NEWARK - To the casual observer of Newark politics, the scene at Don Pepe's restaurant on Thursday night was confusing, unless one considers a force that is at times more powerful than politics: friendship.
North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos, Jr. hosted a fundraising event where more than 200 people waited to hear him speak. Ramos, an erstwhile mayoral candidate, dropped his bid to be Newark's political CEO in February. Shortly thereafter, he joined the council slate of mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries.
But before Ramos addressed the crowd, one supporter stepped forth and stepped up to the microphone: Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.Read More >
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.Read More >
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."Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
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.Read More >
NEWARK - At a forum sponsored by the Newark LGBTQ Advisory Concerns Commission on Tuesday night, both of Newark's main mayoral candidates addressed approximately 150 people about issues affecting the city's gay and lesbian community. And for both candidates, these concerns came close to home.
Former state Assistant Attorney General Shavar Jeffries spoke about a gay cousin who felt compelled to hide his sexual identity for decades.
South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka spoke about the murder of his lesbian sister, Shani Baraka, who was gunned down next to her partner in 2003, the result of domestic violence committed by her half-sister's estranged husband.
But in the back of the room, one Newark politician watched and listened to a discussion that hit perhaps even deeper.Read More >
NEWARK - A independent expenditure group that backs Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries lashed out at the career record of Jeffries' rival, Ras Baraka, calling his work as a public school principal "failed."
The response by the pro-Jeffries independent expenditure group, Newark First, came hours after the Baraka campaign launched its first television campaign ad of the season.Read More >
The Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council today endorsed Andre Sayegh for Mayor citing his effective leadership, efforts to combat crime, and promotion of business and overall economic development in the City of Paterson.Read More >
Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...
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 >
"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop- PolitickerNJ.com
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