Poll: N.J. going sour on Sandy recovery

Public satisfaction with New Jersey’s Superstorm Sandy recovery effort has dropped below 50% for the first time since the storm hit nearly 18 months ago, according to the latest Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll.  Nearly 3-in-4 Garden State residents say that the aid process has been too slow and place the blame more on state management of the process than on federal regulatory requirements.

Just under half of New Jersey residents say they are either very (14%) or somewhat (34%) satisfied with the state’s Sandy recovery effort.  A similar number are either very (21%) or somewhat (22%) dissatisfied.  This marks the first time less than half the state expresses satisfaction with the recovery’s progress.  Statewide satisfaction surpassed two-thirds throughout 2013, topping out at 76% in September.  Satisfaction stood at 66% in December 2013 before falling to 55% in February of this year and then to 48% in the current poll.

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Lance smothers Larsen in CD7 money game

Lance smothers Larsen in CD7 money game

U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) has $465,753 cash on hand for his June 3rd tilt with perennial challenger David Larsen of Tewksbury.

Lance raised $268,180 from the first of the year until the end of last month.

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Politicians from around New Jersey jump into CD12 race with financial contributions

Politicians from around New Jersey jump into CD12 race with financial contributions

A quick scan of Federal Election Commission (FEC) reports shows politicians from around the state throwing financial support to their favorite candidates in the 12th Congressional District contest.

Below, find some of the names of those out-of-district and out-of-county players in the developing June 3rd Democratic Primary in CD12:

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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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Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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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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