Voters reelect Cesaro in Morris; Myers and Smith also win – Smith as top vote-getter
In Morris County, voters delivered a split ticket verdict with the edge to the team backed by state Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) and big labor dollars in a rancorous election characterized by an influx of heavy independent expenditure PAC cash and vicious political war wounds splitting onetime friends. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Mapp and his allies hand big loss to Union County Dems Chair Green in Plainfield
Union County Democratic Committee Chairman Jerry Green (above) lost locally tonight in his hometown of Plainfield, where the allies of longtime Green rival Mayor Adrian Mapp seized control of the county party committee and won both council seats. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Democrats Quijano and Holley win Democratic Primary in LD20
Without known LD20 brand names state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) and former Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-20) on the ticket, incumbent Assembly people Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley prevailed in the LD20 Democratic Primary tonight, sinking those two candidates backed by a wobbled and financially over-matched Elizabeth Board of Education. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Dansereau wins the mayor’s race in Roselle
Mayor Christine Dansereau has defeated Cecilia Dallas Ricks in Roselle to succeed Jamel Holley as mayor for a full four-year term. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
In Roselle, Fonseca says he’s fighting not the rival campaign, but the PD
The ultimate Newark bullet-headed tough guy says he feels bullied in Roselle.
“I’m not fighting their campaign, I’m fighting the Roselle Police Department,” said veteran Democratic Party operative Pablo Fonseca, whose candidate, former Councilwoman Cecilia Dallas Ricks, is running against incumbent Mayor Christine Dansereau. “The police have been threatening my people at every turn. Every time a sound truck gos near a polling site, they’re challenged. The mayor’s wife ticketed all our cars. She’s a meter maid.” (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
LD 31: flyer friction erupts over pro-Alston imagery using Cunningham, Fulop
BAYONNE and JERSEY CITY – A true sign that Election Day has arrived in Hudson County is the infamous tradition of “midnight mail,” the kind of anonymous, unattributed pamphleteering common to Hudson residents during contentious mayoral and council races. A form of this political practice has apparently emerged on the streets of Bayonne and Jersey City in the daytime on Tuesday, involving one of the prime competitive slates in the 31st Legislative District Democratic Assembly primary. (Bonamo/PolitickerNJ)
New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame set to open doors
These 35 men and women made waves.
It’s the inaugural class of the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony is set for
Saturday, June 6 at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan. (Jordan/Asbury Park Press)
Christie talks guns, education in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talked up his conservative credentials to a room of South Carolina voters Tuesday evening, as he kicked off his first visit to the early-voting state in nearly five months. (Colvin/Associated Press)
Noisy debate about storm-protection research off New Jersey
BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — A plan to help the world’s coastal regions protect themselves against killer weather like Superstorm Sandy is pitting a group of scientists against an array of environmentalists and politicians, who fear that it could harm dolphins, turtles and other marine life. (Parry/Associated Press)
Tamburro wins Democratic Primary in Monroe
Council President Gerald Tamburro tonight handily won the Democratic Mayoral primary in Monroe Township to succeed longtime Mayor Richard Pucci. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Diaz grabs control of local Democratic Committee in Perth Amboy
Control of the local Democratic Committee flipped in Perth Amboy, giving a win to Mayor Wilda Diaz and her chief district ally, state Senator Joe Vitale (D-19).
The mayor’s team defeated the old guard captained by longstanding foe Leslie Dominguez Rodriguez: 36-28.
Diaz’s allies welcomed the win tonight, especially after the mayor sustained a loss in the May special election for a single council seat. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Fazzone loses reelection in Burlington City
Burlington City Mayor Jim Fazzone, who as a Democrat endorsed Gov. Chris Christie in 2013 then switched parties to run for reelection as a Republican this year, lost tonight in the local GOP Primary.
In a rematch of 2011, James Fine beat Fazzone, 355-165. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Space and Phoebus win in LD24
Assemblyman Parker Space and Sussex County Freeholder Gail Phoebus tonight beat Green Township Mayor Marie Bilik and Nathan Orr for the Republican nomination in the heavily GOP 24th Legislative District.
Fredon Mayor Carl Lazzaro and Sussex Borough Mayor Jonathan Rose also defeated incumbent Freeholder Dennis Mudrick and Frankford Mayor Gary Larson in the Sussex County freeholder race.
The differentiating factor in both contests? (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ)
Incumbents Gusciora and Muoio win in LD16
Mercer County Democrat Dan Toto’s quest for revenge ultimately didn’t pan out in Central Jersey’s 15th legislative district.
The Assembly incumbents — Reed Gusciora and newly-minted Liz Muoio — prevailed over the sole challenger in tonight’s primary race, according to an early prediction by the AP.
Toto, a Lawrenceville resident who works for the Middlesex County Housing Authority, re-mounted a campaign this year after his name was tossed from the ballot back in 2013 at the behest of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno — but also Muoio, then (and still) chair of the Mercer County Democratic Committee, who had fought to keep the insurgent from the race by arguing he didn’t have enough signatures.
Muoio was tapped by the county committee to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman in the 15th late last year. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
Jones-Taylor slate clinches win in East Orange council race
Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones and East Orange Mayor Lester Taylor won control of city’s council when the allied duo delivered all five of their establishment-backed candidates to victory over a slate of challengers in Tuesday’s primary. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)
PolitickerNJ on NJ Capitol Report
PolitickerNJ editor Max Pizarro yesterday joined New Jersey Capitol Report co-anchors Steve Adubato and Raphael Pi Roman for an in-depth interview on the issue of media bias.
Pizarro spoke extensively on this New Jersey Capitol Report special, which will air in the next few weeks on WNET, NJTV, WHYY and FiOS, on “the culture of negativity” in the media and whether or not the “if it bleeds it leads” philosophy of media coverage is as pervasive today as it’s ever been.
For a full schedule of New Jersey Capitol Report, visit: http://steveadubato.org/program-schedule/action~agenda/cat_ids~3/ (PolitickerNJ Staff)
DeCavalcante crime family associate pleads guilty to cocaine distribution
An associate of the DeCavalcante organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra today admitted his role in distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Nicholas DeGidio, 37, of Union, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls, to an information charging him with one count of distribution of more than 500 grams of cocaine. (PolitickerNJ Staff)
Bayonne set for public hearing on ExxonMobil settlement
Two months after beginning its investigation, members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a public meeting on the state’s controversial $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil — at ground-zero of the oil giant’s purported environmental damage footprint. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)