Marty Small

Small campaign worker pleads guilty to ballot fraud

A second defendant pleaded guilty today to absentee ballot fraud in connection with the 2009 mayoral campaign of Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small, accoeding to the state Attorney General's Office.  

Ernest Storr of Linwood also pleaded guilty to committing absentee ballot fraud while working for the 2008 campaign of then-incumbent Mayor Scott Evans, according to Attorney General Paula Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor.

Another Small campaign associate, Ronald Harris, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit absentee ballot fraud on Oct. 13 of last year.

The 44-year old Storr pleaded guilty today to two counts of third-degree absentee ballot fraud before Superior Court Judge James E. Isman in Atlantic County.  

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AC councilman less leery of plan after meeting with gov

Mayor Lorenzo Lorenzo Langford and his City Hall allies may have the opposite view, but this morning's concept of a state takeover of Atlantic City by afternoon softened into a state-city-casino "partnership," according to one AC elected official.

"The governor toned down his rhetoric when he came down here to Atlantic City," said Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small. "If that's the case - a parternership - as opposed to a state takeover - I'm all for it."

Small, an ally of state Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic City) and unsuccessful candidate for mayor last year against Langford, said Christie's boardwalk rhetoric impressed him.

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Campaign worker for Small pleads guilty to ballot fraud

The Attorney General’s Office today secured a guilty plea from one of the 14 people charged with ballot fraud who worked for Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small’s failed mayoral campaign.

Ronald Harris, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree conspiracy to commit absentee ballot fraud.  He admitted that he conspired with other Small campaign workers to “submit false documents related to the procurement, casting, or tabulation of
messenger absentee ballots in the Democratic primary in Atlantic City.”

Harris, who lives in Atlantic City, was originally charged with 10 different counts.  Small and 12 other defendants still each face 10 counts. 

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Small indicted on voter fraud charges

Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small, who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in the 2009 Democratic primary, was indicted today on state voter fraud charges, according to radio personality Harry Hurley.

Click here to read Attorney General Anne Milgram's press release on the indictment of Small and 13 campaign workers. 


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Into final stretch in AC, both mayoral candidates must maintain fundraising mode

Into final stretch in AC, both mayoral candidates must maintain fundraising mode
AC Mayor Lorenzo Langford

ATLANTIC CITY – When City Councilman Martin Small failed to secure the backing of the local Democratic organization, he lost some political mojo, at least in the eyes of the statewide party establishment. 

But state Sen. (and former Mayor) Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic City) stayed loyal to his protégé and endorsed him over his old antagonist, Mayor Lorenzo Langford.

This week, both Langford and Small submitted financial disclosure reports to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) that show their campaign coffers nearly depleted.

Having won a special election last year to take the reins of government from former Mayor Bob Levy and still the favorite, according to most observers of the city’s political scene, Langford reported raising $58,732 for this campaign.

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McDevitt affirms right to pick Small as organization's candidate in Atlantic City mayoral primary

McDevitt affirms right to pick Small as organization's candidate in Atlantic City mayoral primary
Councilman Marty Small, left, with Damon Tyner


Atlantic City Democratic Committee Chairman Robert McDevitt wrote a letter today to Democratic State Chairman Joe Cryan declaring 2nd Ward Councilman Marty Small the local organization’s choice for mayor over incumbent Lorenzo Langford.

Cryan in response said he intends to stay out of the matter at this point and on advice from counsel believes McDevitt has the right to make the endorsement without the state party's imprimatur. 

“That decision is a clear validation of my campaign to bring big change to Atlantic City,” Small told  

The local chairman’s decision comes following a deadlocked outcome at the committee’s mayor’s candidate forum on March 16 and subsequent communications with the state party committee.  

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Langford/Small deadlock comes down this week

Langford/Small deadlock comes down this week
AC Mayor Lorenzo Langford, right, and Council President Speedy Marsh

EGG HARBOR – The tables at the Democratic Party convention here at the Vienna Inn bore flags with the names of Atlantic County’s 23 towns on them and delegates from those towns sat at those tables, and as they slapped backs, smooched and clapped, it was difficult not to notice two of Atlantic City’s four tables dominated by either Mayor Lorenzo Langford or Councilman Marty Small.

They dined sedately and separately with their respective entourages in chairs that appeared no different from any of the others, but these two men are in a war right now for the mayor’s seat back in their seaside hometown. 

They came out of a local Democratic Party meeting last week exactly deadlocked at 24 votes apiece.

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AC Dem committee vote produces no clear winner between Langford and Small

AC Dem committee vote produces no clear winner between Langford and Small
Ward 2 Councilman Marty Small

In their quest for the Atlantic City Democratic Party’s support for their respective mayoral bids, incumbent Mayor Lorenzo Langford and Ward 2 Councilman Marty Small each received 24 votes from the local party committee tonight. 

As of right now, neither man can claim the party’s backing, and organization President Bob McDevitt intends to appeal to State Party Chairman Joseph Cryan about how he should proceed.

Bringing up the rear, Councilman Dennis Mason and former Neighborhood Services Director David Tayoun each received one vote.

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Republican runs for mayor of AC

Republican runs for mayor of AC
Mayoral candidate Jesse O. Kurtz runs a GOP meeting in Atlantic City.

Running on the slogan, “Aren’t we all tired of the corruption,” Jesse O. Kurtz, chairman of the Atlantic City Republican Party, plans to formally launch his candidacy for mayor with his council slate on March 21st.

“Atlantic City Republicans are running a full slate of citywide candidates this year, for the first time in recent memory,” said Kurtz. “Our high property taxes are a result of the continual tax increases caused by Atlantic City's elected Democrats. Every recently indicted or arrested Atlantic City politician has been an elected Democrat.”

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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.



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