Sources: WNY pols pull in HCDO's Prieto to help put down energized Munoz

Sources: WNY pols pull in HCDO's Prieto to help put down energized Munoz

The allies of West New York Mayor Felix Roque want Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman (HCDO) Vinny Prieto to intervene more aggressively on behalf of Commissioner Caridad Rodriguez in the June Democratic Primary for freeholder.

They’ve called a meeting set for this evening to sit down with the chairman to figure out a containment strategy for discarded incumbent Freeholder Jose Munoz.  

The feds’ star witness against Roque in a computer hacking trial last year that ended with a jury acquitting the mayor, Munoz evidently didn’t get the memo that he’s supposed to be political roadkill.

And establishment sources fret that he’s personally taking chunks out of the organization at the local level with a very energized campaign.  

Alert, Roque also craves payback for the job Munoz tried to do on him at that trial.

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CD 12 hopefuls attend Christie's 119th town hall

CD 12 hopefuls attend Christie's 119th town hall

SOMERSET – A Democratic lawmaker locked in a primary against fellow Statehouse colleagues for an opportunity to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) in Congress didn’t miss an opportunity to hear directly from Gov. Chris Christie Tuesday.

Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) snagged a front row seat for the governor’s 119th town hall meeting.

“I’m here out of respect for the governor,” he told PolitickerNJ ahead of Christie’s town hall in his backyard.

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Kean hosting N.J. fundraiser for Jeb Bush's son

Kean hosting N.J. fundraiser for Jeb Bush's son

State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. is reportedly set to hold a fundraiser for the son of a possible 2016 presidential hopeful.

Kean, who Christie had a hand in trying to oust from his leadership position in the state Senate, is hosting a fundraiser at his home for George P. Bush, son of Jeb Bush, on May 7, POLITICO reports.

Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor, is a favorite for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination among establishment-class Republicans, a mantle Christie held before the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy tarnished his national image, POLITICO notes.

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Protesters wait for Christie at town hall on Tax Day

Protesters wait for Christie at town hall on Tax Day

SOMERSET – At least a dozen critics of Gov. Chris Christie were picketing outside of his latest town hall event to call attention to what they charge is the governor’s practice of wasting taxpayer dollars.

The groups, which have become a staple on Christie’s town hall circuit, charge the governor with wasting millions of public funds to promote his own political agenda, said Dena Mottola Jaborska, of New Jersey Citizen Action.

“Time and time again,” she said, the governor has used taxpayer dollars for the purposes of “promoting Chris Christie instead of helping the people of the state.”

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CD 12 race: Watson Coleman opens Trenton campaign headquarters, a city key to victory

CD 12 race: Watson Coleman opens Trenton campaign headquarters, a city key to victory

TRENTON - In the close race for the Democratic nomination in New Jersey's Twelfth Congressional District, state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) came close to home on Monday night.

Watson Coleman opened up her Trenton headquarters on South Broad Street, blocks from the Statehouse where she has served in the state Legislature since 1998. A few miles from her Ewing home, she was flanked by her Mercer County allies, including Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes and state Sen. Shirley Turner (D-15). At one point, Watson Coleman held her grandchild as she addressed a crowd of 75 supporters and made her case for Congress. 

"I can be a voice in Congress, just like I think I've been a voice in New Jersey, standing up for working-class families, standing up for those who have the least among us, and where the least voice is heard," Watson Coleman said. 

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Morning Digest: April 15, 2014

CD3 Race: Lonegan reports $172K cash on hand

CD3 Race: Lonegan reports $172K cash on hand

Running in the 3rd Congressional District’s Republican Primary, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan reported $301,688 in total contributions for the period starting Jan. 1st of this year and ending on the 31st of last month, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

The movement conservative candidate for Congress who last year ran for U.S. Senate, Lonegan has $172,054 cash on hand, but also reports $161,209 in owed debt, according to the federal report.

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East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum

East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum

PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made the case for why he or she can best revive the state’s third largest city.

Cliques and preferred rivalries have developed along this jagged campaign trail, leaving the two women in the contest to share the conclusion that men have fairly uniformly contributed to the city’s ruin.

“I like her,” Maria Teresa Feliciano said following the concluding remarks of her fellow competitor, Health and Human Services Director Donna Nelson Ivy, who threw up an arm in solidarity.

Cleaving to his message that the last 12 years have been a disaster, Council President Andre Sayegh attempted to simultaneously detonate both incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones and former Mayor  Jose “Joey” Torres.

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Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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