NEWARK - Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James emerged from the crowd at Monday night's Newark mayoral candidate forum to say that soon, he would not be standing alone.
"I'm not going to sit on the fence. A candidate is communicating with me now. I'm involved with a candidate. Only one," James, 78, Newark's mayor from 1986 to 2006, told PolitickerNJ.com. "At the appropriate time, at his call, I will stand forth and give an endorsement and the reasons why."
James would not say which of the two main mayoral candidates, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka or former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries, he has been engaged in talks with in recent weeks. But if fashion is any indication of political proclivities, on a frigid weekday night, James was wearing the same style of wool hat with a prominent pom-pom on top worn by many Baraka supporters.Read More >
A majority of voters in New York (64 percent), New Jersey (59 percent) and Virginia (56 percent) have a favorable view of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and name her most often in each state as the one eligible person that they would most like to see as the next President according to simultaneous identical polls conducted by Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey and Siena College in New York. In early 2016 Presidential horseraces in each state, Clinton tops New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Senator Rand Paul and Congressman Paul Ryan by over 35 points in New York, 8 (Christie) to 14 (Paul) points in Virginia and even leads Christie by 10 in New Jersey while up there by 25 to 29 over Ryan and Paul.
"It's early, very early, but in these three states worth 56 of 270 electoral votes needed to win, Hillary Clinton is well-liked, the top choice by margins of 4 or 5 to one in New York and Virginia and named more than twice as often in Governor Christie's home state. Head to head, she is untouchable in New York, has majorities in New Jersey and a lead in the potential battleground state of Virginia over not only two lesser known Republican hopefuls, Paul and Ryan, but over Christie who can no longer muster 50 percent favorable in any of the three states," according to Don Levy, Director of the Siena College Research Institute.
Burlington County Regular Republican Screening Committee Chairman Steve Solomon this evening chimed the Ocean County GOP Screening Committee's weekend endorsement of former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur in the 3rd Congressional District.
“Our Screening Committee, as well as our Republican Municipal Chairs, are proud to enthusiastically endorse Tom MacArthur for Congress in the Third District and will forward our recommendation to the full County Committee for their consideration,” said Solomon, who is also the Moorestown GOP Municipal Chairman.Read More >
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement regarding developments in Ukraine and a Congressional response:
“Russia's military intervention in Ukraine constitutes a clear violation of international law and demands a swift and coordinated response from the international community to support the Ukraine and counter Russian efforts to annex Ukrainian territory by force.
“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is developing a bipartisan legislative package to provide critical support to Ukraine, which is teetering on the brink of economic collapse following years of chronic government mismanagement and corruption. This legislation will authorize funds to provide at least $1 billion in loan guarantees to provide structural support to Ukraine's economy, as well as authorize technical assistance for energy reforms, support elections, strengthen civil society, combat corruption, and assist Ukraine in the recovery of stolen assets."Read More >
In response to Russia dispatching forces to the Ukraine and the subsequent news that the United States is preparing sanctions against Russia, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) stood with the Obama Administration.
"Russia's military aggression in Ukraine threatens peace and security in the region and cannot be allowed to stand," Pascrell said. "I strongly believe that the people of Ukraine have the right to determine their own future and respect for their nation's sovereignty must be maintained. This is why I stand with the Obama Administration's actions today to prepare and accelerate sanctions on Russia.
"Furthermore, I believe President Obama and our allies should take immediate steps to have Russia removed as a member of the G-8. There can be no other alternative to this standoff other than Mr. Putin immediately withdrawing all Russian troops from Crimea."Read More >
NEWARK - As the Newark mayoral race comes closer to the May 13 municipal election, the voice of U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10), the scion of one of Newark's most powerful political families, has yet to be officially heard. Yet several Democratic sources have told PolitickerNJ.com that has had serious discussions with the campaign of former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries about a potential endorsement, a move that would have repercussions for this year's election and beyond.
"It's a power thing. Why should [Payne Jr.] give [Baraka] more power?" said an Essex County Democratic political operative who requested anonymity. "If you want to centralize control in the South Ward, why would you want to have to fight with Baraka as mayor, when you can have a closer ally with Jeffries, who would not be coming after your base?"
Payne Jr.'s decision, if he ultimately decides to jump into the 2014 mayoral race, should be seen in the context of Newark's political history. In the aftermath of the 1967 riot, African-Americans achieved political dominance in Newark with the victory of Ken Gibson in the 1970 mayoral election. During the following decades, the Payne family, led by the late U.S. Rep. Donald Payne Sr., built a strong political base in Newark's South Ward. At the same time, the Baraka family, led by the late poet and activist Amiri Baraka, constructed an overlapping foundation of grass-roots political and cultural support based in the same neighborhood.Read More >
A CD 3 hopeful running with the South Jersey Democratic establishment’s support is also getting some attention from national Democrats.
Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard’s campaign announced Monday she earned a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue program. The nod amounts to DCCC financial and strategic support as Belgard battles two other Democratic challengers vying for a spot on the ticket in Republican-leaning CD 3.Read More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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