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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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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Gusciora says Trenton didn’t apply for transportation aid

Trenton won’t get a state funds to address local transportation issues because they never asked for the money, according to Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, a candidate for Mayor of Trenton. Gusciora said that Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration told him this morning that transportation grant decisions were forthcoming, with monies going to everywhere but Trenton – because […]

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Red Bank mayor, council endorse Welle

A group of Red Bank local officials today endorsed Josh Welle for Congress in the 4th district.   Mayor Pasquale Menna, Councilwoman Kathleen Horgan, Councilman Ed Zipprich, Councilman Erik Yngstrom, and Councilman Michael Ballard are supporting Welle for the chance to oppose nineteen-term Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) in the general election. “Josh Welle brings something valuable and […]

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Murphy sets Wednesday bill signing to restore Planned Parenthood funding

Gov. Phil Murphy will sign legislation that will restore funding to Planned Parenthood on Wednesday — the first bill he’ll sign as the Governor of New Jersey.  Murphy made that announcement on a Tele-Town Hall on Monday morning.  Murphy said he’ll make another announcement about women’s health at the bill signing.  Murphy said marks the […]

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