He’s not yet in officially, but he’s moving forward.
Franklin Mayor Brian D. Levine, a moderate Republican interested in pursuing a run for governor, this week inched closer to his goal.
“Yesterday, I filed a form with New Jersey ELEC to set up a campaign name and register and start to put an organization,” said Levine. “Monday I’m slated to give my first economic talk.”
A CPA by trade and grassroots candidate who won election and re-election in Democratically-controlled Franklin, Levine says he’s used to going door-to-door and generating old fashioned face to face political support.Read More >
ATLANTIC CITY – Local basketball and baseball star turned 2nd Ward City Councilman Marty Small wants to be mayor of Atlantic City, and says he intends to win the Democratic nomination next year.
“I’m running,” Small told PolitickerNJ.com on his way to Wednesday evening’s council meeting in City Hall on Bacharach Blvd.
Atlantic County insiders say Small has a good shot. He’s well-known in his hometown and was a vigorous backer of President-elect Barack Obama.
As the incumbent, Mayor Lorenzo Langford is regarded as the favorite in a mayoral contest. But if Council President William “Speedy” Marsh gets in the race, Small could seize the advantage.Read More >
Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, lavishes praise on Lisa Jackson, former director of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to head the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“I think it’s a great appointment,” said Tittel. “She’s young, dynamic, well-spoken and has very strong, core environmental beliefs.”
Calling the 46-year old Jackson “Corzine’s star,” Tittel credited her with convincing the governor to support the state’s global warming initiative and for strengthening the alternative energy focus of the state’s energy plan.Read More >
BOONTON – State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said he has not yet committed to a gubernatorial candidate to challenge Gov. .Jon Corzine, but said he thinks whoever runs has a good chance of beating the incumbent Democrat – particularly if that person runs on an aggressive smaller government message.
“I like Christie,” Bucco said of former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who hasn’t yet entered the Republican Primary, but whom many establishment Republicans favor as the best choice to square off against Corzine.
“But I haven’t committed to anyone,” added the veteran senator, who attended his son’s formal campaign kickoff for the Assembly in District 25.Read More >
Environment New Jersey today issued a release praising President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Lisa Jackson to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
"It represents a 180 degree turnaround for the United States on the environment," spokesman Matt Elliot said of the former dircector of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. "While President Bush has stifled new environmental protections and unraveled old ones, Lisa Jackson has for the past three years been working to make New Jersey a national leader on some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time."
Elliot cited Jackson's work on the Global Warming Response Act and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.Read More >
ATLANTIC CITY – Ward 1 Councilman Bruce Ward says he is not ready to announce which office he intends to seek next year: mayor or assembly.
He may not pursue either, but Atlantic sources don’t think that’s likely. Given his recent advocacy at the local level of anti-handgun violence championed by Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and other stepped-up efforts that have a particular statewide focus, some observers suggest that Ward is preparing for an Assembly run.
For now, he won’t say.
“If an opportunity came for me to represent my county at the state level I would give it consideration,” said Ward, a lawyer who has represented the First Ward since 2006. “I’m open to serving in a capacity where I can provide public service.”Read More >
Republicans U.S. Rep Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) and U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) joined the entire Democratic Party congressional delegation from New Jersey to vote in favor of the $14 billion auto industry bailout tonight.
The bailout passed in the U.S. House by a vote of 237 to 170, mostly along party lines, with only 32 Republicans joining Democrats to vote in the affirmative.
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Vineland), U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Burlington), U.S. Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-New Providence) and U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) all voted against the bailout package.Read More >
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton beats Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey - 50-40% - in a poll released this morning.Read More >
Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...
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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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