WESTFIELD - State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio beat businesswoman Anne Evans Estabrook at the Union County GOP Convention here today, winning 191 votes to Estabrook's 151 votes in their Republican pre-primary contest for U.S. Senate.
"They think you have to be advertising, but you have to be out there and that's what we've done," said Pennacchio. "We knocked on doors, we called elected officials. We walked Clark, Summit and Cranford."
Pennacchio and Estabrook went head to head in a second round of machine voting after neither candidate earned the requisite 50% plus 1 in the first round, while eliminating economics Prof. Murray Sabrin.
First round voting went as follows: Pennacchio gained 178 votes, Estabrook 170 votes, and Sabrin, 17 votes.Read More >
PATERSON - The fight in the Fourth promises to be a suspenseful and potentially ward-altering showdown as several young upstarts hope to dislodge Councilwoman Vera Ames-Garnes, who’s owned the seat for 22 years.
A feisty Paterson product who will buy coats for needy children and take them to Disney World just as quickly as demolish someone at the microphone who stammers a protest in the direction of the City Council, Ames-Garnes said her youthful challengers are going to have to blow her out of there.
"I have no problem with anybody running, this is America," said Ames-Garnes, 60. "But my question is, ‘What is your track record?’"Read More >
Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack says it’s too early to count Hillary Clinton out of the presidential race.
Vilsack, a national co-chair of the Clinton campaign, was at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack today to speak at a forum on civic engagement hosted by Bergen County Community College -- the same spot where Hillary Clinton raised cash from the Bergen County Democratic Organization last month. In an interview before his presentation, Vilsack, who just yesterday campaigned for Clinton in Ohio, told PolitickerNJ.com that his candidate is not losing critical momentum as the Ohio and Texas primaries loom.
“I don’t think it’s accurate to suggest that there have been 11 primary losses in a row, because that suggests that there was a real effort to compete hard in all of those states, which is not the case,” he said. “I think the Clinton campaign has had a strategy on focusing on the states that are going to be important in November --in states that are large in population and in diversity of population. And that strategy has worked at this point.”Read More >
Two measures aimed at providing relief to constituents - public sector cuts proposed in the Gov. Jon Corzine’s 2009 budget, and the Paid Family Leave Act - landed in Sen. Shirley Turner’s (D-Mercer) district this week with all of the ceremony of friendly fire.
The president pro tempore can’t support the governor’s budget because it posits 3,000 job cuts that Turner said would devastate her district, which includes Trenton and the environs where a lot of public employees live.
"I’m going to fight to protect as many of my constituents as possible, to make sure they don’t go after the rank and file," the senator told PolitickerNJ.com. "I’m discussing those proposed cuts with the governor, and I know he believes the most humane and sensible way is to offer early retirement packages. These are workers at the top of the salary grade, and at an age where they can retire."Read More >
Last in a five-part series on the revolving door between journalism and government in New Jersey. Yesterday, Debbie Holtz wrote about the state of the New Jersey news industry.
To wrap up PolitickerNJ.com's five part series on the post employment questions that arise when former journalists transition to government and political positions, we surveyed newspapers covering the Garden State about their ethical practices and policies.
We asked questions about the transparency of their codes of conduct, post-employment provisions, and how they protect sources after their journalists leave for greener pastures.
Aside from a few polite “no thank you’s”, most of the fourteen news organizations we surveyed did not respond.Read More >
George Norcross III has become the majority owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer and philly.com, according to published reports.Read More >
Martinez not interested in Christie-Martinez 2016 ticket, report saysNew Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wasn't interested in being considered a vice presidential contender in 2012, and the same could be said for 2016.At least, that's the word according to published reports that indicate the Republican executive wouldn't be interested in...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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