LYNDHURST – When you’re late here on Sunday in this crammed-together conglomerate of Lyndhurst, Rutherford, Wallington, North Arlington, East Rutherford, Wood-Ridge and Carlstadt, the obvious explanation is mass went overtime.
That’s the excuse Jim Tedesco had as he rammed through the Reginald Marsh streetscape of ballparks, firehouses, gas stations, bakeries, statue-heavy Roman Catholic churchyards, and local town halls, and into a sweltering room packed with recognizable politicos native to South Bergen and routine Passaic allies long part of the Bill Pascrell caravan.Read More >
PATERSON - An enormously offended and irritated U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) criticized Gov. Chris Christie for his critique of President Barack Obama on the administration's Russian front.
According to news reports, Christie said Vladimir Putin had taken the measure of Mr. Obama. “I don’t believe, given who I am, that he would make the same judgment,” Christie said. “Let’s leave it at that.”
Pascrell reamed Christie at a press conference today where he announced his latest efforts to urge the administration and leadership in Congress to support Ukraine in their time of need as they face continued Russian aggression inside their borders.
Pascrell slapped at people in government critical of the president.
"Surely the lowest form of life that even Dante could figure out in his Inferno," the congressman said.
Asked who he was talking about, Pascrell got specific.Read More >
CLIFTON – It was the typical crowd with black yarmulkes and leopard-patterned hijab sprinkled among uncovered bald heads – Ukrainian, Turkish, Polish – Spanish Flamenco-style hair pulled back and framed by loop earrings and at least one tricorn hat: a Great Falls-sized confluence of humanity crammed into Town Hall here where U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) stood at the front of the room straddling the most obvious divide.
“Israelis don’t want peace more than the Palestinians, Palestinians don’t want peace more than the Israelis, but I do know one thing: Hamas is a terrorist organization,” said Pascrell.
It’s a delicate balance with war in the Middle East: strikes in Libya, President Barack Obama authorizing surveillance flights over Syria and an American journalist executed by ISIS last week.Read More >
Fight of the Week
Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan v. U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9)
The most-watched race of the season after Labor Day will be Donovan versus Bergen County Freeholder (and former Paramus Mayor) James Tedesco. Republicans are confident that Donovan’s mix of money and name ID and Obama backlash will blunt the Democrats’ attack. But Dems are trying to take advantage of the fact that the popular Pascrell will be on the ticket for the first time in a Bergen County executive’s race and in position to fight house to house in Donovan’s home portion of the sprawling county.Read More >
FORT LEE - Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich was the emcee of Tuesday's meet-and-greet event at the Richard A. Nest Adult Activity Center in his Bergen County borough, introducing U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., (D-9) to the lunchtime crowd of about 50 people.
More than 50 members of the press were jammed on the grass of Fort Lee's neighboring Borough Hall in January as what has become known as the Bridgegate scandal erupted. Sokolich stood in the national spotlight as Republican Gov. Chris Christie came to apologize.
Christie's mea culpa, accepted by Sokolich, came after the revelation of email exchanges between a deputy on Gov. Christie's senior staff and Port Authority executives that link the two parties to controversial local access lane closures in September 2013 on the George Washington Bridge.
The email exchange, which included "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," created chaos in town, whose Democratic Mayor Sokolich failed to endorse Christie in last year's gubernatorial race. The Christie administration has been accused of exacting political retribution on Sokolich for not backing the governor's re-election effort. Christie has denied that any retaliation took place, and both state and federal authorities still seek answers in separate investigations of the matter.Read More >
FORT LEE - If Democratic Bergen County Executive candidate Jim Tedesco hopes to win in the fall, he will have to make inroads in a place where the streets are familiar to Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan: South Bergen County.
Donovan, who was raised in Lyndhurst, went to high school in North Arlington and now resides in Rutherford, is not an unfamiliar politician in the southern part of Bergen, a county in which the long-time politico has wide overall name recognition.
But Tedesco, a Bergen County freeholder, could look to the 2012 Ninth Congressional District Democratic primary as a sign that some progress can be made against a candidate that has solid name recognition in the area.Read More >
FORT LEE - A convergence of state and local officials outside of a Bergen County senior center is a far cry from the fevered streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the Saint Louis suburb continues to be roiled by unrest more than a week after an unarmed black teenager was shot to death by a white police officer.
But in conversations with PolitickerNJ on Tuesday at a meet-and-greet event at Fort Lee's Richard A. Nest Adult Activity Center, both U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-9) praised U.S. President Barack Obama's handing of the ongoing crisis, one that has highlighted the lingering fault lines in American race relations.Read More >
Running for Passaic County clerk in a final reversal of gains the GOP made on Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 coattails, Hawthorne Democratic Committee Chairman Jeff Gardner tonight welcomes Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to a Brownstone fundraiser as yet another Democrat curious about statewide designs lands in the oddly shaped northern county.
Similarly sniffing out his own gubernatorial prospects, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) surfaced at a May fundraiser for Gardner.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop?
He’s got his own fundraising date with Gardner scheduled in October.
Gardner's allies probably wouldn't mind a visit from multimillionaire Philip Murphy, another fledgling gubernatorial prospect.
It’s a can’t miss chance to get photographed with a winner.
With U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) at the top of the ticket, the politically hyperkinetic Gardner appears well on his way to bulldozing incumbent GOP Clerk Kristin Corrado.Read More >
PATERSON - They say it's tough to get a decent slice of pizza in the south.
“There’s no pasta, that’s for sure,” cracked Jerry Speziale.
No offense to Prichard, Alabama, but Speziale wants to come home.
The former Passaic County Sheriff who fell out of favor with the Democratic Party establishment, bounced into a pair of blues at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on a GOP deal, and then ended up in a chief's uniform in the Yellowhammer State as he dealt with personal heartbreak, is returning to Paterson as police director in the administration of Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres.Read More >
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs. It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just because the War on Drugs is an epic failure.)Read More >
On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.Read More >
U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...
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 >
“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.- The Times of Trenton
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