The former president of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 pleaded guilty today to accepting bribes and tax evasion, according to a press release form the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Peter O. Strannemar, 66, pleaded guilty to demanding and accepting about $112,000 in bribes from two contractors doing work on the Goldman Sachs Tower construction project in Jersey City beginning in 2001.
Anthony Mann, a top engineer on the project, also pleaded guilty to taking bribes.
A third defendant, union Business Manager Anthony Campbell, is awaiting trial.
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In the 1st congressional district, Democrat Camille Andrews, who’s holding the ballot spot her incumbent husband Rep. Rob Andrews vacated to run for Senate, has raised a little under $30,000.
Andrews has said that she will run a real campaign but will step aside if party leaders want to give the ballot spot to someone else. Insiders say that Andrews will indeed be replaced. Two names that currently surface as prospective replacements are Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli and Assembly Majority Executive Director Bill Castner.
Last month, state Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney downplayed his congressional aspirations to PolitickerNJ.com, and sources say that Assemblyman Lou Greenwald, previously considered a leading contender for the seat, is not interested.
Andrews has raised $29,455 so far and has $20,430 on hand.Read More >
Politico reports that New Jersey’s own Rep. E. Scott Garrett has joined another congressman in formulating an “action plan” for Republicans in this year’s general election.
Fearing an electoral rout, Garrett and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), both members of the Republican Study Conference (RSC), started circulating a petition yesterday to get the Republicans to hold a special meeting to vote on their plan for House Republicans’ reelection efforts.Read More >
MSNBC personality Chris Matthews was tapped to host a debate between Democratic Senate candidates Frank Lautenberg and Rob Andrews, but it was not to be, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The debate would have been sponsored by the Inquirer and NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate, and would have taken place on the eve of the June 3rd primary.
Andrews accepted, but Lautenberg rejected the offer.
Andrews and Lautenberg will participate in two debates: a radio debate Thursday night on 101.5 fm, and a televised debate on NJN next Friday at 8:00 p.m.Read More >
In the fifth congressional district, incumbent Republican E. Scott Garrett leads his potential challengers in fundraising.
Garrett raised $94,037.97 between April 1st and May 14th, bringing his total raised this cycle to $783,088.21 and his war chest of available cash to $508,523.31.Read More >
WOODBRIDGE -- Asked to pick a running mate for Sen. Barack Obama, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) mentioned U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.).
"Senator Webb from Virginia would be an interesting choice," Andrews told PolitickerNJ.com. "This is a candidate who is new to the Senate, who was elected in a tough state. He's been vetted. With him on the ticket, Virginia is a state we could certainly win."
A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and a backer of U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's, Andrews in recent days has stopped just short of calling for the New York senator to exit the presidential race.Read 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 >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
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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