DeCroce responds to Cohen resignation

Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Morris) said today that Assemblyman Neil Cohen made the right decision by resigning his seat.

“Given the gravity of the allegations he faces, relinquishing public office is the right thing to do for his constituents,” said DeCroce in a statement. “These are serious charges. The people of New Jersey deserve a Legislature that is untainted by scandal.”

On Friday, DeCroce issued a tougher worded statement about Cohen, saying that if the allegations that he stored child pornography on a legislative office computer then it “represents one of the most deplorable acts committed by a public servant,” and that “not only must he resign from office, but he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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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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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop



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