In December 2007, James Devine, a Union County political operative/newspaper publisher, was arrested for owing $20,000 in child support and alimony.
It was the latest fall from grace for Devine, a former Union County Democratic insider. Devine had been, as recently as a few years ago, a somewhat important operative in local political circles, running three weekly newspapers in Union County that depended heavily on financing from county advertisements and legal notices. But when that revenue stream abruptly ended, Devine was out of business and out of luck - a turn of events he blames on Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, a former political ally who he had a falling out with in the early 1990s.
Now he's working to beat Bollwage, who is seeking re-election in the June 3 Democratic primary.
But Devine's detractors hold nothing but venom for a man they characterize as a charlatan who has mucked up the political scene in Union County for decades, and who recently had his bank account frozen for owing tens of thousands in back taxes - something Devine blames on bad legal advice and child support payments.
Some public officials who are used to choosing their words carefully don't hesitate to go on the record slamming Devine.
"He's a sleaze ball, the worst in politics," said Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan, who also represents Union County in the State Assembly. "If they pay him anything, I hope he used it towards his child support."Read More >
NEWARK - The sides have lined up - one against the other - Lautenberg forces versus Andrews forces - but Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has kept his name in no man’s land.
"I’m neutral," he said yesterday when he made an appearance at a Gov. Jon Corzine press conference behind the Oliver Street Elementary School in the Ironbound.
Of course, everyone in his North Ward circle backs U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews over U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), mostly because powerful North Ward Democratic leader Steve Adubato backs Andrews.
Andrews supporters in Newark include state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-Newark) and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos - all DiVincenzo diehards.Read More >
At a filling station in Mount Laurel where a gallon of regular gas cost $3.89, 3rd District Congressional candidate state Sen. John Adler stood with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) to address rising energy costs.
It was type of retail campaign stop Adler has been privileged to engage in so far. While he's unopposed by any Democrats in a primary, he's sitting on a $1.1 million war chest while three Republican rivals with a fraction of his funds slug it out in a primary.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) won the official support today of Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) as part of Andrews’s quest to unseat U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary.
"After watching Rob Andrews travel this state to meet with voters, listen to their concerns and explain his vision for the future, I am convinced he is the kind of strong, effective advocate our citizens here in Union County and across New Jersey need in the U.S. Senate," said Green. "I enthusiastically support Rob, and I urge all Democrats to vote for him in Tuesday's primary. He is our best hope for change."Read More >
In its two Republican Primary endorsements, The New York Times today backed former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer for United States Senate, and state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) for Congress in the 7th District.
The Times endorsement of Zimmer over state Se. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) and economist Murray Sabrin criticized Zimmer for setting a deadline for withdrawal of American troops from Iraq while advocating for a permanent extension of the Bush administration tax cuts.
But the paper praised him for compiling a "strong record" in the House on ethics reform and the environment, and appreciates his pro-choices views.Read More >
Impressed by the senator’s political perspective and his work to secure greater federal commitment to mass transit and Amtrak, The New York Times today endorsed U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) for re-election over U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello.
"What really matters is that he has not lost his enthusiasm for sensible, progressive causes," the editorial notes of the 84-year old senator, also citing Lautenberg’s work to protect chemical plants from terrorist attacks.
Writing Cresitello off as not a serious candidate, The Times criticizes Lautenberg and Andrews for voting in favor of the 2006 law that suspended habeas corpus for "illegal enemy combatants," which both lawmakers now admit was a mistake.
But the newspaper is pointedly critical of Andrews regarding his work leading up to the Iraq War.Read More >
Coastal Marina will purchase the Trump Marina Hotel Casino in Atlantic City for $316 million, and re-brand and refurbish the property under the “Margaritaville™” brand. The deal also ends unrelated litigation between the two companies.
“Together with Jimmy Buffett’s team at Margaritaville™, our plans are to create an exciting new property that we believe will tap its full potential and make it one of the most successful destination gaming resorts in Atlantic City,” said Coastal Marina Chairman Richard Fields. “In the weeks and months ahead, there will be additional announcements and more details about the transition of ownership and our new resort concept.”
A Trump official says the transaction will give them greater financial flexibility at Trump Taj Mahal, including a new 782-room hotel tower.
The Trump Marina Hotel Casino includes the lease for the Senator Frank S. Farley State Marina.Read More >
The Gloucester County Times has endorsed Rob Andrews for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination over four-term incumbent Frank Lautenberg.
"Lautenberg's current term hasn't been distinctive enough for him to stay out of retirement for another six years. Andrews has earned the right to tell voters how he'd do more," the editorial stated. "The slightly more liberal Lautenberg exaggerates policy differences with Andrews, a good strategy given Tuesday's narrow electorate. T most New Jerseyans, Andrews' long ago budget-cutting votes with Newt Gingrich aren't meaningful. Andrews indeed took too long to realize that the Iraq war was being directed ineptly, but he reversed his support a while back."Read More >
The Bergen County Prosecutor’s office has served subpoenas to Bergen County, Hackensack and North Arlington seeking information about the employment of public relations consultant Thomas Ammirato, who works for all three government entities, according to a report in the Bergen Record.Read More >
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
"It sounds like Councilman Baraka is talking about regionalization similar to what happened to the Camden Police Department. Clearly, if you regionalize, there is going to be a layoff of Newark workers. We cant afford to have more cops laid off right now. During Mr. Baraka's time on the council, the city laid off about 170 cops, when has led to our streets being much more dangerous than they need to be." - Newark Mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, the former state Assistant Attorney General, referring to the disbandment of the South Jersey police force.- PolitickerNJ.com
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