On that night back in 2011 when Felix Roque upended Sal Vega and the people began appearing in the streets to celebrate in the vicinity of Roque’s headquarters and Town Hall, a tall, usually extremely affable-looking man could be seen glumly getting in a car and vacating the area.
It was then-Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) Chairman Mark Smith, the mayor of Bayonne, who like U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was a staunch backer of the freshly defeated Mayor Silverio “Sal” Vega.
Smith digested Vega’s takedown as the first – fairly or not, Vega had raised taxes over 40% - loss of a turbulent chairmanship that included at least one telephone chew-out session from Menendez before spectacularly ending last year with the overthrow of HCDO-backed Mayor Jerry Healy by Steven Fulop.
Having bet on three hobbled horses in WNY, state Sen. Nia Gill (who went belly up in her Smith-backed 2012 CD10 bid), and Jersey City, but also gained his share of followers convinced of Smith’s diplomatic prowess and specifically his finesse in handling the overlord-sized egos of state Sen. Nick Sacco (D-32) and state Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-33), Smith fell back to Bayonne.Read More >
As Bridgegate continues to dominate Gov. Chris Christie’s second term, and with new questions about how Superstorm Sandy funds have been managed, New Jersey voters have dramatically changed their perception of Christie's job performance on Sandy recovery, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
Only 54 percent now approve Christie’s efforts on Sandy, down 15 points since the mid-January poll and a 26-point drop from November 2013. Thirty-six percent disapprove, up 10 points from January, while 10 percent are unsure.Read More >
EAST BRUNSWICK – Middlesex County Democrats resoundingly endorsed Linda Greenstein for U.S. Congress, but that didn’t stop Upendra Chivukula and Bonnie Watson Coleman from horning in on this shag carpeted public library affair and making a pitch to local members tonight at a meeting of the East Brunswick Democratic Committee.
Days after calling for the resignation of Gov. Chris Christie and subsequently stepping down from the Select Committee on Investigation amid an uproar of criticism, Watson Coleman, assemblywoman from the 15th District, surfaced here in front of a crowd of Democrats as the fiery primary competitor in search of the field’s left flank.
“I have been holding the governor’s feet to the fire,” Watson Coleman said. “I stood up with [last year’s Democratic nominee for governor] Barbara Buono even though her party wasn’t standing with her. One month after the election, this house of cards started to fall. No one wanted to be seen in a photograph with us, and now we are losing out under this transactional, mean-spirited, bullying administration.
“I will stand up,” she added, “to mealy-mouthed Democrats.”Read More >
NEWARK -Moments after endorsing Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka on Tuesday, former Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Milly Silva turned her eyes south to the multifaceted and multi-candidate race in New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District.
State Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14) and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), among others, have jumped into the race to fill the Congressional seat soon to be left open by U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) after he declared he would not seek re-election last month.
But Silva, who parachuted into the race to run New Jersey's largest city to support Baraka, also personally backed CD12 contender Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), the 2013 campaign chair for Silva's former ticket mate, Democratic nominee for Governor, former state Sen. Barbara Buono.Read More >
Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) today announced the initial members of her team for the 2014 Democratic Primary in the 12th Congressional District.
"I am proud of the team we have put together to deliver a victory on June 3rd,” said Watson Coleman. “We have seen an influx of support throughout the 12th Congressional District and today’s announcement will only add to the building momentum."
The Watson Coleman Team is comprised of the following:Read More >
Incumbent Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith released the first television commercial of his re-election campaign today.
‘Five Years’, will begin airing on cable with a significant buy on Wednesday, according to Smith's campaign.Read More >
NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries launched a verbal attack on Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on Tuesday, questioning the reasons behind Fulop's endorsement of rival candidate Ras Baraka last month and demanding that Baraka reject the support of the mayor of New Jersey's second largest city.
The question of whether Newark will remain the Garden State's largest city was at the heart of Jeffries' mayoral campaign offensive. Jeffries specifically pointed to Fulop's comments during his State of the City address last Thursday.
"Jersey City will be the largest city in New Jersey by the end of 2016," Fulop said during his address last week.
"For me, we now know the true motives of the mayor of Jersey City's endorsement of my opponent, Councilman Baraka, which is to take Newark backward, and not forward," Jeffries said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at his campaign's Central Ward headquarters. "Today, I am calling on Councilman Baraka to refuse Fulop's campaign support, financial or otherwise, and put Newark's families first for a change. Nothing short of a full denouncement of Fulop's political agenda at our expense is acceptable."
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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