Perkins-Auguste interested in vacated Assembly seat; Dallis-Ricks favored out of Roselle

ELIZABETH - In what could prove to be a throw down between Elizabeth and Roselle, At-Large Elizabeth Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-AugusteElizabeth Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-AugusteElizabeth Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-Auguste said she would like to pursue the Assembly seat vacated today by former Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle).

The 16-year City Council veteran said she has government experience and good relations with all of the players involved in 20th Legislative District politics.

Retired from banking, the 46-year old said, "You need a global approach as you act locally, and I think I’ve developed that during my years as an at-large councilwoman."

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Governor issues statement regarding Cohen resignation

Governor Jon S. Corzine today issued the following statement following the resignation this morning of Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Roselle).

"The allegations made concerning former Assemblyman Cohen are deeply disturbing," Corzine said in a statement. "All of us who have worked with him are shocked by the reports.  Child pornography reflects a horrible debasement of children that is totally intolerable.  Creating, distributing and using child pornography should be pursued vigorously by law enforcement wherever it is found."

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Roberts weighs in on Cohen resignation

Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts characterized former Assemblyman Neil Cohen, who just resigned his seat amid allegations that he stored child pornography on a legislative office computer, as a legislator whose potentially great legacy has been felled by an alleged personal flaw.

“The allegations made against Assemblyman Cohen, if true, are sad and indefensible,” wrote Roberts. “Assemblyman Cohen was a respected legislator who dedicated his life to the State House and whose legacy would have been great. Unfortunately, all of that will now be forever overshadowed. While law enforcement reviews these allegations, we sincerely hope that he receives the help he desperately needs.”

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Cohen resigns

Cohen resigns

Under fire for child pornography allegedly found on his legislative office computer, Assemblyman Neil Cohen has resigned his seat, effective immediately.

The resignation letter, dated yesterday, was received by Dana Burley, the clerk of the State Assembly, at 9:24 a.m. today.

"Please accept this letter as my formal resignation from the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey, effective immediately," read the entirety of the letter.

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Thank you, Neil Cohen

Schaer weighs mayoral run in Passaic

 

Acting Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic): Politicker photoActing Mayor/Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic): Politicker photo 

PASSAIC - To be in Trenton, or not to be in Trenton, that is the question for Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic), who became the acting mayor of Passaic in May when a federal judge found Mayor Sammy Rivera guilty of corruption.

Initially, Schaer, who received the chief executive’s job by virtue of his position as council president, figured he would serve long enough to hand off to whoever wins a Nov. 4th special election.

But about three weeks into his service as acting mayor - with no stunning personality on the city’s horizon line, by his reckoning - Schaer began mulling the idea of pursuing his own mayoral run. 

"We can’t afford to have a mayor who’s not going to build on some of the positive things we’re doing," said Schaer, who implemented local ethics reforms, imposed a 37% cut to the mayoral salary (from $117,000 to $72,000), and a municipal hiring freeze.

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Mueller assumes top Obama position in New Jersey

Mueller assumes top Obama position in New Jersey

Obama State Director Tricia Mueller: Politicker photoObama State Director Tricia Mueller: Politicker photo

HAMILTON - Politics and union organizing weld into one for Tricia Mueller, the new state director for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Granddaughter of a Local 19 sheet metal worker or "tin knocker" as they're called in building and trades, Mueller first started working campaigns for her father, a telephone installer who served as the youngest mayor of Oaklyn, New Jersey.

"I could read a ward map from the time I was very small," said the 34-year old Camden native and chief political operative for the 17,000-strong New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters, as she sat in a Hamilton coffee shop on Thursday, three days into her tenure as Obama's state director.

"I come from the field," she told PolitickerNJ.com. "I believe voter contact, voter mobilization, and voter education represent civic duty at its finest."

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The Back Room

Trenton mayor's race: Worthy campaign funds surge according to filed ELEC report

Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 15, 2014

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Ryan's Budget Plan

BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs.  Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >

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