PLAINFIELD - Giovanna's has been around for exactly 31 years this week.
The candidates for Congress in the 12th District made their way into this legendary eatery past Angelo, and past the bar where two men lifted their heads and blinked.
"What's going on out there?"
"A Union County Democratic Committee meeting," was the reply.
"I'm an independent," said one of the men.
"I'm a Republican," announced the other.
Both heads dropped back on the bar.Read More >
NEWARK - Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries lashed out at rival Ras Baraka for what he claims is a wrong-headed stand on an idea that has become a political buzzword: regionalization.
Regionalization is a policy initiative that has gained traction in New Jersey, the state with the highest property taxes in the nation. Advocates for regionalization hope that more shared services and the potential consolidation of the state's 565 municipalities could lead to taxpayer relief. Last month, Gov. Chris Christie proposed $8.5 million be set aside in the state budget to reimburse local governments engaged in consolidation and shared services.Read More >
John Catalano, president of the Brick Township Republican Party, disputes Mo Hill’s recollection of last night’s political meeting.
Catalano said former Brick Mayor Steve Acropolis and Assemblyman Dave Wolfe called for a vote to endorse and Catalano said he tried to squelch that as there was no official basis for such a vote.
Forty-seven members of the organization were in the room, Catalano said.
“We have 179 folks on our roster,” said the president. “We had a straw vote, which was non-binding.”Read More >
Tony Vauss settled into an oaken office chair and told PolitickerNJ he wants to sit in the mayor’s chair in Irvington.
President of the School Board, Vauss is on leave from his job as assistant to the director of neighborhood services for the Township of Irvington while he continues to work as a public safety super for the local Housing Authority.
“Wayne’s a nice guy,” he said of veteran incumbent Mayor Wayne Smith. “But there are a lot of people who might be nice but that doesn’t mean I want to let them drive. Wayne can’t drive.”
He smiled at the dig, implying self defense more than offense, in part because he said he read comments by Smith about the schools sinking into the abyss during Vauss’ watch.
At an NAACP debate forum earlier this month for candidates participating in the May 13th election, Vauss, 43, and recently married, said most of the eight other candidates attacked him.Read More >
It’s a Republican mess in CD 3, with Democrats high fiving in the vicinity of Freeholder Aimee Belgard as Burlington and Ocean counties attempt to figure out how to squeeze three candidates into one.
PolitickerNJ has documented the troubles from the outset.
After more than a dozen names batted themselves around in search of support to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3), it’s boiled down to three: former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, Toms River Councilman Mo Hill and former Randolph Mayor Tom MacArthur.Read More >
TRENTON – The attorney representing fired Gov. Chris Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly had some stern words for the head of the joint legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.
Michael Critchley, who was hired to represent Kelly, didn’t call Assemblyman John Wisniewki (D-19) out by name, but suggested Tuesday that any lawmaker who uses a position to gain statewide notoriety is playing to “the cheap seats.”Read More >
PolitickerNJ hired a national polling firm to survey primary-voting Republicans in the 3rd Congressional District, where three candidates hope to replace Republican Congressman Jon Runyan, whose retirement after only two terms shocked the political establishment.
According to the poll of 300 primary voters in CD3 by Advantage Research, Steve Lonegan holds a commanding lead over his two would-be rivals, with 41% of voters expressing support for the former Bogota mayor and 2013 US Senate candidate.
Toms River councilman Mo Hill is a distant second with 11% of Republican support and establishment favorite Tom MacArthur, the former mayor of Randolph, barely moves the needle, netting only 2% of Republican support.Read More >
TRENTON – Fired Gov. Chris Christie staffer Bridget Anne Kelly appeared to be fighting back tears outside of the Trenton courthouse Tuesday.
The former deputy chief of staff who’s widely considered to the author of the infamous “time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee” email stood behind her attorney, Michael Critchley, as he and the counsel for another former Christie aide spent hours arguing before a judge why their clients shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena.
The other aide, two-time campaign manager Bill Stepien, was absent from the proceedings. But Kelly opted to appear to demonstrate “she’s not someone running away” from a scandal that’s caught the national spotlight and “living a life of a hermit,” said Critchley.Read More >
Former Paterson Mayor, Lawrence "Pat" Kramer, today endorsed Jose "Joey" Torres for mayor of Paterson in the May 13th nonpartisan election.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
FDU Poll: Christie plummets 20 points Gov. Chris Christie's job approval took a 20 point drop in three plus months, according to this morning's Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. Christie’s post Bridgegate job approval rating stands at 41% (with 44% who disapprove), down from 61% last November. Currently about...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
“Unfortunately for the governor, the investigation appears to be turning him into a more polarizing figure. As recently as late last year, his approval numbers were consistently bigger than his disapproves - by a pretty big margin - and more voters liked everything about him than disliked everything about him. One of the defining characteristics of the governor that makes him a nationally sought after Republican is his widespread appeal in a Democratic state. Bridgegate continues to erode that asset.” - FDU Poll Director Krista Jenkins.- PolitickerNJ.com
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