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 >
Paterson bears down now on a Monday petition filing deadline for mayor next week and the fact that the city’s sitting chief executive hasn’t yet filed his paperwork has his rivals howling about his desire and the possibility that he won’t run again.
Mayor Jeff Jones dismissed the chatter, told PolitickerNJ that he will absolutely file by Monday’s deadline, and then took a few moments to go on offense.
“Absolutely,” said the mayor about his intentions to file for a second term run as he stares at a wide field of contenders, including former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres, Council President Andre Sayegh, former Councilman Aslon Goow, Councilman Rigo Rodriguez and the Latino Leadership Alliance-backed Maria Teresa Feliciano.
On the campaign trail, Sayegh and Goow try to undermine each other while simultaneously packaging the Torres-Jones era as 12 years of failure.
Jones hears his rivals lumping him with his own old rival Torres and doesn’t dismiss it – with a twist.Read More >
PATERSON – It was inevitable.
Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s endorsement of Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka would irritate people, particularly establishment Democrats and their vendor friends and political accessories.
Now engaged in a pushing and pulling match with Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) over rightful ownership of the mantle “Most Likely to Succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie,” Fulop wants to coalesce northern Democratic Party leadership as the party’s best alternative to the South Jersey-based Sweeney.
Others want the same.
At a Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-32) fundraiser last night in Secaucus, Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Lou Stellato declared Hudson, Bergen and Passaic united.
Fulop was in the room.Read More >
PATERSON – The mayoral candidates hit the streets last night, with political intrigue hanging over the city and just over two months to go before Election Day.
In the basement of Toro’s at the edge of the 6th Ward, former 2nd Ward Councilman Aslon Goow stood up in front of a crowd of mostly Arab Americans and said he’s the law and order candidate in a still-fluid 12-person contest in Paterson, where “the current administration is so bad,” according to the candidate, “anyone and everyone thinks they can be mayor.”
A 12-year veteran of the council when he lost his re-election bid in 2012, the Haledon special policeman said Paterson doesn’t have potholes.
“We have minefields,” he clarified, taking the microphone from event organizer Mahmoud Attallah. “Gang shootings, open drug markets. The cold weather kept people inside for a while and the shootings went down. The first nice day we had where it was 50 degrees and two people were killed.
“What are we going to do, depend on the weather to fight crime?”
Claps sounded in the room.
Then Attalah stepped up and surprised the room with an impolitic political question.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) exchanged words with President Barack Obama earlier this month just prior to the President's State of the Union speech.Read More >
It once constituted a favorite Paterson parlor game: who would get shouted down first if then-Council President Aslon Goow ever went to Trenton as an assemblyman: Goow or the similarly voluble and volatile Gov. Chris Christie.
It was Lee Van Cleef-look-alike Goow, after all, who aggressively engaged in any number of exchanges with residents from his throne of power on the local governing body; who once sent a challenger scurrying from City Hall wishing he had never attempted to criticize the councilman in a public forum; who gave chase to a burglar behind the wheel of his own car; and who rose out of his seat in the audience during the 2010 Tea Party election and poured forth a stream of epithets at the debate moderator.
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) later picked Goow out of a tent crowd and dropped into a fighter’s stance in recognition of the counciilman’s efforts.Read More >
A poll by the Gallowglass Group of Wood-Ridge shows a head-to-head war between Council President Andre Sayegh and former Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres for the office of Mayor of Paterson.
Incumbent Mayor Jeff Jones lags behind the two front-runners, but no one gets 50% in a May nonpartisan, highest-vote-getter-wins election that does not have a runoff, according to the poll of 400 likely registered voters in the City of Paterson from January 16 to January 23.
In the poll, Sayegh and Torres are tied at 33% with Jones receiving 15%.Read More >
Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones knows the political power in Passaic County is lining up to get him out of office.
But he doesn’t plan to go anywhere.
“You can have all the machines in the world,” said the ex-Marine, who infamously bucked Silk City native son incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) by embracing eventual loser Steve Rothman in the 2012 Democratic Primary.Read More >
At a Chamber of Commerce dinner late last month, in response to some jovial banter from incumbent Paterson Mayor Jeffrey Jones, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) went to the podium and reminded people that he ordinarily doesn’t get involved in mayoral politics but plans to make an exception this year.
It was hardly the playful rejoinder Jones or others in the mayor’s inner circle might have wanted, but they could hardly say it came as a surprise.
The ill-will between Pascrell and Jones goes at least as far back as the aftermath of the 2010 mayor’s race, when the congressman met a mayor resistant to his designs for the refurbishment of the area around Great Falls National Park.
It reached a climax when Jones backed U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman from Bergen County over Paterson’s own Pascrell in the 2012 Democratic Primary.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) will not run for governor, sources close to the congressman tell PolitickerNJ.com.
Pascrell over the weekend signaled to political allies his continuing desire to remain focused on his job in Washington, D.C. and killed the guv talk, sources said.Read More >
Lew Candura, the veteran chair of the Morris County Democratic Committee, will retire this year and back the organization's executive director, Chip Robinson, to serve as his successor.Read More >
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