Booker grabs Ledger, Inky, Courier Post and APP endorsements

By Darryl R. Isherwood | October 6th, 2013

 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who polls show up by about 13 points in his bid for U.S. Senate, today grabed the endorsements of four major newspapers covering the state.

The Star Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer, Courier Post and Asbury Park Press all gave the nod to Booker over Republican challenger Steve Lonegan in the upcoming election for U.S. Senate.

"So if you want to reinforce the partisan divisions that are crippling this great nation, Lonegan is your man," the Ledger wrote after outlining Lonegan's Libertarian principles and what the editorial board said was his unwillingness to compromise.

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Ramos steps out with public safety plan

By Max Pizarro | October 3rd, 2013

 

NEWARK – The main players connected to that political powerhouse known as the North Ward Center gathered at the unveiling of a statue downtown, while  mayoral candidate Anibal Ramos went to the heart of the crime-riddled South Ward this afternoon to unveil his public safety plan.

There was probably a message there on the same week fellow North Ward brand name Luis Quintana grabbed a microphone at City Hall and repeatedly identified himself as unbossed, then later cheerily pointed out that Essex County Executive Joe DiVIncenzo hadn’t attended his swearing-in ceremony.

As the organization that originated him struggles to package DiVincenzo’s endorsement of Republican Gov. Chris Christie locally and contends with a shifting political streetscape, Ramos surfacing in the South Ward looked like a man intent on working his own will as a contrast to his fellow globbed-together esteemed dignitaries.

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The scene in Essex County

By Max Pizarro | October 3rd, 2013

 

NEWARK – Joe D. doesn’t endorse Democrats for governor. He just builds statues in their honor.

Specifically, the powerful county executive may not back Barbara Buono, but he wants the political world to know that won’t stop him from lionizing the beloved Brendan T. Byrne.

The executive’s choice for governor, Republican Chris Christie, stood at DiVincenzo’s side today, a month before Election Day, and so did former Governors Jim Florio, James McGreevey and the man of the hour, Byrne.

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Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James serious about endorsement of Cory Booker for Senate

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on October 02, 2013

Left, Luis A. Quintana along with former Mayor Sharpe James, center, and Herb Calloway Jr in this Star-Ledger file photo. (William Perlman/The Star-Ledger)

 

NEWARK — When word spread that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was endorsing his long-time foe, current mayor Cory Booker, for U.S. Senate, it seemed like a backhanded compliment.

“He’d be a great U.S. Senator for New Jersey,” James said, according to a report on PolitckerNJ. “What other senator do you know who sits on Oprah’s couch, and then goes on Jimmy Fallon, and then Conan?”

But James, who has had bad blood with Booker for years, said his endorsement was no joke.

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Police layoffs dog Booker at mayoral candidates' forum

By Max Pizarro | October 2nd, 2013

 

NEWARK – Heedless of those rigid political cycles designating their contest as a 2014 event, the candidates for Newark mayor trampled into the 2013 gubernatorial arena with a competitive vengeance this afternoon.

The emcee told a packed room at the student center that the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs-sponsored forum was not a debate. But as Gov. Chris Christie leads Democratic opponent Barbara Buono by 19 points in the Nov. 5 general election, a new, post-Cory Booker era in Newark puts the city in a pick ‘em frame of mind early.

That translated into an animated gave and take, with more than a few slaps at the departing mayor, who’s running for the U.S. Senate in an Oct. 16 special election.

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Assemblyman who originally opposed same-sex marriage bill will support veto override

By Matthew Arco | October 2nd, 2013

 

 

A GOP Assembly lawmaker who originally opposed a bill to permit same-sex marriage in New Jersey now says he will vote to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto if a bill hits the Assembly floor.

Assemblyman Chris A. Brown said during a Wednesday evening legislative debate he would vote to override the Republican governor’s veto. Brown’s announcement marks the first time during the lead up to an override vote that a lawmaker who voted against the same-sex marriage bill last year publically announced they would change their vote.

“This is a decision I came to on my own,” Brown said following the debate after telling Atlantic City residents civil rights shouldn’t be decided by a ballot referendum – as Christie has advocated.

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East Orange Write-In Mayoral Candidate Kevin Taylor to Rally Residents on Steps of City Hall to Explain Process Over 200 residents expected to be in attendance

East Orange, NJ (October 2, 2013) Kevin Taylor believes the wool was pulled over the eyes of the East Orange voters prior to the Democratic primary last June and he is determined to rectify the situation.

“A Democratic party, bereft of ideas and any plan on bringing prosperity to the residents of East Orange played the only card available to them during the primary: they traded on my name.” 

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Quintana won't run for mayor; as for Corchado...

By Max Pizarro | October 2nd, 2013

 

NEWARK - Newly sworn in to the position of Council President this week, and in a strong position to become the city's acting mayor, Council President Luis Quintana says he doesn't want to run for mayor next year.

"That's not something I want to do," he told PolitickerNJ.com Tuesday at his Spanish Tavern fundraiser for John Sharpe James, where Quintana figured to raise $12,000 for James's campaign.

"I'm not running for mayor," he said.

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Frmr Mayor James backs Booker for Senate, but more celebratory of Quintana for acting mayor

By Max Pizarro | October 1st, 2013

 

NEWARK – Luis Quintana radiated an acting mayor vibe in this roomful of Newark insiders crowded into the basement at the Spanish Tavern.

Yesterday, the veteran councilman assumed the oath of office as the city council’s new council president, the replacement for U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-10).

Right now, he appears to have the votes to become acting mayor if Cory Booker goes to the U.S. Senate with an Oct. 16th win over Republican Steve Lonegan.

“He’s the right man at the right time,” said former Mayor Sharpe James, who attended the swearing-in and sat in the front row with Booker.

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Insurance Marketplace Makes Its Debut As Heavy Interest Bogs Down Website

Andrew Kitchenman | October 2, 2013

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Community health and insurance company officials distribute information during a health-insurance marketplace kickoff held yesterday in the parking lot of a Walgreens in East Orange.

 

A stumbling start to the online health insurance marketplace yesterday didn’t deter those helping people enroll for insurance from predicting that the process will work smoothly in coming days.

The primary way to access the federally operated marketplace – the website healthcare.gov – was inaccessible for much of the day, overwhelmed by the large-scale interest in the site. Federal officials said the problems weren’t related to the shutdown of the federal government that began yesterday.

Some people bypassed the website and instead reached out to local healthcare nonprofits yesterday, asking for help understanding the enrollment process. Officials with these organizations said they were taking down contact information and would be scheduling appointments to help residents enroll in the coming days, when they expect the site to be working more smoothly.

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