Norcross picks Beach for Adler Senate seat

Norcross picks Beach for Adler Senate seat
Camden County Clerk James Beach is headed to the State Senate. He is expected to replace John Adler in January.

Camden County Clerk James Beach will replace John Adler in the State Senate, according to a Camden County Democratic source who spoke with George Norcross, the South Jersey Democratic leader who decides who serves in the Legislature.  Beach must still win a special election convention, but he is not expected to face any opposition.

Gov. Jon Corzine will appoint a nominate a new County Clerk -- presumably after consulting with Norcross -- who must be confirmed by the State Senate.  Both Beach and the new Clerk must run in a November 2009 special election.

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Prosecutor drops Ferriero probe

Prosecutor drops Ferriero probe
The Hudson County Prosecutor has dropped his investigation of Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero.

A nearly three month investigation into whether former Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero committed any type of sexual misconduct during a Labor Day BBQ he hosted has been closed and no charges will be filed, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Ed DeFazio.

DeFazio told PolitickerNJ.com the allegations were "ambiguous" as to what was said to have occurred at Ferriero's Old Tappan residence, but that after conducting formal interviews with the accuser, party attendees, and even a voluntary interview with Ferriero himself no crime could be substantiated.

"We are pleased that after a thorough investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office during which both Mr. Ferriero and his wife, Diana, gave full statements this matter has been closed and no criminal charges will be filed," said Joseph Hayden, Ferriero's attorney, in a statement released today.  "As we stated at the outset, this was an annual family barbecue involving three generations of the Ferriero family and their friends and there wa snever any inappropriate conduct by anyone at the family event."

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Lucianin beats Laboy by 24 votes in Passaic; Laboy wants to examine machine tally

Lucianin beats Laboy by 24 votes in Passaic; Laboy wants to examine machine tally
Councilman-elect Kenneth Lucianin

PATERSON - Unofficial results of the Passaic City Council race show former School Board member Kennth Lucianin defeating Vice Principal Angel Laboy by 24 votes.

Following the provisional ballot count, Lucianin earned 2,943 to 2,919 for Laboy.

"My hats off to all of the candidates," said Lucianin. "This is not a time to celebrate but to be partners for progress."

Lucianin and Mayor-elect Alex Blanco will be sworn in tonight at City Hall.

"I want to thank everybody who really believes in me," Laboy said in defeat. "There's an election in May and we'll see what happens."

 

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New councilperson means new mayor sworn-in tonight in Passaic City

New councilperson means new mayor sworn-in tonight in Passaic City
John Currie supervising the provisional ballot count.

PATERSON - Passaic County Chairman of the Board of Elections John Currie - who also serves as chairman of the Democratic Party -  supervises the provisional ballot count here in a third floor jury room at the Passaic County offices in downtown Paterson.

Head-to-head in this Passaic City Council contest are Vice Principal Angel Laboy and former School Board member Kenneth Lucianan.

At last count, Lucianin led Laboy by 103 votes.

Laboy observes the ballot count while Lucianin waits in a secure location for the results.

As soon as this count is done and the winner certified, the results of the mayor’s race will also get the county’s official imprimatur.

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As he assumes Judiciary Chairmanship, Sarlo acknowledges newfound perspective

PATERSON – On a mid October morning, state Sen. Paul Sarlo’s (D-Bergen) wife found him unconscious in the couple’s bed, suffering the effects of a pulmonary viral infection in conjunction with a sever acid reflux condition.

Early reports out of the hospital weren’t good.

Over a month later, Sarlo says he has made a full recovery as he prepares to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee to succeed U.S. Rep.-elect Jon Adler (D-Camden).

“My recent episode puts a lot of things in perspective,” said the 40-year old Sarlo. “What I learned is the need for balance. I am in great shape and truly honored to be able to serve as chairman of such a prestigious committee and to play a vital role in our Constitutional duty to vet and examine all executive and judicial branch appointments.”

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Karrow keeps her campaign low-key

Karrow keeps her campaign low-key
Credit: Hunterdon County Web site

Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington) is reaching out to county committee members in Warren County to enlist support for her state Senate bid, but that’s about as much as she will say.

“I’ve had an extremely encouraging response. I’m going to continue working my plan.  I  told you this before, I’ll tell you again: I’m not going to campaign in the press.  Others can do that if they want to.”

Karrow, a Hunterdon County native, is just entering what is certain to be a hotly contested state senate race to replace Congressman-elect Leonard Lance in the 23rd District, the first part of which will be decided by a joint vote of the Hunterdon and Warren County committees.  Karrow’s main rival, Assemblyman Michael Doherty (D-Washington Township) is hoping to unite Warren County Republicans behind him and cut into Karrow’s Hunterdon County votes. 

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Menendez: 'In terms of style, he has his and I have mine'

Menendez: 'In terms of style, he has his and I have mine'
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-Hoboken) in Paterson this afternoon.

PATERSON – There’s an old boast in Hudson County that if you take a politician out of there and put him anywhere else in the country, he’ll soon be running the place.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) didn’t gloat today as he faced the cameras and took questions on the day Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) named him to succeed U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC).

But the former mayor of Union City was Hudson County-cryptic when asked how his helmsman-ship would differ from that of his predecessor across the river.

“In terms of style, he has his, and I have mine, and that’s it,” Menendez said.

Speaking at a press conference in Paterson City Hall on the issue of federal foreclosure aid with Gov. Jon Corzine, who served in the U.S. Senate as DSCC chairman when President-elect Barack Obama’s came of age as a statewide candidate, Menendez later fielded several questions about his new role.

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Kean: cabinet talk an 'elaborate dance'

Kean: cabinet talk an 'elaborate dance'
Credit: Getty Images Photo
Former Gov. Tom Kean at a GOP rally earlier this year with John McCain and Joe Lieberman

Former Gov. Tom Kean will not comment on whether he’s been asked about or vetted for a cabinet position in the Obama Administration. But don’t read anything into that.

“I don’t comment on those things. I can’t,” said Kean, a Republican whose name surfaced in media reports both as a potential pick for Secretary of Education and for Department of Homeland Security Secretary (which is likely to go to Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano).

Being vetted for a cabinet position is a tricky situation. If the administration has talked to you, you’re not supposed to comment on it, and it’s better to err on the side of caution and not say even if you have not been contacted about it.

“It’s an elaborate dance,” he said.

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The Back Room

The Wire: Christie's Springsteen vulnerability

The Wire has a piece this afternoon contrasting Gov. Chris Christie's birthday tweet to rock and roll icon Bruce Springsteen with Bruce's post-Bridgegate public mockery of the governor.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 23rd

Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse. In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of...

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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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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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