Morning News Digest: May 13th

Sacco speaks with reporters outside 90 Palisades.
Sacco speaks with reporters outside 90 Palisades.

At victory bash, Sacco heralds ‘remarkable win’ under ‘trying conditions’

NORTH BERGEN — Amid shouts of “four more years” and “we crushed them again” inside 90 Palisades Restaurant where a victory party for the incumbent raged, North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco — who secured another four year term here tonight — heralded what he called a “remarkable win” under “trying conditions.” (Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Wiley allegedly strikes WNY Mayor Roque’s son outside polling station

WEST NEW YORK – Any remaining sense of Election Day morning calm was shattered on Tuesday when Commissioner Count Wiley, the leader of the opposition slate against incumbent West New York Mayor Felix Roque, allegedly struck Roque’s son outside of a polling station. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Sacco beats Wainstein 2-1 in North Bergen

NORTH BERGEN – Longtime incumbent Mayor Nick Sacco tonight prevailed over challenger Larry Wainstein. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Rage in the streets of North Bergen

NORTH BERGEN – Here in support of North Bergen Mayor Nick Sacco, Union City Mayor Brian P. Stack emerged from a car to check on poll workers only to find himself nose-to-nose with Larry Wainstein backer attorney Mario Blanch. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Roque reelected mayor of West New York in decisive victory

WEST NEW YORK – West New York Mayor Felix Roque was reelected on Tuesday by a wide margin, defeating opposition mayoral candidate Commissioner Count Wiley in what proved to be a classic rough-and-tumble Hudson County municipal election. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Roque, Fonseca revel in West New York victory

WEST NEW YORK – The scene inside Las Palmas restaurant on Bergenline Avenue was cathartically chaotic as supporters of West New York Mayor Felix Roque danced deep into the night, rejoicing in their victory. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)



Kominsky teams up with Fader, Perrucci, Steinhardt and Cappelli

Veteran New Jersey Public Affairs professional Karen Kominsky, in partnership with Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader LLC, today announced the launch of K Street Public Affairs, LLC, a government affairs, strategic communications and grassroots advocacy firm. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Sacco and the Mocco Brothers: a History

NORTH BERGEN – The history inevitably spills into this local election where statewide power broker Mayor Nick Sacco looks to turn big numbers to embarrass his rival, businessman Larry Wainstein, and impale the ghosts of North Bergen’s political past. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



The seeds of Union City v. North Bergen

NORTH BERGEN – The bad blood between Union City and North Bergen goes back to Joey and Peter Mocco v. the late Bill Musto. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



In North Bergen, a struggle over the meaning of ‘change’

NORTH BERGEN — The race here was destined to go negative since day one, but the insanity arguably culminated on Saturday, at a North Bergen Public Library-sponsored Taste of India event off Kennedy Blvd.(Brush/PolitickerNJ)



Gonzalez wins council seat in Perth Amboy rematch with Diaz

An antagonist of Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, Fernando Gonzalez defeated Sergio Diaz tonight in a court-ordered special council election in the Middlesex County city. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)



Nochimson, Roman elected to town council

Running on a platform of greater accountability and transparency in town government, Michael Nochimson and Alex Roman were elected to Town Council today. (Citrano/



How a super PAC plans to coordinate directly with Hillary Clinton’s campaign

Hillary Clinton’s campaign plans to work in tight conjunction with an independent rapid-response group financed by unlimited donations, another novel form of political outsourcing that has emerged as a dominant practice in the 2016 presidential race. (Gold/The Washington Post)



Chris Christie hits Jeb Bush on Iraq War

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attempted to draw a bright line between himself and Jeb Bush on the Iraq War in a CNN interview on Tuesday, definitively stating that given the absence of weapons of mass destruction he wouldn’t have authorized the war. (CNN)



Chris Christie releases his economic plan and his big idea will shock you

Chris Christie, attempting to convince Republicans that his presidential campaign remains alive, has released his economic plan to “raise growth and incomes.” The centerpiece is to stimulate spending in the snack sector. Ha, not really — that would make more sense than Christie’s actual plan, which is to give rich people an enormous tax cut. (Chait/New York Magazine)










  Morning News Digest: May 13th