WNY Mayor’s Race: Sires projects alliance with Roque as Wiley slaps at ‘timing’
WEST NEW YORK – Typically, the winner in a mayoral campaign here is the first candidate who can get his opponent in a para-military cap, cigar, beard and Sierra Morena jungle gear, but with two weeks to go this contest appears to feature two candidates who have dispensed with the Castro imagery for the most part in favor of bare-knuckle brawling. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Christie on Kyrillos defection: ‘This is politics’
Some might call it a back-stabbing. But to Gov. Chris Christie, it’s “just politics.”
Speaking for the first time publicly about the news during his monthly appearance on NJ101.5’s “Ask the Governor” radio show, Christie shrugged off the defection of longtime friend and political ally state Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) from his own burgeoning presidential bid to that of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tonight, calling the decision “business” and politically-driven. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Gov Hopeful Philip Murphy Hires Team Of Corzine Alums
A year ago, likely gubernatorial candidate Philip Murphy felt the need to put some distance between himself and the last Democrat who led the Garden State. As a political novice who grew rich at Goldman Sachs and wanted to run statewide without first serving locally, comparisons to Jon Corzine were inevitable.
In an interview with the Star-Ledger, Murphy was asked about the similarities. “I’ve known [Corzine] for 30 years. He’s a friend. But I’m not Jon … We’re different people.” (Sanders/PolitickerNJ)
McKeon calls search for specifics on Exxon settlement ‘frustrating
TRENTON — Assemblyman John McKeon (D-27) said today that gleaning details about the state’s recent settlement with oil giant Exxon Mobil from Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has been “frustrating”, citing testimony from Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin given in front of the Assembly Budget Committee. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
WNY mayor’s race: opposition accuses Roque of voter fraud
WEST NEW YORK – The opposition slate set against incumbent West New York Mayor Felix Roque in next month’s mayoral election has made accusations of voter fraud against Roque, days after the Roque campaign made similar allegations against the head of the opposition ticket, Commissioner Count Wiley, calling for his resignation.
In a written statement, the West New York United Slate stated that they are officially requesting an investigation into Roque’s voting credibility, attaching documents that the campaign claims demonstrate that Roque was registered at a Union City commercial address up until three months prior to the 2011 nonpartisan municipal election in West New York. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie Discusses Wife’s Departure from Wall Street Job
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s wife, Mary Pat Christie, resigned from her Wall Street job because of “the demands of our life,” he said during his monthly radio call-in-program.
Travel, including four days this month in early-primary New Hampshire, has made him “less able to be involved” with their family, said Christie, a 52-year-old Republican who is considering a 2016 presidential run.
“The demands of our life have become different,” he told program host Eric Scott during an hourlong interview on WKXW-FM radio. His wife will now be able to spend more time with him and their children, two of whom are in college and two who are still at home, Christie said. (Young/Bloomberg)
Assembly Questions DEP Commissioner About Exxon Settlement
Democrats pushed every hot button issue on the DEP’s budget list today, starting with the proposed $225 million Exxon settlement including the 16 other Exxon sites also rolled into the deal. Assemblyman John McKeon wanted to know how much more the state might win by pursuing these cases separately, in court. (Flanagan/NJTV)
New Mixed Income Housing Development Continues Newark Downtown Rebound
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka was pulling double duty today. On one end of the street downtown he was breaking ground on an 87-unit mixed use, mixed income development at 999 Broad St. and on the other end of the street, cutting the ribbon at 60 Nevada, 75 units of affordable housing, both developed by RPM Development. Ed Martoglio is president of RPM, which has sailed the ebb and flow of Newark’s choppy real estate for 20 years. (Cruz/NJTV)
Rep. Pallone: Dangers Still Exist with Offshore Drilling
A coordinated legislative attack on offshore drilling in the Atlantic. President Obama’s proposed selling leases to drill off the coasts of Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia. But on the fifth anniversary of the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill that despoiled the Gulf of Mexico, New Jersey lawmakers in Washington submitted bills that would ban it south of our shores. One of the bill’s sponsors, Representative Frank Pallone (D-6), told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that proposals for offshore drilling continue because of recommendations that were made after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (NJTV)
LD 31 Assembly candidate Chiaravalloti calls for N.J. Turnpike 14A traffic improvements
BAYONNE – State Assembly candidate Nicholas Chiaravalloti called on the state’s leading transportation agencies to resolve the traffic congestion at Exit 14A of the New Jersey Turnpike, saying residents need a solution now as he offered up a number of key recommendations. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Orr leaving AC management team
Kevyn Orr, the former emergency manager of Detroit appoint to help out with Atlantic City’s beleaguered economic situation, will be stepping down from his role as a consultant to Emergency Manager Kevin Lavin at the end of the month, Gov. Chris Christie’s office announced today.
“From the start, it was made clear that Kevyn Orr would lend his expertise as a short-term consultant to Kevin Lavin, who continues to lead all efforts to review and improve the operations, finances and culture of Atlantic City’s government to bring long-term stability to the resort town,” Christie’s office said in a statement.
Check out the Press of Atlantic City’s story on the announcement for more. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)