NEWARK- Oscar James II doesn’t know if he can win this primary fight down here in Newark’s South Ward, but if he can hold Lautenberg to a stand-off, and other ground-level Andrews allies in northern New Jersey can do the same, maybe South Jersey can deliver big for the underdog.
That’s the plan anyway.
In the meantime, there’s another war he’s fighting.
A two-year councilman representing the most sprawling ward in the city, James knows U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) is a longshot in his challenge of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). But as the Booker Team leader in the south, James wants to help bust apart the Payne family machine that has long controlled ward politics.Read More >
Orange Mayor-elect Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., issued a statement in response to former Mayor Mims Hackett's pleas of guilty to a charge each in federal and state court.
"It is a sad day for Orange and my prayers go out to Former Mayor Hackett's family," said Hawkins. "I am confident that on July 1st, Orange will get the fresh start the voters asked for when they elected me as mayor. It is time for us to look to the future for positive change as we usher Orange to its great potential."
A West Orange police officer, Hawkins defeated Councilman Donald Page and four others in May 13 elections.Read More >
NEWARK - Borrowing from American regional painting, Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris) followed up on his press conference attack of former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer by issuing a mailer lampooning Zimmer’s use of a farmland assessment tax break.
The piece shows the heads of Zimmer and former state Sen. Ellen Karcher (D-Monmouth) pasted on the bodies of the farmer and his wife in Grant Wood’s "American Gothic."
"It’s silliness," said Zimmer U.S. Senate campaign spokesman Ken Kurson. "We have no response. No comment."Read More >
Sherron Rolax, who has a place in New Jersey political trivia as the teenager Gov. Christine Todd Whitman patted down while accompanying State Troopers in a late night patrol in 1996, was killed in a fight in Camden early Saturday morning. The photo surfaced in 2000, after Whitman was nominated to serve as Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Read More >
NEWARK - At-Large Councilman Luis Quintana plans to endorse U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews tomorrow.
That makes five out of nine Newark council people lining up with the South Jersey congressman in his primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg: Anibal Ramos in the North Ward, Augusto Amador in the East Ward, Dana Rone in the Central Ward, Oscar James II in the South Ward, and now Quintana.
Originally the North Ward councilman, Quintana has a base of support separate from the North Ward Democratic Organization, which also backs Andrews.
Council President Mildred Crump, At-Large Councilman Donald Payne, Jr., At-Large Councilman Carlos Gonzalez and West Ward Councilman Ronald Rice all back Lautenberg for re-election.Read More >
NEWARK - The steps of City Hall.
That was the image U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie used to tell the bad ending story of former Assemblyman and Orange Mayor Mims Hackett, who twice pleaded guilty today: once in federal court to one count of attempted extortion, and once in state Superior Court to a charge of official misconduct.
Flanked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office by state Attorney General Anne Milgram and state FBI Director Weysan Dun, Christie made special mention of the fact that it was outside City Hall that Hackett took the bribe which started his fall.
"This is a public servant who decided that $5,000 was a good down payment for him to sell his office," said Christie.
The defiant U.S. Attorney recalled critics who questioned his office’s motives when Hackett and ten other elected officials first appeared in court last year to answer to federal corruption charges.Read More >
Former Paterson Mayor, Lawrence "Pat" Kramer, today endorsed Jose "Joey" Torres for mayor of Paterson in the May 13th nonpartisan election.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Fired Chris Christie staffer isn’t ‘someone running away,’ attorney says TRENTON – Fired Gov. Chris Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly appeared to be fighting back tears outside of the Trenton courthouse Tuesday. The former deputy chief of staff who’s widely considered to the author of the infamous “time...
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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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