Joseph Waks

Waks leaving Lautenberg; is he DCA bound?

In a move than may or may not be related to Joseph Doria's appointment as Commissioner of Community Affairs, Joseph Waks is expected to step down as U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg's State Director.  Waks, who served as Governor Richard Codey's Appointments Counsel and as a top aide to Congressman Bill Pascrell, is one of Doria's closest political advisors: he served as Doria's Chief of Staff in the Assembly and at the Bayonne City Hall.

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David Waks dies

Superior Court Judge David Waks, who served as Mayor of Wayne from 1994 to 2000, passed away on Wednesday after a battle with lung cancer. He was 66.

Waks is the father of Joseph Waks, the State Director for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and a former aide to Gov. Richard Codey, Rep. Bill Pascrell, and Bayonne Mayor Joseph Doria.

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Lautenberg names new State Director

U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg has named Joseph Waks as his new State Director. Waks served as Congressman Bill Pascrell’s Communications Director, as Chief of Staff to Bayonne Mayor Joseph Doria, and as Appointments Counsel to Governor Richard Codey. Waks succeeds Noreen Giblin, who has joined the Corzine administration.

Footnote: the State Director for New Jersey's other U.S. Senator, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, is also a former Chief of Staff to Doria. Chiaravalloti is on a leave of absence so he can work on Robert Menendez's campaign.

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Morning Digest: April 23, 2014

Colorado politicians invite Christie to experience 'Rocky Mountain High'Colorado politicians slapped back at Gov. Chris Christie after he questioned their Rocky Mountain quality of life under the rule of legalized marijuana.“Whether it’s hiking season or snow season, we invite Gov. Christie to experience Colorado’s quality of life anytime,"  Sen....

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How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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