Kevin Taylor Bolsters Write-In Mayoral Campaign with High Profile Consultants

East Orange, NJ (October 1, 2013)  East Orange mayoral hopeful, Kevin Taylor, did not win the Democratic primary last June but he says he fully expects to be victorious in the general election on November 5th. Because he was not selected to run on the Democratic Party Ticket, Taylor’s shot at becoming mayor is as a write-in candidate on Election Day. It is a shot that he says he knows he and the residents of East Orange will make.

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Booker dismisses BuzzFeed story about Twitter stripper

By Max Pizarro | September 26th, 2013

NEWARK – Mayor Cory Booker blew a loving raspberry at the BuzzFeed story that implied unseemly motives in his Twitter exchange with a West Coast stripper.

“Everyone knows I pay attention to thousands of people,” said the smiling mayor, blockaded by camera crews in the well of the Hilton Hotel this morning. “She sent kindness my way. That’s really what I was responding to.

“The only profession I avoid is journalists,” he cracked.

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Now Revealed by Stripper: Booker’s Twitter Messages

Mayor Cory A. Booker, Democrat of Newark, after a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday. He is running for Senate.

 

Mayor Cory A. Booker has a high schooler’s affinity for Twitter, reveling in its ceaseless flow of affirmation and infinite space for self-promotion.

But the occasional perils of his reliance on the social media service became evident on Wednesday when a 26-year-old stripper from Oregon revealed her private online correspondence with him.

In a message to the stripper, named Lynsie Lee, Mr. Booker wrote that “the East Coast loves you, and by the East Coast, I mean me.”

Ms. Lee, whose photograph on Twitter features her splayed topless across a yellow couch, replied, “Well, now I’m blushing :)”

Mr. Booker wrote back: “It’s only fair.”

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Booker with Christie: 'I want to give some guv love'

By Max Pizarro | September 25th, 2013

 

NEWARK – Back in New Jersey after a west coast fundraising swing, Mayor Cory Booker this morning nested in his most reliable comfort zone three weeks before his election: a no-press avail ribbon cutting ceremony complete with front row seating arrangements beside Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

“The lines that divide us are not as strong as the ties that bind us,” Booker exulted. “I want to give some guv love.”

Booker’s opponent in the U.S. Senate contest, Steve Lonegan was here in Newark two nights ago in an attempt to stir up some poetic symbolism. He’s the suburban Republican challenger who’s supposed to get the lawnmower treatment every time he sets his feet on asphalt. Instead, he’s holding red carpet events with local activist Donna Jackson in attendance and other disaffected Newarkers while Booker hobnobs with Matt Damon.

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In Newark mayor's race, Baraka and Ramos scrap over statewide Democratic devotion

By Max Pizarro | September 25th, 2013

 

NEWARK - Irritation over statewide endorsements and how and why they ought to be issued spilled into the Newark mayoral contest yesterday as South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka and North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos criticized each other over lack of engagement in the gubernatorial and Senate contests.

Vying to lead an overwhelmingly Democratic city, each side critiqued the other as being less than willing to scrap on behalf of Democratic candidates, or at least of engaging in only very select theaters of political combat.

A dedicated political foe of Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s, Baraka to date has withheld his endorsement of the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.

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Kean U. poll says races are tightening

By Darryl R. Isherwood | September 25th, 2013

A new poll released today shows that both the gubernatorial and Senate races are tightening .

Gov. Chris Christie leads Democrat Barbara Buono 52 to 34, according to the new Kean University poll.  The 18-point margin is the closest of any poll to date and well below the 34- and 28-point margins predicted yesterday by Quinnipiac and Stockton, respectively.

On the Senate side, Newark Mayor Cory Booker leads Republican Steve Lonegan by a 19-point margin, 52 percent to 33 percent.  That margin falls right in between the 12-point margin predicted yesterday by a Quinnipiac poll and the 26-point margin outlined Monday in a Stockton poll.

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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

By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger
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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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