Luna in D.C. with the U.S. National Guard

Mobilized to D.C. with the National Guard in the aftermath of the Jan. 6th riots at the U.S. Capitol, New Jersey diehard – formerly of the office of U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3) – Frank Luna offered the following on Facebook:

A recent nap I took alongside some buddies (I’m second from the left) apparently got some media attention. As Major Lee, a spokeswoman for the D.C. National Guard said, “Being present is the first step in ensuring the safety of our citizens and our Nation’s Capitol. Our security personnel work in shifts and rest when they can as others stand watch.” Major Lee continued, “this is not where they are lodging when off-duty.”

The FBI’s Case Against Retired Firefighter Robert Sanford

Check out 1:38 in. Look for fire extinguisher coming from the left side of the screen.
They do not mention Officer Brian Sicknick by name as the victim but here’s the relevant excerpt:
“The object appears to strike one officer, who was wearing a helmet, in the head. The object then ricochets and strikes another officer, who was not wearing a helmet, in the head. The object then ricochets a third time and strikes a third officer, wearing a helmet, in the head. Immediately after throwing the object, the Subject moves quickly in the opposite direction.”
There’s many charges listed including:
“Finally, there is probable cause to believe that SANFORD violated 18 U.S.C. 111(a)(1), which makes it a crime for anyone to forcibly assault, resist, oppose, impede, intimidate, or interfere with any United States law enforcement officer while that officer is engaged in the performance of their official duties.”
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Un Uphill Trudge – to Say the Least – for Yoon in LD37

Intrigued by the prospect of an open Assembly seat in LD37, the allies of Fort Lee Councilman Paul Yoon may have some difficulty convincing fellow Democrats ahead of a convention that he should represent the party.

Unlike Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, who opted against backing the reelection of Republican Governor Chris Christie and suffered a ludicrous, scandalous attempt at repercussions with Bridegate, Yoon went along for the ride and backed Christie, who limped out of office with an approval rating of %16.

The councilman – a Florio Perrucci attorney – would be an especially audacious party choice for Democrats in light of the role retiring Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) played in exposing the scandal.

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Smith and Van Drew Vote Against Second Impeachment of Trump

From CBS News:

Ten Republican members of the House, including one of its highest-ranking leaders, joined Democrats in voting to impeach President Trump for inciting the deadly attack on the Capitol last week by a violent mob of his supporters.

Their ranks did not include New Jersey’s two Republican congressmen: U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) and U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2).

The final vote was 232 to 197, as the 10 Republicans joined all 222 Democrats in voting in favor of the impeachment resolution.

Here are the Republicans who voted to impeach Mr. Trump:

  • Liz Cheney of Wyoming
  • Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington
  • John Katko of New York
  • Adam Kinzinger of Illinois
  • Peter Meijer of Michigan
  • Dan Newhouse of Washington
  • Tom Rice of South Carolina
  • Fred Upton of Michigan
  • David Valadao of California
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President Trump Impeached for the Second Time

From the Press of Atlantic City:

Donald Trump was impeached for a second time Wednesday, just a week after he encouraged loyalists to “fight like hell” against election results and then a mob of supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. The House voted 232-197, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to rebuke the president.

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Valerie Vainieri Huttle for Senate Facebook Page Appears

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Epps Eyeballed as Potential Dem Line Replacement for Holley

The establishment met the news about Jamel Holley’s run for a state senate seat in LD20 with all the enthusiasm of one hand clapping.

“Not real,” snapped a source. “And if it is, he can’t win off the line.”

If it does indeed develop as sources insist it will, the name of Hillside Councilman Craig Epps (pictured) surfaced as a potential Holley challenger on the line with state Senator Joe Cryan (D-20).

Cryan and Holley don’t like each other.

A source told InsiderNJ that Union County Democratic Committee Chairman Nick Scutari hoped to repair the rift and bring Holley back but Cryan hardly warmed to the idea, especially irritated by the assemblyman’s cultivation of pandemic conspiracy theories, which he argues have endangered the people of the district.

 

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Weinberg Virtual Press Conference Scheduled for 2 PM

State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) is expected to announce her retirement today in a virtual press conference scheduled for 2 p.m.

Menendez: ‘For the Good of the Country, Trump Should Step Aside’

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WITHERSPOON APPOINTED TO VACANT DISTRICT 3 COMMISSIONER SEAT

(MAYS LANDING) Tonight, the members of the Atlantic County Democratic Committee from Hamilton and Egg Harbor Townships voted unanimously to appoint Thelma Witherspoon to the vacant District 3 Commissioner seat.

“I look forward to joining the Board of Commissioners and serving the residents of Hamilton and Egg Harbor Townships,” said Witherspoon. “I am hopeful that we will win on appeal, and I’d like to thank Chairman Suleiman and my legal team for fighting to preserve our hard-earned victory. Right now, I’m ready to get to work for our community.”

The Democrats filed an appeal last week which is currently awaiting a hearing in the Appellete Division.

Click here for copies of the vacancy paperwork filed on behalf of Thelma Witherspoon. For privacy purposes, home addresses have been redacted.

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