Ruiz seeks Hespe's intervention in Newark School's debacle

Ruiz seeks Hespe's intervention in Newark School's debacle

Senate Education Chair M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) today conveyed her dismay over the condition of the Newark Public Schools in a sitdown with Acting Education Commissioner David Hespe.

Seeking finalization of school assignments for their children under the “One Newark” plan, The Star-Ledger reported that more than 600 parents arrived at the school enrollment center in Newark on Thursday.

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Bramnick in Bergen: Paid sick leave laws part of "left-wing" Democrat plans for post-Christie future; Fulop objects

Bramnick in Bergen: Paid sick leave laws part of "left-wing" Democrat plans for post-Christie future; Fulop objects

FAIR LAWN -  On a stop at a Bergen County hardware store, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) hit the Democrats with a figurative two-by-four, attacking the recent push for paid sick-leave legislation in New Jersey municipalities.

"The radical Democrats are now competing for the most radical ideas," said Bramnick on Friday, standing next to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan at Kuiken Brothers Company in downtown Fair Lawn. "They have put on the table a paid sick-leave bill that is now starting to develop in municipalities around the state. In New Jersey, the last thing we need is more regulation on business.

"We know this is a political issue between the left wing of the Democratic Party getting ready for a post-Chris Christie era," Bramnick added. "If we're going to have this era, despite the fact that Chris Christie has three and a half years left as governor, we're going to be in big trouble." 

Bramnick's trip to Bergen, New Jersey's most populous county, comes at a time when because of Gov. Christie's increasing national profile as a potential Republican presidential candidate, the 2017 Garden State gubernatorial sweepstakes has begun sooner than usual.

Bramnick is reportedly looking to take the GOP nominee slot, while three Democrats, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy and state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) are testing the campaign waters on their side of the aisle. 

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Winners and Losers: Week of the West New York Waterfront

Winners and Losers: Week of the West New York Waterfront

Please forgive the above alliteration, which was unintended.

With all the love in Hudson County these days we'd lament the lack of a true contest next year.

Except when one considers (details below) that 2011 wasn't really supposed to be a contest either in West New York...

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MacArthur continues to demand Belgard apologize for 'vile and negative attacks' in DCCC ad

MacArthur continues to demand Belgard apologize for 'vile and negative attacks' in DCCC ad

Tom MacArthur, the Republican hopeful in New Jersey's congressional district 3, is continuing to call on his competition, Democrat Aimee Belgard, to renounce a negative "attack" ad he argues misleads voters in the lead-up to their November election.

Titled "Deny" -- but since re-released under the name "Cheat" -- the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-sponsored ad began airing over a week ago but quickly became the subject of controversy after the non-partisan, University of Pennsylvania-affiliated FactCheck.org called it's implication that the former insurance executive was "accused of cheating disaster victims" a "pattern of deception."

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Morning Digest: August 22nd

Morning Digest: August 22nd

Paramus mayor's race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues

Paramus mayor's race: Candidates in closely-divided Bergen borough spar over taxes, towing issues

PARAMUS - When voters go to the polls in November to pick between the two Paramus mayoral candidates, the decision could come down to two issues starting with the letter T: taxes and towing.

The Democratic incumbent, Mayor Richard LaBarbiera, and the Republican challenger, Tom LoCicero, at one time served on the six-person borough council together. They both completely agree that Paramus' blue laws, which mandate that all businesses are closed on Sunday, except grocery stores, restaurants, and certain entertainment venues in order to give the 26,000-person-town that straddles Route 17 one day of needed relief from traffic, should not be touched.

But things get touchy between LaBarbiera and LoCicero when it comes to taxes, the bete noire of politics in the statewide election bellwether, Bergen County. 

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Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell

Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell

Fight of the Week

Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9)

The most-watched race of the season after Labor Day will be Donovan versus Bergen County Freeholder (and former Paramus Mayor) James Tedesco. Republicans are confident that Donovan’s mix of money and name ID and Obama backlash will blunt the Democrats’ attack. But Dems are trying to take advantage of the fact that the popular Pascrell will be on the ticket for the first time in a Bergen County executive’s race and in position to fight house to house in Donovan’s home portion of the sprawling county.

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Bar Notes Hudson: an operative's developing back story

Bar Notes Hudson: an operative's developing back story

WEST NEW YORK – The Saccoites in the vicinity of Cosmo Cirillo tensed up at the sight of the familiar grim reaper figure in the doorway with the Ivan Drago expression on his face otherwise known as Mark Albiez, veteran political confidant of Union City Mayor/Senator Brian P. Stack.

But before anyone reached for a bottle to break over the bar in Son Cubano, Joey Muniz and other cooler heads prevailed, reminding their fellow Sacco heavies that Albiez no longer works for Stack.

He is, in fact, an aide to Hudson’s young prince, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

Cirillo and those other operatives long schooled in the cloak and dagger escapades of North Bergen versus Union City summoned their most sociable grins as Albiez joined the party.

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Morning Digest: August 22nd

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