Haledon Mayor Domenick Stampone prevailed in court yesterday, securing his position on the Passaic County Democratic Organization line in the June 8 primary. The new Republican County Clerk, Kristin "Murph" Corrado, had put Stampone’s opponent on the line because he was the first to submit petitions. Superior Court Judge Margaret McVeigh ruled that the line gets to be awarded by the Passaic County Democratic Organization and the Democratic candidates for Freeholder) which are supporting Stampone.Read More >
Newly-elected Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado, a protégé of former Passaic County GOP Chairman Peter Murphy, is already causing trouble for Passaic County Democrats. Last week she awarded the Passaic County Democratic Organization, Inc. line to insurgent Haledon Mayoral candidate Dominick Fusco and his Council slate. Fusco is an acolyte of Haledon Democratic Committee Municipal Leader Gerald Volpe - who fielded a slate to take on incumbent Mayor Domenick Stampone and Council President Maha Kandis.
Stampone blocked Volpe from being appointed to a $100,000 position with the Manchester Utilities Authority, which prompted a split in the local Democratic Party. Volpe recruited Fusco and his council slate to try and hold off a challenge from Stampone – who has fielded a full slate of County Committee candidates in an effort to oust Volpe.
“It’s tremendous to see Republicans back in office in Passaic County and Kristin has proved she is a fantastic vote getter with a tremendously hard working team behind her.”Read More >
One of the upsets of the year came in Passaic County, where Republicans won the County Clerk post and three Freeholder seats, despite a messy intra-party fight and even though Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's won the county 53%-44%.
Corzine's numbers in Passaic County fell short of his performance in 2005, when he won 60%-40% against Republican Douglas Forrester. Corzine received 61,803 votes in 2005 and 57,010 in 2009; while Forrester received 41,532 votes, Christie's total was 48,500.
In Paterson, which makes up nearly 20% of the total votes cast in the county, Corzine's margin over Christie was 15,121, about the same as his 15,550 vote win over Forrester. Christie did a better than Forrester in Passaic and Clifton, but it was the suburbs that boosted his numbers: he carried Wayne by 3,623 votes - more than three times Forrester's margin (1,066) four years ago. He quadruped Forrester's margin in Hawthorne, and doubled them in Totowa, West Milford. Christie turned a 183 vote loss in Little Falls into a 359 vote win.
The key to the county GOP victories: huge drop-offs in the cities - Corzine received 5,213 more votes in Paterson and Passaic than the Democratic candidate for County Clerk - and GOP County Clerk-elect Kristin Corrado taking in just 899 votes more than Christie overall; solid wins in the north county towns; and a 52%-48% win in Clifton. Corzine won Clifton 50%-46%.Read More >
Ask leaders of the two Republican factions in Passaic County how they swept the county office elections last night and you get two different interpretations.
Passaic County Republican Chairman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne), who's also an assemblyman, attributed the win to the dominant Democratic Party losing touch with the county's residents.
"You have citizens in Passaic County who have been disenfranchised by the Democratic Party," he said. "We've been pulling in people who were not part of the party for many years, and that's really been a big, big help in this process."
In a stunning upset, Republicans beat three Democrats - including the incumbent freeholder director, Tahesha Way - and won the county clerk seat
Rumana said that his party's "team building" approach to leadership also played a role.
But Mike Mecca, who is chairman of the splinter group GOP Strong - which challenged Rumana for his chairmanship and supported assembly primary candidates against him - said that Kristin Corrado, county clerk candidate that GOP Strong recruited to defeat the PCRRO's candidate in the June primary -- led the Republican ticket to victory.Read More >
“The municipal leaders, the rank and file party faithful and the candidates throughout the county worked very hard with limited resources to score many impressive wins. Mr. Rumana should take this opportunity to pull the party together and put in place the leadership sharing plan he promised us in June,” said Mecca.
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Republicans won all three hotly contested races for County Clerk. The biggest upset came in Passaic County, where Kristin Corrado, a former assistant counsel to the governor, defeated Woodland Park Councilman Keith Kazmark by a 52%-48% margin. Cumberland County Clerk Gloria Noto and Salem County Clerk Gilda Gill were also re-elected despite facing aggressive Democratic challenges.
The Passaic County Clerk's office returns to Republican hands after five years of Democratic control. In 2004, Karen Brown ousted popular GOP Clerk Ronni Nochimson. Brown quickly fell out of favor with county Democratic leaders and she did not seek re-election. Democrats picked Kazmark over Nochimson, who switched parties two years ago. Corrado is allied with a faction of the Passaic County GOP headed by former GOP County Chairmen Peter Murphy and Michael Mecca; she had won a contested primary over the candidate backed by the Passaic County GOP organization. Her victory, to some extent, marks a political comeback for Murphy, who served time in a federal prison earlier in the decade and was prosecuted by the newly-elected Governor, Christopher Christie.Read More >
“Anthony and his running mate Joe Caruso ran a very positive, issue-oriented campaign that impressed me and lot of other people. I will run a campaign based on facts and issues that are important to the public and I know Anthony will help me reach that goal,” said Corrado.Read More >
The hard fought battle for control of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization (PCRRO) might come to a head tonight, when a splinter group allied with a former party leader will attempt to oust Chairman Scott Rumana.
Rumana, who is also an assemblyman and a former mayor of Wayne, wants to hold on to his chairmanship. The rival organization, GOP Strong, is all but officially backing Totowa attorney Carl Mazzie, a former Rumana ally.
But, as the Herald News reported this morning, Mazzie went to court yesterday to delay the reorganization meeting until all sixteen of the county's municipal clerks have certified results for over 500 county committee races. Superior Court Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh said she would decide whether the meeting would go forward unless the opposing sides came up with a compromise.
Rumana was confident that the court would rule in his favor, and said no compromise was necessary. By tonight, he said, most municipal clerks will have certified the results. Committee candidates whose statuses are still unresolved will be able to cast provisional ballots
"About 95 percent or more of these people are unchallenged, guaranteed winners - they go into the voting machine. The balance of that 5%, if there's any question about whether they've won, they go to provisional ballots," he said. "Every vote will be counted, and if those provisionals have any impact on this race, then we'll worry about it."Read More >
A Republican splinter group from Passaic County last night unveiled a slate of three freeholder candidates and one county clerk candidate to take on whomever the local Republican organization fields in the June primary.
Members of the group, called GOP Strong, said that about 300 people turned out to a Little Falls union hall to see the three freeholder candidates -- Bruno Varano, a retired federal law enforcement agent from Wayne; Debra Andriani, a legal assistant from Totowa; and Robert Cruz, a Web developer from Pompton Lakes. The group also fielded county clerk candidate Kristin Corrado, who has a law practice and is the Totowa Municipal Attorney.
GOP strong, which counts former Republican chairman Peter Murphy as a co-founder and is headed up by activists Michael Ramaglia and Michael Mecca, has been feuding with current Passaic County Republican Chairman and Assemblyman Scott Rumana (R-Wayne) over control of the mainstream organization.Read More >
As Gov. Chris Christie's heads to New Hampshire tomorrow, a conservative group wants to welcome him with a television commercial critical of his record on judicial nominations.Read More >
With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...
By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >
"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile- The Bergen Record
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