Newark

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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Christie, Fishman and Fulop: three Jersey kings intersect, but do not interact, on Holy Thursday

Christie, Fishman and Fulop: three Jersey kings intersect, but do not interact, on Holy Thursday

JERSEY CITY - The view from the sixth floor at St. Peter's University's Mac Mahon Student Center in Jersey City is sweeping. The windows facing the east show off the Jersey City and New York City skylines, while to the west, the under-construction Pulaski Skyway, Newark and the Watchung Mountains come into view. 

At a conference on prisoner reentry held by chance on the morning of Holy Thursday and during Passover week, the theme of redemption was ever present, with discussion centered on how to successfully reintegrate those previously incarcerated into society. 

But at the same time, three major New Jersey political players were also present, reminding those who study both politics and religion that forgiveness in Jersey politics far more resembles the Old Testament rather than the New. 

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Paul Fishman and Governor Chris Christie all came to discuss to prisoner reentry at a time of growing tension in the state's political landscape. 

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Newark mayor's race: break-in reported at offices of Jeffries campaign manager

Newark mayor's race: break-in reported at offices of Jeffries campaign manager

NEWARK - The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has issued a statement announcing that the offices of Carl Sharif, Jeffries' campaign manager, have been broken into.

"A break-in occurred early this morning at the offices owned by Carl Sharif and two others at 660 Stuyvesant Ave. in Irvington, New Jersey," Jeffries campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd said in a written statement on Tuesday. "Several items are reported missing, including two laptop computers owned by Carl Sharif. There is also reported damage in the building. The Irvington police were called and a report was filed."

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Newark mayor's race: former Newark FOP president backs Jeffries, calls Baraka's record on crime "dangerous"

Newark mayor's race: former Newark FOP president backs Jeffries, calls Baraka's record on crime "dangerous"

NEWARK - A former president of the same Newark-based Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) chapter that endorsed Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka last month lashed out in an open letter on Monday, calling the South Ward councilman "part of the problem" in Newark's war on crime. 

The letter by Derrick Hatcher, the former president of FOP Lodge #12, was issued by Newark First, an independent expenditure group that supports Baraka's rival in the race, former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. Addressed to members of the law enforcement community, Hatcher assails Baraka's record on crime as "troubling" and "dangerous." 

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Newark mayor's race: On NJTV and WNET, "Newark at a Crossroads" to show candidates clashing

Newark mayor's race: On NJTV and WNET, "Newark at a Crossroads" to show candidates clashing

A public television news special to be aired starting this week shows Newark mayoral candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries making pointed policy critiques at each other's expense. 

The New Jersey Capitol Report program, co-hosted by Emmy Award- winning anchors Steve Adubato and Rafael Pi Roman, is entitled "Newark at a Crossroads." In an advance copy of the show provided to PolitickerNJ.com, both candidates are interviewed individually about a range of concerns affecting New Jersey's largest city in the run-up to the May 13 Newark municipal election. 

Issues discussed include public safety, economic development, the potential state takeover of the city's finances and the future of Newark's schools. 

Both candidates were asked why their opponent should not be Newark's next mayor. 

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Booker on U.S. Senate race, Republican candidates: let's talk after the GOP primary

Booker on U.S. Senate race, Republican candidates: let's talk after the GOP primary

NEWARK - A general observation of the Republican candidates who have come out to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) in November is that they are not the best-known field of GOP contenders.

Jeff Bell, Brian Goldberg, Rich Pezzullo and Murray Sabrin have battled it out among GOP county committees in advance of the June primary. Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Christie continues to court Republican movers-and-shakers nationally despite his Bridgegate and Sandy aid problems at home.

PolitickerNJ.com asked Booker if he thought that the apparent lack of serious competition in the upcoming U.S. Senate race was a sign that Christie, a native Newarker who has built a bipartisan relationship with Booker, had not done enough to build up the Garden State GOP. 

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PolitickerNJ.com's Bonamo appears on WBGO talking about Newark election

PolitickerNJ.com's Mark Bonamo appeared on WBGO's Newark Today program on Thursday to discuss the May municipal election in Newark, the state's largest city. 

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PolitickerNJ.com's Bonamo on WBGO tonight talking about Newark election

PolitickerNJ.com's Mark Bonamo will appear on WBGO's Newark Today program tonight to discuss the May municipal election in Newark, the state's largest city. 

The live broadcast, which begins at 8 p.m., can be found on 88.3 FM and will also be livestreamed on the Internet at www.wbgo.org/newarktoday. The award-winning program is hosted by WBGO's Andrew Meyer. 

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Newark's mayor race: Jeffries campaign worker arrested and charged for Baraka bus burning

Newark's mayor race: Jeffries campaign worker arrested and charged for Baraka bus burning

NEWARK - The Essex County Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that a campaign worker of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has been arrested in connection with the burning of rival candidate Ras Baraka's campaign bus in February.

"I can confirm that Shareef Nash has been arrested in connection with the February 16 arson of a bus belonging to the Baraka for mayor campaign," said Thomas Fennelly, chief assistant prosecutor. 

A written statement from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office stated that Nash bas been arrested and charged with first degree arson for hire and conspiracy to commit arson. He is being held on $200,000 bail. 

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Newark mayor's race: Political media group tied to Norcross paid for Jeffries independent expenditure TV buy

Newark mayor's race: Political media group tied to Norcross paid for Jeffries independent expenditure TV buy

NEWARK -  A Philadelphia-based Democratic political media and consulting group, whose clients include close associates of South Jersey power broker George Norcross III, has paid for current cable television campaign advertisements sponsored by an independent expenditure group that supports Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries, according to documents. 

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The Back Room

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...

Op-Ed

The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

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