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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Torricelli on the Wall Street Bailout

The financial debacle on Wall Street may change many things. Our international power, standard of living and individual security might all change. Every cloud, however, has a silver lining. At least the American people will be spared much of the Republican rhetoric that reflects the policy choices that produced this mess.   Here are my favorite classic Republican lines that we might not hear for a while.

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White House counsel coming to raise money for Garrett

White House counsel and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie will come to Bergen County tomorrow to raise money for U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).

Garrett Campaign Manager Amanda Gasperino confirmed that Gillespie, who grew up in Burlington County, will host a fundraiser for Garrett in the 5th Congressional District.

“The fundraiser is going to be held in District Five before the end of the election, and the tickets are priced just right,” she said.

According to the Bergen County Republicans' Web site, the event will be a luncheon tomorrow at Seasons Restaurant in Washington Township. Tickets to attend the lunch are $250 per head -- a special VIP reception will run $1,000 per person.

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The Back Room

Christie: 'I'm the decider'

While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 28th

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

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