Mallet still leading in Monmouth with Marlboro and Long Branch provisionals left to be counted

Mallet still leading in Monmouth with Marlboro and Long Branch provisionals left to be counted
The Board of Elections and Democratic and Republican Party operatives run down the provisional ballots, town by town, voter by voter.

FREEHOLD –  The vote stands at 694 provisional ballots for Amy Mallet and 476 for John Curley – not including hand counts - with the count for Manalapan ongoing and Marlboro and Long Branch left to go.

That puts the Fair Haven candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder in a position to win the election, as Long Branch is heavily Democratic and Mallet scored well in Manalapan and Marlboro in the regular vote count.

Prior to the provisionals process, Mallet led Curley by 18 votes overall: 135,688 to 135,670, in this county of 53 towns.  If Mallet defeats Curley, county control of this longtime Republican stronghold will favor the Democrats by 3-2.

Now on the tattered, unresolved edge of the Nov. 4th election, operatives from both parties sit with two Board of Elections reps from each party and a representative from the state attorney general's office at a long table. They all pour town by town over the provisional ballots.

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Dredden would serve as RSC chairman if asked

Republican political consultant George Dredden acknowledged today that he would serve as Republican State Chairman if asked. 

“The position is not vacant. It’s Tom Wilson’s,” he said. 

There is, however, a good chance that Wilson won’t stick around after the primary election to seek another term.  That would leave it up to the Republican gubernatorial nominee to decide who he wants to run the state party. 

“However, if the party would want me to serve, I would serve in any capacity that the party would like for me.  If they would choose for me to be involved in that regard, I would almost certainly do it,” said Dredden.

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Bryant guilty on all counts

Bryant guilty on all counts
A jury convicted former State Sen. Wayne Bryant today on federal corruption charges

Former state Sen. Wayne Bryant has been found guilty on every count of bribery and fraud that he was charged with.

The jury concluded that Bryant, a Democrat who used to represent Camden and Gloucester Counties, was given a low-show job at the University and Medicine and Dentistry in exchange for his political influence in obtaining grants for the school. That job, in turn, significantly boosted his pension.

Today’s verdict comes one day after U.S. Attorney Chris Christie announced that he planned to resign at the beginning of next month – possibly to launch a gubernatorial bid. The conviction puts another high profile feather in his corruption crusader cap.

More from the Courier-Post, Bergen Record and Star-Ledger.

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Mallet leads Curley with provisional ballot count nearing end in Monmouth County

Mallet leads Curley with provisional ballot count nearing end in Monmouth County

Sources say Democratic Monmouth County Freeholder candidate Amy Mallet leads Republican candidate John Curley, 274 to 151 votes as of late yesterday.  

That puts Mallet up by 141 votes at the conclusion of yesterday’s Board of Elections provisional ballot count. 

A clerk of elections spokesperson said the counting should be finished sometime this afternoon. If Mallet wins the race, control of the Freeholder Board would shift to the Democrats, 3-2.

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New Quinnipiac poll tomorrow

Quinnipiac University will release a new poll on Wednesday morning with Gov. Jon Corzine's job approval ratings and a head-to-head contest with U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie. In a September 17 survey, Corzine had an upside-down approval rating of 40%-51%, and was in a statistial dead heat with Christie, 42%-40%.

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Warren freeholder director launches 23rd District Assembly bid

Warren freeholder director launches 23rd District Assembly bid
Warren County Freeholder John DiMaio says he'll run for the State Assembly if Mike Doherty moves up to the Senate

Warren County Freeholder Director John DiMaio announced today that he is seeking the 23rd  District Assembly seat being vacated by Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington).

“I believe the County of Warren’s 'pay as you go' philosophy is a model that the State of New Jersey could learn from," DiMaio said.

A former mayor of Hackettstown where he also served as a councilman and was a candidate for the Republican Nomination for the assembly in 2005, DiMaio serves as the second vice chairman of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, the federal funding agency for the State of New Jersey’s 13 northernmost counties. 

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Duffy takes his name out of the mix for RSC chairman

Republican operative Mark Duffy took his name out of the running for Republican State Chairman today.

“I prefer to work on the frontlines of the campaign, and I have no desire for an elected position in the party,” said Duffy, 34, who managed former Rep. Dick Zimmer’s U.S. Senate run against incumbent Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park). 

Duffy’s name surfaced as a potential successor to current chair Tom Wilson, who may not seek another two year term.  But he said he hadn’t been told of the speculation. 

“It was news to me,” he said.

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Being Levine: Franklin mayor says he could help restore confidence in government

Being Levine: Franklin mayor says he could help restore confidence in government
Franklin Township Mayor Brian D. Levine, who has won twice in a heavily Democratic town, is thinking about seeking the 2009 GOP gubernatorial nomination

Brian D. Levine doesn’t know if he broke any records in losses suffered when he ran for student council at Rutgers. But he retained his interest in politics after marrying and moving to Franklin Township and at the polls one June he noted that no one from his party had filed to run for Republican County Committeeman.

So he wrote himself in, and won. 

 “You could say I squeaked it out because I won by one vote, or I won by a landslide because I won by 100 percent,” says Levine. “That proves you can spin the numbers.”

In the 1997 race for city council, Levine faced a formidable 16-year incumbent. He prevailed in a close election, triggering what became for him a pattern of victories, and spawning two back-to-back wins in mayoral races, in 2004 and 2007.

Now Levine, 50, a certified public accountant who is married with two daughters, is considering a run for governor, and believes his record as a fiscally conservative Republican in a Democratic town gives him particularly well-suited skills to serve as New Jersey’s chief executive.

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