Updated: Hackett sentencing postponed

Updated: A sentencing hearing for former Assemblyman/Orange Mayor Mims Hackett will be postponed until October 21, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.  U.S. District Court Judge Jose Linares made the scheduling change.  Hackett was expected to be sentenced tomorrow.

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Conaghan and Smith dominant on the streets of Bayonne

[img_assist|nid=24027|title=Retired municipal Judge Pat Conaghan walks the streets on Monday evening.|desc=Politicker photo|link=none|align=left|width=217|height=145]BAYONNE - The bands of men move through the streets on separate ends of Avenue C, claiming city blocks as territory for their respective campaigns.

There are other men running for mayor in Bayonne, but Police Director Mark Smith and retired Municipal Judge Pat Conaghan remain the most dogged public competitors, and their followers the most intense.

The signs stare out from everywhere as evidence: Conaghan for Mayor, or Smith for Mayor.

Across the river, Wall Street’s tanking. Worst day in its history. [img_assist|nid=24026|title=Police Director Mark Smith outside his Broadway campaign headquarters on Monday evening|desc=Politicker photo|link=none|align=right|width=217|height=145]

But Bayonne’s been feeling pain for years. They have a history of pain, of course. Not for nothing the local boy who once challenged Mohammed Ali for the heavyweight crown, Chuck Wepner, still walks Broadway Avenue and goes by the nickname "Bayonne Bleeder" in boxing circles.

Here they prefer to call him the "Bayonne Battler."

The former title may be more appropriate, for now the city faces a $22 million budget deficit. A mixed use project slated for the closed down Navy yard once was supposed to save this maritime blue collar capital at the bottom end of Hudson County, yet at this point, even that project’s champions say they need to reexamine the harbor.

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Healy says "no way in hell" to resignation rumors

Over the course of the last month, the Hudson County rumor mill has been rife with talk that Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy, who’s facing a lawsuit that seeks to remove him from office, is preparing to resign.  

Last night, Healy sought to squelch that talk.   

“I’m not resigning.  Not only am I not resigning, but no way in hell am I resigning because Lou Manzo has brought an absurd application addressed to the Monmouth County prosecutor’s office to remove an elected Hudson county official,” said Healy in a phone interview with PolitickerNJ.  “I’m not only not resigning, I am running for mayor again in seven months.”

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Magazzu off the ballot, but on the minds of Cumberland candidates

In Cumberland County, the local races this year revolve largely around an officeholder who isn't on the ballot: Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu.

Magazzu is wearing three hats this year: in addition to being the freeholder director, he's the chairman of the dominant Cumberland County Democrats - who control the freeholder board 6-1 - and he's the coordinated campaign chairman of the Democratic county-wide candidates.

Republicans see Magazzu's multiple roles as a volatile mix that has led him to politic from his freeholder pulpit and argue that he's alienated even members of his own party.

"It's sort of his way or no way, and he has no qualms about going after anybody who doesn't agree with him. He's not somebody who likes to engage in debate in a professional and fair manner," said Cumberland Republican Chairman Doug Sorantino.

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Smith lands advantageous position in clerk's ballot drawing

Clerk Barbara Netchert gives renewed meaning to an old form of Hudson County political spin.: Politicker photoClerk Barbara Netchert gives renewed meaning to an old form of Hudson County political spin.: Politicker photo 

JERSEY CITY - Police Director Mark Smith took the pole position here today in a ballot drawing for the special election to be held Nov 4th for Bayonne mayor.

In the Division of Elections Office at the William Brennan Court House, Hudson County Clerk Barbara A. Netchert put the names of the five mayoral candidates in small plastic tubes and then placed the tubes in a revolving holding chamber.

"This ballot box probably goes back to the days of (Jersey City Mayor) Frank Hague," she said.

The clerk spun the chamber a number of times before withdrawing Smith's name first.

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Bailout bill fails in House. How did New Jersey's delegation vote?

The emergency $700 billion bailout plan failed in the House this afternoon.

The final count was 228 to 205 against.And reflective of the national picture, New Jersey’s House delegation was almost evenly split on how they voted on the bill, going against it 7-6.

The two New Jersey Republicans who voted for the bill are both retiring at the end of this year. Democrats, however, were split 4-3.

Below is the New Jersey roll call.

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Garrett rails against bailout bill

Garrett rails against bailout bill

As the House met this morning to vote on the $700 billion bailout package for financial institutions, U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage) took to the floor to rail against the proposal.

Garrett, who sits on the House Financial Services Committee, gave an impassioned speech this morning on the House floor, casting blame on the Bush Administration, Democratic leadership and The Federal Reserve and accusing them of getting the nation into the mortgage mess in the first place. 

“America, you should be outraged about what Washington is about to do, because Washington is not listening to you.  Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, our offices have been receiving phone calls 10-1, 100-1 against this proposal, but Washington is not listening,” he said. 

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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