It's time once again for an examination of the state's county party organizations - the strongest and weakest - and the key players who occupy the positions of power in those outfits, starting with the Ocean County Republican Party.
The sprawling South Jersey shore county numbers 100,276 registered R’s compared to 68,564 D’s (Bergen has more – 104,462 – but Dems outnumber them; Morris is comparable in terms of number and plurality). But the county invariably drives the biggest Republican statewide totals come general election time owing to Ocean’s Republican leanings among unaffiliated voters.
With statewide tentacles that reach into both parties, veteran Chairman George Gilmore stands firmly in charge here.
He’s in the middle of a run of success, having gambled hard in other key counties. Consider the key fundraising roles he played in Don Guardian’s successful Atlantic City mayoral run (2013), and in this year’s successful mayoral campaign of Jose “Joey” Torres in Paterson.Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie took a break from his travels this week -- he was in Maine on Tuesday and Alabama and Mississippi on Wednesday -- to tell New Jerseyans that he’s still “thinking”about a 2016 presidential run.
It was a kind gesture, giving his supporters something to chew on as he continues to test the waters.
As head of the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA), the duties of which have kept him bouncing from one part of the country to another over the last several weeks, Christie’s been given a chance that few of his competitors will have had come 2016. He’s been able to tout his unique political style in front of potential voters in primary battleground states to see how it fits. He’s gained important exposure with the conservative donors needed if he plans to mount the field in a business where money talks above most else. He’s also spent valuable time with the governors he’s there to support, building allegiances he can call on when the time comes.Read More >
ASBURY PARK - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) chairman, said on Friday that when it comes to his personal calculus about his possible 2016 GOP presidential run, the outcomes the of 2014 gubernatorial races around the nation don't add up.
"It won't affect the decision, no. It might affect the way some people feel about me, but it won't affect my decision. My decision can't be based on politics, because anybody who tries to predict what's going to happen in the presidential election over two years from now is deluding themselves," Christie told PolitickerNJ following remarks made on the Asbury Park boardwalk alongside state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin.Read More >
The state staggered toward the end of summer with politicians attempting to wrap bad news (Revel) in good (bail reform), and Gov. Chris Christie wrangling with angry commuter constituents via tweet.
"Wrangling via tweet."
If mighty Caesar could see us now...Read More >
IRVINGTON – At this point, Mayor Tony Vauss says he doesn’t have any political ambitions.
“Potholes,” he told PolitickerNJ this morning in his paneled office in Town Hall.
In the mayor’s chair since July 1st after turning out longtime incumbent Wayne Smith, the lifelong political organizer and former school board president has undertaken an aggressive “Clean and Safe” campaign to try to take back the streets of his home town, making high visibility a top priority.
“We’re not going to use the excuse of the poor condition of abandoned properties to do nothing,” he said. “We’re going in there with a state of emergency approach.”Read More >
That loosely affiliated North Jersey Democratic Party organizational alliance of Hudson, Bergen and Passaic just grew by another county: Essex.
“I thought it was appropriate to have those collaborative discussions,” Essex County Democratic Organization Chairman Leroy Jones told PolitickerNJ. “It’s a regional approach to establishing an agenda for North Jersey.”
The four North Jersey county organizations plan regular meetings, which will include members of the legislature.
“I applaud the chairman’s efforts to do this, and to recognize the specific needs of North Jersey,” said Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28) of Belleville.
PolitickerNJ asked Jones if his decision to join a coalition of North Jersey counties could be interpreted as a reaction to the South Jersey Democratic Organization, with its well-oiled SWAT Team optics.Read More >
No real news out of Arkansas this evening as a local report documents Republican Governors Association Chairman Chris Christie stumping in Arkansas on behaf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson.Read More >
One night in Clifton: Pascrell town hall crystallizes New Jersey's side of Arab-Jewish divide CLIFTON – It was the typical crowd with black yarmulkes and leopard-patterned hijab sprinkled among uncovered bald heads – Ukrainian, Turkish, Polish – Spanish Flamenco-style hair pulled back and framed by loop earrings and at...
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By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students. The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >
“Israelis don’t want peace more than the Palestinians, Palestinians don’t want peace more than the Israelis, but I do know one thing: Hamas is a terrorist organization.” - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), Paterson.- PolitickerNJ
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