Egea Hearing: O'Toole's reversal on Fulop

Egea Hearing: O'Toole's reversal on Fulop

TRENTON – State Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40) enthusiastically backed Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop in last year’s local election.

He gave Fulop’s campaign at least $25,000.

But O’Toole today got forcefully behind Assemblywoman Amy Handlin’s (R-13) motion to refer to the state Attorney General’s Office an allegation against Fulop made by the former police chief demoted by the mayor.

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Bramnick, Handlin blast Investigations Committee for lack of results

Bramnick, Handlin blast Investigations Committee for lack of results

TRENTON - Minutes before the Legislative Select Committee on Investigation began its questioning of Chris Christie’s incoming Chief of Staff Regina Egea here today, two Republican lawmakers on the committee called for an end to the man hunt. 

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13) and state Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-21) asked why the committee, led by chairman John Wisniewski (D-19), has yet to turn up concrete results on what caused last year's lane closings on the George Washington Bridge despite already hearing from a number of top Chris Christie aides.

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Torres appoints Paterson Democratic Committee vice chair to Planning Board

Torres appoints Paterson Democratic Committee vice chair to Planning Board
Abdel-aziz (left) with Assad Akhter of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell's (D-9) office.

Paterson Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres took steps to further neutralize his vanquished May rival in the mayor's contest last night and make nice with the Democratic Party when he appointed Al Abdel-aziz and Nelly Hidalgo Celi to the Paterson Planning Board.

Celi was Councilman Andre Sayegh's campaign manager in 2010, and went over to the Torres camp in this year's election. Her appointment is less of an immediate political statement than that of Abdel-aziz.

The latter was a key Sayegh ally in the 2014 contest, leading the get-out-the-vote effort in the 6th Ward.

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ELEC: Party committee fundraising the weakest it's been in 8 years

ELEC: Party committee fundraising the weakest it's been in 8 years

TRENTON - The so-called “Big Six” fundraising committees reported the weakest combined campaign finance activity in at least eight years, a sign that independent spending by special interest groups may be taking a toll on traditional fundraising committees, according to an analysis by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

“It may be no coincidence that in the year after special interest groups spent a record $41 million independently of parties and candidates, traditional fundraising committees are struggling,” said Jeff Brindle, ELEC’s Executive Director.

Reports filed by the two state parties and four legislative leadership committees revealed a combined reserve of just $800,994. At this point last year, the cash-on-hand for both parties totaled $3.2 million - nearly four times as much. Even compared to 2012, which was an off-election year, the total is low.

The following ELEC table representing Jan. 1 through June 30th of this year, shows the big six committees, the money they raised, spent, cash on hand, followed by their net worth.

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Morning Digest: July 17th

Morning Digest: July 17th

Ramsey mayor's race: three candidates vie for open seat in midst of contentious Bergen political season

Ramsey mayor's race: three candidates vie for open seat in midst of contentious Bergen political season

RAMSEY - One of the most distinctive features of this approximately 15,000-person northern Bergen County borough is the long, rolling lawn in front of the local high school. This November, Ramsey voters will roll into their voting booths with more choices on the ballot than usual. 

First and foremost, Ramsey residents will decide who will fill the seat left vacant by Republican incumbent Mayor Christopher Botta, who did not choose to seek reelection. Seeking a four-year term are Independent Richard Muti and Democrat Julie O'Brien and Republican Deirdre Dillon. At the same time, Ramsey voters will choose between Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan and her Democratic challenger, Bergen County Freeholder Jim Tedesco, in the Bergen County Executive's race; six-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) and Democratic challenger Roy Cho in the Fifth Congressional District contest; and Bergen County native U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in his reelection bid against GOP challenger Jeff Bell.

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CD5: Garrett has almost $3.2 million COH

CD5: Garrett has almost $3.2 million COH

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) has nearly $3.2 million cash on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Garrett raised nearly $1.6 million so far this year as he prepares for a general election showdown with Democratic challenger Roy Cho.

The movement conservative Republican reported zero debt.

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Sources: Chivukula in line for BPU spot

Sources: Chivukula in line for BPU spot

The always federally game Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) might be serving his last term in the legislature, sources say.

With the blessing of powerful allies in his party, the veteran lawmaker is awaiting a flight path out of the Statehouse to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

A Somerset Dem and engineer by trade, Chivukula ran afoul of the Middlesex County Democratic Party last year when he ran for Congress in the 12th District, making life more difficult for state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14).

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The Back Room

Stung in NY, Astorino says Christie should think about stepping down as RGA chair

Dissed by Gov. Chris Christie, New York Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said Christie should consider stepping down from his post as chairman of the Republican Governors Assocation.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 22nd

  Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83. (Editor/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/77506/union-county-sheriff-ralph-froehlich-has-died     Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November ...

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Op-Ed

Legislation needed to restore balance in election financing

By JEFF BRINDLE Much has been written about the magnitude of campaign spending by independent special interest groups.  But until now, there has been little discussion about the impact. During the 2012 Presidential and Congressional contests,... Read More >

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