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 >
TRENTON - Bergen-based state legislators on both sides of the aisle stopped to consider two key themes of Gov. Chris Christie's Tuesday budget address: pension reform and municipal consolidation.
The governor pointed to rising pension, health benefit and debt obligations in his address to introduce the $34.5 billion fiscal 2015 state budget, including a $2.25 billion pension payment, stating ongoing reform attempts are "simply not enough."
Standing on the Assembly chamber floor after the address, several legislators from Bergen spoke out about what they thought Christie's call for further pension reforms actually entails.
"I have no idea what [not enough] means. I would just like to point out that public employees have been always paying into the pension system without ever missing a year, " said State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37). "It's the employers - state, county and local officials - that didn't pay their fair share."
TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie will boast today about a balanced budget and no new taxes and renew his claims about the effectiveness of bipartisan government, but members of the Assembly Budget Committee fear deepening debt in a crisis-bedeviled State of New Jersey while Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) called full public pension payments “non-negotiable.”
“This budget, when you take out pension and health care costs and debt service, is $2.2 billion smaller than Fiscal Year 2008,” Christie will say today in his scheduled annual budget address before a joint session of the legislature. “Over the last five years, we have cut discretionary spending by $2.2 billion. This has been an era of fiscal restraint. The budget proposes making the largest pension payment ever at $2.25 billion.”
Christie will make the case that the payment is nearly the equivalent of the total payments made in the ten years by five different governors before the arrival of his administration.
But he wants more pension overhauling.Read More >
Linda Greenstein’s Real Time Campaign Street Cred
Don’t be fooled by the nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn routine. Greenstein has steamrolled Republican candidates in highly competitive general election races that left the bewildered likes of Tom Goodwin, Richard Kanka and Pete Inverso all asking if anyone got the license plate of the truck that ran over them. In the words of one veteran politico, “Linda ought to teach legislators how to campaign.”
Watson Coleman’s ability to steer left in a Democratic Party Primary
While Greenstein has crafted strategic general election victories in bellwether LD 14, safe Democratic district-schooled Watson Coleman has plied her trade as a party attack dog. What that means is Watson Coleman’s allies won’t have to dig too hard to find campaign videos of Team Greenstein praising partisanship at its best in the case of the Democratic Legislature and Republican Gov. Chris Christie, while Watson Coleman will full court press her record as a fiery progressive.Read More >
(2-19-14) Will NJ Lawmakers Get High on Marijuana Proposal? - With all the talk about the Democratic nominee for NJ Governor centering around Mayor Steve Fulop and Senator Steve Sweeney, will Senator Nicholas Scutari capture the liberal and progressive Democrats with his marijuana legalization bill?Read More >
(2-12-14) David Wildstein Has Unimpeachable Credibility - It is impossible to impeach the credibility of David Wildstein when just about everyone who has had any serious involvement in New Jersey politics for the last 15 years has provided tips, information and opinions to him through his pseudonym, “Wally Edge.” The substance of those emails, still reported to be in Wildstein’s possession, formed the basis of PoliticsNJ, now PolitickerNJ, which is the most widely read source of political inside information in New Jersey.Read More >
Sources in Essex and Hudson counties continue to identify state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), Newark, as the most likely candidate for lieutenant governor based on the budding regional contenders for the office of governor.
At this moment, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) of South Jersey and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop of Hudson County are vying in the backrooms of party power for a statewide upper-hand.
A woman, a Latina and longtime loyal attaché to the party, Ruiz fits both tickets.
And powerful Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo – intent on protecting his sphere of influence as he seeks to back a winner in the volatile Newark Mayor’s race - knows that.Read More >
(2-4-14) Why Chris Christie Should Thank the Pope - Is Governor Chris Christie a convincing pathological lier or just a bad manager victimized by his staff in the climate of self-righteousness he created?
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If you're a fan of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rush Limbaugh or (ironically) Barack Obama, this post is for you!Read More >
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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