Former State Sen. Ned J. Parsekian, a Bergen County Democrat who ran for Governor in 1969, died on Monday in Sarasota, Florida, according to his law partner, Melvin Solomon. He was 86.
A graduate of New York University and Columbia Law School, and a World War II veteran, Parsekian began his political career serving in the administration of Gov. Robert Meyner. He was Deputy Attorney General, Director of the state Division of Workmen's Compensation, and Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles. He held the post on an acting basis for three years before the Republican-controlled Senate confirmed his nomination.
Parsekian was elected to the State Senate in 1965 and lost re-election in 1967. He briefly considered entering the race to challenge GOP U.S. Sen. Clifford Case in 1966, but declined. Democrats later decided to back Warren Wilentz, the Middlesex County Prosecutor, for the post.Read More >
Roy Wesley just barely hung on to his chairmanship of the Republican Party in heavily Democratic Mercer County.
Wesley, who's held the seat for a little over a year, beat Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried 93 to 90.
Things reportedly got heated between Wesley and Fried during the convention, but Wesley said that the two have settled their differences.
"We're going to get along," he said.Read More >
Leadership for the Bergen County Republican Organization is in flux tonight, as Chairman Rob Ortiz will have to fight on another week to keep his post.
Ortiz was the narrow top vote-getter in tonight’s election, with 277 votes to former freeholder candidate Bob Yudin’s 262 and Ben Focarino’s 115.
That means there will be a runoff election next Tuesday between Ortiz and Yudin.
“We won, just not by enough,” said Ortiz.Read More >
FLEMINGTON - The veterans picked the veteran here tonight and the county committee responded in kind as Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Henry Kuhl won re-election over Bloomsbury Mayor Mark Peck.
The Hunterdon GOP faithful are proud and excited to have two residents on the general election ballot in important races: Dick Zimmer running for U.S. Senate and Leonard Lance for U.S. Congress in the 7th District.
Both candidates backed 28-year chair Kuhl for another term.Read More >
MANVILLE - In a contest for Somerset County Democratic Party chair, Peg Schaffer of Bedminister prevailed over former county freeholder Michael Ceponis at the VFW Hall tonight.
The pair had matched up against each other after Rebecca Perkins of Warren dropped out and endorsed Ceponis.
Schaffer, who won 185 votes to Ceponis's 132 on first ballot, had received the support of retiring chair Elia Pelios.Read More >
Bergen County Republican Chairman Rob Ortiz will face Bob Yudin in a runoff election next Tuesday.
At the county convention tonight, Ortiz got 277 out of 654 votes cast. 328 were needed to get the 50% plus one one to win without a runoff.
Yudin was a close second, with 262 votes.
Ben Focarino was knocked out of contention, with 115 votes.Read More >
This afternoon, PolitickerNJ will be posting the results of our exclusive poll of Republican primary voters in CD3.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
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