NEWARK - Omar Nieves, a retired Newark police officer, sat in a storefront campaign office on Chestnut Street in Newark's Ironbound neighborhood on Friday, being interrogated.
The Portuguese, Spanish and English-speaking media came to question Nieves, 46, on the day he declared his candidacy for the East Ward council seat, joining a crowded field looking to take out 16-year incumbent Augusto Amador in this multicultural, multilingual neighborhood. But it was Nieves who began questioning Amador's record.
"There is a feeling of dissatisfaction, and also of desperation," Nieves said. "Crime in this ward is out of control. There is a huge lack of city services. For a ward as taxed as heavily as [the East Ward] is, we're not getting our fair share of police protection or economic development that creates good paying jobs. Our kids are not safe going to school. This community has always been about safety and about working families. As the representative of this ward, and we pay such a big share of those taxes, then where did those dollars go?"Read More >
As the select committee on investigations delves into the Bridgegate controversy, it’s hard not to reflect on a New Jerseyan who presided over the one of the biggest scandals in the country’s history.
Political insiders, particularly following Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman’s recent on-air comments that resulted in her departure from the joint investigatory committee, are revisiting the style and substance of the late Peter Rodino, the former Newark congressman who served as the chairman of the U.S. House committee that brought articles of impeach against President Richard Nixon.
The proceedings led to the president’s resignation and plucked Rodino from obscurity as he led the U.S. Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal.Read More >
We took a break from New Jersey politics last Sunday night to see if American Hustle, a movie about New Jersey politics, would win some well-deserved awards.
It didn't happen.
We were disappointed.
But that's Hollywood.
To paraphrase Bogart from Casablanca, "We will always have New Jersey politics..."Read More >
PATERSON – Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter will remain neutral in the Paterson Mayor’s race, she told PolitickerNJ.
“I will not endorse a candidate,” said Sumter, who four years ago served as the campaign manager of Mayor Jeff Jones.Read More >
PATERSON - Alert to the coming contest, the African American ministers tried to prevail on U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) to rethink his opposition to incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones.
As an argument to get the combative congressman to stand down, they might have invoked that always useful cornerstone of Christianity: forgiveness.
But they nursed a more worrisome question.
The ministers called the congressman, sat him down and told him they fear a pattern wherein he depends on their support, then does not vigorously back Black candidates.
Recently, he didn't select Cory Booker in the U.S. Senate Primary, for example. Before that he recruited Clifton cop Richard Berdnik to replace Jerry Speziale as sheriff.
Then there was his support for Hillary Clinton over Barak Obama in 2008.
Pascrell was waving them off early.
He said it had nothing to do with race.Read More >
The developing Democratic Primary among state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14), Plainsboro; Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15), Ewing; and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17), Franklin Twp.; continues to reveal numerous curious dynamics, starting with political insiders' eagerness to compare the contest to another Democratic Primary of recent vintage...
...Because the comparisons to CD9 are unavoidable
The combatants are not incumbent congress people, so right away that makes the contest very different from the 2012 conflagration that featured U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-8) versus U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9). But in some significant ways the races are similar.
It starts with style.
Greenstein has a reputation as a blue collar campaigner who, if it means finding a vote, will all but go belly down and crawl under the hood of a car to shake the hand of an on-duty mechanic. Her style draws obvious comparisons to Pascrell, who learned his trade in one of the state’s true bastions of retail politics: Paterson. Greenstein is the suburban version of Pascrell, and that’s an acknowledgement made by sources in Paterson.Read More >
An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena.
The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment in its investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy.Read More >
Democratic Party insiders are converging tonight on the Morristown home of attorney Phil Sellinger.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Bridget Anne Kelly’s attorney says lawmakers rushed to judgement An attorney for former top Gov. Chris Christie administration official Bridget Anne Kelly filed paperwork arguing his client shouldn’t have to comply with a legislative subpoena. The documents, filed by Kelly attorney Michael Critchley, argues lawmakers rushed to judgment...
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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