Newark mayor's race: break-in reported at offices of Jeffries campaign manager

Newark mayor's race: break-in reported at offices of Jeffries campaign manager

NEWARK - The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has issued a statement announcing that the offices of Carl Sharif, Jeffries' campaign manager, have been broken into.

"A break-in occurred early this morning at the offices owned by Carl Sharif and two others at 660 Stuyvesant Ave. in Irvington, New Jersey," Jeffries campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd said in a written statement on Tuesday. "Several items are reported missing, including two laptop computers owned by Carl Sharif. There is also reported damage in the building. The Irvington police were called and a report was filed."

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Bayonne mayor's race: Davis launches first TV ad, fights back against Smith's airwaves allegations

Bayonne mayor's race: Davis launches first TV ad, fights back against Smith's airwaves allegations

BAYONNE - The battle of Bayonne fully took to the airwaves this week as insurgent mayoral candidate Jimmy Davis launched his first television advertisement this week. The Davis TV spot hit the airwaves on Monday. 

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Fulop v. Sweeney: Paterson Mayoral contest a staging area to curry favor with Currie

Fulop v. Sweeney: Paterson Mayoral contest a staging area to curry favor with Currie

PATERSON – Gearing up for a possible 2017 showdown for governor, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop both want to be loved by Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie, who also serves as chair of the Democratic State Committee.

So when it comes to winning one race, at least, the two men are united.

To that end, and to enhance their standing in the statewide political stratosphere, Fulop and Sweeney donated money to the Paterson mayoral campaign of Andre Sayegh, who has Currie’s and the County Democratic Party’s backing in the closely watched May 13th mayoral election.

Sources close to Sayegh say the money is less about Currie and more about a chance for players beyond the borders of the SIlk City to get the attention of a rising North Jersey party star.

As Fulop and Sweeney play a statewide chess match using candidates as opposing pieces in an effort to gain clout for a future head-to-head, the rivals’ support for the same candidate in Paterson represents a departure from Newark.

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CD3 Update: Belgard has nearly $326K COH

CD3 Update: Belgard has nearly $326K COH

Third Congressional District Democratic candidate Aimee Belgard raised nearly $230,000 during the first three months of 2014, according to her campaign. The candidate, a Burlington County freeholder, finished the quarter with $325,725.24 cash-on-hand, with 1,563 individual contributions under $100.

"Our campaign is running strong," said Belgard. "Folks from all over the district, Democrats, Republicans and independents, are supporting me because they're fed up with this irresponsible Congress and want to be represented by someone who will immediately get to work fighting for what people in South Jersey need: jobs, a good education, Medicare and Social Security.

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Newark First goes up on cable with Spanish TV ad in support of Jeffries

Newark First goes up on cable with Spanish TV ad in support of Jeffries

Pro-Shavar Jeffries independent expenditure group Newark First today launched its first Spanish Language television advertisement in support of Jeffries' Newark mayoral candidacy.

Jeffries is running in the May13th election against South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka.

The spot is the second cable TV ad from Newark First.

“Newark needs to move in a new direction – that’s why Newark First will work tirelessly to ensure that Shavar Jeffries becomes our next mayor. The people of this great city can’t afford to turn over the keys to a career politician like Ras Baraka who has promoted himself, while letting crime spiral out of control and leaving our communities behind. Shavar Jeffries is the real deal, not a politician only looking out for himself. He’s a lifelong Newarker, a civil rights lawyer, and someone who has never backed down from a tough fight. As mayor, he will unite all of our communities and put the people Newark first,” said Dr. Chris T. Pernell, President of Newark First.

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Obama delaying bad parts of Obamacare until he's 'almost out the door,' Chris Christie says

Obama delaying bad parts of Obamacare until he's 'almost out the door,' Chris Christie says
Credit: Tim Larsen, Governor's Office File Photo

SOMERSET – New Jersey’s governor charged President Barack Obama with delaying the “bad” parts of the Affordable Care Act Tuesday until he’s “almost out the door.”

The governor said Garden State taxpayers can expect to flip the bill for the health care reform’s so-called “Cadillac Tax,” telling residents that people with good health care plans – including many state workers – will be subject to the new tax in the coming years.

Since taxpayers pay public employees benefits they can expect to bear the increased cost if those plans are subject to the new tax, Christie argued.

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Christie putting increasing pressure on Prieto to post interest arbitration cap bill

Christie putting increasing pressure on Prieto to post interest arbitration cap bill

SOMERSET – Gov. Chris Christie sent a message to the new Assembly speaker at his latest town hall event Tuesday regarding the ongoing debate over interest arbitration caps for unionized police and firefighters.

“What’s to negotiate?” Christie asked at his latest event a day after holding a rally with New Jersey lawmakers and mayors across the street from the New Jersey Statehouse.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” he said, referring to Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s (D-32) refusal to post the bill for a vote after allowing the law to sunset late last month.

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Sources: WNY pols pull in HCDO's Prieto to help put down energized Munoz

Sources: WNY pols pull in HCDO's Prieto to help put down energized Munoz

The allies of West New York Mayor Felix Roque want Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman (HCDO) Vinny Prieto to intervene more aggressively on behalf of Commissioner Caridad Rodriguez in the June Democratic Primary for freeholder.

They’ve called a meeting set for this evening to sit down with the chairman to figure out a containment strategy for discarded incumbent Freeholder Jose Munoz.  

The feds’ star witness against Roque in a computer hacking trial last year that ended with a jury acquitting the mayor, Munoz evidently didn’t get the memo that he’s supposed to be political roadkill.

And establishment sources fret that he’s personally taking chunks out of the organization at the local level with a very energized campaign.  

Alert, Roque also craves payback for the job Munoz tried to do on him at that trial.

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The Back Room

Was Buono/Silva a precursor to a national Democratic ticket?

An unprecedented number of female U.S. senators (20; 16 of them Democrats) has insiders chatting about a possible all-female national ticket if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president.

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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