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Bergen County Exec's race: Tedesco hits urban Bergen; Pascrell says Donovan "not connecting"

Bergen County Exec's race: Tedesco hits urban Bergen; Pascrell says Donovan "not connecting"

EDGEWATER - Democrat Jim Tedesco took his Bergen County Executive campaign to this densely populated Bergen County borough by the Hudson hard as part of a Sunday run through Bergen's more urbanized, Democratic strongholds.

"Down here we have a very solid Democratic base, and it's important that we get that base out," said Tedesco, the Bergen County freeholder who is taking on Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan, standing outside of Democratic election headquarters in Edgewater, close to the other strongly Democratic towns of Cliffside Park and Fairview. "That's why I'm here today, and I'll do that later in Saddle Brook, Hackensack, Teaneck and Englewood to make sure that they get out and vote." 

Tedesco's push to drive as many voters from Democratic strongholds to the polls as possible is one important way that he can counter a considerable fundraising gap in the race. Recent campaign finance reports demonstrate that as of late June, Donovan had raised more than $206,000, while Tedesco had raised just over $39,000. 

Tedesco, however, told PolitickerNJ that a ramped-up fundraising effort over the campaign's last six weeks would close the gap. 

"There are a number of fundraisers coming up over the next 40 days. I have at least one to two every week for the next four to five weeks," Tedesco said. "I've been up on TV since the beginning of last week. My message is already out there. Whatever concern there was about name recognition, that's being overcome."

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Pascrell - with Tedesco - lays down South Bergen campaign footprint in Lyndhurst

Pascrell - with Tedesco - lays down South Bergen campaign footprint in Lyndhurst

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.

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Urging support for Ukraine, Pascrell chastises Christie for comments about Putin, defends Obama

Urging support for Ukraine, Pascrell chastises Christie for comments about Putin, defends Obama

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.

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One night in Clifton: Pascrell town hall crystallizes New Jersey's side of Arab-Jewish divide

One night in Clifton: Pascrell town hall crystallizes New Jersey's side of Arab-Jewish divide

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.

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Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell

Fight of the Week: Donovan v. Pascrell

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.

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Bergen County Exec's race: Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich sees Bridgegate investigations as potential election catalyst

Bergen County Exec's race: Fort Lee Mayor Sokolich sees Bridgegate investigations as potential election catalyst

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. 

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Bergen County Exec's race: Tedesco, Pascrell see certain synergy in South Bergen

Bergen County Exec's race: Tedesco, Pascrell see certain synergy in South Bergen

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. 

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Booker, Pascrell support Obama response to Ferguson civil disturbances

Booker, Pascrell support Obama response to Ferguson civil disturbances

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.

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When it comes to guv plans, everyone wants to hang out with Passaic's Jeff Gardner

When it comes to guv plans, everyone wants to hang out with Passaic's Jeff Gardner

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.

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Breaking: Speziale returning to Paterson to serve as Mayor Torres' police director

Breaking: Speziale returning to Paterson to serve as Mayor Torres' police director
Earlier today, Jerry Speziale, left, poses with Torres confidential aide Omar Rodriguez.

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.

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Morning Digest: October 1st

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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