PATERSON - The door to the office of the council president was open and down a short hallway in a corner office sat Andre Sayegh, the man looking to dethrone Mayor Jeff Jones, who now occupies the sprawling digs one floor below.
"We just suffered the first casualties of the campaiogn," said Sayegh with a grin, before kicking out a leg and hanging a polished loafer in midair.Read More >
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1039 today announced its endorsement of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) for the 12th District Congressional seat.
“Bonnie Watson Coleman has always stood on the front lines against Governor Christie’s right wing policies and has a long history of achieving results,” said Lionel Leach, President of CWA Local 1039.Read More >
Federal prosecutors are taking a closer look at the Port Authority’s chairman and a close ally of Gov. Chris Christie, according to published reports.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Manhattan federal prosecutors subpoenaed records related to David Samson, who’s law firm – Wolff & Samson – is one of the most prominent in the Garden State.Read More >
TRENTON – The deadline is approaching.
GOP candidates hoping to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in 2014 have three weeks to file their paperwork, and if a competitive race is looming it’s not yet apparent when such a campaign will kick into gear.
In December, one of the last Republican Party hopefuls to unsuccessfully run for the seat noted if candidates wanted to gain serious traction, they should have already been in full campaign mode (the GOP official noted he raised more than $1 million by that time during his U.S. Senate run).
The next month, PolitickerNJ highlighted the ticking clock for GOP hopefuls despite the handful of advantages a candidate would have in the upcoming election if they are to raise significant capital.
Now, it’s March. The filing deadline is March 31. And the clock continues to tick.
Here’s a look at the race for the Republican Party.Read More >
PATERSON - Waiting until the 11th hour and deep-sixing mischievous opposition rumors about how he wouldn't file in the end, Mayor Jeff Jones moments ago submitted his petition signatures in pursuit of a second term.
Leading a caravan of allies, Jones ascended from his second floor office to the third floor clerk's quarters and presented 1,125 petition signatures to Clerk Jane Williams-Warren.
Jones said he intends to hand in an additional 100 plus signatures before the 4 p.m. deadline.
Flanking the mayor stood his co-campaign managers: Erik Lowe and Russell Graddy.
"Russell Grady is a longstanding businessman, community leader and civil rights leader, who was responsible for bringing Dr. Martin Luther King to Paterson," the mayor said. "Erik is the future - the next generation."Read More >
The retired Naval rear admiral billing himself as the homegrown CD 3 candidate seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) is dug in until the bitter end.
Toms River Councilman Maurice Mo Hill says the fight for the party’s nomination will absolutely be a “floor fight” during a voting convention later this month. Despite largely lacking establishment support in Ocean and Burlington counties, Hill says there’s zero chance he’ll back out of the race until officials in both counties vote on a candidate.
“I’ve lived here all my life and I’m not going to give up without a fight,” he said ahead of the Cumberland County March 19 nominating convention.Read More >
In its regular tracking of residents’ satisfaction with life in New Jersey, today's Monmouth University Poll finds the current Garden State Quality of Life Index stands at +23. This latest reading is slightly lower than the +24 index score in December and +26 in September. It is higher than the +21 dip recorded last spring, after topping out at +30 in the feel-good aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The current index score marks a return to New Jerseyans’ quality of life perceptions three years ago.
A major factor is residents’ overall rating of the state as a place to live. Currently, nearly 2-in-3 say New Jersey is either an excellent (15%) or good (48%) place to call home, compared to just over 1-in-3 who rate it as only fair (26%) or poor (11%). This 63% positive rating is down by a statistically insignificant two points from December.Read More >
State Senator Linda Greenstein (D-14) leads in the race for Congress in the 12th District, according to an internal polling memo, but faces a significant chunk of voters who are unfamiliar with her and large numbers of undecided voters.
According to Global Strategy Group’s survey of 401 likely Democratic Primary voters conducted between February 28 and March 3, Greenstein earns 30% of the Democratic Primary vote, leading Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) (20%) and Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) (7%).Read More >
A former administrator and a former shop foreman at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission were convicted at trial today of charges that they directed subordinate employees to complete repairs or improvements at private homes while on-duty for the PVSC, according to Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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BY JEFF BRINDLE Anytime now, the U.S. Supreme Court will render a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. And while reformists may not like it, the high court is likely to allow national parties to raise far more money. That could strengthen them... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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