Does that support give us a pretty good idea of where Fulop really stands on key Administration priorities like pension, education and tax reforms? Or was it simply a matter of strategy, trading a hardened Obama Democrat like outgoing Mayor Jeremiah Healey for a more palatable Democrat?
Governor Chris Christie accepted another Democrat endorsement earlier this week, Save Jerseyans, holding a joint press conference alongside Manville Mayor Angelo Corradino on Monday with a classic diner backdrop framing just the latest tangible sign of Barbara Buono’s impending political doom:
Not everyone was impressed. Notably, Manville Republican council candidates Susan Asher and Rich Onderko.
Congressman Frank Pallone fired the first salvo of the 2014 Democratic U.S. Senate primary with a “scathing letter” sent to Newark Mayor Cory Booker complaining that the city of Newark is not fulfilling its obligations to the Hyacinth AIDS Foundation, a New Brunswick based non-profit that services patients with HIV/AIDS, according to a report in The Star Ledger.
The Star Ledger received a copy of the letter dated on Friday, May 10, before Booker received the original.
Booker’s staff dismissed the letter they haven’t seen yet, telling the Ledger that Hyacinth’s funding is working its way through the Newark bureaucracy and will be paid out this year earlier than it was last year.
We ordinarily don’t spend too much time covering New Jersey’s mayoral contests in the larger urban centers here at Save Jersey. Why? Because it’s usually liberal-on-liberal violence. There’s rarely a genuine contest of ideas worth expounding upon.
I believe there’s no more important domestic issue than school choice, folks. You know this as regular readers. We’re losing an entire generation of Americans in our cities’ failure factories. Anyone willing to do anything about it other than throw more money at the problem is worth hearing out. Here’s hoping all of Mayor-elect Fulop’s pro-school choice associations translate to a meaningful change for Jersey City’s kids.
And if nothing else… tonight’s result is a little extra sweet because Obama had endorsed Healey. Any loss for the Big O is a W for the American people.
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.
Political consultant, campaign pollster and long-time Lonegan ally Rick Shaftan is taking on the New Jersey GOP “establishment” yet again, Save Jerseyans, this time in his home county of Sussex.
He’s making a run for the Republican county organization’s state committeeman position. It’s a prospect that I suspect would give many of his potential NJGOP committee colleagues genuine fits. Shaftan would undoubtedly enjoy that. He also thinks it’s necessary.
“Eight years of Barack Obama because the GOP Establishment rigged the rules to give us a candidate who ‘couldn’t lose’ and then did,” the Sparta resident told me on Saturday morning. “The campaign to stop that from happening again in 2016 begins on June 4th.”
I still wouldn’t make the mistake of counting Shaftan out, folks. Watch Anytown, USA. You may not the love the guy but you can’t deny his capacity for running hard. Much stranger things have happened in a low turnout cycle…
In my efforts to introduce candidates to the voting public, I started a weekly column called Meet the Candidates. In essence it is a past day stump speech updated for the virtual world.
For this week’s column, I am honored to introduce to you State Senate Candidate, James Sanford. Sanford is running in the 33rd Legislative District and is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Brian P. Stack. He is thirty year old Berkeley College alumni with a degree in Accounting and as a former Chairman of the Hudson County Young Republicans and a current Republican Committeeman. James is not entirely new to politics; currently, he is the Manager of the Procurement Department at a credit union in New York City.
My interview with candidate Sanford is below the fold:
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…