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North Arlington’s Pronti: “Who are they kidding?”

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

Dan Pronti

Dan Pronti

Continuing my series of interviews with local candidates around the state, I must admit up front to my bias; this candidate is one of my favorites running in the current cycle.

Last year, Dan Pronti won a special election triggered by the resignation of North Arlington Councilman Steve Tanelli following his election as freeholder. His win, realized with his running mates Joe Bianchi and Rich Hughes, created a 3-3 tie on the borough council of Bergen County’s southernmost town.

This year, Pronti is running for a full three-year term on a ticket headed by Councilman Bianchi who is challenging two-term incumbent Pete Massa for mayor, and joined on the council line by newcomer Kerry Cruz.

I sat down with Pronti at a recent Kathe Donovan fundraiser to discuss his campaign in Election 2014’s closing hours.


Christie in Morristown: Let’s Debate, Cory!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Photo credit: @NJGOP/@JeffBell2014

Photo credit: @NJGOP/@JeffBell2014

The Bridgegate-embattled New Jersey Republican establishment opted out of taking an active role in the 2014 U.S. Senate primary, Save Jerseyans, a move which allowed the politically-savvy Reagan campaign veteran Jeff Bell to manufacture an upset victory on the June ballot.

It’s been all uphill from there

But you’d never know it Monday morning at the Morristown Diner where Governor Christie, in full campaign mode ahead of another two-day out-of-state RGA swing, once again stood side-by-side with Bell and laid into his fair weather friend Cory Booker (D-Twitter) for consenting to only one debate.


Express-Times Endorses Lance

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

lance kovachThe Express-Times, a newspaper covering the Leigh Valley which encompasses Warren County, New Jersey, is endorsing Leonard Lance for re-election.

“Lance has a record of getting things done…,” wrote the editorial board. “His willingness to break with party leadership is evident, and he hasn’t betrayed the core issues that define his record — jousting with deficit-builders, promoting government reform, restricting government regulation while keeping an eye on environmental needs, and helping small business.”


Christie, Bell Set to Campaign at Morristown Diner

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bell and christieJeff Bell recently told Mark Levin that Chris Christie would, in fact, stump with him down the final stretch of this year’s #njsen election.

Now we have the details, Save Jerseyans.

The duo will greet patrons (and likely field questions) at the Morristown Diner (73 Morris Street) at 7:45 AM on Monday, October 20th.

Polling in the race shows anything from a high single-digit to low double-digit lead for Cory Booker, a freshman Democrat who represents Twitter.


Cho Proves Lies Can Get You Close

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Scott Garrett

Scott Garrett

It looks as if Rep. Scott Garrett could, after all, end up having the longest election night of any New Jersey incumbent this year, Save Jerseyans, assuming new survey results from Patrick Murray’s Monmouth Polling Institute are accurate.

Monmouth found Garrett (48%) leading challenger Roy Cho (43%) by only 5-points with 6% undecided.  Garrett was re-elected by 12-points in the 2012 “Obama year.”

 “This race was not even a blip on most political prognosticators’ radar screens.  It should be now,” said Murray, who serves as director at the Polling Institute.


Wednesday: Pelosi Protest, Obama Visit and Christie Radio

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

nancy pelosi

Nancy Pelosi poses with the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro.

Wednesday will prove a politically-busy day in the Garden State, Save Jerseyans:

  • Governor Chris Christie is slated to visit NJ 101.5 for his monthly ‘Ask the Governor‘ radio program.

Donovan Says Tedesco Backs Out of TV Debate

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

kathe donovanAfter looking more than a bit flat at an October 3rd candidate forum in Teaneck, freeholder and county executive candidate Jim Tedesco is allegedly bailing on a Channel 9 debate with the incumbent, Republican Kathe Donovan. That’s what her camp is saying on Thursday morning, Save Jersey

Team Donovan is also saying, for what it’s worth, his “handlers” aren’t making a bad political move.

“It’s really not surprising,” said Mark Campbell, campaign manager for Donovan.


More at Stake Beyond Donovan/Saudino Drama

By Matthew Gilson | The Save Jersey Blog

saudino donovan bergenNever wanting for a dull day in Bergen County, Save Jerseyans, video surfaced over the weekend featuring Republican Sheriff Mike Saudino appearing to endorse Democrat Jim Tedesco and his running mates in the upcoming election.  

Now the sheriff is backtracking claiming he has made no endorsement in the race. 

It’s no secret that Saudino and Donovan have had a rocky relationship (at best) for some time now; Saudino was particularly angry after Donovan refused to sign the contract negotiated with the sheriff’s officers.  However, Saudino has also repeatedly said at BCRO meetings that his differences with the county executive are a matter of policy, not personal, and that they are both working to help the citizens of Bergen County.

It’s critical that that work occur over the next four weeks.


Nepotism: From Essex County to Trenton

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

essex countyThe foul odor in Essex County isn’t from a road-kill skunk, but from political nepotism involving County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and the recent hiring of his son by the state Department of Education into a cushy, almost $93,000 per year job.

Nothing about this hire passes any smell test known to political science.

The younger DiVincenzo, we’re told by his father, is an education expert with multiple degrees and certificates who’s qualified to be a school principal and has dedicated his life to teaching, currently sells insurance for politically-connected agency. That’s just the kind of educational professionalism that qualifies him for the “non-competitive” job. 

If his last name was Smith or Jones, his resume would have gone to the bottom of the stack.


Donovan Debates Tedesco in Teaneck (VIDEO)

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Republican incumbent Kathleen Donovan and Democratic Freeholder Jim Tedesco faced off during a 90-minuted debate on Thursday night at the Teaneck Public Library, Save Jerseyans, and it was obvious to everyone present that both candidates have no love lost for the other. No surprises there…

Video, from start to finish:

The rest of Thursday night’s confrontation is below the fold…


More Parisi-Related Drama in Englewood Cliffs?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Englewood_Cliffs_admin_jehSome people just can’t get out of their own way, Save Jerseyans.

Such is the case with Joseph Parisi, the Mayor of Englewood Cliffs, who landed in the newspapers this summer for his role in the construction of a 143 foot LG Electronics office tower that managed to anger both the Right and the Left (four former NJ governors penned a joint NYT op-ed slamming the project – unprecedented stuff) as well as raise serious conflict of interest questions. And this isn’t the first time that Parisi has faced ethical scrutiny from the public.

Now local Republicans are accusing Democrats of violating ELEC regulations when the municipality mailed this letter to residents.


Kathe Cold Cocks Bergen Dem Ticket

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Say what you want about Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan, Save Jerseyans. I’ve heard it all. Some criticism is more valid than other complaints, but I’ll tell you this much: any Republican in 2014 who is willing to rip a Democrat opponent’s proverbial head off without blinking is OK by me…

And remember: it ain’t negative if it’s true! But as always, I’ll leave that for you to decide. Here’s her first TV ad of the season, resurrecting the specter of the Ferriero era and going after the entire ticket (her running mates standing for freeholder seats, btw, are Bob Avery and Bernadette Walsh):

Traier Calls Out Best for Worst Behavior

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

John Traier (second from Left) - Photo Credit: PCRRO

John Traier (second from Left) – Photo Credit: PCRRO

Want to make a quick and easy buck, Save Jerseyans? Or thousands of them?

Buddy up to Paterson City schools superintendent Donnie Evans. He’s got the Midas touch.

We found out this week that he planned to elevate Passaic County Freeholder Theodore “TJ” Best to a new position: “director of climate, culture and external affairs.”

What’s that? And how much does it pay.

Good question. Apparently even Evans doesn’t know yet.


Christie Appoints Oxford Twp. Council

By Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Census_Bureau_map_of_Oxford_Township,_New_JerseyGovernor Chris Christie filed unusual direct appointments with the Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday afternoon, Save Jerseyans, after three members of the Oxford Township Council resigned their seats in August ahead of the November election.

The appointees are: 

- Marc Pasquini (Oxford Township, Warren)
- William E. Ryan, Jr., CFP (Oxford Township, Warren)
- Bill Bray (Oxford Township, Warren)