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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Attempted GOP leadership shake up after election was a 'mistake,' Christie spokesman tells internal review

Attempted GOP leadership shake up after election was a 'mistake,' Christie spokesman tells internal review

TRENTON – Tucked away in the interview notes of the administration’s internal review of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy is a fleeting reference to the state Senate’s minority leader.

State Sen. Tom Kean Jr. is briefly referenced in the Mastro report interview notes released Monday. Kean was mentioned in the interview notes of longtime Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak.

Drewniak described the governor being upset with staffers – including Drewniak – during a Dec. 13 senior staff meeting. The spokesman described Christie expressing frustration over a statement Drewniak issued in response to a story about an alleged conversation between Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Christie confronted Samson about Bridgegate allegations in January

Christie confronted Samson about Bridgegate allegations in January

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie first asked former Port Authority Chairman David Samson if he knew anything about the George Washington Bridge lane closings during an impromptu meeting at the governor’s mansion in January, according to documents.

Christie confronted Samson, who resigned as chairman of the bi-state agency late last month, during a crisis meeting at Drumthwacket. The governor met with key staffers and advisors in Princeton following the Jan. 8 news reports that first disclosed the now infamous “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email that ignited a firestorm that’s engulfed the administration.

The disclosure was made public after the firm that conducted an internal review into the Bridgegate controversy released interview notes from its report.

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LoBo has nearly $1.3 million COH

LoBo has nearly $1.3 million COH

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2) has more than $1.27 million cash-on-hand after raising $290,000 in the past three months, the LoBiondo for Congress campaign announced today.

The man seeking the Democratic nomination and the right to face LoBiondo in the general election has over $328,000 cash on hand after raising $190,515 this quarter.

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Former Labor Department unemployment insurance clerk indicted

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former unemployment insurance clerk for the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development was indicted today on charges that she stole $21,055 in unemployment benefits by using her access to the department’s computer system to redirect benefits from unemployment claims to her own bank account.

The Division of Criminal Justice obtained a state grand jury indictment charging Jeanette Rodriguez, 42, of Mount Laurel, with official misconduct (2nd degree), computer theft (2nd degree), and theft by deception (3rd degree).  The charges are the result of an investigation by the New Jersey Department of Labor-Office of Internal Audit and the Division of Criminal Justice Specialized Crimes Bureau.

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Firm releases details of Chris Christie's internal Bridgegate review

Firm releases details of Chris Christie's internal Bridgegate review

The law firm commissioned by the Gov. Chris Christie administration to conduct an internal review of the George Washington Bridge lane closings released details of its report Monday.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher released the interview memoranda from its internal review of the so-called Bridgegate controversy. The firm posted the documents on its website shortly after turning over the material to the legislative committee investigating the administration.

The memoranda contains the list of individuals the firm interviewed as part of its review in addition to hundreds of pages of summaries of witness interviews.

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The Back Room

Sweeney goes on offense

Days after Jersey City Mayor (and 2017 gubernatorial hopeful) Steve Fulop declared his support and fundraising devotion to South Jersey Congressional candidate Bill Hughes, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) see-sawed onto Fulop's turf with his own "I can find pockets of love in every part of this state including JC" statement.

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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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Paterson can flourish with a second chance

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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