PolitickerNJ’s 2015 Power List and Labor News Roundup
Welcome to another PolitickerNJ Labor Power List, where we rank the strongest people in the labor movement in New Jersey.
It’s an interesting intellectual exercise, in part owing to the thorny relationship unions have with themselves in the typically transactional Garden State. There’s also the grassroots power of local labor unions versus the perceived top-down internationals. Given the complexity of labor’s power structure, we chose to cull players from all strata of the movement for an emblematic examination of labor influence more than a scientific power ranking. (PolitickerNJ)
Monteiro jumps into LD20 Democratic Primary
Elizabeth businessman Tony Monteiro today on filing day formally announced his intention to run for an Assembly seat in the 20th District’s Democratic Primary. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Va. Gov. McAuliffe makes N.J. Dems stand up, in more ways than one
KENILWORTH – The more than 400 attendees jammed inside the Galloping Hill Golf Course clubhouse for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner on Monday night probably expected Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, to talk about Hillary’s potential run for President in 2016. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Toto’s Revenge in LD15
TRENTON — After being booted from the ballot back in 2011 in part by a county chairwoman who is now his Assembly opponent, Democrat Dan Toto is stepping back up to the plate in the 15th legislative district. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Camden Dems run Cass as a placeholder in LD5
Camden County Democrats today put up Marianne Holly Cass to run with Angel Fuentes in the 5th District. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Republicans Traier and Rodriguez file in LD34
TRENTON — Passaic County Regular Republican Organization Chairman John Traier is prepping to take on Assembly Democrats in North Jersey’s 34th legislative district this year.
A lifelong Clifton resident, Traier filed today with Louis Rodriguez, also of Clifton, to run in June’s primary election, though as of now they are the only Republican candidates who’ve handed in petitions. A successful nomination this summer will set Traier and Rodriguez up for a general election battle with LD34’s incumbents in November. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Garcia won’t run in LD33
Thrown off the line by the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO), Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) gathered petition signatures over the weekend for an apparent swashbuckling go of it against the odds but in the end opted not to run again.
The ubiquitously grinning and friendly Garcia watched the deadline pass at 4:01 p.m. without submitting signatures toward a reelection bid. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Chaparro on LD33 bid: ‘I’m just going to do my job, whatever that entails’
TRENTON — The Hoboken native who could very well be the 33rd legislative district’s newest assemblyperson popped into the Division of Elections to drop off petition signatures for her candidacy this afternoon. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Fulop, HCDO leaders react to Mainor LD 31 off-the-line revolt
JERSEY CITY – If all politics are indeed local, in Hudson County, it just got up close and personal.
When state Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-31) declared on Sunday he would run off the line against the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) establishment, he sent shock waves throughout a party establishment that has been largely unified in recent months. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Keady files signatures for LD30 Assembly race
TRENTON — Former Asbury Park Councilman-turned-human rights activist Jim Keady challenged anyone skeptical of his intentions in running for an Assembly seat in the 30th legislative district — including his Republican opponent, incumbent Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-30) — to head to Monmouth County and ask the residents there “about Jim.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
LD20 Democratic Primary: Farina to run with Monteiro
Longtime Elizabeth Board of Education member Tony Montero will run for an LD20 Assembly seat with Giuliano Farina of Union Township.
A married father of two, Farina is a teacher with a Master’s Degree and co-founder of At Heart’s Length, a non-profit charity that is involved in numerous community activities. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Two Unforced Errors by Chris Christie in New Hampshire
Maybe Chris Christie shouldn’t have Fired Bill Stepien after all.
It appears that some shoddy staff work has been costing the governor some ground in the Granite State. Two recent faux pas have got political people in New Hampshire wondering if Christie really intends to compete up there at all. (Sanders/PolitickerNJ)
Revenue Forecasts Align in Rare Agreement Between Christie, Budget Analyst
State lawmakers put Gov. Chris Christie’s treasurer on the defensive yesterday for much of his first appearance before them since the governor proposed a new state budget last month.
The Assembly Budget Committee’s members questioned Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff on property tax relief funding, public-employee pension contributions, and the stability of transportation spending included in the $33.8 billion budget Christie has put forward for the fiscal year that begins July 1. (Philly.com)
Jeb Bush Leads, Marco Rubio Back on Track, Chris Christie Fades in Florida
Almost half of Florida Republicans are backing two candidates from the Sunshine State in the 2016 primary while Gov. Chris Chrisite, R-N.J., fades, a new poll shows.
St. Leo University released a poll of Florida Republicans toward the end of last week which shows former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., ahead of the pack. Bush takes 31 percent followed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., with 16 percent. Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., stands in third with 10 percent. (Derby/Sunshine State News)
Farleigh Dickinson, Rutgers report cyberattacks
Cyberattacks that hit two universities this weekend showed how disruptions in Internet services can bring the business of higher education to a halt and highlighted the risks that institutions face as they become more dependent on online learning. (Adely/The Record)
Candidates for N.J. Assembly file for June primary election
Incumbent Assembly members in six legislative districts across the state will face primary challenges in June – including two representing Bergen and Passaic counties.
Monday was the deadline to file petitions to run in the June primary election. All 80 Assembly seats are on the ballot this year and there is a special election for the 5th District Senate seat, which covers portions of Camden and Gloucester counties. Six Assembly incumbents won’t seek re-election this year, however none of those leaving the Legislature are from Bergen or Passaic county. (Hayes/The Record)
Governor and Legislature Expect Similar Revenue Growth
The Treasurer had it pretty easy today in his first defense of the Christie Administration budget plan for next year. Democrats on the Assembly Budget Committee asked hard questions, but the tone was civil.
First, lawmakers learned there will be no fight over revenue estimates this budget season. The Office of Legislative Services and the Governor expect nearly identical revenue growth of 3.8 percent—the closest they’ve been to each other’s estimate in 21 years. (Aron/NJTV)
Mapp doesn’t field a team in LD22, to concentrate on committee seats
The allies of Plainfield Mayor Adrian Mapp will not pose a challenge in the 22nd Legislative District to challenge incumbent Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) of Plainfield and Green’s running mate, former Rahway Mayor Jim Kennedy.
“We are not running any candidates in LD 22,” Mapp told PolitickerNJ. “A couple of candidates we had decided not to run. I was encouraged by many people to throw my hat into the race. That is not something I wanted to do. I am one year and three months into a four-year term. It would not have been the right thing for me to do, and no in the best interest in the City of Plainfield. I am focusing on achieving success.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
LD24: Four candidates, two seats
There will be a Republican Primary in LD24.
Both incumbent Assemblyman Parker Space and Gail Phoebus received support from the Regular Republican Organization of Morris County, with establishment slogans pending from the Sussex and Warren portions of the 24th. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Fajardo’s Freeholder slate in Union County
The allies of the political organization otherwise known as the Elizabeth Board of Education will field Diana Escobar, Eric Kulick and Fabiola Rios to run for freeholder in Union County.
Running with Tony Monteiro and Giuliano Farina in LD20, the freeholder slate will oppose incumbent freeholders Alexander Mirabella, Mohamed Jalloh and Bruce Bergen in the Democratic Primary. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Jeff Boss eyes a run in LD36
Well-known conspiracy theorist and two-time presidential candidate Jeff Boss is trying to get on the ballot in the 36 legislative district.
Clutching a ragged pile of petition signatures and wheeling a massive red suitcase, Boss turned up at the New Jersey Divisions of Elections office in Trenton today to get in on an Assembly race in LD36, where he said he hopes to run as a Democrat. The North Jersey district is now represented by Assemblywoman Marlene Caride and Assemblywoman Gary Shaer (D-36), and neither are facing serious opposition this year. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
DeCotiis picks up Quinones Perez
Arlene Quinones Perez, formerly an attorney with the Carpenters Union, has become a partner with the law firm DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick and Cole, LLC, a move that at the very least has optical political implications. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)