Hamilton politics is a contact sport.
In any tough campaign the politician must have just enough warmth to reach humanity, but also enough inner clock instinct to keep moving and get down one driveway and up the next. If he doesn’t maintain a fast pace he’s out there on Peter Rafferty with the sun going down and maybe only 5 or 10 doors at his back instead of 30 or 50 or 100.
This town is in a big district, consisting of parts of two counties, seven towns, and 120,230 registered voters - more than half of whom are show-me-don’t-tell-me independents. The 14th is one of New Jersey’s five split districts, where no one’s safe because he or she claims membership in a particular party, where you can’t fall asleep in a legislative chamber for two years, wait for a big money donor to bail you out and expect the voters who live in these towns in the shadow of Trenton to shrug it off as a slump.Read More >
Rob Ortiz didn’t have much time to celebrate his victory last night. After winning the Chairmanship of the Bergen County Republican Organization, Ortiz was given his first task: lock up the headquarters building.
The grind starts immediately for Ortiz. Tonight he’ll be back at headquarters, helping run an event with special guest 14th District Assemblyman Bill Baroni. Baroni, a primary author of the state’s Clean Elections legislation, is trying to drum up small donors in support of the 37th district Republican legislative candidates – about as long shot a slate as you can get in New Jersey, since they’re running against a ticket led by the ever popular Loretta Weinberg. But it’s a race Ortiz thinks is important to mount nonetheless.Read More >
It’s hard to get Democrats to run and win in the affluent Morris County burgh of Chatham Township. But in 2004, party leadership managed to dredge up candidates for two seats, one of which was being vacated by former Mayor Abigail Fair, a fiercely independent Democrat and township legend as one of the key protectors of the Great Swamp Watershed for over two decades in local office.
There was no great public stirring created by Fair’s would-be successors in the Democratic Party.Read More >
Jennifer Beck and her 12th district running mates continue to try to chip away at State Sen. Ellen Karcher’s reputation on ethics reform, but the efforts have led Karcher’s campaign to ask one question: what has Beck done lately?
The 12th district Republican candidates issued a press release today criticizing Karcher and Assemblyman Panter’s pension forfeiture bills, which do not apply retroactively, allowing politicians like Wayne Bryant and Sharpe James to keep their pensions even if convicted. Beck, a first-term Assemblywoman, had introduced an alternative bill that would have applied retroactively.Read More >
Newark City Councilman At-Large Luis Quintana today confirmed that he will run with former Newark Councilwoman Bessie Walker in his independent state Senate bid. Walker had already filed as an independent candidate for the state Assembly.
Now they're joined.
"We've always been friends," says Quintana of the former councilwoman who sought re-election in 2006 in opposition to Mayor Cory Booker's council candidates and lost. Quintana ran against her that year as part of the victorious Booker team.Read More >
George DeCarlo of Berkeley Heights, chair of the State Green Party, says it’s likely Princeton graduate and public advocate Ralph Nader will again be the Green Party’s nominee for president in 2008, with former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia as the party’s nominee for vice president.Read More >
ATLANTIC CITY – The Democratic Party’s presumptive gubernatorial nominee officially tapped Jason O’Donnell as chairman of the state party.Read More >
Morning News Digest: Friday, May 17, 2013 By Matthew Arco Smith intends to fight for HCDO seat as Bernie Kenny's name re-emerges in Fulop era Mayor Jerry Healy’s loss Tuesday night inevitably triggered intra-party discussions about consequences to the Hudson County...
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By Tedford J. Taylor No topic is a less likely conversation-starter than our eventual deaths. Still, there is a lot to talk about. When polled, about 90 percent of people presented with end-of-life scenarios prefer the prospect of dying at home with... Read More >
“You represent the grit and tenacity that make Jersey City special. Thank you for believing in this great American experiment called democracy.” - Jersey City Mayor-elect Steve Fulop, to supporters at his victory party last night.- PolitickerNJ.com
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