Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

Booker backs up Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates at Wall Twp. fundraiser

WALL TOWNSHIP - More than two hundred people came out to the Wall Township backyard of Gary and Linda Faraci on Gully Road to support the candidacies of Monmouth Democratic Freeholder candidates Giuseppe "Joe" Grillo and Larry Luttrell on Friday night.

Flanked by blooming flower beds, focused political allies and a posse of squawking chickens, the Monmouth Democratic ticket's most prominent supporter spoke out for Grillo and Luttrell.

"People are here because you believe in the leadership of two really fine men, and you believe in the idea that democracy is not a spectator sport," said U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who is at the top of the statewide Democratic ticket in November as he seeks a full six-year term. "It is a full-contact participatory endeavor. You have to be able to pay it forward through your contributions, your involvement, your activism and your sacrifice."

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Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for mayors' initiative

Torres saddles up with Fulop and Baraka for mayors' initiative

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Paterson Mayor Jose Torres, and municipal officials on Monday will announce the launch of a strategic partnership with mayors from across the state to address public safety issues.

The mayors will kick off their initiative at 1 p.m. on Monday at HUB Shopping Center, 360 MLK Drive in Jersey City.

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CD3 race: MacArthur's wife calls latest Belgard For Congress press release "disturbing and sad"

CD3 race: MacArthur's wife calls latest Belgard For Congress press release "disturbing and sad"

A new voice has entered the congressional debate between Republican businessman Tom MacArthur and Democratic hopeful Aimee Belgard in CD3. The speaker?

It’s the former’s wife, Debbie MacArthur.

In a letter today, Debbie MacArthur fired back at a recent Belard For Congress press release that called the Republican’s latest campaign ad “deceitful.” She said she took offense to the characterization, and accused the Burlington County freeholder of “some strange attempt to score a few political points.”

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Rest in Peace: Eva Christine Conaway

PolitickerNJ extends profound condolences to Assemblyman Herb Conaway and his family.

The Conaways this week are mourning the death of the Assemblyman's mother, Eva Christine Conaway.

The daughter of late Perlie D. Godard and late Eva Viola Godard, Mrs. Conaway was born on August 12, 1938 in Martin County, North Carolina.  After a long and valiant struggle from Alzheimer’s, she was called to glory on July 24, 2014 at her home in Bordentown.

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AG's Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

AG's Office: former EO water commish pleads guilty to conspiring to manipulate water testing

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a former top official of the East Orange Water Commission (EOWC) pleaded guilty today to conspiring to manipulate testing of the agency’s water supply to falsify results and report lower levels of a regulated contaminant in the drinking water supplied to customers. 

William Mowell, 52, of Wyckoff, the former assistant executive director and engineer for the EOWC, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree conspiracy before Superior Court Judge Carolyn Wright in Essex County.  Mowell was indicted on Feb. 12, 2013, along with Harry L. Mansmann, the former executive director of the EOWC.  Mansmann is now deceased.  Mowell pleaded guilty to a charge that he conspired to engage in a pattern of official misconduct, tamper with public records, and violate both the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act and the New Jersey Water Pollution Control Act.  Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Mowell be sentenced to three years in state prison.  Judge Wright scheduled sentencing for Mowell for Nov. 7.

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Spat over sexual harassment lawsuit adds color to Ocean County freeholder race

Spat over sexual harassment lawsuit adds color to Ocean County freeholder race

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a county supervisor earlier this year against a former private contractor is creating waves in an otherwise uneventful Ocean County freeholder race, where Republican incumbent Joseph Vicari is looking to stake out another year on the board.

Debate over the lawsuit, which was filed by general supervisor of building services for the county Rosemary Mennona and her husband, John, on April 4 in state Superior Court in Monmouth County, was resurrected earlier this month when Tim Ryan, the Democratic hopeful bent on unseating Vicari from his 33-year post, brought it up at a July 2nd council meeting. At the meeting, Ryan asked the board who would pay for the legal fees incurred as a result of the lawsuit, which is currently in litigation.

In response, Vicari quickly dismissed the suit as “frivolous,” adding that the contractor, Joseph Veni, was fired shortly after the allegations arose.  The exchange was recorded in a video released by Ryan’s campaign earlier this week.

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Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st

Winners and Losers: Week of July 21st

Maybe before it's all over, we'll see you out there somewhere, in Illinois, Florida or Colorado, covering the movements of the august chairman of the Republican Governors' Association (RGA).

Great states all, made better by their political status this season - but none better, than where you will find us this weekend, and every weekend until it's over.

NJ all the way.

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Capitol Hill bromance notwithstanding, not everything is a Paul proposal, Booker says

Capitol Hill bromance notwithstanding, not everything is a Paul proposal, Booker says

PARSIPPANY – U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) have partnered on key legislative fronts, but Booker today carefully avoided the implication of too much Paul love today when PolitickerNJ asked him if he agreed with Paul’s proposal to lower corporate taxes to replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

“It’s not Rand Paul’s proposal,” said Booker, clarifying the question. “Everyone wants a lower corporate tax rate.”

Booker said he and U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) caucused yesterday on Capitol Hill and discussed the issue with fellow senators. “Right now there’s a whole patchwork of loopholes,” Booker said. “We need to get rid of those loopholes and lower the tax rate. We need a predictable, stable tax code.

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  After 'briefly' meeting with Christie in Aspen, Astorino says he can live with not having Christie's help New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino's campaign described their candidate's fundraising trip to Aspen last night as a success - even if they will not be depending on the chairman...

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NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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