Saleh Fundraises In Paterson At Event Hosted By Fulop, Sayegh, Abdelaziz, Khairullah

A fundraiser held for Jersey City Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh on Monday in Paterson raised $12,000, hosted by Jersey City Mayor Fulop, Paterson Mayor Sayegh, Paterson Councilman Abdelaziz, and Prospect Park Mayor Khairullah.

Sayegh said, ‘we were proud to support an exemplary public servant like Yousef.’

Khairullah said, ‘supporting good candidate like Yousef is essential to improving our communities. Electing what people consider (politicians as usual) is no longer an option and is not in the best interest of our local communities, our state, and our nation.’

Abdelaziz said, ‘Paterson and Jersey City has many things in common, and Yousef has hit the ground running. I look forward to continue working with him on best practices that can move our cities forward.’

‘This pandemic has shown us that we need strong, compassionate, competent leaders at the helm, all working together towards coming purpose – and I have no greater role models than Mayor Andre Sayegh, Councilman Al Abdelaziz, Mayor Khairullah, and Mayor Steven Fulop,’ said Saleh. ‘I’m learning and leaning on them and their expertise and I’m humbled to have their support. I’ve always looked up to them and now I’m working alongside them to help the residents of the Heights, and Jersey City get through these difficult times.’


Live Debate Stream at 7:30 PM: Lesniak as Biden, Testa as Trump

Editor’s Note: Former state Senator Ray Lesniak will stand in for former U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli as Biden. If you can’t access the debate above, please use this link here.

Golden, Smith and Luna.

Monmouth and Ocean Republicans Show Strength at the Shore

An outdoor event last night on the shore put the boots on the ground of those Republican foot soldiers and luminaries looking to carve out a way forward amid tough circumstances in two key GOP counties.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-4) (pictured above with Chairman Golden Shaun Golden and GOP diehard Frank Luna) played the role of grand elder statesmen amid those up and coming others trying to straddle what’s left of the NJGOP establishment and the reelection candidacy of President Donald J. Trump.

The mood was buoyant at an event in part staged to highlight the alliance between Monmouth County GOP Chairman Golden and Ocean County GOP Chairman Frank Holman.

Naturally, 2021 rivals Doug Steinhardt (the state party chairman) and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) showed up.

They both want to be governor.

They worked the crowd.

So did Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21).


Press of AC: Upper Township Committeeman Resigns Over Sexually Suggestive FB Posts of Harris

From the Press of Atlantic City’s Michelle Brunetti: ‘Republican Committeeman Hobie Young announced his resignation Monday, under pressure for posting digitally manipulated memes to his Facebook account depicting vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris in sexually suggestive poses.’

“I have made the decision to resign,” Young said by text message, in response to questions. “I will not put the township committee or the residents through this. … I’ve apologized for a poor choice I made, and I can’t change that.”

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Politico NJ: Murphy To Nominate Allen-McMillan As NJDOE Commissioner

From Politico NJ: Angelica Allen-McMillan, a longtime educator and currently the interim Morris County schools superintendent, is Gov. Phil Murphy’s pick to be New Jersey’s next state education commissioner, POLITICO has learned.

The nomination will be announced on Tuesday morning, according to Politico.

Allen-McMillan, if confirmed, would succeed recently departed Commissioner Lamont Repollet, now the President of Kean University, and Acting Commissioner Kevin Dehmet.

COVID-19 Cases Surging in New Jersey

We continue to see a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

Daily reports of cases have doubled over the course of the last month to 1k a day.

The state is experiencing widespread cases, Persichilli said.

“The virus has not stopped circulating,” the health commissioner added.

“It’s pretty clear this is up and down the state,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “It’s everywhere. At this point, it’s up to all of us. Unfortunately the cold weather is not an ally here. We’ve got to stay outside as much as we can.”

Van Drew

Sartorial Messaging in CD2

A House Majority PAC ad in CD2 hits Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew for trying to “look good” whatever cost.

Take a look at ad here:

Craig Callaway

Press of AC: Van Drew: ‘Craig is there to do what he does. He is a smart guy.’

GOP Rep. Van Drew says that Atlantic City Democratic operative Craig Callaway is a ‘smart guy’ and is on his campaign ‘to what he does’, according to the Press of Atlantic City.

Van Drew’s recent FEC filing shows a $50,000 payment to an address registered to Callaway for GOTV consulting.

“I’ve always had good support from the East Asian, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese and Black communities,” among others in Atlantic City, Van Drew said. He wants to be sure they vote, and Callaway will help him do that. “Craig is there to do what he does. He is a smart guy,” Van Drew said.

Former Princeton Borough Mayor Reed has Died

Former Princeton Borough Mayor Marvin Reed has died, according to Planet Princeton. He was 89 and suffered from Parkinson’s disease.


Frelinghuysen Spreads Campaign Cash In Morris-Area Races

The Bergen Record’s Charlie Stile dives into the recent election activity of former GOP CD11 Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, who opted against re-election in 2018.

Frelinghuysen departed Congress with over $400k in his campaign account, and this year has contributed to several area GOP candidates: CD7’s Senator Tom Kean, CD11’s Rosemary Becchi, and LD25 Senator Anthony Bucco.  The former congressman has also contributed to former House colleagues.

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