Sources: Danielson in good position to succeed Chivukula

TRENTON - Central Jersey sources say Joe Danielson, chairman of the Franklin Twp. Democratic Committee, is in a strong position to succeed Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) with the support of the Somerset County Democratic Committee.

Chivukula is seeking appointment to the Board of Public Utilities and appears to be on a strong glide path to land the job.

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Christie: Mroz and Chivukula to BPU

Christie: Mroz and Chivukula to BPU

TRENTON - Governor Chris Christie today announced his selection of two new Board of Public Utilities Commissioners.

Christie announced his choices of Richard Mroz, a former Whitman Administration Chief Counsel, Special Counsel, and Authorities director; and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, Chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.

The governor reappointed to a third term Commissioner Joseph Fiordaliso, a serving BPU Commissioner.

Mroz will serve as the next President of the BPU.

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Roque appoints Vega to NHCA Board

Roque appoints Vega to NHCA Board

TRENTON - The bromance continues in West New York ahead of next year's municipal election.

On Tuesday night, West New York Mayor Felix Roque appointed former Mayor Silverio "Sal" Vega to the North Hudson Community Action Corporation.

Roque defeated Vega in 2011.

This year, Vega endorsed Roque.

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Sources: Fox to be new DOT commish

Sources: Fox to be new DOT commish

TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie danced with Jaimie Foxx, but he wants Jamie Fox's moves.

Former McGreevey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox of Lambertville will return to the job, replacing James Simpson as Christie's new Department of Transportation commissioner, according to three sources.

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Watson Coleman on CD3 race: Belgard's message 'resonating' with voters

Watson Coleman on CD3 race: Belgard's message 'resonating' with voters

TRENTON - Reacting to recent polling numbers that show Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard neck-and-neck with her Republican opponent in CD3, fellow Democrat and congressional candidate Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) said she's not surprised that the Burlington County freeholder is holding her own in a race that many assume is the Republican's to lose.

During a press conference yesterday where she accepted an endorsement from the Sierra Club of her own campaign against Somerset County doctor Alieta Eck in CD12, Watson Coleman said Belgard's message is "resonating" with voters in CD3.

"She's right on the issues, she's standing up for people in her district, and I think that message is resonating," Watson Coleman said of Belgard, the Democratic contender in a historically red-leaning CD3. "I also think that people are very weary in the state of New Jersey about who they're sending back to Congress. They want things to get done. They want to walk away from this sort of no-ism that is taking over the Congress and they want people who are willing to work with one another so that they can come to solutions on some of these problems."

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Morning Digest: September 18th

Morning Digest: September 18th

Firefighters back Tedesco in Bergen County Exec's race

Firefighters back Tedesco in Bergen County Exec's race

The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey tonight announced their endorsement and support of James Tedesco for Bergen County Executive.

“In these difficult times in New Jersey, it is important to have people in place that are able to get the job done. James Tedesco is just what Bergen County needs, he shares the same values as does the taxpayers of Bergen County,” said Dominick Marino, President of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey. "As a professional firefighter’s union, our support for a candidate is not offered lightly. We endorse and support candidates based upon either their performance or stated positions or a combination thereof concerning our issues. Our membership consists of dedicated public safety professionals, hardworking taxpayers supporting families who cherish and exercise their right to vote! On behalf of the members of the PFANJ, I proudly endorse James Tedesco for Bergen County Executive."

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With Scotland on brink of independence vote, N.J. Scots watch and wonder about future

With Scotland on brink of independence vote, N.J. Scots watch and wonder about future

KEARNY - For over 100 years, Scottish culture has been a part of Kearny's culture as waves of Scots came to this Hudson County town to start new lives. The Scots who remain in Kearny after decades of steady dissemination to the suburbs are now transfixed to their televisions. On Thursday, they will watch what could be the end of an over 300-year relationship back home - the potential breakup of the United Kingdom as Scotland votes on independence. 

"I've been reading it could be very close, or an outright landslide for the 'yes' vote," said Alastair Stewart, 58, the owner of Stewart's Scottish Market on Kearny Avenue, as he watched footage of a pro-independence rally in Glasgow festooned with blue-and-white Scottish flags. 

Stewart's grandfather, Albert, came to Kearny from his native Paisley, Scotland to start the store in 1931, not long after he fought with the Black Watch, one of the greatest of the Scottish Highland regiments in the British Army. Decades later, Alastair thinks that Scots should be fighting for themselves.

"I think it should be a 'yes' vote. If it's a 'no' vote, nothing happens. Change is good," said Stewart, of Kearny, as a portrait of famed Scottish poet Robert Burns looked down from the wall. "If they vote yes, Scottish people will have more control over their own destiny. Scotland could be the Switzerland of northern Europe. They could float their own currency and back it up with all that North Sea oil that they have. When people vote, it's either about love or money. The people who are voting yes, they're voting with their hearts. The money will come."

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Morning Digest: September 23rd

Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse. In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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