It’s come down to tomorrow in Hillside, the Union County town and frontline for the runoff between incumbent Mayor Joe Menza and challenger Councilwoman Angela Garretson.
“We’ve outworked them and we’ve out-mailed them,” said a source close to Garretson, who would be the first African-American woman mayor since Karen McCoy Oliver left office in 2009.
Lacking the support of local Democratic Party Chair Charlotte DeFilippo, McCoy Oliver didn’t run for a third term four years ago. Running as an independent, Menza beat DeFilippo’s candidate, then-Councilman Jerome Jewell.Read More >
Sources say Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-29) will stay on as chair of the Assembly Environment Committee in the new regime of Assembly Speaker-elect Vincent Prieto (D-32).
Close to departing Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34), Spencer surfaced last month at a Prieto party in Hudson County and emerged with the support of the new speaker, according to Hudson sources.
"She's in good standing," a source close to the situation told PolitickerNJ.com.Read More >
TRENTON – The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey lane closure mess from September ensnarled Statehouse corridors this week.
The thought had been that no one from the embattled Authority would show up as requested by the Assembly Transportation Authority on Monday.
Surprise. Like an unexpected guest walking on-stage from behind the curtain to surprise a talk show host, Authority Deputy Executive Director – and former state Sen. – Bill Baroni strode into the hearing room just as the session was scheduled to start.Read More >
TRENTON – The Statehouse is set to be fairly quiet coming off the holiday weekend.
The legislative agenda is largely bare with the exception of a Senate quorum and a spattering of Senate committee hearings slated for Thursday.
The Affordable Care Act, described by President Barack Obama's critics as “Obamacare,” will be a topic discussed under the Golden Dome this week as The Senate Commerce Committee will take testimony regarding individuals whose policies are being canceled because they won’t conform to new ACA guidelines.Read More >
Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) says he never intended to suggest Gov. Chris Christie cut any sort of deal with South Jersey Democratic power broker George Norcross III ahead of the recent statewide election.
The state lawmaker said he has nothing but appreciation for the Republican governor and that comments he made on the radio Wednesday morning about Christie not doing enough to help South Jersey legislative candidates in the election were misinterpreted.
“I have not listened to the hour-long interview but that is certainly not what I meant,” Brown told PolitickerNJ.
“I know during the majority of the interview I expressed my appreciation of the governor and his efforts to revitalize Atlantic City and how he changed the dialogue in Trenton,” he said. “And that’s it.”Read More >
TRENTON – The Assembly Transportation Committee issued a subpoena Wednesday to compel Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Executive Director Patrick Foye to appear before the panel.
Committee Chair Assemblyman John Wisniewski clearly was dissatisfied with the testimony Monday by Authority Deputy Executive Director and former Sen. Bill Baroni concerning the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge that made for a traffic nightmare in Fort Lee.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
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