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 …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Fernando Alonso of Oradell and former Freeholder John Driscoll of Paramus will now take part in a second vote next week to determine who will challenge Sen. Bob Gordon this fall
For two Bergen County politicians, the road to challenge District-38 Sen. Bob Gordon has been made a little longer after this week's County Republican convention resulted in a tie. Fernando Alonso of Oradell and former Freeholder John Driscoll of Paramus each received 120 votes according to a northjersey.com report. County Chairman Bob Yudin stated in an nj.com report that the tie may be the first in the organization's history. Alonso and Driscoll had previously earned the party line during the 2011 election for state Assembly and Senate respectively. Both men, along with running mate Richard Goldberg of Hawthorne, conceded the November race to Gordon, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner and now-Assemblyman Timothy Eustace. A second vote is …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
A Quinnipiac University poll released this week shows Chris Christie with a big lead over his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
Sunday, February 24
Gov. Chris Christie is the best person to lead New Jersey for the next four years, according to voters polled in a survey released this week by Quinnipiac University. Christie, a Republican, leads his Democratic rival, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), 62 percent to 25 percent in the state's 2013 gubernatorial race, according to the poll. The governor's overall approval rating also remains high. Buoyed by public perception of the way he handled Hurricane Sandy's impact and its aftermath, Christie's 74 percent approval rating and 69 percent favorable rating tie his personal record highs from January, the Huffington Post reports. Christie appears to have strong support on the other side of the aisle as well. In the poll, 56 percent …
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 …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Booker to HuffPo Live: "When I go out and campaign next year for myself as a gubernatorial candidate or for another gubernatorial candidate should I decide not to run..."
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
According to unofficial election data, more Glen Rock residents thought Obama was the man for the job. Still, Republicans overall won support from borough residents.
When it came time to exercize their civic duty, Glen Rock voters at the polls again thought a Democrat would be a better president than the Republican challenger. According to unofficial election data, 2,976 votes were cast for President Barack Obama out of 5,662 overall. Republican Mitt Romney trailed with 2,647 votes. It wasn't a landslide – Obama was favored to 52.5 percent to 46.7 percent but it was convincing. The votes do not include absentee ballots, which could be high given the unique weather conditions many faced on Tuesday. Voter turnout checked in at 67 percent, down more than 10 perecent from 2008. The vast majority of the borough did not have power on Tuesday. In 2008, Obama took home more votes from Glen Rock than Sen. John …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
According to unofficial election data, the president edged challenger Mitt Romney. Overall, villagers didn't favor vote down the ticket for any one party.
As was the case in the last two previous presidential elections, more voters in Ridgewood cast a ballot for a Democrat than a Republican. According to unofficial election data, 5,468 votes were cast for President Barack Obama out of 10,839 overall. Republican Mitt Romney was close behind, however, with 5,263 votes. It's a razor-thin margin at 50.4 percent to 48.5 percent. The votes do not include absentee ballots, which could be high given the unique weather conditions many faced on Tuesday. In 2008, Obama took home more votes from the village than Sen. John McCain, his Republican challenger. The margin of victory was much larger four years ago – Obama defeated McCain 54.9 percent to 44.2 percent. John Kerry also found more Ridgewood …
'I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job.'
A day after President Barack Obama earned reelection, Governor Chris Christie dismissed critics who have accused him of bolstering the president during Obama's post-Sandy visit to New Jersey. “I wouldn't call what I did an embrace of Barack Obama," Christie said. "I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job." Speaking to reporters as Winter Storm Athena prepared to batter the already storm-shocked state, Christie was also quick to dismiss speculation of a 2016 presidential run, saying that the life and death issues inherent with back-to-back storms have made politics a minor focus for now. “I've got a job to do in New Jersey. My future, whatever it …
Incumbent Rob Hermansen and former River Edge mayor Margaret "Peg" Watkins have been defeated by Democrats Tracy Zur and Steve Tanelli.
Democrats were poised to gain control of the Bergen County Freeholder Board for the first time in two years, with Tracy Zur and Steve Tanelli leading their Republican opponents by more than 30,000 votes. With 98.93 percent of ballots tallied, the Democratic pair overwhelmed Republican incumbent Robert Hermansen and running mate, Margaret "Peg" Watkins. Although several thousand ballots still need to be counted, the Republicans have conceded the race, northjersey.com reported. Unofficial data had Zur and Tanelli ahead by about 30,000 votes as of 11:43 p.m. Tanelli, a popular local councilman from North Arlington, checked in with 27.5 percent of the vote. His running mate, Zur, a former prosecutor and county judge from Franklin Lakes, took …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Republican congressman wins sixth term
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Republican Rep. Scott Garrett captured the redrawn 5th district Tuesday, defeating Democratic challenger Teaneck Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen, the Associated Press reports. Restricting expanded Garrett's longtime Republican-leaning district to include Democratic strongholds of Hackensack and most of Teaneck. Despite being vastly out-fundraised, Gussen maintained the district was winnable with support from Bergen votes. The two candidates presented starkly different platforms, but Garrett avoided confronting Gussen directly in the campaign. Instead, the Republican congressman's attacks focused on President Obama. Gussen slammed Garrett for his conservative positions on women's health issues and opposition of the Affordable Care Act. He …