Sailing buddies

Photo courtesy of Steve AyscuePhoto courtesy of Steve Ayscue
Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney and Newark Democratic leader Steve Adubato Sr. take advantage of great weather in Lavalette for a sailing expedition yesterday. 

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Stender to attend DCCC fundraiser in Washington

WASHINGTON -- Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) will be one of the candidates attending a Wednesday evening fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s top “Red to Blue” recruits.

A Stender spokesperson did not provide further details about the event, but a separate Democratic source said that public interest groups, political action committees, and labor and business groups were expected to be in attendance at the fundraiser. The event is set to take place at the Democratic National Committee’s Washington headquarters.

The fundraiser is being bundled with a Thursday DCCC-sponsored training session for House challengers focusing on messaging and rapid response which party leaders and top committee aides are expected to attend. The DCCC held similar sessions in February and May. Stender’s campaign would not say if they would be attending Thursday’s training session.

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Officially, Obama taps Mueller as state campaign chief

The Obama campaign announced today that Tricia Mueller, the political director for the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters, will serve as state Director of Obama’s New Jersey campaign. Bob Decheine, the Chief of Staff to Rep. Steve Rothman, will serve as a senior advisor to the campaign. 

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Nader-less Greens troubled by little traction

Although they number only 1,000 registered and dues-paying members, no longer have the heft of Ralph Nader in their midst, and can’t and won’t raise money to compete with the mainstream parties, the New Jersey Green Party insists it’s still relevant.

Nick Mellis of Lawrence Township, who in March succeeded George DeCarlo as the party’s state chairman, returned from Chicago ten days ago, where the Greens nominated former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Decatur) for president.

"We had a very successful convention," says Mellis, though he notes that in New Jersey the party "is experiencing growing pains," and unfortunately not fielding a U.S. Senate candidate this year.

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Capuana runs on name ID in Passaic

When a fire started by two children devoured the industrial base of the City of Passaic in 1984, Vincent Capuana remembers trying to summon some good during the aftermath.

"I thought, ‘Thank God nobody got killed, and now we have 25 acres open, which we can develop,’" he says.

That was almost 25 years ago, and all Passaic has to show for its rebuilding effort along the river are a Shoprite and a handful of small, scattered stores.

"Fifteen acres are still empty," says Capuana, 59, longtime director of community development, and president of the school board.

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With sympathy, his a different case from Rone's, says Healy

With sympathy, his a different case from Rone's, says Healy

Two nights and two incidents, both ultimately leading to convictions of two elected Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy: Politicker photoJersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy: Politicker photoofficials from New Jersey’s two biggest towns.

But while Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy today wished Newark Councilwoman Dana Rone the best, and said he hopes she is successful in her effort to remain on the City Council when she faces a Superior Court Judge Aug. 5, his office specified that his conviction and Rone’s are different.

In fact, in the words of Healy press secretary Jennifer Morrill, the cases are polar opposite.

While the court found Rone guilty of disorderly conduct after it determined that she intimidated a police officer and attempted to use her Central Ward Councilwoman status to circumvent the law on Dec. 20, 2006, Healy in his Bradley Beach dust-up with cops in June of 2007 did not attempt to exert the influence of his office on the situation, Morrill said.

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Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

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