Manasquan Democrats backe Welle

Most of Manasquan’s elected officials have endorsed Josh Welle for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 4th district, where Republican Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) is seeking re-election to a 20th term. Welle has picked up support from Democratic Municipal Chairman Michael Mangan, Mayor Edward Donovan, and Councilmen eff Lee, James Walsh, Joseph Bossone and […]

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Governor Murphy’s Grade Today

Today is Phil Murphy’s 36th day in office.  Murphy appointed three more cabinet members — all women — making him the first governor to have a woman-majority in his cabinet.  That plays into his administration’s narrative of securing his Democratic base, especially as he prepares for a high-profile bill signing restoring Planned Parenthood funding that […]

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Bucco won’t run for Congress, endorses Webber

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district and has endorsed Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) for the seat. “I’m confident that Jay can and will run the kind of campaign necessary to keep this seat in Republican hands, and ultimately, protect taxpayers from a […]

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Owen is new Dem political director

Axel Owen, who managed Vin Gopal’s stunning win for State Senate last year against Jennifer Beck, is the new political director of the Democratic State Committee. “With the addition of Axel, we are ramping up our campaign operations at a critical juncture. This year is New Jersey’s chance to hold Republicans accountable for Donald Trump’s […]

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Murphy cabinet has first woman majority

Gov. Phil Murphy today named three women to cabinet posts, giving him the first cabinet in state history with more women than men. Former Obama White House aide Zakiya Smith Ellis will be the Secretary of Higher Education, civil rights leader Sue Fulton will head the Motor Vehicle Commission, and Deirdre Webster Cobb, a state […]

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Prieto will finish term as county chairman

When Vincent Prieto assumes his new position $280,000-a-year job heading the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority next week, he’ll resign from the State Assembly and from his job as Secaucus Building Inspector but will hold on to his unpaid post as Hudson County Democratic Chairman.  Prieto will finish his term as county chairman, which […]

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Control of Atlantic Freeholder Board up in 2018 — and 2019

Atlantic County is one of the few places in New Jersey where elections are still competitive, and one of three counties where control of the Board of Freeholders is at stake this year. Republicans have a 6-3 majority on the Freeholder Board but will need to defend half of their seats this fall.  The problem […]

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Ex-rival accuses Bhalla of “bait and switch”

A former opponent says that Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has broken his promise to serve as a full-time mayor and wants him to disclose his employment agreement with his new law firm. Councilman Mike DeFusco, who lost a mayoral bid last year, says that Bhalla has pulled a “bait and switch” when he said he […]

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In Memoriam

James McLaughlin III, a former Mayor and Township Committeeman of Washington Township (Morris County) and a Vietnam veteran, passed away on February 16.  He was 74. Frank S. Hartwell, a former Florham Park councilman, died on February 18.  He was 93.  A Republican, Hartwell was appointed to the Borough Council in 1964 following the resignation […]

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In Union County, no clear data to predict Chair race

Three candidates will compete in a special election on Wednesday to replace Jerry Green as Union County Democratic Chairman.  Insiders say that State Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden) is ahead of Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr, the acting county chair, and Hillside Democratic Municipal Chairman Anthony Salters.  But in the absence of an independent town-by-town head count […]

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