The undercurrents of 2017 in Middlesex and Union counties
There’s one mantra that comes out of every seemingly uneventful county party reorganization meeting: “They’ve got to come through us in 2017.”
Last night, Middlesex County put on the latest how of chest thumping fury, with state Senator Bob Smith (D-17) leading the war dance alongside Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe.
A little farther north, Union County Democratic Chairman Jerry Green didn’t go so far as to say the next governor must go through Union, but he did say the next governor might be from Union, alluding in his opening remarks at the microphone to state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20), whose allies formed a political action committee (PAC) with seeming gubernatorial 2017 designs. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
The mess in West New York: Who would be next if Roque leaves?
History has well recorded the low estimation the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) has for its own assembly people, whose eccentricities are tolerated only insofar as they require zero institutional maintenance.
It’s different for mayors, who pick those people to take the trip to Trenton, who entertain all manner of theatrical excess – but only to a point, which leads to the current condition of West New York Mayor Felix Roque. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Smith says Middlesex County deserves its own congress person
TRENTON — State Senator Bob Smith (D-17) thinks Middlesex County should have its own congressional representative.
While addressing a roomful of Democrats at the county’s reorganization meeting last night, which saw the easy re-nomination of county chairman Kevin McCabe to the head of the party, Smith made an off-the-cuff comment about Middlesex County needing “it’s own congressman,” and something about a “Democratic primary” being in order. The remarks elicited some buzz among pols and operatives present at the time, who thought the Central Jersey lawmaker might have taken a shot at the county’s current representation, such as U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6) or Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12). (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Environmental groups file motion to intervene in Exxon settlement litigation
TRENTON — A team of environmental groups opposed to the state’s controversial $225 milllion settlement with Exxon Mobil want to go to court to over the deal, just a handful of days before it is expected to be approved by a judge. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Baraka, DiVincenzo: “Newark is ready” to roll the dice on North Jersey casino
NEWARK – Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, side by side with Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, staked his claim for New Jersey’s largest city in the state’s casino expansion debate, saying Newark was ready to roll the dice and play to win to get the gaming industry to move in, defying economic doubts. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Van Drew: mum on CD 2 bid, vocal on support for Andrzejczak, Land in LD 1 Assembly race
TRENTON – State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) might not be ready to say if he’s ready to try to exchange the marble halls of the State House in Trenton for the marble halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.. But Van Drew was more than ready to express support for the state Assemblyman who might one day replace him, state Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-1), and his LD 1 Assembly running mate, Bruce Land. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told reporters on Tuesday that his family was completely supportive of a potential presidential run; his decision hinged on his will to do it.
Speaking in Washington on Wednesday, he seemed ready to make the jump as well. (Corasaniti/The New York Times)
NJ Transit bus rear-ends charter bus in Lincoln Tunnel; 31 hurt
Authorities are probing what caused an NJ Transit bus to crash into a bus carrying Canadian schoolchildren inside the Lincoln Tunnel during morning rush hour Wednesday, injuring 31 people aboard the commuter bus, authorities said.
The NJ Transit bus was travelling from Bergen County to Manhattan when it hit the back of a private charter bus carrying the sight-seeing students in the tunnel’s center tube about 9:35 a.m., authorities said. (Boburg and Seasly/The Record)
Lesniak: If offered the senate presidency, ‘I would decline’
After reading an earlier speculative post on PolitickerNJ, state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) dropped a mallet on the notion that he is angling for the senate presidency.
“If offered the Senate Presidency, I would decline,” Lesniak said. “Not that anyone’s offering.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)