ELIZABETH - Union County Democratic politics is poised for a shift following the death of Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich on Sunday. Following the passing of Froehlich, who had served as sheriff since 1977 and was a respected long-time law enforcement fixture in Union, state Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), who long fulfilled the role of a Union County undersheriff, became the acting sheriff.
Now poised to succeed Froehlich, Cryan is poised to appear on the November ballot to run to fill the remainder of the late sheriff's term, which expires in 2016. This move by Cryan, a former state Democratic Party Chairman and a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, would obligate him to give up his 20th Legislative District Assembly seat in the event that he wins in November, setting up an internal party contest to succeed Cryan in the Legislature.
While several names have emerged as contenders for the seat, including Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh of Union, Hillside Mayor Angela Garretson and Elizabeth Councilwoman Patricia Perkins-Auguste, sources told PolitickerNJ.com on Wednesday that one name is emerging as a potential champion in a fight to replace Cryan: Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley.
Several Union County Democratic sources maintain that the Union County Democratic Party committee members from Elizabeth, Roselle and Hillside are now behind Holley if he wants the Assembly seat. Sources also indicated that state Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22), who also serves as the Union County Democratic chairman, also backs Holley.Read More >
As this election season intensifies in bellwether Bergen County, an attorney representing a canned Bergen County employee wants a Democratic legislator to draft a bill of impeachment against County Executive Kathe Donovan.
Robert A. Tandy of Woodcliff Lake represents plaintiff Jane Linter, whom Donovan dismissed as the director of human services, and whom the freeholder board later voted to re-instate.
According to Tandy’s letter, which he sent to Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-36) on July 21st, “In or around December 2013, Ms. Linter complained directly to Freeholder Maura DeNicola about what Plaintiff reasonably believed to be violations of the law.
“Ms. Linter advised Freeholder DeNicola that she believed the County Executive was unlawfully abusing her power and falsely charging Rudy Pastercyzk with criminal activity in an effort to remove him from his position and replace him with the Chief of Staff, Jeanne Baratta’s, life-long friend.”Read More >
The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind Fulop and help build the Hudson County mayor.
These two men have a history, which didn’t begin well – and they have divergent styles, one characterized by a reliance on old school loyalty and punishing attention to detail, the other transactional - which may or may not lead them to a sustained statewide partnership in the name of their home county if Fulop runs for governor.
“As the trend of urbanization continues, our economic prosperity will come to depend even more heavily on our ability to move large numbers of people in and out of urban centers quickly,” Fulop told the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development, chaired by Menendez. “This means direct federal investment in transportation infrastructure, and empowering the local communities to make those investments.”
Menendez listened dutifully, approvingly from his throne of federal power.
A lot of back brawling on the streets of Jersey City led up to that blandly governmental presentation by the D.C. touring mayor.Read More >
The Colorado Democratic Party kicked muddy snow on Gov. Chris Christie's appearance in the Rocky Mountain State today, criticizing Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez for welcoming Christie.
"Go to Colordao and see if you want to live there," Christie said on a radio show to a question about legalized marijuana. "To me it's just not the quality of life we want to have here in the State of New Jersey."Read More >
ELIZABETH - Sources have told PolitickerNJ.com that veteran state Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) is in line for an appointment to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU). But according to Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20), three words to the wise might apply to Chivukula - not so fast.
"I haven't decided yet," said Lesniak in a Tuesday night conversation with PolitickerNJ.com.Read More >
While it’s been a hot issue in many states and among some segments of voters, people in New Jersey haven’t heard much about the Common Core standards for education. But, according to the most recent statewide survey of Garden State residents from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, people who have heard more about the new curriculum standards are much more likely to have misconceptions about them.
Forty-four percent of New Jersey residents say they have heard nothing at all about the Common Core, and only about one-third (32 percent) say they’ve heard “some” or “a lot” about it. Parents are more likely to have heard about them, with 20 percent of people with kids under 18 saying they’ve heard a lot about the standards, compared with just 12 percent with adult children or no kids at all.Read More >
HO-HO-KUS - Under the scorching sun outside St. Luke’s Church earlier today, Waldwick police officer Chris Goodell’s casket was carried out to his burial site. Over it was draped an American flag.
It was the same flag that cloaked the casket of Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago last week, as well as thousands of other firefighters, police officers and members of the United States Armed Forces killed in the line of duty before that.
Rumor has it that at one point, shortly after it was first gifted to U.S. Honor Flag CEO Chris Heisler by the Texas House of Representatives in 2001, it even stood among the rubble and twisted metal at Ground Zero.
“Everyone thinks it's just a piece of cloth, but it represents each and every man and women in America -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” said Robert Kneer, a 42-year veteran of the Fairlawn Police Force and Commander of the New Jersey State Honor Guard (NJSHG). “Heisler decided it meant so much that he traveled to [NYC on 9/11] to have it there.”Read More >
In his capacity as head of the Republican Governors' Association, Gov. Chris Christie went to Chicago tonight to help the canddiacy of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.Read More >
After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman...
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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