NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries launched a verbal attack on Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop on Tuesday, questioning the reasons behind Fulop's endorsement of rival candidate Ras Baraka last month and demanding that Baraka reject the support of the mayor of New Jersey's second largest city.
The question of whether Newark will remain the Garden State's largest city was at the heart of Jeffries' mayoral campaign offensive. Jeffries specifically pointed to Fulop's comments during his State of the City address last Thursday.
"Jersey City will be the largest city in New Jersey by the end of 2016," Fulop said during his address last week.
"For me, we now know the true motives of the mayor of Jersey City's endorsement of my opponent, Councilman Baraka, which is to take Newark backward, and not forward," Jeffries said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference at his campaign's Central Ward headquarters. "Today, I am calling on Councilman Baraka to refuse Fulop's campaign support, financial or otherwise, and put Newark's families first for a change. Nothing short of a full denouncement of Fulop's political agenda at our expense is acceptable."
A former Marine who hoped to mount a CD 3 bid to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ) says he’s giving a U.S. Senate run serious consideration.
Chris Isola, who turned to work on Wall Street after the Marines, was vying for the Republican Party’s nod to succeed Runyan. However, GOP screening committees in both Ocean and Burlington counties threw their support behind another Republican congressional hopeful.
But that doesn’t mean local Republicans weren’t impressed with Isola, who PolitickerNJ reported earlier was being recruited to potentially challenge U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).Read More >
A former attorney in the Haddonfield office of a firm specializing in toxic tort litigation today admitted that he falsified defendants’ names in more than 100 asbestos suits filed in New York State courts in order to increase business and his standing in the firm, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Arobert C. Tonogbanua, 64, of Sicklerville, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of wire fraud.Read More >
TOMS RIVER – Gov. Chris Christie charged the media last month with being “the only people at the moment who are asking me about” the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.
At the time, he told a radio audience on his monthly “Ask the Governor” program that questions about the so-called Bridgegate scandal never came up because people care about “real” problems.Read More >
TOMS RIVER – Gov. Chris Christie sent a veiled threat to the Democratic-controlled Legislature Tuesday, saying his patience on bringing lawmakers to the table to discuss pension reform proposals “is not endless.”
The looming battle between New Jersey’s Republican governor and legislators continues to become more evident as Christie told a friendly crowd in Toms River that he’s on a mission to make additional changes to the state’s pension system.
“What I’m trying to do is save the pension system,” Christie declared, years after signing into law the state’s historic pension and health care benefits reforms of 2011.
He didn’t call anyone out by name and his comments were tempered. But the message was undisputable: Come to the table Democrats.Read More >
Two of the stars of the Bravo TV television show “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” today admitted committing a string of crimes as part of a long-running financial fraud conspiracy, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Teresa Giudice, 41, and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, 43, both of Towaco, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to several counts of the superseding indictment returned against them in July 2013.Read More >
Paterson bears down now on a Monday petition filing deadline for mayor next week and the fact that the city’s sitting chief executive hasn’t yet filed his paperwork has his rivals howling about his desire and the possibility that he won’t run again.
Mayor Jeff Jones dismissed the chatter, told PolitickerNJ that he will absolutely file by Monday’s deadline, and then took a few moments to go on offense.
“Absolutely,” said the mayor about his intentions to file for a second term run as he stares at a wide field of contenders, including former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, Council President Andre Sayegh, former Councilman Aslon Goow, Councilman Rigo Rodriguez and the Latino Leadership Alliance-backed Maria Teresa Feliciano.
On the campaign trail, Sayegh and Goow try to undermine each other while simultaneously packaging the Torres-Jones era as 12 years of failure.
Jones hears his rivals lumping him with his own old rival Torres and doesn’t dismiss it – with a twist.Read More >
TOMS RIVER – The CD 3 Republican hopeful who’s been recently racked up screening committee endorsements from Ocean and Burlington counties says attempts by his challengers to paint him as a carpet bagger are misguided.
Tom MacArthur, the former mayor of Randolph, says he’s long been invested in the area that he hopes to represent in Washington. MacArthur recently purchased a Toms River home to advance the CD 3 run to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan.
“I have commitments and roots here,” MacArthur told PolitickerNJ inside the retirement community center in Toms River where Gov. Chris Christie is prepared to host his 112th town hall meeting.Read More >
State Sen. Donald Norcross’ congressional campaign is getting a little help from the lawmaker’s older brother.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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