The BurlCo Political Intrigue as a Consequence of O’Brien’s Judgeship

Surrogate Mary Ann O’Brien’s swearing-in today as a judge creates some political volatility in Burlington County.

Depends if they can appoint a Democrat or Republican to replace her but she was up for re-election in 2021 anyway.

It has LD8 implications. Do they move state Senator Dawn Addieo (D-8) over to run for Surrogate and a pension bump (and avoid a battle vs Assemblyman Ryan Peters [R-8], who’s pawing at the turf)? Do they move Co-Commissioner Linda Hynes (attorney) over to surrogate? Other names for surrogate include Gina LaPlaca and Mark Natale on the bench who are also attorneys.

Hynes moves over to surrogate it opens a seat on the FH board for Evesham Deputy Heather Cooper, who is close to powerhouse state Senator Troy Singleton (D-7).

Short list for LD8 in 2021: LaPlaca, Cooper, Pemberton Mayor Dave Patriarca, Pat Hansen (Evesham councilwoman and labor candidate). Will the Dems mount a serious challenge in LD8 or wait for a new map? Does Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield (R-8) have another fight left in the tank? They begged her to run last year.


Union County Returns So Far

Town Democrats Republicans Unaffiliated Other Total
Berkeley Heights 2165 2020 1624 18 5827
Clark 1992 1854 1946 33 5825
Cranford 4491 2111 2846 40 9488
Elizabeth 10840 1213 3102 130 15285
Fanwood 1803 573 832 7 3215
Garwood 674 413 469 13 1569
Hillside 3858 293 893 41 5085
Kenilworth 992 687 676 20 2375
Linden 6252 780 1543 74 8649
Mountainside 1102 927 804 12 2845
New Providence 2007 1507 1546 19 5079
Plainfield 6718 334 1265 66 8383
Rahway 4749 860 1736 57 7402
Roselle 3791 232 857 17 4897
Roselle Park 1691 642 1021 27 3381
Scotch Plains 4677 1975 2747 38 9437
Springfield 3105 1317 1937 32 6391
Summit 3827 2004 2403 37 8271
Union 9556 1928 3954 107 15545
Westfield 5836 2681 3678 36 12231
Winfield 220 114 123 3 460
Total 80346 24465 36002 827 141640

Fulop Announces Jersey City BA Platt Headed To Kansas City

Mayor Fulop shared the following on Facebook this evening: ‘After a national search for the best/brightest city manager a city could find, Kansas City has landed on recruiting away our Jersey City Business Administrator to be their City Manager. I’m very happy for Brian Platt being he has been a key part of my team but sad to see him go as also – he was a key part of my team. Kansas City + Mayor Lucas did well here in selecting Brian. We have done so much in #JerseyCity + it is a complement to Brian + #JerseyCity that the work being done here is being recognized nationally. Congrats Brian!’


Source: COVID-19 Shuts Down BurlCo HQ

With six days until Election Day, Republican headquarters in Mount Holly just got shut down.

The reason?

Evidently a COVID-19 positive case.

Republican headquarters is getting sprayed and decontaminated this evening to combat the scourge, a source told InsiderNJ, as cases spike statewide.

Trump Van Drew

Report: Van Drew Walks Back ‘Undying Support’ for Trump

This today from Political Wire:

When Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) switched parties, he pledged his “undying support” to President Trump, CNN reports.

Van Drew now says it wasn’t what he meant: “I think voters understand that when you’re in the Oval Office and you’re having a very exciting day and you’re making a little piece of history, that sometimes we all say things.”

He added: “I think the words didn’t explain as well what I exactly felt. It’s not undying support that, whatever you say I’m going to do, or undying support, I agree with whatever you say. It was undying support for the presidency, for the idea of the greatness of America.”


Report: Callaway Paid Another $60K By Van Drew Campaign

From the Press of Atlantic City: ‘Craig Callaway, the controversial Atlantic City political organizer, was paid another $60,000 by the re-election campaign of Congressman Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. According to the Oct. 27 filing, Callaway’s G.O.Y.V. company at 500 Wabash Ave. in Atlantic City was paid $10,000 and $50,000 on Oct. 1 for get-out-the-vote efforts.’

A previous FEC filing showed a September 9th payment in the amount of $50,000 distributed to the mailing address registered to Callaway. Purpose? GOTV consulting.

Callaway, who worked previously for Democrat Amy Kennedy and now is with Van Drew, said recently that “I think Van Drew will win and [Joe] Biden will prevail in CD2, but I think the Democrats have taken a lot of things for granted”.


Report: New Milford Planning Board Chairman Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

The Bergen Record reports that New Milford Planning Board Chairman Angelo DeCarlo has been arrested on multiple sex-related charges, including child pornography.  Read the report here.

King and Kennedy

King Circles Back on CD-2 in Support of Kennedy

Martin Luther King III is returning to CD-2 for a last week robocall for Democrat Amy Kennedy, who’s running against U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2).

Mailboxes disappearing in Atlantic City.

A Word About Those Atlantic County Numbers

The wildcard is not knowing how many are in the USPS system or have been received and not included on the official counts due to processing delay.

Operative Craig Callaway – who worked for Amy Kennedy in the Democratic Primary then switched over to U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2) in the general – has a reputation for holding his ballots until closer to the deadline to make a splash/statement.

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