Three incumbent Morris County freeholders appear well on their way to victory in what has been a particularly nasty 2019 election.

Mastrangelo Running for Assembly

Morris County Commissioner Tom Mastraneglo, a Republican, will make things interesting as a candudate for the Assembly in LD26.


The Republicans in the Race for NJ Governor

Republican candidates for Governor:

Jack Ciattarelli

Brian Levine

Phil Rizzo

Hirsh Singh


Republican Durr Running Against Sweeney in LD3

Republican Edward Durr, who has filed to run against incumbent Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), describes himself thus:
“Blue collar with a strong conservative belief. I am for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility. Reducing the size of government. One for All. Republican candidate.”
A father of three and grandfather to six, commercial truck driver Durr was born and raised in New Jersey.

Roger Bacon of Phillipsburg Files to Run for Governor as a Democrat

Running with the slogan “Make New Jersey Great Again,” Democrat Roger Bacon of Phillipsburg has filed to run in the primary against incumbent Governor Phil Murphy.

DelVecchio Running for Mayor of Lambertville

Murphy Increases Outdoor Capacity

Jacqueline Sturdivant joins Bruce Maida on Red Bank Dems ticket; Jones steps aside from nomination

Citing unforeseen circumstances, Dr. LeRoi Jones withdrew from the Red Bank Council Primary Election race on Friday. In a letter addressed to Party Chair, Ed Zipprich, Dr. Jones expressed regret for his decision to leave the race and threw his support behind Jacqueline M. Sturdivant, who will join Bruce Maida in challenging the incumbents.
Sturdivant is a 20-year Red Bank resident who won a supermajority of the Red Bank Democratic Municipal Committee securing 15 of the 18 committee members’ support.
She is an accomplished business leader who brings to the ticket a wide range of experiences as a Global Corporate Strategy and Leadership Development Executive. Her strengths in team development and process optimization, strategic planning and implementation along with her management skills will be a compliment to Bruce Maida, a retired Project Manager and Principal Engineer for National Grid, one of the largest energy companies in the Northeast.
Ms. Sturdivant holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and History from Boston College, a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She serves as the Vice President of the Board for the Courtyard of Red Bank Association and is a supporter of the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center, Red Bank. Jacqueline serves as a judge for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition. She is also a BMW and Formula 1 racing enthusiast and holds a certification in scuba.
Together, Maida and Sturdivant pledge to curb rampant overdevelopment, raise the morale of Red Bank municipal employees, ensure fair housing standards, implement green acres initiatives and encourage open, honest communication between our businesses and residents.
“My goals are to protect Red Banks’ quality of life, open spaces, existing assets and our “hippest town in NJ” reputation,” Sturdivant said.
“I could not be more thrilled to have such an outstanding running mate,” Maida said. “Jacqueline and I are fellow engineers who will work with the Mayor and other members of Council to effectively utilize governmental resources, ensure transparency in government, respect all Borough employees and volunteers, and maintain rock-solid support for our public schools, our Public Library, our existing Senior Center, riverfront parks and ALL our neighborhoods.”
The candidates will run in the June 8th Primary Election as Monmouth County Democrats.
Edison madness

Lankey Besieged by Protesters on His Way into the Mirage

In a fast-intensifying mayoral contest in Edison, protesters took to the parking lot outside the Mirage Banquet Hall this evening to object to incumbent Mayor Tom Lankey’s appointment of Nilesh Dasondi as his special assistant.

Dasondi hosted the reelection fundraiser for Lankey, who found himself swarmed by signs condemning his choice, who last year in Facebook posts referred to COVID-19 as “the China virus.”

Chants of “Shame on Lankey” rained.

Community activist Peter Kothari led the protest against Lankey – who is seeking reelection as an independent – and Dasondi.

Here’s Lankey heading into his fundraiser and the scene that greeted him:


Juliano Masks Up for Hogan

DCBC Chairman Paul Juliano this morning hosted a Diner Breakfast Fundraiser for County Clerk John Hogan to kick off the 2021 Election campaign.

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