Luna becomes political director for OCRO

Frank Luna, former campaign manager for 3rd District congressional candidate Jack Kelly, has accepted a paid position with the Ocean County Republican Organization (OCRO) as the political director.  

"I'm excited," said Luna. "After Kelly's race the chairman (George Gilmore) talked to me. It's a wonderful opportunity and we have a lot of work to do."

The 25-year old Luna started his job this week, according to his post on Red Jersey.

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Perr and Pelios apologize to Merkt over ethics charge

Assemblyman Rick Merkt forced two Democratic County Chairmen to apologize for filing an ethics complaint against himAssemblyman Rick Merkt forced two Democratic County Chairmen to apologize for filing an ethics complaint against himTwo Democrats today publicly withdrew an ethics complaint they filed against Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Morris) last year.

Burlington County Democratic Chairman Rick Perr and former Somerset County Democratic Chairman Elia Pelios last year filed a complaint with the Joint Committee on Ethical Standards alleging that Merkt had violated the state’s conflicts of interest law and the legislative code of ethics related to his vote on the 2002 budget.

The ethics complaint, which was also filed against six other Repulbican legislators, was dismissed a month later after the committee found that it went beyond the statute of limitations. But Merkt took particular offense to it, filing a lawsuit against the the two Democrats charging libel and defamation of character.

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Adler close to $2 million in fund-raising totals

Adler close to $2 million in fund-raising totals

John Adler, the Democratic nominee in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, today announced that his campaign raised over $720,000 in the second quarter of 2008.

"We had a very good quarter," said the candidate, whose campaign has now raised over $1.9 million for the cycle.

The campaign has received over 2,700 donations, nearly 70% of which have come from local New Jersey residents, according to campaign manager Raiyan Syed.

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Ideological changes you can believe in

Telecom immunity. Public financing. Faith-based initiatives. NAFTA. Just words?

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Adler positions himself as middle class champion

State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) on Monday evening in Mount Laurel: Politicker photoState Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) on Monday evening in Mount Laurel: Politicker photo 

MOUNT LAUREL - "It’s the economy, stupid," proved a winning formula for Bill Clinton, and now state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) runs with the same background theme in this 3rd Congressional District.

It might be a tough slog here for Adler, 48, where a Democrat has not represented the district since 1882. But in the waning Bush era, there is opportunity; and Adler means to make a sagging economy in W’s last months the primary issue as he heads toward his Nov. 4th general election showdown with Medford Mayor Chris Myers.

With 15,000 newly registered Democrats coming out of the Feb. 5th Democratic Primary, the figures embolden Adler and his allies as the long-serving senator hopes to truss a seat vacated by retiring U.S. Rep. Jm Saxton (R-3).

Registered Democrats now outnumber Republicans in the 3rd -111,298 to 100,640 - in a year when the presence of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Il.) at the top of the ticket means Adler’s people are making strategic forays into the district’s bigger blue vote strongholds - Willingboro and Pemberton - to register even more new voters.

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Katz: national union “tramples democratic rights”

Katz: national union “tramples democratic rights”

CWA Local 1034 president Carla Katz, removed by her national union today, issued a statement criticizing the CWA’s move: “This action by the National union is appalling and the charges against our Local's leadership are completely false. It is a travesty that the retaliation against me, and my fellow union leaders, for our opposition to the bad state worker deal, continues in full force. The National's baseless and extreme action, done without any notice, tramples the democratic rights of the members of our union under the deceptive guise of protecting democracy.”

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Katz ousted from union leadership post

Katz ousted from union leadership post

The Star-Ledger reports that CWA Local 1034 President and former Corzine girlfriend Carla Katz was removed from her post today after the union’s national leadership found that she misappropriate funds and violated federal labor laws.

The rest of the Local's board were also removed from their positions.

According to a press release issued by the union, a temporary administrator has been appointed by the executive board “ in order to protect members’ dues, ensure compliance with federal and state law, the Union’s Constitution and the Local's Bylaws and restore union democracy.”

Local 1034 represents about 16,000 workers, most of whom are state employees. It is the largest of all of CWA’s locals.

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Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.



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