Irizarry Backs Diaz’s Reelection in Perth Amboy

Perth Amboy Councilman Fernando Irizarry, an unsuccessful candidate for mayor, last night on Facebook announced his support for incumbent Mayor Wilda Diaz over Helmin Caba in the Dec. 15th runoff election.

Irizarry joins Joel Pabon, who also ran for mayor and lost this year, in his support for Diaz.

A third candidate, Joe B. Vas, urged voters this week to oppose Caba.

New Jersey GOP Leader Doug Steinhardt says that he thinks NJ Republicans will do well during what he calls the "Murphy Midterms," referring to upcoming elections during the second year of Governor Phil Murphy's term.

Steinhardt Runs for Governor as Proud Trump Backer

Today, Republican State Committee Chairman Doug Steinhardt announced his candidacy for Governor of the state of New Jersey.

Steinhardt made his announcement via a video that can be viewed here.

“I’m running for Governor of the State of New Jersey because family is worth fighting for,” said Steinhardt. “Phil Murphy promised us stronger and fairer, but instead gave us weaker and poorer. His billions in new debt, buckets of new taxes and far-left agenda are tearing our families apart and costing New Jerseyans their lives and livelihoods.

“Unlike others in this race, I am a true conservative. I support President Trump. I’m pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and a fiscal conservative who is proud of his Republican roots. New Jersey is in a bad spot because politicians from both parties avoided making tough decisions,” Steinhardt continued. “These politicians did the easy thing for them and passed the burden on to us. We can’t keep electing Wall Street millionaires or insider politicians and expect a different result. I’m an outsider ready to change the way business is done in Trenton. It’s time to Take Back New Jersey.”

Smith Evidently Accepts Trump Loss

From BuzzFeed:

“All 50 states have officially certified the results of the 2020 presidential election as of this week, reaffirming what has been known for over a month now: Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.

“And yet, on Thursday, 106 Republican members of Congress signed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to allow the state of Texas to file a lawsuit that seeks to invalidate the election results in the states of Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, all of which President Donald Trump lost.”

The name of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith is not on the list.

For the full story, go here.

Editor’s Note: This post originally also contained the name of U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2), whose name joined the list later Friday afternoon. From BuzzFeed:

Updated to correct errors in Friday’s filing regarding the states that members W. Gregory Steube and Jeff Van Drew represent.


Report: Woman Murdered On Former Senator Torricelli’s Hunterdon Estate

From MyCentralJersey: ‘The killing of a 38-year-old woman on Sunday night occurred on the Route 519 estate belonging to former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli. Brandon Petersen, who has been charged with murdering 38-year-old Michele Carkhuff, also was accused of stealing a pickup truck used in his getaway that was registered to Rosemount Associates, Torricelli’s lobbying and marketing firm based in Lambertville.’

Millennials For NJ Announce Delaney As ‘Millennial Of The Year’ Winner

Millennials For NJ announced Garfield Councilwoman Erin Delaney as their 2020 ‘Millennial of the Year’, the winner among a group of nominees who were chosen due to their extensive work and leadership in NJ politics.  Over 4,000 votes were cast.

Delaney was #59 on Insider NJ’s 2020 Insider 100: Millennials list:

‘The youngest member of Garfield’s council – on which her father also sits – has elected office
experience coupled with government management experience, serving as Clerk in the neighboring
LD35 boroughs of Elmwood Park and Prospect Park.’


Source: Walter to Succeed Richman at HMFA

Melanie Walter is said to be replacing Charles A. Richman as the new Executive Director of the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA).

Walter is the director of the Department of Community Affairs’ local government services division.


Report: Steinhardt Running for Governor

Republican State Committee Chairman Doug Steinhardt is running for Governor.

The New Jersey Globe has the story here.

Steinhardt joins a GOP field of hopefuls wanting to displace incumbent Democrat Governor Phil Murphy, which includes former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) and businessman Hirsh Singh.


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Senate President Steve Sweeney

Report: Murphy, Sweeney Reach Deal On Tax Incentive Program Caps

From an NJ Biz report: ‘Setting limits on the program, known as Grow New Jersey, has long been a point of contention in Trenton. Under the governor’s proposed cap, the state would award a set amount of tax breaks each year.’

Bramnick on the budget

Bramnick Won’t Run For Governor In ’21

Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick tweeted this morning that he’s not going to seek the GOP nomination for Governor next year:

Ciattarelli To Murphy: ‘Give Up Your Salary’

Jack Ciattarelli tweeted this morning that Governor Murphy should give up his salary:

‘Gov Murphy needs to give up his salary. 1/3 of all N.J. small businesses have closed for good, the unemployed are choosing between food & medication, and yet the guy who made $7 million LAST YEAR ALONE is still pocketing $175,000 a year from taxpayers? Give me a break. Better yet, as long as your shutdowns & business restrictions continue, give the taxpayers a break and give up your salary Governor. That’s what I would do.’

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