Newark mayor's race: Jersey City Mayor Fulop, a Baraka backer, endorses Ramos, Jeffries slate member

Newark mayor's race: Jersey City Mayor Fulop, a Baraka backer, endorses Ramos, Jeffries slate member

NEWARK - To the casual observer of Newark politics, the scene at Don Pepe's restaurant on Thursday night was confusing, unless one considers a force that is at times more powerful than politics: friendship.

North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. hosted a fundraising event where more than 200 people waited to hear him speak. Ramos, an erstwhile mayoral candidate, dropped his bid to be Newark's political CEO in February. Shortly thereafter, he joined the council slate of mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries. 

But before Ramos addressed the crowd, one supporter stepped forth and stepped up to the microphone: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop. 

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Winners and Losers: Week of April 14th

Winners and Losers: Week of April 14th

The state weathered another week of politics, as Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries upped his TV visibility with less than a month to go before Election Day; Paterson mayoral candidates took to the trail for numerous continuing debate forums; and the money game in federal contests gave glimpses of coming challenges and/or more wins and losses…

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Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral race

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral race

BAYONNE - 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 Smith fundraiser at the Bayonne Golf Club that included Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), state Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20), state Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell (D-31), Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal and New Jersey Laborers Union leader Ray Pocino. "I am going to be as helpful as humanly possible over the next month of the campaign." 

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Governor Christie files direct appointments

Governor Christie files direct appointments

Governor Chris Christie filed the following direct appointments with the Secretary of State's Office...

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Elizabeth Ward Races: Dasilva prevails in residency court case

Elizabeth Ward Races: Dasilva prevails in residency court case

The courts and streets intersect with a vengeance in Elizabeth politics. 

In advance of the June 3rd Democratic Primary election where six ward seats are at stake, a Superior Court Judge this afternoon ruled in favor of Elizabeth Council candidate Armando Dasilva in a residency case.

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Fulop on arbitration cap bill fight: "We're going to defer" to Prieto

Fulop on arbitration cap bill fight: "We're going to defer" to Prieto

JERSEY CITY - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop declined on Thursday to get directly involved in the ongoing debate over interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters, but indicated that he trusted State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto's (D-32) leadership. 

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Goow denounces Sayegh crime plan as 'weak'

Goow denounces Sayegh crime plan as 'weak'

PATERSON - Trying to position himself in the Paterson mayor’s race as the law and order candidate, private eye Aslon Goow bashed a rival’s crime prevention plan as derivative of his own. 

“I think it’s very weak,” said Goow, reacting to the plan submitted by Council President Andre Sayegh. “Everyone is piggybacking off of my plan. It’s weak.”

Like another contender, former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, Goow supports curfews as a crime-curtailer.

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The Back Room

Was Buono/Silva a precursor to a national Democratic ticket?

An unprecedented number of female U.S. senators (20; 16 of them Democrats) has insiders chatting about a possible all-female national ticket if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president.

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Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

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Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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