TRENTON – A state audit of the Menlo Park Veterans Home released Tuesday showed, among other things, that 50 percent of employees with outside employment had not disclosed it as required.
According to the report prepared by the state Auditor, 36 of 72 workers had not self-reported outside work or political activity as required by policy.
“Failure to disclose outside employment to management increases the risk of a conflict of interest between the employee’s primary job at the home and any additional jobs,’’ the audit stated.Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie named his brother and his friend and longtime advisor as co-chairmen of his 2014 Inaugural Committee.
Todd Christie and Bill Palatucci will head the committee responsible for all the events surrounding the governor’s second inaugural reception, Christie’s team announced Wednesday. Both each previously served as co-chairmen of Christie’s 2010 Inaugural Committee.Read More >
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 election.
Speaking before a crowd of approximately 300 supporters at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, Donovan set the tone for an anticipated hard fight against a yet-to-be-named Democratic challenger.
"Despite what you may have heard, and much to my enemies' unhappiness, I'm running for re-election as Bergen County Executive," Donovan said. "We inherited a government run by political bosses that knew no limits on wasteful spending. We stopped that. We made changes - and we angered some people who liked things the way they were.
"Tonight is just one small step in an eleven-month journey that we will take together, my friends. There will be good times and there will be rough times," Donovan added. "We are fighting against people who want to take control of Bergen County government simply to fulfill a political agenda. They will fight hard and dirty, but we're ready for them."Read More >
HILLSIDE - Councilwoman Angela Garretson defeated incumbent Mayor Joe Menza in tonight's runoff election.
The unofficial vote totals were Garretson 1,936 and Menza 1,556.
Garretson defined herself as the Democrat running in a Democratic Party-advantage town, while Menza tried to paint his challenger as too tied to Newark.Read More >
The nation's largest property services union today formally endorsed South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka for mayor of Newark.
"Newark needs a mayor who will stand up for working men and women," said Kevin Brown, New Jersey 32BJ State Director. "Ras Baraka has shown leadership and commitment to making Newark work for working families. He is an ardent supporter of legislation that our members consider essential to make our city more livable, like earned sick leave, prevailing wage laws and in-state college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants. Ras is a true progressive."Read More >
Edison Mayor-elect Tom Lankey today announced the formation of his transition team, to be chaired by Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac.
“I am honored that John has graciously agreed to facilitate a smooth transition and to lend Edison the benefit of his experience and knowledge to guide my new administration,” Lankey said.
Mayor of Woodbridge since 2006, McCormac served as N.J. Treasurer under former Gov. James McGreevey and was chief financial officer and business administrator in Woodbridge during McGreevey's tenure as mayor.
HILLSIDE - If you take a wrong turn here you end up in another county before you can turn around, in this town where cul de sacs turn into highway on-ramps.
It's the scene today of a mayoral runoff between incumbent Independent Mayor Joe Menza and Democratic Party challenger Councilwoman Angela Garretson.
Garretson hit Calvin Coolidge Elementary School ahead of the mayor with time running out on the contest, before that late afternoon push from both sides.
"His campaign has been so divisive, it's not what the people of Hillside want," said the councilwoman. "His campaign has been low and despicable and it shows that he has to run this kind of campaign because he has no vision."Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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