The co-founder of the Newark North Ward Center celebrated Martin Luther King Day this year with a special sense of the arc of history within an upsurge of interest created by the movie “Selma.” Davis organized Newark residents to go to the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. King delivered his historic “I have a Dream” speech. Davis was in the crowd that day, and today continues her work overseeing the education of Newark children.
The Bergen County Executive showed up to the Edgewater fire and stayed put in the same change of clothes from Thursday into Friday. Less than a month since being sworn into office, veteran volunteer firefighter Tedesco put his knowledge of emergency management to good use on the scene of the disaster, according to those present. “Almost manically in charge,” said PolitickerNJ reporter Mark Bonamo. “He went into fireman mode.”
The Mayor of Roselle won the unanimous support of 20th Legislative District Democrats to fill the vacancy int he assembly casued by the retirement from Trenton of Union County Sheriff Joe Cryan.
A veteran of Chris Christie’s U.S. Attorney’s Office and the administration, “Brown will step down as CEO of the state Economic Development Authority to become the CEO and president of Choose New Jersey, the privately funded business attraction arm of the state,” according to NJBIZ.
Christie’s decision to concentrate Atlantic City’s finances with the state appeared to give a minor political win to the LD2 Republican Assemblyman, who opposed casino rescue legislation by his rival Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2), which now appears in jeopardy.
The former East Orange contractor of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation (NWCDC) this week admitted his role in a bribery and kickback scheme involving an employee and consultant of the NWCDC, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
He put on the Sueprman cape and flew to Atlantic City and Edgewater – on the same day. But does anyone want the Superman III and IV version of Christie? One year after the Bridgegate scandal erupted, Christie still can’t get his job approval rating over the 50 percent mark, as 46 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job he’s doing, while 48 percent disapprove, according to this week’s Quinnipiac Poll. It’s his worst overall score in almost four years, and continues the incumbent governor’s decline in standing among New Jerseyans as he battles the fallout of the GWB controversy and juggle the managing of his home state and his possible presidential aspirations. Also, 57% of New Jerseyans don’t think he’d be a good president, according to Quinnipiac, as residents continue to flee the beleaguered State of New Jersey.
“The right mayor at the wrong time,” a source summed up, talking with his head in his hands as news finally solidified regarding the state’s takeover of the Mayor of Atlantic City’s financially capsized city.
Aided by Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), for weeks gingerly trying to deliver his PILOT package designed to boost the casino trade in Atlantic City and look like a regional hero heading into 2015 re-election, Mazzeo got mildly derailed when Christie announced his decision to effect a state-takeover of Atlantic City.
The Union County Alliance
An Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) investigation found that Union County paid in excess of $1.5 million over a four-year period to a non-profit agency that produced a biannual newsletter and little else in return for the public’s money. The agency, Union County Alliance (UCA), relied almost entirely on public funding but operated with virtually no oversight or recordkeeping, OSC found. Charged with promoting economic development, the UCA was headed by a Union County official, now deceased, who left the county payroll to become employed directly by the agency as its president, according to the Comptroller’s Office. The investigation won’t end with the release of the report…