Six-term Morris County Sheriff Edward Rochford faces an unlikely opponent in the June Republican primary: Paterson PBA president Steven Olimpio, who backed Jon Corzine for re-election last year and now opposes the new pension reform law advocated by Gov. Christopher Christie. It will be interesting to see how a pension reform opponent and public employee advocate (he’s been highly critical of budget-related layoffs by Paterson Mayor Joey Torres) does among GOP primary voters in Christie’s home county.
Olimpio switched parties after mounting an unsuccessful campaign for Kinnelon Councilman as a Democrat in 2009. When he announced his challenge to Rochford, he pledged to raise $200,000 – and told the Daily Record that he’d already brought in half that. According to reports he filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission four days later, Olimpio had brought in $34,100 – 84% of the money from outside Morris County. He’s already spent more than half of that, including $3,000 on campaign t-shirts. Olimpio took a $20,000 contribution from TeleBrands, but returned $17,400 – perhaps the Paterson detective realized the legal limit was $2,600.
One potential problem for Olimpio: he has announced that Paul Carifi Jr., a Morris County Sheriff’s Department sergeant from Parsippany and a member of his campaign team, would be his undersheriff if he wins. Surely Olimpio knows that state law strictly prohibits offering someone a job while campaigning.
In the event that state Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) doesn't run for re-election in 2017, the party has a short list of possible candidates it could field to try to head off either Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D-7) or Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7).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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