Sarlo on potential future Senate President spot: "There is no talk of who the next Senate President is"

Sarlo on potential future Senate President spot: "There is no talk of who the next Senate President is"

HACKENSACK - State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), the potential gubernatorial hopeful from South Jersey, toured North Jersey on Tuesday, perhaps testing the waters of the communities alongside the Hackensack and Passaic rivers for a statewide run. Among those at his side in Hackensack was state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36), one of Bergen County's boldface politicians. 

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MacArthur calls DCCC attack ad 'repulsive'; Belgard For Congress returns fire

MacArthur calls DCCC attack ad 'repulsive'; Belgard For Congress returns fire
Screen-grab from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's ad, titled 'Deny'

A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-sponsored television ad targeting the Republican nominee in CD3 -- one of two cable ads the committee released today in the lead up to the November election -- has the dueling campaigns of Tom McArthur and Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard at it again.

Responding to the ad, which draws a bead on MacArthur’s work as an insurance executive, the Republican’s campaign bit back today, issuing a press release that called the video “not only … completely deceptive” but “stunning for both it’s irony and hypocrisy.” They condemned the publication the ad used to source its claims -- which among other things, accused MacArthur of profiting off victims of natural disasters to the tune of $39 million -- as “bogus,” and turned the attention on Belgard, currently serving as a Burlington County Freeholder.

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Sweeney after Revel casino closure announcement: "We've hit rock bottom"

Sweeney after Revel casino closure announcement: "We've hit rock bottom"

HACKENSACK - Following the announcement on Tuesday that Revel, the $2.4 billion Atlantic City casino, would close in September, South Jersey's most prominent politician spoke out about the future of New Jersey's gaming industry.

"We've hit bottom, without question" said state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) while he pointed out that Atlantic City still has the third-largest market for gaming in the United States. "We need more diversity, and we're going to create that diversity. Las Vegas' gaming revenues are one third of the total take. When you put all of your eggs in one basket, you're taught as a little kid that your outcome is normally not good."

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Donovan: Christie to double back on Bergen for fall GOP fundraiser

Donovan: Christie to double back on Bergen for fall GOP fundraiser
Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan with Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36)

LYNDHURST - Part of the optical intrigue at this afternoon’s South Bergen Lyndhurst Bridge press conference included the pressed-together presence of Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan and Freeholder James Tedesco in the same mostly Democratic Party tent.

The pair face each other in the biggest general election contest of the 2014 political season; this is Donovan’s home town, Lyndhurst.

A very tough out by the reckoning of most Democrats, Donovan has a South Bergen-based brand name forged on years of winning elections.

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Sarlo squires Sweeney on first leg of senate president's TTF tour

Sarlo squires Sweeney on first leg of senate president's TTF tour

LYNDHURST – They came in waves of black sedans through the rain with young men, umbrellas in hand, leading the way on foot across the drab post industrial parking lot, the local diner a mashed accordion of metal  across the street and the bridge in the background looking like the soon-to-be-demolished set piece in a Ben Gazzara movie.

A post lunchtime crowd of thickset males in black and blue suits joined state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) and Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan under a hastily erected tent while a battered troop of reporters huddled on the outskirts, notepads fast disintegrating in the rain.

Coming off his Hurricane Sandy tour, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) provided the focal point in this set-piece designed as a platform for the fledgling Democratic candidate for governor to kick-start another issue: namely the absence of a funding source for the state’s Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).

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On 10th anniversary of "gay American" speech, Sweeney "disappointed" that former N.J. Gov. McGreevey resigned

On 10th anniversary of "gay American" speech, Sweeney "disappointed" that former N.J. Gov. McGreevey resigned

HACKENSACK - On the tenth anniversary of the speech that turned New Jersey politics on its ear, state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), a potential gubernatorial candidate, assessed the short time in office of the man who left the Trenton stage a decade ago under intense scrutiny: former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey. 

"He didn't have an easy time, and it was brief," said Sweeney on Tuesday, referring to McGreevey's duration in the Garden State governor's seat from January 2002 to November 2004. "I didn't think he had to resign, to be perfectly honest with you, and I was disappointed that he did resign."

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Former LD13 campaign manager indicted in fradulent robocall investigation

Former LD13 campaign manager indicted in fradulent robocall investigation

An investigation by a Monmouth County Grand Jury into a 4 a.m. robocall that occurred the morning of a republican primary last year dropped indictments on at least one person yesterday, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.

Dwayne Horner, manager for the campaign of 2013 state senate primary candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew was charged yesterday with fourth degree identity theft for “spoofing” a mass robocall on the day of the election, which took place on June 4, 2013, in the 13th legislative district. LD13 is comprised of Middletown, Marlboro, the Bayshore and the Two Rivers area of Monmouth County and is represented by Senator Joe Kyrillos and Assembly Members Amy Handlin and Declan O’Scanlon.

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Fight of the Week: Ruiz v. Sarlo

Fight of the Week: Ruiz v. Sarlo
Sarlo and Ruiz acknowledged PolitickerNJ's "Fight of the Week" by posing together at the Lyndhurst Bridge press conference.

As he tours North Jersey as part of a summer shore-up swing, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) this afternoon has scheduled events with both state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) and state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29).

What’s at stake:

Potentially the Senate Presidency if and when Steve Sweeney departs. The South Jerseyan’s strategy to grab the governor’s mansion hinges on party line support from key northern counties, including the critical Bergen and Essex.

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