ELEC: Led by Newark First's support for Jeffries, IEs spent $5.3 million on Newark elections

ELEC: Led by Newark First's support for Jeffries, IEs spent $5.3 million on Newark elections

Independent special interest groups spent $5.3 million on recent municipal elections in Newark, far exceeding the previous record for “outside group” activity in a local campaign, according to an analysis by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

The outlay dwarfs the $261,629 expenditure in Jersey City 2013 mayoral race by Better Education for New Jersey’s Kids Inc., which appears to have been the largest previous expenditure by an independent special interest group in a local election in New Jersey.

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Morning Digest: July 28th

Morning Digest: July 28th

Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

WALL TOWNSHIP - More than two hundred people came out to the Wall Township backyard of Gary and Linda Faraci on Gully Road to support the candidacies of Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo and Larry Luttrell on Friday night.

Flanked by blooming flower beds, focused political allies and a posse of squawking chickens, the Monmouth Democratic ticket's most prominent supporter spoke out for Grillo and Luttrell.

"People are here because you believe in the leadership of two really fine men, and you believe in the idea that democracy is not a spectator sport," said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who is at the top of the statewide Democratic ticket in November as he seeks a full six-year term. "It is a full-contact participatory endeavor. You have to be able to pay it forward through your contributions, your involvement, your activism and your sacrifice."

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Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for mayors' initiative

Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for mayors' initiative

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Paterson Mayor Jose Torres, and municipal officials on Monday will announce the launch of a strategic partnership with mayors from across the state to address public safety issues.

The mayors will kick off their initiative at 1 p.m. on Monday at HUB Shopping Center, 360 MLK Drive in Jersey City.

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CD3 race: MacArthur's wife calls latest Belgard For Congress press release "disturbing and sad"

CD3 race: MacArthur's wife calls latest Belgard For Congress press release "disturbing and sad"

A new voice has entered the congressional debate between Republican businessman Tom MacArthur and Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard in CD3. The speaker?

It’s the former’s wife, Debbie MacArthur.

In a letter today, Debbie MacArthur fired back at a recent Belard For Congress press release that called the Republican’s latest campaign ad “deceitful.” She said she took offense to the characterization, and accused the Burlington County freeholder of “some strange attempt to score a few political points.”

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Rest in Peace: Eva Christine Conaway

PolitickerNJ extends profound condolences to Assemblyman Herb Conaway and his family.

The Conaways this week are mourning the death of the Assemblyman's mother, Eva Christine Conaway.

The daughter of late Perlie D. Godard and late Eva Viola Godard, Mrs. Conaway was born on August 12, 1938 in Martin County, North Carolina.  After a long and valiant struggle from Alzheimer’s, she was called to glory on July 24, 2014 at her home in Bordentown.

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AG's Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

AG's Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former top official of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC) pleaded guilty today to conspiring to manipulate testing of the agency’s water supply to falsify results and report lower levels of a regulated contaminant in the drinking water supplied to customers. 

William Mowell, 52, of Wyckoff, the former assistant executive director and engineer for the EOWC, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree conspiracy before Superior Court Judge Carolyn Wright in Essex County.  Mowell was indicted on Feb. 12, 2013, along with Harry L. Mansmann, the former executive director of the EOWC.  Mansmann is now deceased.  Mowell pleaded guilty to a charge that he conspired to engage in a pattern of official misconduct, tamper with public records, and violate both the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act and the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act.  Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Mowell be sentenced to three years in state prison.  Judge Wright scheduled sentencing for Mowell for Nov. 7.

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Spat over sexual harassment lawsuit adds color to Ocean County freeholder race

Spat over sexual harassment lawsuit adds color to Ocean County freeholder race

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a county supervisor earlier this year against a former private contractor is creating waves in an otherwise uneventful Ocean County freeholder race, where Republican incumbent Joseph Vicari is looking to stake out another year on the board.

Debate over the lawsuit, which was filed by general supervisor of building services for the county Rosemary Mennona and her husband, John, on April 4 in state Superior Court in Monmouth County, was resurrected earlier this month when Tim Ryan, the Democratic hopeful bent on unseating Vicari from his 33-year post, brought it up at a July 2nd council meeting. At the meeting, Ryan asked the board who would pay for the legal fees incurred as a result of the lawsuit, which is currently in litigation.

In response, Vicari quickly dismissed the suit as “frivolous,” adding that the contractor, Joseph Veni, was fired shortly after the allegations arose.  The exchange was recorded in a video released by Ryan’s campaign earlier this week.

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The Back Room

Names on the LD7 GOP bench

In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 29th

  Faced with violent crime wave, Baraka, Fulop and Torres forge three-city partnership JERSEY CITY – And then there were three. That’s what it looked like, at least, when a late-arriving and widely beaming Paterson Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres in cream-colored suit joined political allies Jersey City Mayor Steve...

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Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

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