NEWARK - In the crowd at Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo's kickoff this morning stood Shavar Jeffries, formerly of the Attorney General's Office and now a candidate for mayor of Newark.
His presence, he said, was not an endorsement.Read More >
NEWARK – The cross-the aisle poster boy for Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election bid this year, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo launched his own campaign this morning with an ice storm clawing at the Essex County College Gymnasium and a brace of Democrats staunchly at his side, notable among them U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10).
“I want to be re-elected'' DiVincenzo told the crowd. “I love my job.”
That job includes oversight of 3,500 workers in an overwhelmingly Democratic county with a population of 800,000.
The gym held a crammed-together assemblage of county and statewide Democratic forces who appeared unruffled by DiVincenzo’s very public support for Republican Christie.
Indeed, there were as many superlatives in the house as people, or it seemed that way anyway as Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) made the two-hour drive up to Essex County in life or death conditions, to back DiVincenzo for a fourth term.Read More >
TRENTON – North Jersey lawmaker Scott Rumana, (R-40), wanted Monday to focus the questioning of the Port Authority’s Cedrick Fulton on the overall issue of the George Washington Bridge users who are inconvenienced because three lanes are given over to host town Fort Lee.
“I know what it’s like to sit in this traffic,’’ Rumana said as the testimony and questioning of the Authority’s head of tunnels and bridges entered its third hour today.Read More >
TRENTON – A Port Authority official told state lawmakers Monday that after seeing how congested Fort Lee traffic had become on the first day of lane closures Sept. 9, he expressed his concern that day to the Authority official who he said had made the decision to close them.
Cedrick Fulton, the man in charge of tunnels, bridges and terminals, told Assembly Transportation Chair John Wisniewski that he spoke by phone with since-resigned official David Wildstein about the problems being caused by the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.Read More >
TRENTON – A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official told state lawmakers Monday morning that David Wildstein – who resigned on Friday – was the one who informed him that the now-controversial Fort Lee lane closures were going to occur.
Cedrick Fulton, the Port Authority’s director of tunnels, bridges and terminals, told Assembly Transportation Chair John Wisniewski that the first he knew of the impending lane closures was when Wildstein informed him by phone on Friday, Sept. 6 that the facilities general manager had been directed to begin a traffic study on Sept. 9.Read More >
NEW YORK CITY - At a fundraising event inside of Manhattan's Time Hotel on Friday night, Congressional candidate Roy Cho of Hackensack sent a message back to New Jersey: his time is now.
"The great thing about this country is that if you want something, you have to go out there and you have to participate. You have to engage," said Cho, 32, the sole declared Democratic challenger against Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett of the Fifth Congressional District. "You see all this partisan gridlock. People are upset. But what are we doing about it? You have very few people who are willing to run for political office. So why is that? You start to think about some of the barriers to entry that exist in the political system that don't exist in the private sector.Read More >
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wasn't interested in being considered a vice presidential contender in 2012, and the same could be said for 2016.
At least, that's the word according to published reports that indicate the Republican executive wouldn't be interested in running on a ticket with Gov. Chris Christie.Read More >
Jim Leonard, chief of staff to state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, is going to be the new senior vice president of community investment for the New Jersey Devils.Read More >
The Shavar shift: Jeffries campaign in Newark appears to gain traction with North and South Jersey playersNEWARK - On the front lines of the four-man Newark mayoral race, so far the most shots have been fired by competing candidates and councilmen Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Ras Baraka. The sons...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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