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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Schluter says DeCroce should have reported Codey

Former State Sen. Bill Schluter, a member of the state ethics commission, thinks that Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) should have come forward earlier with his allegation that Senate President Richard Codey (D-West Orange) tried to threaten and tempt him with state grant money to drop his pursuit of information on a legislative slush fund.

“I think he should have,” said Schluter when asked by PolitickerNJ.  “Of course, it would have gotten him into trouble with the Democratic majority, but I don’t think you can be an elected official with violations like that.”

The exchange between DeCroce and Codey was reported in the Star-Ledger yesterday, which was tipped off to the two-year-old meeting by DeCroce, who said he had grown upset upon learning that the grant money had been distributed in a political way.  Codey denied DeCroce’s story, saying he had only warned him against using legislative staff to pursue political OPRA requests.  DeCroce offered to take a lie detector test, which the newspaper will take him up on and has offered one for Codey as well.  Codey has not decided whether or not he will.

The committee Schluter sits on deals with the executive branch, not the legislature, but he has a history as an ethics watchdog.  When he was a Republican state Senator in the early 1970's, Schluter reported several members of the William Cahill gubernatorial administration who he felt had committed extortion.  One wound up serving jail time, he said.

“You have an obligation, if you believe in honest in government,” he said.

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Lautenberg and Zimmer go head-to-head in Gannett forum

Lautenberg and Zimmer go head-to-head in Gannett forum

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) defended his “yes” vote on the Wall Street bailout package in a debate today with his Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer.

“Within the rescue bill, there is a shoring up of some of the companies that would make credit available,” said Lautenberg, sitting beside Zimmer in an editorial forum sponsored by Gannett Newspapers.

The GOP challenger stood by his opposition to the bailout bill.

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Veteran operative says organization favors Bell over Osborne

NEWARK  - A veteran campaign manager for former Assemblyman Fred Caraballo (D-Newark) in Caraballo’s blowout loss to the North Ward Democratic Party machine last year, Democratic Party political operative Charles Williams is staying out of the Central Ward Council race.

Williams said he received phone calls early on from camps backing former Councilman Charles Bell and his probably his chief rival in a 13-candidate race: labor leader Eddie Osborne.

Williams said there are too many operatives involved.

“I love to go in and run a race myself,” he said.

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Hornik-Beck collision course is not inevitable - but an inevitable discussion topic

Hornik-Beck collision course is not inevitable - but an inevitable discussion topic

MARLBORO – Mayor Jon Hornik and his Republican guests from the 12th Legislative District look like old pals at this charity ball the mayor throws on a Saturday night, as revelers groove on the dance floor at the Battleground Country Club.

The cover band strains of “You’re just too good to be true” sweep through the ballroom and the mayor floats happily among guests, including state Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Little Silver) and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (R-Colts Neck).

“Come on, that’s over,” a smiling Hornik ribs O’Scanlon about the Nov. 4th presidential election between Democratic frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain.

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The Back Room

Conservative group slams Christie in TV ad

As Gov. Chris Christie's heads to New Hampshire tomorrow, a conservative group wants to welcome him with a television commercial critical of his record on judicial nominations.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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