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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Bergen freeholder board subpoenaed

Bergen freeholder board subpoenaed

A subpoena was served to the Bergen County Custodian of Records today seeking documents related to the Freeholder Board. 

Freeholder counsel Ed Florio confirmed that a subpoena was served, but would not detail what it was for.

"A subpoena was served to the Freeholder Board by the US Attorney," he said. "I can tell you that there were no individual freeholders, nor was the Board of Chosen Freeholders noticed on the subpoena at all. It was served on the custodian of records of Bergen county.”

U.S. Attorney spokesman Greg Reinert declined to comment.

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

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