Three Republican freeholder candidates in Bergen County are crossing their fingers in the hopes that a federal investigation of payments to Dennis Oury, the former counsel for the Bergen County Democratic Organization, foreshadows the downfall of some top local Democrats.
In a statement today, Paul Duggan, Chris Calbrese and Jeffrey Heller assailed the county's Democratic leadership, with Duggan claiming that the "Democratic organization is at its core morally corrupt and possibly a criminal enterprise" and has been for years.Read More >
Over half a million voters have registered as Democrats during the last six months, according to the Democratic State Committee.
The DSC put out a press release today saying they’ve quantified the numbers, and that their party’s enrollment has increased by 48% in wake of the high turnout February 5th presidential primary.
The group said that Republicans had also caught “some of a tailwind,” inducting about 150,000 new voters to their ranks.
"This is more than a trend, it's a remarkable increase in Democratic voters that will have a lasting impact," said Democratic State Chairman Joe Cryan. "The people can't wait to bring the Bush era to an end and the best way to do that is to elect Democrats. It's not enough that the Bush Administration is coming to a close, the voters are rejecting everything with the Republican brand name."Read More >
Democratic Senate candidate Rob Andrews today picked up the support of Perth Amboy Mayor-elect Wilda Diaz.
Two weeks ago, Diaz stunningly upset incumbent Mayor Joseph Vas, who has held the seat since 1990 and is also an Assemblyman. She likened the Andrews campaign to her own.Read More >
Following Mims Hackett's plea of guilty to attempted extortion, Council President Lisa Perkins took the reins of government in Orange today, and is now serving as the city's acting mayor.
Orange has a code provision in the event of the mayor's illness, which gives the business administrator authority to take over in the chief elected official's absence.
But in this case, state law regarding succession trumps Orange's code and grants authority to the council president to step in for a mayor who has pleaded guilty to a corruption charge.
Councilman Edward Marable, Jr. today said he would consider challenging Perkins's right to serve as mayor.Read More >
Communications Workers of America Locals 1040, 1081 and 1082 today announced their support for Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, citing his years of work on behalf of New Jersey's working families in the United States Senate.
To date, Sen. Lautenberg has been endorsed by more than 170,000 New Jersey union members.Read More >
The Courier-Post will stream a joint appearance by Democratic Senate candidates Rob Andrews, Frank Lautenberg and Donald Cresitello on its Web site this morning.
The appearance, which will take place in front of Gannett New Jersey’s editorial board, comes two days before the candidates’ first scheduled radio debate on 101.5 fm, and three days before their first and only televised debate on NJN.Read More >
NEWARK - Mims Hackett pleaded guilty today to attempted extortion as part of a plea agreement in which the federal government backed off of a second count of bribery in its two-count indictment of the former Orange mayor.
The words “former mayor” became appropriate only after Hackett’s morning court appearance and his plea of guilty.
When U.S. District Court Judge Jose L. Linares asked him if he understood that a guilty plea to the felony means he forfeits his right to vote and his right to hold office, Hackett said he understood.Read More >
Orange mayor/former Assemblyman Mims Hackett’s lawyer just told a judge in Newark Federal Court that his client will plead guilty to Attempting to Extort Under Color of Official Right.
That’s the first in a two-part indictment unsealed against Hackett in September, when he was arrested with 11 other public officials who spanned the state. The second count is Acceptance and Agreement to Accept Money to Influence and RewardRead More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
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Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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