Ramos pounces on Baraka's decision to stay out of U.S. Senate contest

By Max Pizarro | September 24th, 2013

 

 

Running for mayor of Newark, North Ward Counclman Anibal Ramos upbraided South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka for being less than forthcoming in his endorsement for Cory Booker for U.S. Senate.

Baraka earlier today told PolitickerNJ.com that Booker's general election opponent, Republican Steve Lonegan, would be a disaster as a U.S. senator.

But he won't publicly back the Democratic alternative, Booker.

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Baraka: Lonegan a disaster, but mayoral hopeful stops short of backing Booker

By Max Pizarro | September 24th, 2013

 

Anibal Ramos backs Cory Booker for U.S. Senate. Shavar Jeffries backs Cory Booker for U.S. Senate.

But Ras Baraka?

He doesn’t support Steve Lonegan, GOP challenger to Booker in the Oct. 16th general election.

But Baraka, Newark’s South Ward councilman and one of the leading candidates for mayor in the 2014 citywide contest, isn’t yet prepared to say he supports the candidacy of old local foe Booker.

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Pope Francis to name coadjutor archbishop to assist Newark Archbishop John J. Myers: report

By Mark Mueller/The Star-Ledger
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on September 23, 2013

Newark Archbishop John J. Myers (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger )

 

Pope Francis Tuesday is expected to name a second archbishop to serve alongside John J. Myers in the Archdiocese of Newark, a development that comes as Myers nears mandatory retirement age and faces continuing criticism over his handling of abusive priests.

Francis will name Bernard A. Hebda, 54, the bishop of Gaylord, Mich., to serve as coadjutor archbishop, according to the National Catholic Reporter, an independent Catholic newspaper.

Myers’ spokesman, Jim Goodness, declined to comment on the report but said an “announcement of significance” was planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the archdiocesan offices in Newark.

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Lonegan pokes fun at Booker with red carpet affair in Newark

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on September 23, 2013

Lonegan and his wife, Lorraine, greet constituents on the red carpet. The event — featuring “stars from New Jersey,” aka “everyday people that make New Jersey a great place to live” — was the conservative activist’s way of mocking his Democratic opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for how he's spending the evening: In California, at a fundraiser with a-list celebrities. (Steve Hockstein/For The Star-Ledger)

 

NEWARK — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan glided up the red carpet, his wife at his side, and posed as the flash bulbs popped tonight.

Then Lonegan, the former mayor of Bergen County’s Bogota, walked inside a Newark restaurant, into a banquet room where an American flag was projected on a screen and joined a few dozen supporters — some dressed in suits, others in dungarees — for a fried chicken dinner.

The event — featuring “stars from New Jersey,” aka “everyday people that make New Jersey a great place to live” — was the conservative activist’s way of mocking his Democratic opponent, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, for how he's spending the evening: In California, at a fundraiser with a-list celebrities.

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Rice doesn't rule out challenging Joe D. but probably prefers a Jeffries candidacy

By Max Pizarro | September 23rd, 2013

 

Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-28) wants Democrats to mount a challenge against incumbent Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo next year, and he hasn't ruled out himself - although he acknowledges the unlikeliness of a Rice candidacy.

He suspects former AG's Counsel Shavar Jeffries would be a good candidate.

Jeffries is a candidate for mayor in at least a four-way 2014 contest that includes Councilmen Ras Baraka, Anibal Ramos and Darrin Sharif. A source today told PolitickerNJ.com that former Councilman Hector Corchado is also mulling a run.

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Big names at Cory Booker's Jersey City rally, but no Cory Booker

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on September 19, 2013

Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago and the former White House chief of staff for President Obama, will stump for Cory Booker Friday in Jersey City. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

NEWARK — Rahm Emanuel is well-known to Democrats around the country and by now, Steven Fulop is well-known to Democrats around the state.

So when the mayor of Chicago and the mayor of Jersey City appear together Friday to stump for Cory Booker, their collective firepower should be enough to rally Booker's supporters.

It will have to be, because Booker won't be there.

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Lonegan stays in Booker's face over connection to ex-law firm

By Max Pizarro | September 18th, 2013

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WEST ORANGE –Lonegan maintained an aggressive posture as he continued to attack Newark Mayor Cory Booker today, this time focusing on Booker’s professional relationship with a power law firm.

“A number of issues arise to the term of sketchy,” said Lonegan, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. “Did he receive a payout or a payoff?”

Booker was a partner at Trenk DiPasquale for the last two years (2005-2006) of a six-year employment at the firm.

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Newark says accidents down 64 percent at intersections with red light cameras

By Steve Strunsky/The Star-Ledger 

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The City of Newark said accidents fell 64 percent at seven intersections where red light cameras had been in place for at least three years.

NEWARK — Newark officials say 
seven intersections with red light cameras have had a 64 percent drop in accidents since the controversial technology was installed four years ago.

The city found that the seven Newark intersections analyzed for today's report had a 69 percent reduction in right-angle collisions, or broadsides, among the deadliest type of car crashes. Rear-end collisions declined 61 percent, the city said.

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In Newark, Buono rallies progressive organizations

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NEWARK – A progressive umbrella organization this afternoon endorsed state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) for governor, by its very presence somewhat underscoring the absence of Democratic Party machine politicians from Newark and the environs who haven’t enthusiastically saddled up with the Buono campaign.

An undeterred Phyllis Salowe-Kaye, executive director of New Jersey Citizen Action, said her affiliates will be out pounding on doors and making phone calls for Buono.

“New Jersey’s economic recovery lags behind the region and the nation as a whole,” said Salowe-Kaye, anchoring a ragtag tableaux of Buono progressives. “Far too many New Jersey families are still struggling to make ends meet. New Jersey needs a leader who will put the economic health of our working families first.”

 

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Expanded Medicaid Will Cover Mental Health, Substance-Abuse Treatment

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Raymond J. Castro, senior policy analyst for the nonprofit New Jersey Policy Perspective.

NJ residents newly eligible under ACA will get services not available to most already in federal program.

Some low-income New Jersey residents will be eligible for treatment for drug and alcohol addictions, as well as some mental health services, under the upcoming Medicaid expansion.

But most Medicaid recipients won’t be eligible for the new benefits.

Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, states that choose to expand Medicaid – known as New Jersey FamilyCare in the state -- must cover these treatments for people who are newly eligible for the program. However, that provision doesn’t apply to those who are already eligible for the program.

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