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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In Irvington, Smith burnishes backing of Crump, Johnson in mayor's contest

In Irvington, Smith burnishes backing of Crump, Johnson in mayor's contest

Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith received the endorsements of several unions and politicians in his bid for reelection on May 13th, including Newark Municipal Council President Mildred Crump, Essex County Freeholder Rufus Johnson and Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca. 

President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and the former President and Chairman of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, Smith has also received endorsements from the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, the Communication Workers of America (including its locals 1037 and 1039), RWDSU local 108, and New Jersey Citizen Action. 

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Newark mayor's race: former Newark FOP president backs Jeffries, calls Baraka's record on crime "dangerous"

Newark mayor's race: former Newark FOP president backs Jeffries, calls Baraka's record on crime "dangerous"

NEWARK - A former president of the same Newark-based Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) chapter that endorsed Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka last month lashed out in an open letter on Monday, calling the South Ward councilman "part of the problem" in Newark's war on crime. 

The letter by Derrick Hatcher, the former president of FOP Lodge #12, was issued by Newark First, an independent expenditure group that supports Baraka's rival in the race, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. Addressed to members of the law enforcement community, Hatcher assails Baraka's record on crime as "troubling" and "dangerous." 

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Destination 4th Ward: Perceived wounded mayor in Paterson prompts contenders into his base

Destination 4th Ward: Perceived wounded mayor in Paterson prompts contenders into his base

PATERSON – Mayoral challengers are going aggressively after voters in the 4th Ward in effort to grab support from incumbent Mayor Jeffrey Jones and build battering rams against fellow contender former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres.

The campaign of Council President Andre Sayegh (pictured) dispatched the mayoral candidate to the 4th Ward this weekend in a pinpointed effort to reach African-American voters.

“The campaign is fully immersed and fully invested,” said Sayegh of the ward in question, which Jones carried against Torres and Sayegh in 2010.

But Sayegh is not the only one taking his brand into the 4th.

Convinced that the incumbent mayor is mortally wounded after four trying years and stirred by the sight of a less than vibrant campaign HQ around the corner from the Market Street-dominant optics of Torres' headquarters, Sayegh’s allies want to peel votes out of Jones’ base to position themselves for a May 13th head-to-head with Torres.

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The Back Room

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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Wake-Up Call

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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The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

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Quote of the day

“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones

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