Fight of the Week
Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9)
The most-watched race of the season after Labor Day will be Donovan versus Bergen County Freeholder (and former Paramus Mayor) James Tedesco. Republicans are confident that Donovan’s mix of money and name ID and Obama backlash will blunt the Democrats’ attack. But Dems are trying to take advantage of the fact that the popular Pascrell will be on the ticket for the first time in a Bergen County executive’s race and in position to fight house to house in Donovan’s home portion of the sprawling county.Read More >
WEST NEW YORK – The Saccoites in the vicinity of Cosmo Cirillo tensed up at the sight of the familiar grim reaper figure in the doorway with the Ivan Drago expression on his face otherwise known as Mark Albiez, veteran political confidant of Union City Mayor/Senator Brian P. Stack.
But before anyone reached for a bottle to break over the bar in Son Cubano, Joey Muniz and other cooler heads prevailed, reminding their fellow Sacco heavies that Albiez no longer works for Stack.
He is, in fact, an aide to Hudson’s young prince, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.
Cirillo and those other operatives long schooled in the cloak and dagger escapades of North Bergen versus Union City summoned their most sociable grins as Albiez joined the party.Read More >
The last time political observers in New Jersey witnessed an open seat race in South Jersey's 3rd congressional district, it was in 2008, when the late John Adler, fighting for a post vacated by Jim Saxton, beat out the Republican competition to become the first Democrat to win in the red-leaning district in over a century.
The political dynamics at the time made for a perfect storm: Adler, riding national Democratic support on the rising tide of a Barack Obama revolution -- and, already a well-established New Jersey political animal, with the wind of South Jersey's Democratic family (i.e., George Norcross III) at his back -- ran a whirlwind campaign to beat out Chris Myers, Medford mayor and Gulf War veteran, with 52 to Myers' 48 percent of the vote.
But that was six years ago, and -- fast-forwarding to today -- those political dynamics that paved the way for Adler's victory aren’t the same as those surrounding the campaign of Democratic candidate Aimee Belgard and her prospects against former Randolph mayor, district expat, and multi-millionaire Tom MacArthur.Read More >
WEST NEW YORK – When local pain specialist Dr. Felix Roque delivered U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) from discomfort and restored him to the golf course, the congressman in return indulged the political fancies of his friend, which wound up causing Roque a world of hurt.
But that was then, this is now, and those same insiders high-fiving one another at the sight of Roque in leg iron agony last year, tonight showed up in respectful reappraisal of West New York’s mayor eight months before his scheduled re-election.
“He’s a good guy,” leered a face at the bar in Son Cubano, and one could almost hear the nasal narration of Ray Liotta expounding on that point.
“He’s a good fella.”
One half expected Paul Sorvino to show up and tousle Roque’s hair.
“You can only do it by earning it,” sized up U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who acknowledged that he and Roque started their relationship on rocky terms, made most shockingly manifest when the mayor backed the incumbent senator's Republican opponent in the 2012 U.S. Senate race.Read More >
CAMDEN - The campaign of Donald Norcross, the Democratic candidate in the First Congressional District, sharply criticized Republican rival Garry Cobb on Wednesday for what the campaign asserts is a "disturbing pattern" in recent statements he has made.
A South Jersey Democratic operative sent a screen shot to PolitickerNJ on Wednesday of what they claimed was a Facebook post recently up on the Garry Cobb for Congress Facebook page.
"Just as I worked with Republican Gov. Chris Christie to pass landmark bail reform registration, I am eager to work with anyone and everyone to get things done for my constituents," the Cobb campaign post read.
A search of recent postings on the Garry Cobb for Congress Facebook page appears to indicate that the post has been taken down.Read More >
RED BANK - Joe Kyrillos' perspective on New Jersey politics has roots in his Monmouth County home, but has stretched statewide because of a word critical in Garden State politics: relationships.
The veteran Republican state Senator from the 13th Legislative District, who has served in the Legislature since 1988, has built a network from his Middletown home base that has extended around New Jersey, as evidenced during his unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Bob Menendez in 2012.
Kyrillos' close political and personal alliance with Gov. Chris Christie is well known. The governor even played matchmaker for Kyrillos and his wife, Susan.
In a phone interview with PolitickerNJ from his Red Bank office, Kyrillos, 54, riffed on Republican power in Monmouth, as well as the direction of the GOP in the Chris Christie era.Read More >
He looked like a go for attorney general based on what insiders universally assess as a sterling record and statehouse likeability, but the mood around Kevin O’Dowd’s nomination has decidedly darkened.
“He will not be the attorney general,” said a political insider, a Democrat, close to the process.
A Republican, also speaking on condition of anonymity and inside the halls of power offered a one-word snapshot of O’Dowd’s prospects: “Bleak.”
Both sources emphasized that at least by the reckoning of those close to the gears of government, it’s nothing O’Dowd did or didn’t fulfill as Christie’s chief-of-staff that will sink his AG chances.Read More >
A polling memo prepared by a company with ties to Gov. Chris Christie shows public support for red light cameras.Read More >
Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...
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By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students. The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >
"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi- The Daily Beast
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