The former mayor of Orange wants to run again for mayor.
This time he wants to be mayor of West Orange.
"In addition to growing up and attending schools such as St Joseph's, Redwood School and Seton Hall Prep here in West Orange, I am the former Mayor of a neighboring community," Hawkins said tonight in a statement. "Knowing I had returned here to my home town some time ago with governmental experience, various residents expressed to me dissatisfaction with the high taxes, failed redevelopment on Main Street and rise in crime under the current West Orange administration."Read More >
PATERSON – Former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres showed up at U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-9) St. Patrick’s Day celebration tonight as if nothing were amiss; as if Pascrell and company weren’t right up against the edge of backing Torres’ rival, Council President Andre Sayegh.
The former two-term mayor found hands to shake and shook them in this crowded, kilt-replete bash at the Brownstone, an homage to old school Paterson politics where the conqueror solemnly honors the traditions of the conquered; where Pascrell walked in under chandeliers accompanied by his wife and the trudging, synchronized shriek of live bagpipes.
“I think the congressman is going to support who he sees fit,” said Torres (pictured above, right), referring to the May 13th nonpartisan election. “If he’s going to do that – get involved in a local race – it will be the first time in a long time. If he does it, more power to him. But it’s a big mistake. It sends the wrong message.Read More >
NEWARK - In the span of 13 years, Kathleen Tomko has been through two of the most traumatic events in America's recent history. A retired accountant who worked in New York's World Trade Center, Tomko survived the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Still displaced from her Brick home following the devastating arrival of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, Tomko wants to do the same thing she wanted to do in September 2001.
She wants to go home.Read More >
NEWARK - The deadline for petitions to run for council in the Newark municipal race, and thereby put all the slates in place, came and went Monday at 4 p.m. And when it did, two prominent Newark political names were nowhere to be seen.
After weeks of speculation, the name of Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne did not appear on a list of at-large candidates for the Newark mayoral campaign of former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.Read More >
PATERSON – There’s a glossy, smiling likeness of a familiar Paterson face catacorner to City Hall approximately 15 times larger than actual size, and it belongs to the former mayor, Jose “Joey” Torres, who wants to be mayor again.
Incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones and his team say the money means nothing.
Jones beat Torres four years ago despite Torres outspending him 10-1.
“Folks will walk away on Election Day with $50 or $60 and they’re hungry after Election Day,” said the mayor, who doesn’t anticipate putting up gaudy fundraising figures. “We’re going to be grassroots. It has to be grassroots.”
“Look, Joey got 7,600 votes in 1997 when he ran against Mayor [Marty] Barnes and lost,” said Bob Grant, who worked for the late Barnes from 1997 to 2002 and is now helping Jones.Read More >
A Newark mayor’s race internal poll has South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka up 53 percent to 30 percent in a head-to-head over his competitor, according to sources.
The poll, which a source said was conducted by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s camp, has Baraka beating former Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries.
Sixty-eight percent of people polled gave Baraka a favorable rating versus 17 percent unfavorable, a source said. Jeffries received a 50 percent to 14 percent favorable/unfavorable rating, respectively.Read More >
PATERSON - The door to the office of the council president was open and down a short hallway in a corner office sat Andre Sayegh, the man looking to dethrone Mayor Jeff Jones, who now occupies the sprawling digs one floor below.
"We just suffered the first casualties of the campaiogn," said Sayegh with a grin, before kicking out a leg and hanging a polished loafer in midair.Read More >
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1039 today announced its endorsement of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) for the 12th District Congressional seat.
“Bonnie Watson Coleman has always stood on the front lines against Governor Christie’s right wing policies and has a long history of achieving results,” said Lionel Leach, President of CWA Local 1039.Read More >
A former administrator and a former shop foreman at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were convicted at trial today of charges that they directed subordinate employees to complete repairs or improvements at private homes while on-duty for the PVSC, according to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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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 >
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