NEWARK - Essex County Sheriff Armano Fontoura took it upon himself to stand in the space between state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop this morning at the re-election kickoff of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo.
Both Sweeney and Fulop showed up in support of DiVincenzo, and both men are interested in a future gubernatorial run.
Sweeney was on the speaking schedule for today's event, while Fulop was not.Read More >
TRENTON – Just following orders.
That was the mantra repeated time and again Monday by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials testifying about the September lane closures at Fort Lee.
Even though they thought the impending lane closures were going to cause problems, even though they thought that normal procedures were not being followed, Authority employees followed orders and on the morning of Sept. 9 shut down two of Fort Lee’s dedicated three lanes at the George Washington Bridge to conduct a traffic study.Read More >
Randolph Township Mayor Tom MacArthur says he’s working to build a grassroots base in pursuit of a CD 3 run.
The mayor, whose term ends ahead of the start of the New Year, also says he and his wife are intent on relocating within the district as early as next month. The positioning comes as Republican candidates continue to jockey to fill the federal seat slated to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).
“I am making preparations to relocate in the 3rd District full time in early January,” he said.Read More >
TRENTON – The general manager of the George Washington Bridge for the Port Authority backed up a colleague’s testimony today about circumstances that led up to a controversial lane closure at Fort Lee in September.
GM Robert Durando told Assembly lawmakers today that the since-resigned David Wildstein informed him the morning of Sept. 6 that on Sept. 9 lanes would be closed to conduct a traffic study.Read More >
NEWARK - In the crowd at Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo's kickoff this morning stood Shavar Jeffries, formerly of the Attorney General's Office and now a candidate for mayor of Newark.
His presence, he said, was not an endorsement.Read More >
NEWARK – The cross-the aisle poster boy for Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election bid this year, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo launched his own campaign this morning with an ice storm clawing at the Essex County College Gymnasium and a brace of Democrats staunchly at his side, notable among them U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10).
“I want to be re-elected'' DiVincenzo told the crowd. “I love my job.”
That job includes oversight of 3,500 workers in an overwhelmingly Democratic county with a population of 800,000.
The gym held a crammed-together assemblage of county and statewide Democratic forces who appeared unruffled by DiVincenzo’s very public support for Republican Christie.
Indeed, there were as many superlatives in the house as people, or it seemed that way anyway as Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) made the two-hour drive up to Essex County in life or death conditions, to back DiVincenzo for a fourth term.Read More >
TRENTON – North Jersey lawmaker Scott Rumana, (R-40), wanted Monday to focus the questioning of the Port Authority’s Cedrick Fulton on the overall issue of the George Washington Bridge users who are inconvenienced because three lanes are given over to host town Fort Lee.
“I know what it’s like to sit in this traffic,’’ Rumana said as the testimony and questioning of the Authority’s head of tunnels and bridges entered its third hour today.Read More >
TRENTON – A Port Authority official told state lawmakers Monday that after seeing how congested Fort Lee traffic had become on the first day of lane closures Sept. 9, he expressed his concern that day to the Authority official who he said had made the decision to close them.
Cedrick Fulton, the man in charge of tunnels, bridges and terminals, told Assembly Transportation Chair John Wisniewski that he spoke by phone with since-resigned official David Wildstein about the problems being caused by the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.Read More >
Add New Jersey native and former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal to the list of people who would like to see Gov. Chris Christie run for president.Read More >
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