Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance today called on Attorney General Anne Milgram to investigate the role Rocco Riccio was playing as an analyst in the state’s Human Services Department.
"Tax records are sacrosanct," said Lance. "Any information that someone on the public payroll might be pouring through them for political reasons is disturbing, and the attorney general should flesh out the facts of this case as quickly as possible."Read More >
Things may be heating up again in the feud between the Hudson County Democratic Organization and the Democrats for Hudson County.
Seven mayors from northern Hudson County criticized the North Hudson Community Action Corporation last week for giving a “golden parachute” to Executive Director Christopher Irizarry, temporarily halting a vote on his contract.
At issue is Irizarry’s $600,000 contract with the NHCAC, which provides him with a bonus of a year’s salary if the contract is not renewed. The mayors complained that not all North Hudson towns are adequately represented on the board and that “contracts are excessive and inappropriate for an agency that is supposed to be serving the poor and combating poverty.” The mayors also complained that any vote to cancel the contract would need a 2/3 “supermajority.”
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In response to the Star-Ledger story this weekend that Gov. Jon Corzine gave $15,000 to the brother-in-law of his ex-girlfriend after he said he’d severed financial ties with her, Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson says Corzine is involved in a cover-up of "Watergate" proportions.
"At virtually every turn, Jon Corzine has been dishonest about his ties to Carla Katz," said the state Republican chairman.
In March, Corzine had told the newspaper that he didn’t have any financial ties with Carla Katz, head of the state Communications Workers of America (CWA), or her family.Read More >
From the Star-Ledger's Josh Margolin and John Martin: "Gov. Jon Corzine gave $15,000 this year to the brother-in-law of his former girlfriend, Carla Katz, a gift that appears to contradict the governor's claims that he ended all financial entanglements with the union leader and her family before taking office."
"Rocco Riccio, who is married to Katz's sister, received the money after the governor forced him in January to quit a Turnpike Authority job. At the time, reporters had been pressing Corzine's office for answers about Riccio's work record and how he got hired."
"In an interview Thursday, Corzine acknowledged that he gave Riccio $10,000 this spring and that his personal business manager, acting on his behalf, paid Riccio another $5,000 this summer. Corzine also said he and his aides told Riccio they would try to find him a private-sector job." MORERead More >
Secretary of State Kim Guadagno issued a final decision late today in which she affirmed on all counts the June 18 decision of Administrative Law Judge Edward Delanoy, ordering that Alieta Eck be placed on the ballot for the August 13th United States Senate special election primary.Read More >
Hudson freeholder board: Rivera out Hudson County Freeholder Eliu Rivera of Jersey City has submitted his resignation papers and is expected to be gone July 1st. PolitickerNJ http://www.politickernj.com/66559/hudson-freeholder-board-rivera-out-maldonado Eck withstands Lonegan’s challenge An administrative law judge this evening ruled that U.S. Senate candidate Alieta Eck can remain...
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“I haven’t made up my mind whether to do that." - Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) on whether she will seek a third term as speaker.- The Bergen Record
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