BAYONNE - Bayonne Police Capt. Jimmy Davis stood inside a jammed storefront office on Broadway and declared that it was time for the residents of this Hudson County city to make a citizens' arrest when it came to the administration of incumbent Mayor Mark Smith.
"Enough is enough. This is our city, this belongs to you. You decide who runs this city. You don't have someone take the power, and run with that power, and do what they want for themselves," said Davis to a cheering crowd of 75 people. "This is a new start."
With those words, Davis began what many political observers believe will be the most serious challenge against Smith, the former Hudson County Democratic Organization chairman, who some politicos have listed as a potential gubernatorial candidate.
Davis attacked Smith's record, stating that Bayonne was losing its unique identity because of an increasing municipal tax burden and development that supports corporate interests, not Bayonne's blue-collar families.Read More >
As Union County Democratic Committee Chairman Jerry Green confronts the challenge of whom to back in the CD12 Democratic Primary, state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20) has made it clear he won’t support one of the choices in play.
He also insists it’s all Green’s call.Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie should be in New Jersey taking care of state issues instead of attending a fundraising in Massachusetts, says Congressman Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ)
The federal lawmaker, speaking to reporters on a conference call with Massachusetts Democratic officials, blasted the governor for traveling to a fundraiser with former presidential candidate Mitt Romney instead of being “focused on his day job.”
“What I’m saying is he needs to spend a lot more time here back in New Jersey,” Pascrell said. “We have serious problems.”Read More >
It's getting difficult to process the barrage of labor endorsements for Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka.
Today SEIU Local 617 announced its support for Baraka.
“More than ever, the City of Newark needs a leader who demonstrates compassion and respect for working men and women who carry out their duties while facing issues concerning wages and benefits,” said Rosa Reyes Maldonado, President of Newark-based SEIU Local 617. “Ras Baraka understands the issues facing those of us who live and work here, and we proudly endorse him for Mayor of Newark.”Read More >
PATERSON – It was inevitable.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s endorsement of Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka would irritate people, particularly establishment Democrats and their vendor friends and political accessories.
Now engaged in a pushing and pulling match with Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) over rightful ownership of the mantle “Most Likely to Succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie,” Fulop wants to coalesce northern Democratic Party leadership as the party’s best alternative to the South Jersey-based Sweeney.
Others want the same.
At a Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) fundraiser last night in Secaucus, Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Lou Stellato declared Hudson, Bergen and Passaic united.
Fulop was in the room.Read More >
SECAUCUS - A long line of people trailed out of the Queen Room at La Reggia in Secaucus on Wednesday night, waiting to shake hands with one of New Jersey's newly-crowned political kings.
At the first fundraiser for state Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) since he assumed the high-ranking position in January, a parade of politicians, political players and labor union leaders assembled to both pay tribute and to show North Jersey force during an interesting time in statewide politics.
Prominent North Jersey Democrats rolled into this Hudson County town on the edge of the Meadowlands as the administration of Republican Gov. Chris Christie finds itself mired in the swamp of scandals centered around the September lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, also known as Bridgegate, and post-Hurricane Sandy aid distribution.
On his Facebook page, Bergen County Democratic Party/Latino activist Cid Wilson posted a response to the just released unredacted exchange between former Port Authority official David Wildstein and former Christie Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Kelly.
"As you can imagine, I am deeply shocked and appalled to learn that Bridgegate perpetrator David Wildstein made reference to me in new emails that were released last night," Wilson wrote. "I have never met David Wildstein nor have I ever met Bridget Ann Kelly.Read More >
Today's unredacted materials from David Wildstein related to Bridgegate contain no bombshell, but communications between Port Authority and Christie administration officials show more insentivity and callousness.
New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation Co-Chairs Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) said, “Upon review and discussion, it was agreed that many redactions were appropriate because the material was outside of the subject matter or date range requested, but certain redacted information should be made public.
“The newly unredacted information has now been included in the public record stemming from Mr. Wildstein’s Jan. 9 appearance before the Assembly transportation committee,” the lawmakers added.Read More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"I can talk to folks on the corner, and I can talk to people in the boardroom." - Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
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