Essex Dems to fundraise for Monmouth Dems

Essex Dems to fundraise for Monmouth Dems

Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones and powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo will join other Essex Democrats at a fundraiser next month for the Monmouth County Democrats.

Monmouth Dems Chairman Vin Gopal has spent considerable time and care building party relationships statewide and sees a chance this year to grab two freeholder seats.

Jones and DiVincenzo want to help him.

Joe Grillo and Larry Luttrell are the challengers, who on Sept. 17th in Monclair will get a boost from the same personage who last year infuriated fellow Democrats by backing Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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In Focus: Veteran Councilman Leonard eyes District 4 Essex Freeholder seat

In Focus: Veteran Councilman Leonard eyes District 4 Essex Freeholder seat

Rich Leonard has run for higher office on at least two occasions and lost.

Both times he ran as a Democrat.

In 1981 he ran for the assembly against the late Bob Franks on a ticket with Jim Florio and said his first action in office would be to demand a leadership position.

“Anyone who got elected in that district at that time would deserve nothing less,” said the veteran Roseland Councilman, first elected in 1973 and the third generation in his family to hold the seat.

Of course, Tom Kean, Sr. of Livingston was the Republican candidate for governor then.

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After long stalemate, Senate Judiciary Committee releases Essex County nominations

TRENTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has released the nominations of eight Essex County judges, bringing closure to a long standoff between Gov. Chris Christie and the Democratic-lead state Senate.

The nominees, each approved by the committee unanimously, will go on to fill long-standing vacancies in the county. Thirteen vacancies still remain in Essex, home to some of the most overburdened courthouses in the state.

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The State of the Party Organizations: Part One; Gilmore's Run and Range...

The State of the Party Organizations: Part One; Gilmore's Run and Range...

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.

Republicans

Strongest: Ocean

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.

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Morning Digest: August 18th

Morning Digest: August 18th

Can Chris Christie's gubernatorial stumping streak backfire on his plans for 2016?

Can Chris Christie's gubernatorial stumping streak backfire on his plans for 2016?

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.

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Christie: 2016 presidential run decision "can't be based on politics" of outcomes of national governors' races

Christie: 2016 presidential run decision "can't be based on politics" of outcomes of national governors' races

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. 

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Winners and Losers: Week of August 11th

Winners and Losers: Week of August 11th

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...

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Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

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White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

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 >

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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