson's remained 3,367, according to the Daily Record.


This afternoon, Stevenson conceded, according to a triumphant Lew Candura, chairman of the Morris County Democratic Committee.

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The Back Room

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: October 1st

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...

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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 >


(10-1-14) Mayor Fulop’s Working Family Rebellion Spreads - What began as a commitment between Mayor Steve Fulop and the people of Jersey City is fast becoming a movement spreading... more »
In tribute to John Sheridan, a good and great man     I first learned late last night from television news that John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce had... more »
(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"I see Loretta Weinberg in the back of the room. Loretta, you have my eternal admiration for what you did to rid the Democratic Party of a certain political boss. However, not everyone shares that distinction." - Bergen County Republican Freeholder candidate Robert Avery

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