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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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 23rd

Sources: pen/ben debacle going back to 2011 worsens Newark's woes They already knew the financial situation was bad in Newark - but it turns out it’s worse. In a conversation with the front office this morning in Trenton, Newark lawmakers expressed worry about the state’s relative sparse offering of...

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Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

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 >

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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record

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