Mapping out South Jersey Democrats’ great election night
The New Jersey Globe
by Joey Fox
6h ago
Two years ago, South Jersey Democrats faced a reckoning in the New Jersey Legislature. The far-reaching party organization already had a substantial legislative bloc that included the President of the State Senate and the Majority Leader of the Assembly, and had hopes of expanding their caucus even further. But instead, Republicans gained a whopping six seats in South Jersey, unseating Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) in the process. Well, if 2021 was South Jersey Democrats’ great failure, then 2023 got to be their revenge. Democrats flipped four South Jersey seats into their c ..read more
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Bayonne mayor fired his opponent’s sister and gave her job to his wife. Now a huge ballot blunder could put a Senate seat in danger
The New Jersey Globe
by David Wildstein
6h ago
A blunder in Hudson County, where the name of an independent candidate for State Senate was left off the ballot, leaving the status of the Majority Leader in doubt, could be related to the way mayors become the proprietors of particular government positions. In Hudson, the county clerk is traditionally selected by the mayor of Jersey City, and the deputy county clerk is chosen by the mayor of Bayonne. Until she was let go at the end of last year, the deputy county clerk was Diane Ashe Liming.  By all accounts, Liming was highly competent and would have likely noticed Pablo Olivera on a li ..read more
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State now deciding whether Ruiz can be certified
The New Jersey Globe
by David Wildstein
7h ago
State officials are now mulling how to handle an issue in the 29th district, where an independent State Senate candidate left off the ballot in two Hudson County municipalities could prevent the Senate Majority Leader, Teresa Ruiz, from being certified as the winner. Ruiz won 83% of the vote, but Labour Party candidate Pablo Olivera didn’t appear on the ballot in Harrison and East Newark.   Now there’s a question of whether Ruiz, who was not at fault, can be seated when the Legislature reorganizes in January, or if a new election will need to be held even though she almost certainly ..read more
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Criticism of Nicodemo mounts as another legislator calls for review
The New Jersey Globe
by David Wildstein
9h ago
Following allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in a case involving a prominent Rabbi from Lakewood, another lawmaker is calling for a probe of embattled Deputy Attorney General John Nicodemo. Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-Wall), who represents Lakewood in the legislature, wants the attorney general’s office to look at Nicodemo’s role in the prosecution of Osher Eisemann after Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone voided a 2019 conviction after determining that the prosecutor deliberately withheld evidence from the Rabbi’s defense attorney that might have resulted in an acquittal. “They absolutely ne ..read more
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Attorney in Atlantic City election challenge says witnesses evading service, not showing up in court
The New Jersey Globe
by David Wildstein
11h ago
In an Atlantic City election challenge, an attorney for a candidate who lost the Democratic primary by six votes says a large number of witnesses are evading service or ignoring subpoenas, including six who live in the home of the incumbent city councilwoman, LaToya Dunston. Viana Bailey, who is seeking to overturn the June Democratic primary in Atlantic City’s 2nd Ward, alleges that some voters improperly received assistance at the polls.  Veteran vote harvester Craig Callaway was mentioned repeatedly in Bailey’s complaint. Her attorney, Richard Birch, told Superior Court Judge Michael B ..read more
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Polistina seeks ELEC probe of shadowy independent expenditure group
The New Jersey Globe
by David Wildstein
12h ago
Alleging that South Jersey Democrats deliberately made a mockery of New Jersey’s new Elections Transparency Act by creating a tenebrous independent expenditure group that sought to mislead voters and push Republicans toward independent candidates, State Sen. Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township) wants the state’s campaign finance watchdog to launch an investigation. In a letter to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, Polistina wants a probe to determine if Jersey Freedom was created specifically to hide contributions and expenditures that interfered with elections in the 2nd a ..read more
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Murphy, Gottheimer slam latest congestion pricing news
The New Jersey Globe
by Joey Fox
12h ago
Following a report yesterday detailing New York City’s congestion pricing plans, several New Jersey politicians are once again expressing their displeasure at what they’ve called a “congestion tax.” “Tonight’s leaked report demonstrates the rushed and opaque process that the MTA and the Traffic Mobility Review Board have pursued to impose an unfair and ill-conceived congestion pricing tolling scheme on New Jersey commuters,” Gov. Phil Murphy said in a statement. “Despite our interconnected and interdependent regional economy and transportation system, New York officials did not meaningfully co ..read more
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Judiciary Committee greenlights Kiel’s nomination to District Court
The New Jersey Globe
by Joey Fox
12h ago
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward Kiel’s nomination to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey this morning, putting Kiel one step closer to becoming President Joe Biden’s tenth successful federal judicial nominee from New Jersey. The committee vote was 11-10, with all Democrats supporting Kiel and all Republicans opposing him. Kiel, who immigrated to the United States from South Korea at a young age, has served as a magistrate judge – a federal judicial role one step below a District Court judge – since 2019. He was previously a partner at the ..read more
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Sidamon-Eristoff: Let’s Turn the 2023 Election Fiasco into a Teaching Moment
The New Jersey Globe
by Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff
15h ago
OPINION There’s no sugarcoating it: The 2023 election was an embarrassing fiasco for our New Jersey Republican Party. After months of hyping anticipated gains, even the possibility of reclaiming a legislative majority after 20 years in the minority, we lost six seats in the General Assembly and gained zilch in the State Senate. Some of our long-serving and most prominent legislators won reelection by lower-than-comfortable margins. Local results were mixed at best. Sure, 2023 wasn’t a great year for Republicans nationally — see Virginia and Kentucky –- but the fact remains that our candidates ..read more
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DiVincenzo endorses Murphy’s Senate bid
The New Jersey Globe
by Joey Fox
15h ago
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has endorsed First Lady Tammy Murphy for U.S. Senate, saying that her work as First Lady “has impacted Essex County for the better.” “Working alongside her husband, Governor Phil Murphy, Tammy has helped lead New Jersey through some of our most challenging times, which has included the COVID pandemic, and made great strides to enhance the health and vitality of all New Jerseyans,” DiVincenzo said in a statement. “New Jersey has enjoyed a legacy of superior representation in the U.S. Senate, and we can expect nothing less from Tammy Murphy.” DiVincenzo a ..read more
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