VINELAND - On the side of a highway in south Jersey, sitting at one of the back tables in the Ramada Inn while Chris Christie spoke in general terms about public corruption, Police Lieutenant Robert Romano smiled grimly with a sense of recognition.
"It’s ironic that Chris Christie’s here, because ethics have been nonexistent in this administration," said Romano, who’s running against two-term Vineland Mayor Perry D. Barse. "The citizens aren’t involved in the process of making decisions. There’s no open door policy. It’s not conducive for people to go see the mayor."
A 35-year veteran of the Vineland Police Department who charged up the street crimes unit for eight years, Romano said Barse has improperly tampered with the qualifications for the departmental directors’ positions, and the result has proved an embarrassment for the Cumberland County city of 56,000 with a budget of $52 million.
"When I’m mayor, I’m going to make sure qualified people are directors of the departments," said Romano. "We’re going to review all the directors’ positions."Read More >
VINELAND - Addressing the Greater Vineland Chamber of Commerce at the Ramada Inn today, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said he has no intention of lifting his foot off the accelerator in what is likely to be his last 11 months in office as the feds’ top cop in New Jersey.
"One hundred and twenty-five times we have charged people and 125 times we have met the burden," said Christie of his prosecution of public corruption since 2002. "The people who criticize our office can’t back it up. Our record speaks for itself."Read More >
VINELAND - U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie confirmed today that he would not testify Tuesday before a House Judiciary Committee seeking information about his actions in rewarding a federal monitoring contract to former boss John Ashcroft.
The contract for the former U.S. Attorney General is worth between $27 and $52 million.
"I said all along that if the Justice Department asks me I will," said Christie, who said he refuses to get into a back and forth with U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, who yesterday suggested Congress may have to issue a subpoena in order to get Christie to testify.
Christie told PolitckerNJ.com that it impractical to think of United States attorneys going individually without departmental oversight to participate in Congressional hearings.
"If the Justice Department instructs me, I’ll go," he repeated.Read More >
Orange mayoral candidate Eldridge Hawkins, Jr today received the endorsement of South Ward Councilman Edward Marable, Jr.
"After considerable thought and prayer, I have concluded that you are Orange’s best hope to restore pride, progress and professionalism in our city," Marable wrote in a letter to Hawkins, a West Orange police officer and son of former Assemblyman Eldridge Hawkins.
Hakwins is one of several people expressing an interest in succeeding embattled Mayor Mims Hackett, who faces federal corruption charges. Others who have picked up the paperwork that needs to be completed by March 20 as a pre-requisite to run in the May 13 race include Councilman Donald Page, Councilwoman Tency A. Eason and Council President Lisa Perkins.Read More >
Since Montclair changed its form of government to directly elect its mayor 20 years ago, not a single incumbent has won a second term.
The job pays $7,000 and doesn’t wield much more power than a regular member of the Township Council. But with Mayor Ed Remsen’s announcement that he will not seek reelection, five people – including three current council members – have taken out petitions to run for the office in this long, narrow New York City bedroom community with a dense and diverse population of about 40,000.
The non-partisan election in May promises to be an impassioned free-for-all. Council members Joyce Michaelson, Ted Mattox and Gerald Tobin have all decided to seek the mayor’s seat. Also interested in running are local antique dealer Noel Brogan and former Councilman Donald Zief. And since the council members’ terms are not staggered, all six seats are up for grabs – with 23 people currently interested in seeking one of those positions either at-large or in one of the four wards, many of whom will run on slates with the mayoral candidates (some of the mayoral candidates have also picked up council petitions).Read More >
Former Attorney General Zulima Farber’s boyfriend won an appeal today, getting out of a $500 fine and community service for failing to show up to a court date.
Hamlet Goore had failed to attend the start date of his trial for driving with a suspended license, assigned by a municipal judge in 2006. Instead, Goore went on a pre-paid vacation to Mexico.
The court date was related to an infamous May, 2006 traffic stop in Fairview, where Moore was charged with driving with a suspended license and having an out-of-date registration. The license, which was suspended due to an unpaid parking ticket that Goore had taken care of before the traffic stop, was retroactively reinstated and the charge was dropped.Read More >
State Sen. Donald Norcross’ congressional campaign is getting a little help from the lawmaker’s older brother.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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