21 year-old Bayonne First Ward Council candidate Daniel A. Herrera says that he and his running mates want to “change the local politics, because if you want to influence the national politics, it starts at the local level.”
A junior at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, Herrera acknowledges that if elected, he “would have to travel” in the first year of his term between school and Bayonne due to his college schedule.
Herrera says he was approached last July by Anthony Zanowic, the mayoral candidate at the top of his ticket.
On Thursday night in North Jersey, Save Jerseyans, the District 38 Democratic Committee nominated Paramus Council President Joseph Lagana to replace outgoing Assemblywoman Connie Wagner, an incumbent who is not seeking reelection to spend more time with her family. The committee could not muster a quorum the previous week.
That minor hick up aside, this is a formidable candidate that should not be brushed aside, although the GOP still has a golden opportunity to take back Wagner’s seat in November.
The LD38 GOP Convention in March 2013 (Photo Credit: James Beattie)
Incumbent Democrat Connie Wagner has made the move to step aside in favor of a new face in District 38, Save Jerseyans.
Sources close to Wagner who spoke to Save Jersey are saying that she is making the move “to spend time with her family.”
A new Democrat nominee will be on the June 19th ballot alongside Assemblyman Tim Eustace of Maywood and Senator Bob Gordon of Fair Lawn. The Dems will face GOP challengers Fernando Alonso of Oradell on the Senate side and Assembly Candidates Mayor Joseph Scarpa of Rochelle Park and Joan Fragala of Fair Lawn.
Republican sources in and around District 38 who are observing Wagner’s surprise departure are not saying all that much, other than acknowledging Wagner’s clear ability to draw votes for the Democrat ticket and how her departure could negatively impact the ticket. One thing is for sure: either way, this is still not a shoe in for the GOP!
Save Jersey is just as curious as you to discover who will replace Connie Wagner in November. Let’s take a look at a few potential Democrat candidates whose names have surfaced:
Earlier last week, Save Jerseyans, I had the chance to meet up with the newly-elected Chairman and Co-Chairwoman of the New Jersey College Republicans, Felix Marte and Christina Catalano. We discussed how they came to be involved in politics, what their goals are for the organization statewide, how they intend to expand CR membership on the Garden State’s college campuses, and the importance of creating a “big tent” Republican Party.
Campaign ads are a lot like zucchinis, Save Jerseyans: they reveal a lot, but often not everything.
Nevertheless, in her first slew of campaign 2013 ads (mostly online-only ones), Barbara Buono has done little but attack Governor Christie and, in her most recent release, educated the public on how to pronounce her last name (it is pronounced BWO-NO for all you kids out there).
A significant amount of money was poured into this race to try and help Colbert-Busch create a sort of “Scott Brown Effect” exposing Sanford for all his public mishaps including his affair during his time as Governor, i.e. along the Appalachian Trail, as well as other potentially damaging revelations.
Nevertheless, Sanford returns to Capitol Hill claiming 54% of the vote to Colbert-Busch’s 45%, leaving several Democratic analysts to wonder in the coming days to ask themselves some tough electoral questions ahead of 2014.
This week marked an emotional return for Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan who had been hospitalized for back pain and subsequently in upstate New York for therapy.
County Administrator Ed Trawinski and Chief of Staff Jeanne Baratta have been filling in her stead for five weeks while she was recovering (and continues to recover in outpatient therapy).
Donovan spoke to county employees gathered in the main foyer at One Bergen Plaza in Hackensack, reports The Record:
Thank you all for you kindness, your prayers, your cards…“Thank you all for doing so well to keep the county running. I paid attention every single day to what was going on. I know all of you worked very, very hard.”
Donovan will continue a part time schedule for up to two months. The County’s business won’t take a pause in the interim. Challenges that lie ahead include pay-to-play ordinance re-reform, a Sheriffs/County Police merger, and working with the Freeholders on a new budget. She will also make her political return on Friday with a welcome back soiree at the Bergen County Republican Organization Headquarters in Hackensack.
A number of topics could easily come up as New Jerseyans from far and wide take to the mic, and we may hear more of Governor Christie’s thoughts on the Boston Bombing, Gun Control, taxes, the economy, Earth Day, education, Campaign 2013; you just don’t know!
We may even get a couple questions on development in the community, the ongoing battle with the community center, and something else relevant to the local populace. Anything is possible…
If you needed proof that our President was cold and detached from whom the people he has sworn to protect, look no further than the sad excuse for a press conference he had in reaction to the Amendment to the Gun Legislation which failed to pass on Wednesday afternoon in the Senate, Save Jerseyans.
What was particularly alarming? In the middle of an investigation (now thankfully concluded!) for two suspects who left four dead and nearly 200 wounded at the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon, the President found time to issue a shrill condemnation of the U.S. Senate (a body controlled by his own party) for voting against new gun controls. He can’t turn off his political animal instincts much like his allies in the media…
We will lay to rest a truly great “iron” lady on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, who once said of Parliament, “I love argument. I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me – that’s not their job.”
Frank Feenan, formerly of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, emerged early and was given the GOP line to challenge Berdnik. Before then and ever since, Feenan has been laying the groundwork for a general election campaign and wasn’t expect to face any detours heading into November. Now it seems as though November is not the only hurdle facing Feenan. June suddenly looms large.
The Passaic County Clerk’s office confirmed for me yesterday morning that retired Clifton Lieutenant and karate instructor Patrick Ciser will challenge Feenan for the GOP nod this June.
We will be sure to inform you of any updates in the days ahead…
Years after the downfall of his less-than-inspiring governorship, Jim McGreevey is the star of an all new HBO documentary “Fall to Grace” that premiered on the network last Thursday. The documentary was filmed by the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, Alexandra Pelosi, and follows McGreevey in his day-to-day life as an Episcopal priest in waiting.
The former Governor speaks candidly about his experience “coming out” as a gay man and how his struggle with that aspect of his life played a role in his ultimate political implosion. Pelosi also followed McGreevey ministering to female prisoners at the Hudson County Correctional Facility including those with histories in drugs, alcohol, and gangs. At one point, McGreevey tries to track down an ex-inmate to help her find employment. You’ll have to watch to see what happens, Save Jerseyans.
During the 2012 campaign, Save Jerseyans, we observed Democratic operatives expertly developing divisive stories and messages surrounding social issues to discredit Mitt Romney and his leadership in his campaign for the White House. And it worked.
The Obama Campaign was very successful in capitalizing on various gaffes made by Romney, turning any little thing he said into a campaign ad, and moreover, a referendum on the entire GOP which led to an epic defeat and a political “autopsy report” released by the Republican National Committee last week.
The New Jersey gubernatorial race is a little different, but Garden State Democrats hope voters here are just as easily moved. In your state news cycle we have seen, virtually out of nowhere, a major push to ban “Gay Conversion Therapy” as a part of the state’s larger anti-bullying campaign. This bill is sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-38), himself an openly gay politician running for reelection in one of the more competitive legislation districts, one which both state parties consider winnable this fall.
Yesterday, Save Jerseyans, I received sad news that the Mayor of my town Bergenfield, NJ, the Hon. Timothy Driscoll, had passed away at age 87.
Though he was ill and would have been 90 had he completed his full term, the news is nevertheless surprising and upsetting. As someone who stepped into the foray of local politics a couple of years ago, he was inevitably once of the first folks on the other side of the aisle whom I got to know. He was known for disagreements both in public and private with members of the Council, as well as residents of the Borough from the council dais, making full use of the gavel. Though we did not always agree on issues and how to approach the public, he was one man who was true to his principles, and his service and tenacity were second to none.
Driscoll served in the US Army during World War II, graduated from Cooper Union in 1956. The Mayor also served on the Bergenfield Board of Education. You can read his full obituary here.
I hope everyone reading Save Jersey today joins me in remembering Mayor Driscoll.
Last but not least, Save Jerseyans, here are the highlights from our discussions with regular folks attending the conference. Despite the Governor’s distant 4th place finish in the CPAC straw poll, we found a genuine diversity of opinion on the topic among the conservative faithful…
Click here if you missed the rest of our CPAC 2013 coverage.
I caught up with ACU Chairman Al Cardenas at the post-CPAC media gaggle on Saturday, Save Jerseyans, and asked him whether Governor Chris Christie would earn an invite to next year’s conference.
His answer? Yes… under the following conditions…
Well, let’s see how he votes. Right? We’re hoping to. That means he voted as a great conservative and we can welcome him back. We had him last year. And you know the purpose of these CPACs is to recognize how you did for the past year. Not for the past 10 years or 20 years or 5 years. So we’re hoping so. He’s a popular figure. He’s down well in our party. But if we can serve as a little bit of a carrot and a stick in getting our people to vote the conservative way well that’s what we like to do.”
CPAC, the premiere Conservative conference in the country, came to a close on Saturday evening with a keynote address from Senator Ted Cruz, the Junior Senator from Texas, who is one of the premiere conservatives in the upper chamber.
Unfortunately for Cruz, the timing of his speech at the end of the conference may have stunted his performance in the straw poll where he finished 7th.
Cruz’s speech focused on the premise that conservatives are winning and he supplied three examples.
A concerned, lifelong native of Bergen County, NJ, James participated in his first local campaign during his senior year of high school and has already run for council in his hometown of Bergenfield in 2010. James will be dedicating his energies to covering stories in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey, and is looking forward to learning something new in his writings everyday.