Thursday, May 16, 2013
New Jersey's only female governor spoke at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration.
Former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman urged attendees at the Bergen County Women's Republican Club's 90th anniversary celebration Wednesday to vote for minorities, women and Gov. Chris Christie. "We need people with different life experiences, with different ways of thinking, to be at that [decision-making] table," Whitman said during her keynote address at Seasons in Washington Township. Whitman, New Jersey's first and only female governor, said she supported more women and citizens from minority groups running for office and also voiced support for Governor Christie in his run for re-election against Democrat Sen. Barbara Buono. Whitman pointed to Christie’s willingness to work across party lines. "We really can set the pace for the nation…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Organizer denies political action committee sought to hide contributions
A political action committee financed largely by contractors doing business in Bergen County paid for an event celebrating the county Democratic party's election night victory last November in Hasbrouck Heights, the Star-Ledger reported Wednesday. The PAC that covered the $10,033.54 event, the New Leadership Council of New Jersey, was created by Daniel Ortega, a former Democratic party official under ex-chairman Joe Ferriero. The former party chair was indicted on mail fraud charges, but his conviction was later overturned. Ortega said the PAC was not seeking to hide contributions, according to the report. The celebration was not an official Democratic party event, he said. "The purpose of this PAC is to support current and new …
Monday, April 8, 2013
New Jersey law allows contributors who donate less than $300 to remain anonymous.
A published report Sunday revealed New Jersey’s current campaign donation system needs to be revised after it was disclosed politicians can receive more money while still keeping the names of their donors secret — as long as the contributions are less than $300. The NJ.com report said most states allow campaigns to keep only those donors who give $100, $50 or less private, but Garden State politicians don’t have to report any information about people who contribute less than $300. The report said because of the state’s secretive laws, candidates were able to hide about $12 million out of the $100 million donated. The state’s rule allowing campaigns to keep these donors anonymous could undergo a re-evaluation after one of the state’s most …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans have filed to run for two open seats on the Westwood Council this year.
Four candidates have filed to run for the two open seats on the Westwood Council this year. Incumbent Robert Miller and Robert Bicocchi will be running for the Republicans. Ruth Nass and Angelica Perkins will be running for the Democrats. Councilwoman Ingrid Quinn, whose term expires at the end of the year, is not seeking to keep her seat. Miller was first elected to the council in 2008 and made an unsuccessful bid to be mayor in 2011. Bicocchi is a member of the borough's zoning board. Nass also ran in last year's council election, but lost in the race against Republicans Peter Grefrath and Ray Arroyo. Perkins is a first-time candidate in the borough. The primary election is scheduled for June 4 and the general election is scheduled for …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans have filed to run for two open seats on the Hillsdale Council this year.
There are two seats on the Hillsdale Council up for election this year and four candidates — including two current council members from opposing parties — seeking the positions. Councilwoman Chris Looes, an incumbent, and Paul Muller will be running for the Democrats. Republicans Frank Pizzella, a current councilman, and John MacEwen, a former councilman, will also be seeking the three-year-term seats. Pizzella and MacEwen were both appointed to unexpired terms on the council last year, but lost in the November election. Pizzella was appointed again this year with support from all the Democrats on the council. Looes was one of four Democrats elected last November, but must run again to keep her position because the seat she won was a one-…
Monday, April 1, 2013
Two teams of Republicans are running for the mayor and two council seats this year.
Washington Township Councilman Joe D'Urso has put his name in to run for mayor this year, and incumbent Janet Sobkowicz is also running to keep her seat. Both officials are Republicans who previously ran together for their current positions. Councilman Fred Goetz, who also previously ran with them, is running on D'Urso's ticket to keep his seat. D'Urso and Goetz will be joined by Lauren Thomson for the second open council seat. Sobkowicz will be running with Peter Calamari and Tom Sears for the two council seats. D'Urso has repeatedly voiced frustration with Sobkowicz as she has refused to sign contracts for an intersection improvement and shared dispatching services despite action from the council. The two have also disagreed on staff …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Gov. Christie: “I intend on living here after I’m governor... and I do not want to live under a Democratic governor.”
Gov. Chris Christie told Bergen County Republicans Thursday that members of his party should work together to elect strong Republican candidates across New Jersey in the coming years. Christie, speaking at Bergen County Republican Organization Headquarters in Hackensack, urged the audience that strong Republican leaders and candidates are needed at all levels of government. “This can’t just be about me,” said Christie. “After we win re-election in November it’ll be just four more years that I can be governor and then I’m term limited. [We need] good candidates that can run for governor, run for the legislature, run for freeholder, run for local offices. If we don’t have that set up then we haven’t done as good of a job as we could.” The …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Former Mahwah councilman and Bergen County Freeholder Rob Hermansen is running for a State Assembly seat in District 39
Mahwah resident Rob Hermansen, one of the six people vying for the Republican nomination for a District 39 State Assembly seat, prepared for the upcoming Republican conventions at a hometown fundraiser Wednesday night. Hermansen, a financial advisor who served as a Mahwah councilman from 2006-2009 and Bergen County Freeholder from 2009 through January, said he is looking forward to the conventions, despite a somewhat contentious run for the nomination so far. Hermansen’s decision to run for the seat currently held by Assemblyman Robert Schroeder, who was indicted by a grand jury on charges of stealing money from loaners and writing bad checks, came after he was approached by “a lot of prominent people,” in the Republican Party late last …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Mahwah native Jan Bidwell is seeking the seat held by Gerry Cardinale in the 39th legislative district
Thursday, January 24
Mahwah Democrat Jan Bidwell announced Wednesday she will run for a seat in the state Senate, politickernj.com reported. Longtime state senator Gerry Cardinale currently holds the 39th District seat Bidwell is seeking. "Our district needs a senator who understands the challenges of citizens who are buckling under the burden of high taxes and budget cuts, who are unemployed, who deserve to be paid a fair wage," Bidwell, a social worker, told politickernj.com. "The 39th District deserves a senator who strongly denounces corruption." Bidwell, who was as a member of Gov. Jon Corzine's Child Welfare Policy Group, said she will use “modern tools” to reach out to the district’s voters, the report said. District 39 represents towns in Bergen and …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Speculation about Newark mayor's plans swirled for months
- Paul Milo
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Newark Mayor Cory Booker ended months of speculation Thursday when he announced that he was considering a run for US Senate. “[ I ] will complete my full second term as mayor. As for my political future, I will explore the possibility of running for The United States Senate in 2014,” Booker said in a statement released shortly before noon. Political observers in the state and beyond have speculated whether Booker, 43, a Rhodes scholar and Bergen County native, would run for governor against Chris Christie in 2013 or seek the Senate seat now held by Booker’s fellow Democrat Frank Lautenberg. Lautenberg, at 88 the Senate’s oldest member, has not announced any plans to step down when his term expires in 2014. In his statement, Booker’s …