Ruiz on potential future Newark mayoral bid: when the shoe fits...

Ruiz on potential future Newark mayoral bid: when the shoe fits...

NEWARK - With just three weeks left until the May 13 Newark municipal election, some might say now is not the time to take one's eyes off of the two men locked in political combat for Newark's mayoral chair - South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.

But as Newark's population continues shifting towards a majority Latino future, the first female, and first Latina, mayor of New Jersey's largest city waits in the wings - State Senator Teresa Ruiz (D-29). 

Several sources have told PolitickerNJ.com that the name of Ruiz, an ally of Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Newark Democratic power broker Steve Adubato, Sr., is being bandied about as a possible Newark mayoral candidate in 2018. She is up for re-election to the state Senate in 2015. 

According to Ruiz, the Newark mayoral candidacy shoe doesn't fit. Yet. 

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Senate leadership absent from this year's chamber trip

Senate leadership absent from this year's chamber trip

CHAMBER TRAIN – As chamber train goers packed the cars on the way to Washington D.C. there were a couple legislators noticeably absent.

Senate leadership from both parties.

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. (R-21) were nowhere to be found. Neither lawmaker is expected to attend the events in Washington D.C. later tonight, as well.

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Bridgegate committee issuing four subpoenas

CHAMBER TRAIN – Four subpoenas are being issued today for witnesses to provide testimony as part of the legislative committee’s investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closings.

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It's not Bridgegate, it's 'Wizgate,' says top GOP Assembly lawmaker

It's not Bridgegate, it's 'Wizgate,' says top GOP Assembly lawmaker

CHAMBER TRAIN – A week after announcing GOP legislators serving on the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings are hitting a breaking point, a top Assembly Republican lawmaker now says the controversy dubbed Bridgegate is due for a name change.

“It’s Wizgate,” said Assemblyman John Bramnick (R-21) aboard the chamber train to Washington D.C., a reference to the co-chairman of the legislative committee, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19).

“You don’t run an investigation on MSNBC,” Bramnick charged, sitting one train car apart from Wisniewski.

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Prieto on Christie, arbitration cap bill: "We are talking"

Prieto on Christie, arbitration cap bill: "We are talking"

NEWARK -  At the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning, State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) downplayed his clash with Gov. Chris Christie regarding the ongoing debate over interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters.

"I wouldn't characterize it as a fight, I would characterize it as a negotiation. I have sat down with the governor. We are talking," Prieto told PolitickerNJ.com. "At this point in time, those conversations are private between me and him. We're trying to figure a compromise that's good for everybody." 

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Wisniewski on Bridgegate: state and federal investigations have "different goals"

Wisniewski on Bridgegate: state and federal investigations have "different goals"

NEWARK - In a rushed moment before getting on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip on Tuesday morning, state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) stopped in the lobby of the Newark Hilton and put down his black rolling suitcase. Someone nearby, perhaps after a few Bloody Marys, couldn't resist cracking a joke. 

"All the Bridgegate papers in there?" the man asked while scores of New Jersey politicos scuttled across the street to Penn Station to board the train. 

"Yeah, they're all right here," Wisniewski answered, smiling, patting the suitcase. 

The 77th annual train trip may inspire high frivolity in many who enjoy the ride to the nation's capital. But for Wisniewski, the co-chairperson of the state legislative committee investigating the Christie administration regarding the Bridgegate scandal, the ongoing investigation is no laughing matter. 

"There is a lot of work ahead of us," Wisniewski told PolitickerNJ.com. "We're going to continue to pursue all of the relevant information until we understand the fundamental question of how this could happen, and how we could stop it from happening happen." 

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Flare-up between Torres and Rodriguez at Paterson mayoral forum

Flare-up between Torres and Rodriguez at Paterson mayoral forum

PATERSON – At a mayoral forum this morning in this fast-intensifying contest with three weeks to go until Election Day, former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez collided for the first time.

In self-protection mode, Torres called out by name his tormentors who signed off on his controversial $74,000 severance package four years ago only to resurface now as chastising 2014 mayoral combatants.

Rodriguez objected, telling the former mayor that he was wrong, and noting that Torres’ severance pay he received for review as a councilman was hidden amid other city payments.

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Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Jeffries looks at campaign's last three weeks, outlines path to victory

Newark mayor's race: At pre-Walk to Washington breakfast, Jeffries looks at campaign's last three weeks, outlines path to victory

NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries worked the crowd at the breakfast before the 77th annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Walk to Washington train trip at the Newark Hilton on Tuesday morning. The Hilton stands a short distance away from Seton Hall University's law school, where Jeffries has worked as an associate professor. In just three weeks, Newark's voters will be his judge and jury in the May 13 municipal election. 

In an interview with PolitickerNJ.com, Jeffries presented a path to victory on Election Day that seemed to indicate a strategy that relies significantly on two of Newark's five wards. 

"Our message is resonating throughout the city. We're going to win by very large margins in the North and in the East in particular. We have clear organizational strength there," Jeffries said. "We're going to preserve our margins in other parts of the city. We're in great shape. We've just got to keep doing the work."

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The Back Room

Was Buono/Silva a precursor to a national Democratic ticket?

An unprecedented number of female U.S. senators (20; 16 of them Democrats) has insiders chatting about a possible all-female national ticket if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president.

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Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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