Amid economic downturn, mayoral backlash, Lesniak anticipates COAH finetuning

Unlike Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan, Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik doesn’t want Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) obligations scrapped.

But like a lot of other mayors who found it hard to generate a party mood at the League of Municipalities conference in the face of a deadline at the end of this month to submit finished plans in concert with the new rules, the mayor does want lawmakers to review COAH – and at the very least make some exceptions.

Specifically, Hornik wants Gov. Jon Corzine and the Legislature to consider amending the new regs so years-long, painstaking work Marlboro officials undertook to transfer some of the Monmouth County town’s affordable housing stock to Trenton won’t be rendered invalid.  

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Marra will be Acting U.S. Attorney

Marra will be Acting U.S. Attorney
Ralph Marra, Jr., a career federal prosecutor, will become the Acting U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.

Ralph Marra, Jr., a career federal prosecutor who has been with the Department of Justice since 1985, will become Acting U.S. Attorney for New Jersey at midnight, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office.  U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey approved Christie's recommendation of Marra last week.  Christie will leave office at midnight and is expected to seek the Republican nomination for Governor.

Marra will serve for 210 days -- until June 29, 2009 -- unless a new U.S. Attorney is nominated and confirmed before then.

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Lonegan enters race for Republican gubernatorial nomination

Lonegan enters race for Republican gubernatorial nomination
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, the leader of New Jersey's conservative movement, announced today that he would seek the Republican nomination for Governor in 2009.

EDISON – Standing in front of about 50 supporters and members of the press, former Bogota Mayor and anti-tax advocate Steve Lonegan formally announced his candidacy for governor next year as an uncompromising conservative determined to reduce the size of state government.

“New Jersey was built on that fundamental belief – the belief is individual freedom, defending liberty and letting every individual fulfill their potential,” Lonegan said. “Over the last decades, we’ve seen that philosophy undermined -- undermined by a growth of government that has accelerated the entitlement state and reliance not on opportunity, but on government handouts.”

Lonegan characterized himself as merely the spokesman for a wider movement to roll back what he sees as increased government interference in economic affairs, and said he his executive experience as a former small business owner and mayor of the small town of Bogota especially qualified him to head it. Lonegan used his blue collar roots to lament that the New Jersey middle-class, saddled with high taxes, are struggling to survive economically.

If elected, Lonegan pledged to reduce the size of state government by 20 percent through layoffs, eliminating programs and “devolving government from Trenton to local municipalities.”

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Team Lonegan

Team Lonegan
Hank Butehorn will chair Steve Lonegan's campaign for the GOP nomination for Governor.

Political observers will see a mix of old and new faces on Steve Lonegan’s gubernatorial campaign team.

Veteran conservative operative and long-time Lonegan ally Rick Shaftan is the campaign consultant, while Hank Butehorn, an attorney who moonlights as a conservative blogger and activist, is serving as the campaign’s Statewide Chairman.

The newest face is Eugene Slaven, a 28-year-old Massachusetts native who will be Lonegan’s campaign manager. Slaven worked as a program manager for the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation in Washington, DC. This is the first campaign he’s managed.

The responsibility of raising $340,000 in donations to qualify for matching funds falls to Nathan Brinkman, 32, a co-founder the Hoboken Republican Club.

Craig O’Brien, a recent college graduate, will be the campaign’s field director. His mother, Maureen O’Brien, just won a seat on the Paramus Borough Council.

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County official remembers Crabiel as 'great public servant'

 

Middlesex County just issued a statement regarding the death today of Freeholder Director David Crabiel. 


According to County Administrator John A. Pulomena, Mr. Crabiel died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick at approximately 12 noon. At the request of his family, no further information is being made available at this time, and funeral arrangements will be announced by the family, Pulomena added.

Deputy Director Stephen J. Dalina said, “We are all shocked and saddened by the news of Dave’s passing. He was a great public servant whose first and foremost passion was the interest of the citizens of Middlesex County." 

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Spicuzzo mourns 'Mr. Middlesex'

Middlesex County Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Spicuzzo knew the late Freeholder Director David Crabiel going back to when Spicuzzo became mayor of Spotswood in 1976.

“The taxpayers lost a true friend today,” Spicuzzo told PolitickerNJ.com.

“He first of all had the taxpayers in mind whenever he made a decision,” Spicuzzo added of the 27-year freeholder veteran who died today at age 78. “He ran Middlesex County government like a fine-toothed machine. He was Mr. Middlesex.”

The county will be issuing a statement shortly, according to the Office of the Administrator.

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David Crabiel, longtime Middlesex Freeholder, dead at 78

David Crabiel, longtime Middlesex Freeholder, dead at 78
Middlesex County Freeholder Director David Crabiel died today. He was 78.

David B. Crabiel, a Middlesex County Freeholder for 27 of the last thirty years, passed away earlier today.  Since the indictment and criminal conviction of former Senate President John Lynch, Crabiel has been the most powerful figure in Middlesex County politics.

He was 78.

The brother of J. Edward Crabiel, who served as a State Senator and as New Jersey Secretary of State, David Crabiel has held public office since 1960, when he was elected to the Milltown Borough Council.  He spent 19 years in local government, including eleven as Mayor. 

Crabiel was elected to the Board of Freeholders in 1978 and served until his defeat in the 1991 Republican landslide.  He was again elected in 1993, and has been the Freeholder Director since 1998.

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The Back Room

Asbury Park Press corrects Williams error in Christie report

The Asbury Park Press last night mopped up after NBC anchor Brian Williams overreached when he said the feds had cleared Gov. Chris Christie of wrongdoing in a federal investigation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 19th

NBC News: Federal charges ruled out for Christie in Bridgegate scandal NBC News tonight is reporting that federal investigators say after nine months of investigating Bridgegate there is 'no evidence" that Gov. Chris Christie had advance knowledge about any politically motivated scheme around the bridge lane closures at the...

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Op-Ed

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 >

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