For hire: former mayor, who once served in an executive capacity in one of the Oranges, just not the one he wants to serve right now.
They’ve seen him at recent council meetings, those citizens of West Orange alert to the demarcations of next year’s mayor’s race, and so they absorbed with nary a sense of shock the news about former Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr., probing entry into the contest.
“I am honored and humbled that West Orange residents would consider having me as their mayor,” Hawkins said in a statement, after a meet-and-greet at a local restaurant. “To serve as an elected official in the town in which I was raised would be a great honor."Read More >
TRENTON – A Burlington County lawmaker wants to “go green” and create some green at the same time.
Assemblyman Troy Singleton, (D-7), Mount Laurel, introduced a bill this week that seeks to make environmentally-sound improvements affordable, particularly for those who traditionally have been unable to afford them.
In the process, under A4533, the economy would ideally receive a boost through jobs growth and lower utility bills.Read More >
The clock is ticking on Republican U.S. Senate hopefuls mulling a challenge against Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.
At least, that’s according to one state lawmaker who’s entertaining a statewide bid himself, and who says a candidate has roughly the next month to emerge if they intend to mount a serious challenge to the incumbent.
“I think they probably have to decide no later than late December or early January,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-21). “I assume within the next 30 days you’ll have a pretty good sense of who is [running on] the Republican side.”Read More >
Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones hears the payback talk ahead of 2014 but dismisses it as silly, and intends to unabashedly run as the independent entity who refuses to be controlled or undermined by political skirmishes.
The history stings.
Jones backed Steve Rothman over Bill Pascrell in the 2012 CD 9 Democratic Primary. Pascrell won, and now the congressman and his allies want Jones gone.
But Jones points out that Pascrell backed the loser in 2010 when Jones deposed Jose “Joey” Torres, “So who’s creating the double standard?”
At Pascrell’s fundraiser last night, insiders chewed on the name of Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-35) as the strongest alternative to the recalcitrant Jones, and this morning, “Anybody who puts his name in his hat deserves respect,” Jones admitted.Read More >
GARFIELD – Two years ago at this time some of the closest confidants of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-9) looked like they wanted to evaporate into the wallpaper of the Venetian sooner than fall in behind the chariot wheels of the veteran Paterson congressman.
But they did go to war, some of them less reluctantly than others and none more fervently than the candidate, as they all finally reaped the rewards of Pascrell’s stunning victory over U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9), and in the aftermath gleefully awaited the next would-be political bloodbath, in this case the 2014 Paterson mayor’s contest.
“They’ll all be showing up tonight,” said a source at the Venetian at a sumptuous Pascrell fundraiser, referring to the contenders in next year’s mayoral contest.
“Except one,” another source said, and no one asked him who he meant.
Everyone knew he was talking about incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones, who endorsed Rothman over the homegrown Pascrell, who was supposed to lose to Rothman based on the dimensions of the jammed –together new congressional map.Read More >
NEWARK - With the Communications Workers of America, New Jersey's largest public workers union, set to endorse South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka in the Newark mayoral race on Tuesday, Baraka expressed his "excitement" about the union's support.
"The CWA brings a level of union support that we need," said Baraka as he confirmed the endorsement. "They have helped candidates in municipalities like Orange and Jersey City get elected. We absolutely can use anything they have, whether it's money or ground troops."Read More >
TRENTON – Diagnosis: We told you so.
Gov. Chris Christie made it clear today that critics’ worst nightmares about the Affordable Care Act are coming true.
During his first Statehouse press conference since his re-election, Christie defended the decision made last week to leave it up to individual insurers whether or not to honor policies for hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans that would be out of compliance with the program critics deride as “Obamacrare.’’Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie is California’s favorite among potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, according to a new poll.Read More >
Donovan rolls out Bergen County Exec re-election campaign CARLSTADT - In this Bergen borough on the edge of the Meadowlands, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan announced her re-election bid on Tuesday, with the Republican hoping to emerge from the swamp of county politics triumphant in the November 2014...
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BY MARTIN PEREZ In the wake of the Governor’s historic win of 51% of the Latino vote, the issue of in-state tuition has become the site of a heated turf war between N.J. Democrats and Governor Christie. This lame duck battle is a good sign for... Read More >
"I think it's going to be fine. I don't take this personally. Some people in my party agree with me, some don't. Senator Cardinale is very gracious by supporting me tonight, and [Bergen County GOP Chairman] Bob [Yudin], of course, is celebrating Hannukah, so I don't expect him to be here tonight." - Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan, at her campaign launch last night.- PolitickerNJ.com
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