Manahan will retire as NJN news anchor

Kent Manahan will retire from NJN after 30 years as a reporter and anchorKent Manahan will retire from NJN after 30 years as a reporter and anchor
NJN News anchor Kent Manahan will retire after more than thirty years as an anchor and reporter, the New Jersey Network announced today. Manahan, who has won five Emmy Awards, has filed for the state’s retirement incentive, which has specific deadlines of August 1 or a later date, with the potential of an extension until July 2009. Manahan and NJN are seeking an extension to provide for an orderly transition.

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Fulop, still undeclared, begins putting together a ticket

Jersey City Councilman Steve Fulop hasn’t announced his candidacy for mayor next year, but he’s already begun cobbling together a slate.

Former Hudson County Sheriff Joseph Cassidy today announced that he will join a ticket headed by the 31-year-old Fulop in next year’s election. Cassidy, 67, plans to run as a council candidate along with James Carroll, who hopes to run in Ward D.

Jersey City has nine council seats – six from different wards and three at-large. Cassidy has not yet determined whether he will run for an at-large seat or for the Ward A spot currently occupied by Michael Sottolano.

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Healy ally rips into Schundler's gay rights record

Prospective mayoral candidate Bret Schundler’s conservative record was raised last night in one of the first attacks of the developing Jersey City mayoral race.

At a rally touting the establishment of a task force to fight crime against Jersey City’s LGBT community last night, Walt Boraczek, founder of the Hudson Diversity Action Council and an ally of Mayor Jerramiah Healy, ripped into Schundler’s record on gay rights, both as mayor and as a gubernatorial candidate, calling him “homophobic.”

Schundler, who was mayor from 1992 until 2001, is considering running for mayor again. The city holds non-partisan elections, and Schundler was initially narrowly elected in a crowded field of candidates. He went on to form alliances with key Democrats on the council to hold the seat. Last night’s rally was a clear indication that Schundler’s rivals will use his conservative record against him in this Democrat dominated city, should he choose to run again.

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Hold Me Accountable

Ferriero probe expands

The Star-Ledger reports that the feds’ investigation of Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero has expanded, with subpoenas issued to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, where he’s chief counsel.

Two separate subpoenas were sent to the commission: one demanding all its records dealing with Ferriero’s law firm, Scarinci Hollenbeck, and one demanding records for a company Ferriero founded in 2001 called SVC consulting along with records related to the PR firm Vision Media.

In October, State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a Ferriero rival, denounced the amount of money spent by several county agencies, including the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, on consultants. Among the complaints about Vision Media was that a coloring book was the only evidence of its work for the commission.

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Courter quits McCain campaign post

Former Rep. Jim Courter has quit his post as a National Finance Co-Chairman of John McCain’s presidential campaign after his telecommunications company was fined $1.3 million by the Federal Communications Commission, according to a Portfolio.com report.  The FCC found that IDT, where Courter is the Chief Executive Officer, failed to properly disclose a contract with the government of Haiti. 

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Adler rebukes Bush on Medicare veto, and Myers agrees

In a tale of two mid-summer campaigns that are up and apparentlyState Sen. John Adler (D-Camden)State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) operational 24/7 in the 3rd Congressional District, state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) continues to make Medford Mayor Chris Myers answer for what Adler sees as the blunders of a bad president.

Today it was Bush’s decision to veto the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 that Adler derided - and Myers also said he opposed.

Making a statement while simultaneously keeping his cash-strapped opponent busy with policy, Adler issued a press release, calling Bush’s veto proof that the Republican president is Medford Mayor Chris MyersMedford Mayor Chris Myersout of touch with middle class Americans and seniors who depend on Medicare for health care coverage.

"Republicans in Washington have demonstrated time and again that they don't understand the squeeze that families are feeling due to skyrocketing gas, food, and health care costs," Adler said.

"First Republicans in Congress denied children health care coverage by vetoing SCHIP and then they stood with big oil over the interests of our middle class," added the Democrat. "

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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