PATERSON - This much is clear.
If former Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres is not the frontrunner in the race for mayor, he's close.
The attacks against him prove it.
In the last three debates, he has engaged in the most mano-a-manos of any candidate: with At-Large Councilman Rigo Rodriguez over the council's role in payroll decisions; with sitting Mayor Jeff Jones over the financial state of the city when Torres left office in 2010; and tonight, at the NAACP debate, with Council President Andre Sayegh over the former mayor's $74,000 severance package.
Sayegh brought up the issue, telling a crowd of Paterson voters that it was inappropriate and wrong for Torres to take the hefty package on his way out of city government four years ago.
Torres promptly rose and strafed Sayegh, objecting to the councilman's votes on city council matters where donors of Sayegh's had a stake.Read More >
A state lawmaker is calling Caesars Entertainment’s announcement to build a resort-like casino in neighboring New York pure “hypocrisy.”
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo issued a statement Thursday bashing the announcement by the company he says “has been a major roadblock for the state over the past few years” for expanding casinos and gambling in the Garden State. Caesars Entertainment, which owns a casino in Atlantic City, has argued expansion would revenue from Atlantic City.
“For Caesars to impede the progress we could have made in New Jersey then go to New York to build is plain hypocrisy,” he said. “This new move to build a casino resort in New York adds insult to injury.”Read More >
Todd Christie, the brother of Gov. Chris Christie and traditionally a big financial backer of Republican candidates, donated $2,000 to the anti-establishment cause of Steve Lonegan in the CD3 Republican Primary, according to Federal Election Commission reports.
Christie made the donation on March 26th of this year, according to the reports.
Lonegan is running in the primary against Tom MacArthur, a former mayor of Randolph, who has the support of the Ocean and Burlington County Republican organizations.
Gov. Christie last year helped Lonegan retire debt from his failed 2013 U.S. Senate campaign.
If Todd Christie's monetary donation is any indication, the family stuck with Lonegan despite the former Bogota mayor and movement conservative's lack of party organization support this year in his bid to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3).Read More >
The independent expenditure group in favor of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries launched its third TV ad on Thursday in support of Jeffries.
The group, known as Newark First, lashed out at the TV ad launched by the independent expenditures group in favor of Jeffries' rival, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, in the race to be decided on May 13, just 19 days away.
Newark First also called on Baraka to release a full record detailing his council office’s spending, which the city and candidate have yet to make public, according to the group.Read More >
PATERSON – After weeks of soft shoe forums, a hard showdown ensued at the Brownstone finally between former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres and Mayor Jeff Jones on the condition of the city when Jones took office at this Chamber of Commerce event.
Jones succeeded Torres in 2010 when he beat him in a three-way race.
At this candidates’ forum this afternoon, with eight candidates competing, Torres struck at the incumbent mayor, referring to the layoffs of 125 police officers by Jones, which all challengers agree has hastened Paterson’s decline.Read More >
With less than three weeks to go until Election Day, independent expenditures group Working Families Organization launched an ad today trying to tie Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries to the financial backers of Gov. Chris Christie’s game plan for Newark's educational system.
It’s the third in a series of sustained TV spots that will run through Election Day.Read More >
The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC announced today that its Board of Delegates voted unanimously to endorse challenger Dave Larsen over incumbent U.S. Rep. Lenard Lance in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District Republican Primary.
The endorsement came a day after movement conservative strategist Rick Shaftan savaged the group for never endorsing a candidate backed by other Tea Party candidates.
Larsen is a perennial challenger going at Lance from the Congressman's right.
"The Independence Hall Tea Party, with thousands of adherents in the Garden State, is supporting Dave Larsen because he is a committed lifetime conservative and successful entrepreneur who can be trusted to vote rationally on environmental and other issues that impact our nation's economy," said Greenbrook, NJ resident and PAC Board Member, Bill Miller, a constituent of the 7th District.Read More >
Congressional hopefuls seeking to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) are slated to take part in a CD 12 debate next week dedicated to civil liberties and civil rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is hosting the CD 12 debate in which all five candidates are slated to attend. The event will be held in Princeton on May 1.Read More >
The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.Read More >
Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...
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By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >
"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.- PolitickerNJ.com
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