NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka received another labor union endorsement on Friday, his fourth labor endorsement this week. The Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, officially backed Baraka, pointing to their belief in the candidate's commitment to expanding opportunities for working families.
“For more than twenty years, Ras Baraka has been a champion for working families by fighting for a real living wage and family leave, promoting job training and expanding employment opportunities for our residents,” said State Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin (D-34), the Central Labor Council president, in a prepared statement. “We know that there is no stronger champion of organized labor than Ras Baraka. We are enthusiastic to be part of the powerful and growing movement that he is building to transform Newark.”Read More >
After calling on Gov. Chris Christie to resign and getting a day's worth of backlash from a rejuvenated GOP, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) relinquished her seat on the Legislative Select Committee examining Bridgegate.
"I have informed Speaker Prieto that I will no longer serve on the [committee]," said the CD12 congressional candidate. "I will remain focused on promoting and advancing Democratic legislation and causes."Read More >
Former U.S. Senate candidate turned CD 3 hopeful Steve Lonegan says he’s more than confident he’ll secure party establishment support after Ocean County Republicans conducted a screening this weekend.
Lonegan, who recently relocated to CD 3 in hopes to succeed U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-NJ), says he’s going into the upcoming screening with confidence.
“I anticipate not only getting Ocean County support, but also I expect to clear the field,” Lonegan told PolitickerNJ.Read More >
One of the country’s largest building trades union announced Friday they are backing Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman’s congressional bid to succeed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ).
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America issued a statement endorsing Watson Coleman’s bid over her Democratic challengers.
“I am pleased to announce our strong endorsement of Bonnie Watson Coleman,” said the vice president for the union’s eastern district, Frank Spencer, in a statement.Read More >
Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16), Hillsborough, the affable lawmaker from Somerset County, won't challenge U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) this year for the U.S. Senate seat.
Ciattarelli had mulled over a run in the vaccum currently somewhat irritating GOP leaders as they try to figure out how to project a statewide intent while more urgently focusing their efforts on salvaging a damaged Gov. Chris Christie.Read More >
State Sen. Linda Greenstein’s (D-14) congressional campaign received the backing this week of the New Jersey Mechanical Allied Craft Council.
The NJMACC, which is made up of six national building trade unions, is the sixth union group to back Greenstein’s congressional bid succeed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ).Read More >
Trenton mayoral hopeful Eric Jackson picked up the New Jersey Laborers Union’s endorsement Friday.
Jackson snagged the support of the 20,000-member statewide affiliate of Laborers’ International Union of North America, LIUNA, as Trenton residents head to the polls in May to elect a new mayor.Read More >
A legislator serving on the joint legislative committee investigating Gov. Chris Christie’s administration is facing backlash from Republican lawmakers after she called for the governor to resign.
Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick accused Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman of catching “MSNBC fever” Friday morning after the Bridgegate investigation committee member said on television that Christie should consider stepping down from office.
“Her call for the governor to resign may be what MSNBC wants to hear but not the people in the state of New Jersey,” Bramnick said in a statement.Read More >
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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