Winners and Losers
The two-fisted political operative from Newark took charge of West New York Mayor Felix Roque’s campaign and propelled the incumbent with a turbulent political history back into power. In a preposterously low-turnout election, Roque (leading his entire commissioners’ slate to victory) won with 2,871 (10.96%) votes to rival departing Commissioner Count Wiley’s 2,144. Schooled on the streets of Newark elections and the bulldog behind the citywide wins of then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Fonseca boosting the historically complex Roque (and last night on the heels of solid wins in last year’s freeholder contests), prompted the question: what else might the operative attain? At the very least, the consummate Essex County product proved his staying power in Hudson. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
North Bergen: After sizable loss, Wainstein speaks out
NORTH BERGEN — After suffering a nearly 2-1 loss to incumbent Nick Sacco in yesterday’s mayoral election, local businessman Larry Wainstein insisted today that “change” is still coming to this 60,000 resident city — and that he still plans to be the one to bring it. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Chris Christie Buys the Iraq Line
While Jeb Bush was fumbling around with the question of whether he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq, Chris Christie (the governor of New Jersey who is either thinking about running for president or using that idea to pump up his public image and raise money) did not have that problem. (Rosenthal/The New York Times)
Unions protest New Jersey pension funding
Thousands of public workers and their supporters rallied outside the State House on Tuesday to demand that Governor Christie make full payments to New Jersey’s pension system, accusing the governor of stealing workers’ wages to balance the state budget. (Rizzo/PolitickerNJ)
Tax Freedom Day arrives in New Jersey, but it’s not good news
After crunching the numbers, the Tax Foundation has determined today marks Tax Freedom Day in the Garden State — the day when many New Jersey residents have finally earned enough money to pay all of their taxes for the year.
New Jersey and Connecticut have the latest Tax Freedom days of any state in
the nation. (Matthau/NJ101.5)
Moving fraud – New Jersey ranks third in the nation
More than 5,600 moving fraud complaints have been filed over the last two years according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The average loss claim is $25,000. Florida is the number one state in the country with more than 1,000 complaints. California came in second with 376 and New Jersey ranked third with 271 complaints.
In addition to Florida, California and New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Philadelphia, Portland, Oregon and Connecticut rank among the top 10 when it comes to moving fraud complaints. (Waldron/NJ101.5)
Pointing to ACA Success, NJ Plans to Reduce Hospital Charity Care Subsidies
It boiled down to a debate over Obamacare. According to New Jersey’s Health Commissioner, so many people have gotten insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the administration anticipates a dramatic 40 percent reduction in services to the uninsured and so it will slash charity care subsidies to New Jersey hospitals.
“As the number of uninsured patients declines significantly, this budget right-sizes our charity care subsidies,” said Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd. (Flanagan/NJTV)
N.J. lawmakers plan consumer bill to protect against surprise medical bills
Consumers would be protected from surprise medical bills when they go to the hospital under a measure to be unveiled Thursday in Trenton by a group of powerful Democratic lawmakers. (Washburn/The Record)
Tensions between trustees and teachers’ union boil at Becton Regional board meeting
NORTH BERGEN — The campaign manager for incumbent Nick Sacco says voter EAST RUTHERFORD — Becton Regional High School students, together with parents and teachers, turned out in force at a contentious Carlstadt-East Rutherford Board of Education meeting Wednesday night, clashing over whether faculty members had been targeted for speaking out against the school administration.
About 50 people, many of them teachers at the high school, as well as parents and students attended the board meeting, where voices were sometimes raised over the state of relations between the faculty and the administration. (Moss/The Record)
Rest in Peace, Margaret Stack
PolitickerNJ extends condolences to Union City Mayor/33rd District State Senator Brian P. Stack.
Stack’s mother Margaret died today after a long illness. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
After more than three decades leading party, Paterniti stepping aside in Edison
Local political legend Tom Paterniti will not run for another term as chairman of the Edison Democratic Party.
Long the power behind the throne in Edison , Paterneti is stepping aside after 31 years.
For more, read reporter Brian Amaral’s treatment here. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)