Gilmore: 'I agree with the mayor on one thing: he went against Pascrell'

Gilmore: 'I agree with the mayor on one thing: he went against Pascrell'
Gilmore has executed a two-pronged attack against Jones and Sayegh while remaining uncritical of Torres.

PATERSON – It’s possible that only incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones and his circle of supporters don’t find Dave Gilmore entertaining – and this is not the lead guitarist for Pink Floyd - in this city that gave birth to Uncle Floyd.

A former IBM manager and department head for the City of Waterford, Connecticut, Gilmore is running arguably the most candid, shoot-from-the-hip campaign.

Friendly detractors point out that’s because he knows he can’t win, and doesn’t hold elected office, moreover, which means he doesn’t have to worry about being rude.

Laughs turn to groans too when his attacks on Jones become heavy-handed.

“Paterson’s very conservative, very genteel,” Gilmore says unapologetically.

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Goow hesitates to lionize Hurricane Carter; calls Patersonian's life story more complex

Goow hesitates to lionize Hurricane Carter; calls Patersonian's life story more complex
Goow campaigning in Paterson's high-crime 4th Ward.

PATERSON – As the city mourns and mulls a native son from the bruised second half of the 20th Century, one candidate in the race for mayor is reluctant to pound the drums of hero worship and instead insists on seeing a more nuanced life story in the case of the late Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.

“That will be determined by him and God on judgment day,” said law and order candidate Goow, pointing heavenward, when asked on the heels of a city candlelight vigil for the late Patersonian what he thought about the famous murder trial, conviction and court turnover.

At that Wednesday evening ceremony, incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones praised Paterson professional boxer Carter as a civil rights icon for beating a triple murder rap after a 20-year struggle from prison.

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Torres again at the center of attention in ongoing debate over Paterson's future

Torres again at the center of attention in ongoing debate over Paterson's future

PATERSON - This much is clear.

If former Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres is not the frontrunner in the race for mayor, he's close.

The attacks against him prove it.

In the last three debates, he has engaged in the most mano-a-manos of any candidate: with At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez over the council's role in payroll decisions; with sitting Mayor Jeff Jones over the financial state of the city when Torres left office in 2010; and tonight, at the NAACP debate, with Council President Andre Sayegh over the former mayor's $74,000 severance package.

Sayegh brought up the issue, telling a crowd of Paterson voters that it was inappropriate and wrong for Torres to take the hefty package on his way out of city government four years ago.

Torres promptly rose and strafed Sayegh, objecting to the councilman's votes on city council matters where donors of Sayegh's had a stake.

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Caputo blasts Caesars' New York casino announcement as "hypocrisy"

A state lawmaker is calling Caesars Entertainment’s announcement to build a resort-like casino in neighboring New York pure “hypocrisy.”

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo issued a statement Thursday bashing the announcement by the company he says “has been a major roadblock for the state over the past few years” for expanding casinos and gambling in the Garden State. Caesars Entertainment, which owns a casino in Atlantic City, has argued expansion would revenue from Atlantic City.

“For Caesars to impede the progress we could have made in New Jersey then go to New York to build is plain hypocrisy,” he said. “This new move to build a casino resort in New York adds insult to injury.”

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FEC: first brother Todd Christie gives $2,000 to movement conservative Lonegan in CD3

FEC: first brother Todd Christie gives $2,000 to movement conservative Lonegan in CD3

Todd Christie, the brother of Gov. Chris Christie and traditionally a big financial backer of Republican candidates, donated $2,000 to the anti-establishment cause of Steve Lonegan in the CD3 Republican Primary, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

Christie made the donation on March 26th of this year, according to the reports.

Lonegan is running in the primary against Tom MacArthur, a former mayor of Randolph, who has the support of the Ocean and Burlington County Republican organizations.

Gov. Christie last year helped Lonegan retire debt from his failed 2013 U.S. Senate campaign.

If Todd Christie's monetary donation is any indication, the family stuck with Lonegan despite the former Bogota mayor and movement conservative's lack of party organization support this year in his bid to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).

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Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group slams new pro-Baraka TV ad, calls for spending records release

Newark mayor's race: pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group slams new pro-Baraka TV ad, calls for spending records release

The independent expenditure group in favor of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries launched its third TV ad on Thursday in support of Jeffries. 

The group, known as Newark First, lashed out at the TV ad launched by the independent expenditures group in favor of Jeffries' rival, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, in the race to be decided on May 13, just 19 days away. 

Newark First also called on Baraka to release a full record detailing his council office’s spending, which the city and candidate have yet to make public, according to the group. 

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In aftermath of 125 police officer layoffs, Torres goes after Jones at mayor's forum

In aftermath of 125 police officer layoffs, Torres goes after Jones at mayor's forum

PATERSON – After weeks of soft shoe forums, a hard showdown ensued at the Brownstone  finally between former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and Mayor Jeff Jones on the condition of the city when Jones took office.

Jones succeeded Torres in 2010 when he beat him in a three-way race.

At this Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum this afternoon, with eight candidates competing, Torres struck at the incumbent mayor, referring to the layoffs of 125 police officers by Jones, which all challengers agree has hastened Paterson’s decline.

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New pro-Baraka ad invokes Christie in Newark Mayor's race

New pro-Baraka ad invokes Christie in Newark Mayor's race

With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, independent expenditures group Working Families Organization launched an ad today trying to tie Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries to the financial backers of Gov. Chris Christie’s game plan for Newark's educational system.

It’s the third in a series of sustained TV spots that will run through Election Day.

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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