Union City Police last night arrested a man who had wanted to run against Mayor Brian P. Stack earlier this year. They charged Jose Falto after complying with his directive to confiscate his gun and then hearing him make what they construed as a threatening comment about the mayor.
Police charged Falto with making terroristic threats, according to the police report.
In separate interviews with PolitickerNJ, Falto blamed the police and the city, saying their actions amounted to payback because he nursed designs on challenging the mayor and said he plans to sue, while Stack said he takes the threat seriously and expressed concern for his family.
The backdrop this week for both men reflects personal duress and strain.
Falto’s ex-wife died this week and he said his behavior was an expression of pure grief. For his part, Stack is going through family turmoil himself, as he cares for his ailing, 82 year-old mother.
The two men have a history.Read More >
The big debate among insiders and observers in the Statehouse last week revolved around the legislature's approval of two of Gov. Chris Christie's nominations, both well known Democrats, to key state positions -- Jamie Fox, a longtime political operative and former transportation commissioner, to the Department of Transportation, and Upendra Chivukula, a respected assemblyman with a track record of progressive environmentalism, to the Board of Public Utilities.
All agreed that both candidates were obviously qualified, but that didn't keep observers from musing about what, exactly, the Republican governor -- and particularly one with looming national political aspirations ahead of the 2016 Republican primaries -- gained by appointing liberals to the powerful posts. The best guesses varied.
Was it a move to boost his managerial skills in an effort to look more presidential in the eyes of voters and donors? A deal cut with his political compatriot across the aisle, Senate President Steve Sweeney, to get a savvy pol into the DOT position to sell a gas tax and fix a broken Transportation Trust Fund (seemingly Sweeney's top priority at the moment)? Or was it something else, a down payment to South Jersey's political boss, George Norcross III, who wants Sweeney in the governor's seat after Christie leaves and might have something to offer the Republican in his quest for the Oval Office?
None of those speculations placed the move squarely, however, so PolitickerNJ asked Sweeney himself today what he made of it all.Read More >
Talk to establishment Republicans and most of them – when prodded on gubernatorial 2017 politics – acknowledge the frontrunner status right now of Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.
But there are three names that continue to circulate along with the idea that the field could shape into a 2006 repeat, with multiple Republican hopefuls running into the vacuum created by Gov. Chris Christie’s departure.
Of the three recurring names, two stand on obvious opposite sides of the party and, in the words of one party insider, “will each take one statewide shot,” the question is when – and which office.
Neither appears determined to limit himself to either governor or senator.Read More >
HACKENSACK - The reelection campaign of County Executive Kathleen Donovan, the Republican incumbent, released a list of 17 campaign co-chairs on Tuesday. Two boldface Bergen Republican names were noticeably absent: Sheriff Michael Saudino and Freeholder John Felice.
The county executive's campaign stated that both Saudino and Felice were asked to be co-chairs. Saudino told PolitickerNJ on Wednesday the crux of his concerns with Donovan. On Thursday, it was Felice's turn to state why he declined her campaign's invitation.
"I've decided at this point not to endorse anyone," Felice told PolitickerNJ. "That's my position, and I'm sticking by it. I was asked to be a co-chair, and the response is the same one that I'm giving now."Read More >
The crowd of Republican big shots turned their heads skyward with the sound of a helicopter, descending like a Close Encounters of a Third Kind vision in a refinery-clear New Jersey sky absent the Orson Welles voice-over.
Donald Trump alighted on the green with his wife and made his way in to the Gov. Chris Christie fundraiser – the headliner, who, as it turned out, had already made his statement for the evening.
Trump wouldn’t amplify himself to the crowd.
Christie reserved the right to alone dominate the microphone, a careful piece of stagecraft meant to highlight the fact that as long as the governor occupies a room, so too does he hold the alpha male privilege to hold forth unencumbered by the voices of other power players.
This was the observation made by a Republican source, who found it just as baffling when, a month and change later, Romney occupied the same stage as Christie and intoned to a hushed crowd as Christie stood patiently in the wings.
“One of two things is happening,” explained the source, scrunched into a coffee house with the bill of a baseball cap shading his eyes.Read More >
The New Jersey Bureau of Securities, represented by the Division of Law, has filed suit against Vincent Falci, 55, of Middletown, and various investment companies he operated, after he allegedly defrauded 182 investors through the sale of approximately $5.4 million in unregistered securities.
In addition to filing suit in State Superior Court in Freehold, the Bureau of Securities summarily revoked the exemptions Falci could rely on to operate in the state’s securities industry without registration.Read More >
HACKENSACK - In preparation for the Bergen County Executive race in 2014, the two long-standing pillars and rivals of the Bergen Republican Party, County Executive Kathleen Donovan and Bergen Republican Chairman Bob Yudin, publicly made peace in December 2013. Joining hands, Donovan and Yudin presented a united front, one they maintained following the emergence of Democratic Freeholder Jim Tedesco as Donovan's challenger in the 2014 election.
As the campaign enters its critical final six weeks, political observers wonder if the other significant rift among Bergen Republicans can be repaired before Election Day: the feud between Donovan and Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino.Read More >
In his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Gov. Chris Christie campaigned in Wisconsin today with fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker.Read More >
Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged...
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By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
"When you're asked to cast a vote on a bill and it seems innocuous, and it's got a hidden land mine that perhaps only an expert would see, it would sort of behoove those experts to tell us in advance rather than make us look, shall we say, a little bit indecisive later on." - Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).- NJTV
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