Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November

Cryan serving as acting Union County sheriff, poised to run in November

Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) is in position to succeed Sheriff Ralph Froehlich in Union County.

Now serving as acting sheriff, Cryan will appear on the November ballot to run for a full three-year term.

Sheriff since 1977, Mr. Froehlich died last night, aged 83.

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Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died

Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich has died

Union County today mourns the loss of the longest-serving sheriff in New Jersey history, who died last night at the age of 83.

First elected in 1977, Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich was a highly respected law enforcement figure in Union.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, the career officer served in the Elizabeth Police Department for almost 20 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

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The PolitickerNJ Interview: John Wisniewski

The PolitickerNJ Interview: John Wisniewski

SAYREVILLE - In his office here, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) sits comfortably at the head of a solid oak conference table, sipping coffee from a glass mug. Donning a blue tie to match a set of piercing blue eyes, he’s cool and collected, a shining example of how a New Jersey assemblyman might spend his time during these dog days, when the sun is shining and the statehouse is empty.  But it would be misleading to call Wisniewski your typical assemblyman -- this one is in the middle of one of the most controversial and potentially corrupt scandals of recent memory.

Wisniewski is chairman of the Select Committee on Investigations, the bicameral bipartisan, board put together last year in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closures. It’s been seven months since the Middlesex County Democrat began probing the depths of what might have been a politically motivated, possibly illegal political stunt, and he still hasn’t hit bedrock. He’s been hounded by reporters -- this one included -- who call him weekly asking for fresh details on the investigation’s progress. He’s issued subpoenas and sat through dozens of grueling hours of testimony by some of the highest rankings officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s cabinet. More recently, he’s been blasted by Republicans on the committee who’ve likened its dogged pursuit of the case’s smoking gun to “a witch hunt”. They all want answers.

Anyone else in his position might at this point be feeling the heat. But not John “Wiz” Wisniewski. He’s been playing this game for too many years -- 19, by his count -- for that.

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Pascrell: downed plane further justifies more sanctions against Russia

Pascrell: downed plane further justifies more sanctions against Russia

PATERSON – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) released the following statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, confirmed to have been shot down over eastern Ukraine:

“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine yesterday. If the unconfirmed reports are true that pro-Russian separatists operating in Eastern Ukraine are responsible for shooting down this plane, then this is truly a heinous act which only further validates President Obama’s rollout of additional sanctions on Russia. Regardless of who is responsible for this disaster, Russia must cease supporting and arming separatist groups who are working to destabilize Ukraine. Russian President Putin has fanned the flames of division in Ukraine and is more interested in celebrity than building bridges.”

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Fight of the Week: Christie v. Clinton, pre-2016 warm-up round

Fight of the Week: Christie v. Clinton, pre-2016 warm-up round

Two political tigers prowled America's 2016 presidential campaign field this week, separated by about 1,100 miles: Republican Chris Christie and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

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Bergen Executive's Race: Wesley Clark to campaign next month with Tedesco

Bergen Executive's Race: Wesley Clark to campaign next month with Tedesco

Four Star General Wesley Clark (ret.) will join Freeholder Jim Tedesco, the Democratic nominee for County Executive, for two events in support of Tedesco’s campaign on August 6th, the campaign announced today, a day after Hillary Clinton signed copies of her book in Bergen. 

The former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, Clark will first speak in Fair Lawn at a veteran’s community forum hosted by Tedesco before then headlining a campaign fundraiser that evening.

A Vietnam War hero, Clark's 2006 presidential campaign died in New Hampshire.

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Winners and Losers: Week of July 14th

Winners and Losers: Week of July 14th

The state takes a lot of well-deserved hits, let’s face it.

But if you can shovel your way through the winters and the political sound-bites, you can get to the summers in New Jersey, which is where we are now – for another six or so glorious weeks.

Revel in them, if you can, even if Revel can’t.

And know that through all weather, PolitickerNJ will supply, yet again, another edition of Winners and Losers…

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The Back Room

Christie: 'I'm the decider'

While describing to fellow Republicans a conversation he said he had with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Gov. Chris Christie borrowed a self-attribution from his old pal George W. Bush.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 28th

  Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st Christopher Rodriguez Governor Chris Christie this week announced his selection of the CIA operative as New Jersey’s next Director of the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP). (Politicker Staff) http://www.politickernj.com/77941/winners-and-losers-week-july-21st     Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for...

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Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

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(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

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"A pain management surgeon, Roque said he estimates that the trial and initial loss of patients and other headaches may have personally cost him about $800,000. Ouch." - columnist Agustin Torres, the Political Insider

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