Wake Up Call

By Editor | October 1st, 2014 - 6:03am
| More

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational

TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to one prominent Bergen Democrat not on the stage, and one not in the room. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





Stack furious at for-profit care center at packed Union City rally for 1199 healthcare workers

UNION CITY - Mayor Brian Stack had a look on his face somewhere between Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as he mounted the stage in front of hundreds of SEIU workers from around the tri-state area and demanded the immediate reinstatement of two dozen nursing home caregivers whom he said for-profit healthcare center Alaris booted following a three-day strike. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) 





Brown, Addiego join Bramnick on a hayride; all three praise MacArthur in CD3

MEDFORD - The scene was almost comical, three casually-dressed pols and a few press people trying to look cool in a covered wagon with hay-covered floorboards that bumped awkwardly along the dirt road as an old John Deer tractor out front chugged its way around this corn field-dense, 150-some-odd acre property where Assemblyman Jon Bramnick hosted the latest leg of his Real Talk to Restore Fiscal Sanity tour. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





Sires requesting federal intervention as Stack looks to state legislation in health workers case

UNION CITY -U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) told hundreds of healthcare workers tonight that he intends to send a letter to the federal Department of Labor, demanding the feds investigate Alaris Healthcare's treatment of workers. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





At West Orange fundraiser, Dems turn out in droves to celebrate Joe D

WEST ORANGE - You could hear the blaring sounds of the band playing Pharrell's "Happy" and the raucous clatter of voices even as you walked up from the Turtleback Zoo and South Mountain Recreation Complex, down Cherry Lane, to the front of McLoone's Boathouse here in the geographic heart of Essex County's  political establishment. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





At drug addiction summit in troubled Newark, Christie addresses social need to stop stigma

NEWARK - Gov. Chris Christie sat on an improvised stage on the altar of Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, the home church of famed singer Whitney Houston. Sitting across from Pastor Joe A. Carter, Christie remembered the criticism he faced when he ordered flags flown at half-staff following Houston's death in 2012, gone at 48 years old in part because of her cocaine use. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





New Jersey's women lawmakers want Goodell fired; stronger counter attack to domestic violence

THE MEADOWLANDS - Standing in a parking lot amid whizzing planes and cargo trucks and MetLife Stadium looming in the background, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) led a bipartisan delegation of women legislators to demand stronger action by the NFL - and Congress - in response to former NFL running back Ray Rice's show of violence to his wife and the moribund reaction by the league until the release of an infamous Atlantic City video. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)





Beck says GOP brand in Monmouth too tough for Dems; backs Bell for U.S. Senate

THE MEADOWLANDS - From county to county, Democrats see opportunity in Cory Booker coattails blanking Republican incumbent freeholders. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) 





Hillman upbraids Traier for choice of openly gay candidate to address New Jerseyans

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus today criticized Passaic County Republican Chairman John Traier's choice of an openly gay Republican congressional candidate as a guest here in New Jersey. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) 





Bergen County Exec's race: Dem Freeholder Voss, GOP Chair Yudin react to Donovan first TV ad's no-bid contract claims

HACKENSACK - In the first TV ad of Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan's reelection campaign, the Republican incumbent goes on the attack, painting the Bergen County Democrats with a broad brush of alleged corruption. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





Nothing but love from Ruiz for Booker at Joe D fundraiser

WEST ORANGE - Even in the midst of Monday night's raucous party for Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, where the mood was free and easy and the drinks plenty, state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz's response to a completely off-the-cuff question comes out like she's got it written down somewhere. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





CD 5 race: Latino PAC endorses Democrat Cho

NEW BRUNSWICK - The Latino Leadership Alliance Political Action Committee (LLA-PAC) endorsed Democrat Roy Cho for United States Congress in New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District on Tuesday. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)





Man of the Hour: Joe D talks Essex County politics, support for LD28 and LD29 candidates

WEST ORANGE - Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo had a lot to be proud of as he stood outside McLoone's Boathouse on Cherry Lane last night carrying a cranberry-vodka in one hand and throwing friendly waves at guests entering and exiting with the other. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)





Cunningham on support for DeGise 2015: 'no comment'

UNION CITY - Here to add her voice to the protest of Alaris Health's treatment of workers, state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31) coyly deflected a question about next year's Hudson County executive's race. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) 





Obama job rating hits low mark in New Jersey

ASBURY PARK, N.J. — President Barack Obama's honeymoon with New Jersey women is over. A Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll out Wednesday finds that Obama's job rating has hit an all-time low in New Jersey, driven primarily by a decline among women. (Jordan/Gannett)





N.J. Assembly OKs resolution allowing lawmakers to phone in for quorum calls

The state Assembly can now start its work even if some of its members can’t make it to the State House under a resolution passed Monday that allows lawmakers to phone in for quorum calls. (Phillis/The Bergen Record)





Pascrell urges Big Ten to review rules for players with head injuries

When University of Michigan quarterback Shane Morris was called to resume play after taking a hard hit to the helmet in a losing game against Minnesota over the weekend, it all seemed sadly familiar to Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-Paterson., a longtime proponent of better head safety for football players. (Norman/The Bergen Record) 





Christie to campaign for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad Friday

Governor Christie is returning to Iowa this week as part of his latest campaign swing for GOP gubernatorial candidates. (Hayes/The Bergen Record)





Christie ‘disturbed’ by Obama on ISIS

Newark, New Jersey (CNN) -- Chris Christie, the New Jersey GOP Governor and possible 2016 White House contender, is slamming President Obama for passing the buck on the U.S. being ill prepared for the ISIS threat. (Bash/CNN) 





Chris Christie slams Obama over ISIL

Likely 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie slammed President Barack Obama for a “60 Minutes” interview in which the president said the United States had underestimated the threat of the Islamic State in the Mideast, accusing the commander in chief of dodging responsibility. (Haberman/Politico)





Lawmakers undaunted by league’s opposition to N.J. sports betting

Earlier this month, when the state announced it would not penalize racetracks or casinos that wanted to start taking sports bets, Gov. Chris Christie, through his attorney general, essentially legalized most sports betting in New Jersey. But most observers assumed a challenge would be coming, and now it has. Joined by the Justice Department, the NCAA, Major League Baseball, NFL, NBA and National Hockey League have filed briefs asking an appeals judge to stop the state. (Cruz/NJTV)





Asm. Carroll: allowing driving privileges for undocumented will not make roads safer

The Pew Research Center found New Jersey is in the top five states that attract the most immigrants. Legislation working its way through the Assembly would give the undocumented driving privileges. Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25) told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams he does not believe that if undocumented residents were given driving privileges, that it would make the roads any safer, even if they have insurance. (Williams/NJTV)





More power for Christie: proposal would let him keep control when out of state

TRENTON — As the state's first lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno hasn't had a chance to exercise a lot of executive power. Now a Republican lawmaker has introduced a proposed constitutional amendment that would give her even less of it. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)





In 1st District Congressional race, Norcross campaign launches another attack on Cobb

The campaign to send State Sen. Donald Norcross (D-5 of Camden) to Congress launched another attack against Republican Candidate Garry Cobb on Tuesday, when more than a dozen senior citizens gathered at Camden County Republicans' campaign headquarters to protest his recent comments about how to look out for seniors' interests. (Caffrey/The South Jersey Times)





Atlantic Health system CEO announces retirement

TRENTON — The president and CEO of one of the state's largest hospital systems, Atlantic Health System, has announced his retirement. (Livio/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)





N.J. Assembly changes rules after members were marked present without knowing it

TRENTON — The Assembly has changed its attendance rules, a few months after several lawmakers found out from The Star-Ledger that they were marked as present at the Statehouse on a Friday evening in July when they were nowhere near it. (Friedman/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)





Hillary Clinton focuses on the policy, not the personal

NEW YORK—When he first ran for president, Barack Obama's themes were "hope" and "change." Hillary Clinton, appearing at a conference last week, trumpeted what she called "evidence-based optimism." (Nicholas/The Wall Street Journal)





Malloy, Foley spar in TV debate

WEST HARTFORD -- Deflecting criticism over his stewardship of Connecticut's lethargic economy, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy played the wealth card Tuesday night against hard-charging Republican challenger Tom Foley in their second televised debate. (Vigdor/CT.Post.com)


Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: October 1st

Bergen County Freeholder forum mostly convivial, but at times confrontational TEANECK - The Bergen County freeholder forum on Tuesday night was a relatively collegial affair until the final two minutes on the 90-minute event. Republican freeholder candidate Robert Avery, flanked by fellow GOP freeholder candidate Bernadette Coghlan-Walsh, referred to...


Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >


(10-1-14) Mayor Fulop’s Working Family Rebellion Spreads - What began as a commitment between Mayor Steve Fulop and the people of Jersey City is fast becoming a movement spreading... more »
In tribute to John Sheridan, a good and great man     I first learned late last night from television news that John P. Sheridan, Jr. and his wife, Joyce had... more »
(Trenton, NJ) --  On September 23, 2015 I shall dig this up and eat whatever crow I've got coming, but in the meantime only a listicle... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"I see Loretta Weinberg in the back of the room. Loretta, you have my eternal admiration for what you did to rid the Democratic Party of a certain political boss. However, not everyone shares that distinction." - Bergen County Republican Freeholder candidate Robert Avery

- PolitickerNJ


Which of these "Mount Rushmore of Corruption" states deserves the centerpiece?:


Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.


  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.