Effective early next month, the Senate Majority Office Executive Director is leaving the office for a new role as President and CEO of the New Jersey Utilities Association. Hendry has held the position since January of 2010. Before that he was an aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney.
Currently deputy director of the Senate Majority Office, Lydon will replace Hendry next month. The Georgetown Law graduate previously served on the Senate Democratic staff before being named chief of staff to the late U.S. Rep. John Adler in 2009 and later director of cabinet affairs under Gov. Jon Corzine.
The Downtown Jersey City Councilman has $700,000 cash-on-hand toward his challenge of incumbent Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy. At last glance, Healy had around $100,000 COH.
THE REPUBLICAN BIG THREE
Through Sept. 30, Republicans raised $2.96 million among the N.J. Republican State Committee ($2.27 million); Senate Republican Majority ($359,717); and Assembly Republican Victory ($329,795), according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). They spent a total of $2.87 million, and have $900,842 on hand, with a net worth of $835,563, ELEC reported.
There’s no evidence that controversial operative Jim Devine has backed out of the Perth Amboy race, but Swibinski – beaten in the June Democratic Primary as head advisor with the Steve Rothman Campaign – has surfaced in an official capacity as campaign consultant for local challenger Billy Delgado.
The 3rd Congressional District incumbent this week received the backing of the NE Regional Council of Carpenters.
A new poll this week shows voters overwhelmingly support a hike in the minimum wage and says the current rate of $7.25 is too low to support a family. The Philadelphia Inquirer poll found three out of four voters surveyed support a $1 per hour hike in the wage championed by the Assembly Speaker, while just 19 percent oppose it.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS
New Jersey residents with medical marijuana cards could have their prescriptions filled by the end of the year, the commissioner of the Department of Health announced Monday. Commissioner Mary O’Dowd said the state issued a first of its kind permit that will allow a Montclair-area center to begin to dispense medicinal marijuana. The center, Greenleaf Compassion Center, is the first center in the state permitted to operate as an Alternative Treatment Center.
After wearing a wire to take down numerous corrupt officials and rabbis in the infamous “Jersey Sting,” the disgraced developer this week received 72 months in prison in connection with his scheme to defraud PNC Bank of more than $50 million.
ROBERT K. THOMPSON and DAVID M. GAVIN
The former Director of the Division of Taxation and former Assistant Deputy Director for Contract Compliance respectively were sentenced to one year each of probation for accepting lavish gifts from a collections company.
THE DEMOCRATIC BIG THREE
The three Democratic Party committees raised a total of $1.12 million, spent $1.09 million, have $430,590 on hand, and a net worth of $356,910, ELEC reported, or around $479,000 less than the GOP. The N.J. Democratic State Committee raised $479,805, the Senate Democratic Majority raised $216,401, and the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee raised $426,067.
No one expected the Teaneck Deputy Mayor to be ultra competitive in his general election campaign challenge of U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5), but the Democrat to date has supplied no evidence that he’s spending any money.
The 6th Congressional District GOP challenger has $52,151 cash on hand against the $3.4 million warchest owned by incumbent U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) in a race no one’s watching.