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 21st

Morning Digest: August 21st

CD3 race: Six years after Adler, Belgard faces a different set of challenges

CD3 race: Six years after Adler, Belgard faces a different set of challenges
Belgardforcongress.com

The last time political observers in New Jersey witnessed an open seat race in South Jersey's 3rd congressional district, it was in 2008, when the late John Adler, fighting for a post vacated by Jim Saxton, beat out the Republican competition to become the first Democrat to win in the red-leaning district in over a century.

The political dynamics at the time made for a perfect storm: Adler, riding national Democratic support on the rising tide of a Barack Obama revolution -- and, already a well-established New Jersey political animal, with the wind of South Jersey's Democratic family (i.e., George Norcross III) at his back -- ran a whirlwind campaign to beat out Chris Myers, Medford mayor and Gulf War veteran, with 52 to Myers' 48 percent of the vote.

But that was six years ago, and -- fast-forwarding to today -- those political dynamics that paved the way for Adler's victory aren’t the same as those surrounding the campaign of Democratic candidate Aimee Belgard and her prospects against former Randolph mayor, district expat, and multi-millionaire Tom MacArthur.

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The Back Room

The brother of James Michael Foley criticizes American government

The brother of slain American journalist James Michael Foley this morning criticized the American government for not doing more to help his brother.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 22nd

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"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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