Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/3/2020
The Post Ahmad War for Edison Democratic Chair
Shariq Ahmad is not running again for Edison Democratic chairman.
He’s taking a job with the Biden Campaign, a source told InsiderNJ.
In the mix for the job: Mahesh Bhagia, Satish Poondi, Raj Pandya and Anthony Russomano.
Tim Howes Formally Puts in for Somerset GOP Chairman
As expected, Tim Howes of Peapack and Gladstone has submitted his name to serve as Somerset County GOP chairman.
Howes is hoping to succeed long-serving Chairman Al Gaburo.
It’s done, actually.
Gaburo is going to put all his chips on Jack Ciattarelli’s 2021 gubernatorial run.
Friedman: Senator Singleton Leaving Job with the Carpenters
This from Politico’s Matt Friedman:
Field Grows with Irizarry in the Race for Perth Amboy Mayor
Add Fernando Irizarry’s name to the list of those running for mayor of Perth Amboy.
The councilman is in.
So attorney are Joe Vas, Jr., and Councilman Helmin Caba.
All are running in the Nov. 3rd election against incumbent Mayor Wilda Diaz, who is pursuing her fourth term.
Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/2/2020
Rivera Takes Council Presidency In Paterson; Mimms Vice President
Following a tense swearing-in ceremony earlier this afternoon, the council voted for Councilman-at-Large Flavio Rivera to be the City Council President this afternoon and voted for Councilwoman-at-Large Lilisa Mimms for Vice President.
Outgoing Council President Davila said ‘my colleagues have not been the best at times, but I have always respected each and every one of them’. She added ‘unfortunately, I don’t have to say who respects and who doesn’t, because you all see it’.
Noting the current atmosphere, Councilman Abdelaziz said its ‘not an easy job leading nine of us’ and cracked to Rivera ‘good luck, I don’t why you’d want that position’.
Read Insider NJ’s Morning Intelligence Briefing: 7/1/2020
Murphy Signs $7.632 Billion Budget Extension
Governor Murphy signed a three-month $7.632 billion budget extension this morning. It cuts $1.2B in previously authorized spending, has across-the-board spending cuts, and protects services essential to the state’s recovery, according to the Governor.20_I1
Report: Judge Blocks Alex Mendez From Taking Council seat
From Paterson Times: Passaic County Superior Court judge Ernest Caposela ruled on Tuesday morning to block councilman-elect Alex Mendez from taking office at the City Council reorganization meeting on July 1.
“It would be a tremendous undermining of the voting system, the public trust, to let Mr. Mendez be sworn in tomorrow,” said Caposela in ruling against Mendez.
Mendez has been charged with voter fraud and election fraud.