Payne calls on secretary of state to extend voting hours

Speaking on behalf of the New Jersey African American Political Alliance, U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) this week called on Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells to extend polling hours on Election Day.

The Nov. 4th polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Referring to a resolution issued by the Alliance on Oct. 18, Payne wants the polls open an additional hour, until 9 p.m.  

"As we all know, the upcoming presidential election has historical implications and record numbers of residents are expected to vote," wrote Payne, in a letter delivered to the secretary of state's office on Thursday. "The projected number of new voters will most likely have most polling sites, particulalry those in urban areas, unusually busy.

"We want to ensure that every registered voter who wants to vote has the opportunity to do so," added the congressman. "Since many will be voting for the first time, it is assumed that they will need extra time to become acclimated to the voting machines."

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Delle Donna and wife get 51 months apiece

Former Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna and his wife Anna were sentenced in federal court today on charges of corruption and tax fraud.

The pair each received 51 months in prison.

There is a special election on Nov. 4th to fill the vacancy left by Delle Donna.

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Doctor says Sarlo did not suffer a heart attack

Doctor says Sarlo did not suffer a heart attack
State Sen. Paul Sarlo did not suffer a heart attack, according to a statement released by his office

State Sen. Paul Sarlo suffered from a viral infection in his upper respiratory tract that caused difficulty breathing and a “transient irregular heartbeat” on Monday morning, according to a statement released by his doctor. 

Sarlo was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center at 2a.m. Monday, complaining about shortness of breath and has been at the hospital since.  The incident was initially described as a “cardiac emergency.”

But Sarlo’s cardiologist, Dr. Rick Pumill, said that there was no heart attack. 

“Tests are now conclusive that Senator Sarlo did not suffer a heart attack,” said Pumill. “Senator Sarlo’s episode was caused by a viral infection which triggered a respiratory insufficiency and a subsequent transient irregular heartbeat. This is a rather common occurrence and will have no lasting effects on Senator Sarlo.”

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Inquirer endorses Zimmer

The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Republican Dick Zimmer for U.S. Senate today over long-time incumbent Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park).

The paper said that despite being overshadowed by the presidential race, Zimmer has raised important issues in New Jersey.  It touted his fiscal conservatism and pork busting credentials. 

“Zimmer is a fiscal conservative who supports cutting taxes and pork-barrel spending, but is a moderate on many social issues - which would go a long way in reaching across the aisle,” it read. 

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New Jersey's two most competitive House seats on GOP death list

The 3rd and 7th Congressional District races seem too close to call, but a list that has circulated around the blogosphere indicates that Republicans have given them up for dead.

U.S. News & World Report editor Paul Bedard broke the story yesterday, publishing information from a leaked memo from Republican operatives that they considered a “death list.” It ranks races one a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most likely for a Democratic takeover.

The story caught fire across the internet, on sites both partisan and non-partisan, including Politico, Daily Kos and New Jersey’s own Blue Jersey. On the list, the 3rd District seat of retiring Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Mount Holly) and 7th District seat of outgoing Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-Warren) are both ranked 5 – in other words “likely to go unless significant turn of events.”

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APP endorses Burry and Curley for freeholder seats

The Asbury Park Press today endorsed Freeholder Director Lillian Burry and her Republican running mate, former Red Bank Councilman John Curley, for Monmouth County Freeholder.

"This year, two seats now held by Republicans are up for grabs," the editorial reads. "If the Democrats capture just one of them, they will control the board for the first time in two decades. We believe voters would be better served by retaining the 3-2 Republican majority, re-electing Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, who, despite missteps, has done a credible job during her first three-year term, and...Curley..."

The Press took time to praise Curley, whom it describes as a fiscal conservative and strong proponent of pay-to-play reform and transparency in government.

Burry and Curley are running against businesswoman Amy Mallet and retired Hazlet detective Glenn Mason. 

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Manzo suit gets first hearing tomorrow

The Jersey City political scene has been pretty quiet over the past month, with several potential mayoral candidates quietly positioning themselves for the election in May.  But that could change tomorrow, when former Assemblyman Lou Manzo’s lawsuit that seeks to throw Mayor Jerramiah Healy out of office gets its first hearing in Monmouth County Superior Court.

Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson will hear a petitions brought by Mayor Healy and Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin to dismiss Manzo’s suit, which claims that Healy touched on his office to try to stop Bradley Beach police officers from arresting him for disorderly conduct in 2006.

“If Jerry Healy was the mayor of some small town in New Jersey, he would have forfeited his office and the Monmouth County prosecutor would have gone after him,” said Manzo, who’s mulling his sixth bid for mayor of New Jersey’s second largest city. 

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