Veteran NJ operative Meis launches candidacy for VP of Young Democrats of America
Veteran Democratic operative Constantina Meis of Bergenfield this week announced her candidacy for the executive vice presidency of Young Democrats of America, one of the country’s largest youth-led partisan political organizations.
An active member of the organization since 2009 who for two years has served as national chair of its women’s caucus, Meis is a community organizer by trade with deep roots in the business, the veteran of numerous New Jersey campaigns. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Assembly party committees gear up for fundraising battle
The political arms of the state Assembly’s Republican and Democratic caucuses are gearing up for war — drawing battle lines around at least three legislative districts they hope to turn into opportunities this election season. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Gusciora, Eustace rush to Green’s aid, citing his staunch marriage equality support
Caught in a local firefight over comments he made about a gay political opponent arrested on a disorderly persons charge, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) of Plainfield showed himself a strong advocate for marriage equality when it counted, according to two openly gay members of the New Jersey Legislature.
They’re both avid Green fans to this day. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
LD18: ‘People can’t pay mortgages and she’s worried about a moth,’ says GOP’s Bakke
The name Synnove means “Gift from the sun” in Norwegian, perhaps an appropriate balm to the swamp land currencies of New Jersey, or so argues Synnove Bakke of East Brunswick.
Bergen born, Bakke spent the next 20 years in Norway before returning to the land of her birth and digging in with a family in Middlesex, and now the Republican mother of four craves an Assembly seat in the 18th District. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
2013 Republican U.S. Senate nominee says Christie’s record in NJ a ‘big problem’
The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in New Jersey in 2013 who ran as a bold conservative infuriated by what he cited as the pastel tones of his Democratic Party adversary today said Gov. Chris Christie’s lack of a substantial record in New Jersey all but deep sixes him as a presidential candidate. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
WNY mayoral candidate Wiley accused of fraud in civil lawsuit
WEST NEW YORK – West New York Commissioner and mayoral candidate Count Wiley has been accused along with his wife of committing legal fraud by falsifying their addresses on ELEC reports and voter registration forms, according to a recently filed civil lawsuit. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Baraka, on bus, calls for federal help on public transportation as state funds falter
NEWARK – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka sat in his seat on the NJ Transit 39 bus on Thursday morning as it rumbled toward City Hall, joining mayors around the nation grumbling about the future of the Federal Transportation Act.
Baraka, along with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and others, rode public transportation to draw attention to their desire for the U.S. Congress to reauthorize the act, which helps provide federal funding to support transportation infrastructure construction and other initiatives nationwide. The act will expire on May 31. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
N.J. seeking to recoup $1.6M in overpaid tax rebates
The state Division of Taxation is taking steps to recoup $1.6 million in rebates it overpaid nearly 3,800 taxpayers, following an investigation by the Office of the State Comptroller.
The comptroller’s office released the findings of its investigation into property tax relief programs for multi-unit properties Thursday along with steps it said the division is taking to remedy the problem. (Hayes/The Record)
Washington Township mulls budget
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — The Township Council introduced a $12.9 million budget at its most recent meeting.
The proposed municipal budget represents a 0.4 percent increase from last year and would raise taxes by $14 on the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $464,000. However, Mayor Janet Sobkowicz cautioned that neither school taxes nor Bergen County taxes had been factored in. (Wyrich/The Record)
NJ National Guard Under Investigation After Allegations of Racism, Discrimination
It’s a profession dominated by white male officers — that, reflected in the audience drawn from New Jersey’s Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. And during today’s state budget hearing, its top general fielded allegations of racism and discrimination in his own office.
“Minorities — African-Americans, Hispanics — who felt they were passed over for promotion due to racism. Is this something you’re prepared to talk about?” asked Senator Sandra Cunningham. (Flanagan/NJTV)
Kempner convening roundtable for Gottheimer with Dem allies
MWW kingpin Mike Kempner (pictured) this evening scheduled a small roundtable discussion at his East Rutherford office with Josh Gottheimer, a Kempner ally and former Bill Clinton speechwriter affiliated with the fledgling Hillary Clinton for President campaign. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Ballot position fight in Union County Democratic Primary
Attorney Jorge Batista and Vivian Bell, two Democratic candidates running in the 20th Legislative District Primary, will go to court today to try to reverse a decision by the Union County Clerk’s Office that would them back on their heels on the ballot.
The clerk’s office yesterday disqualified the petitions of the assembly challengers’ two freeholder candidates after determining that one of them, Henry McNair, was not a declared Democrat at the time he filed his petitions.
The language is strict in this case, stipulating shall not may. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Deportation Officer charged with harboring undocumented girlfriend
A deportation officer with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) surrendered this morning to special agents of ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility on charges of harboring his girlfriend, an undocumented resident, and making false statements about his ownership of a hair salon, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Arnaldo Echevarria, 37, of Somerset County, is charged by criminal complaint with one count of harboring an illegal alien and one count of making false statements. Echevarria is scheduled for an initial appearance and bail hearing this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
A new campaign slogan for Hillary Clinton: think small
The Republicans declared for the presidency so far have come out big — Ted Cruz in front of thousands of Christian college kids in Virginia; Rand Paul in a packed Kentucky ballroom; Marco Rubio plans a glitzy Monday evening launch in front of the iconic Freedom Tower in Miami. (Gearan, Balz/The Washington Post)