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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The Perth Amboy Money Game

The ELEC reports of the Perth Amboy candidates for mayor tell a significant story on the financial side of the contest.

Incumbent Mayor Wilda Diaz raked in nearly $80K and closed this month with a balance of over $4k.

But in an election with run-off potential if no one gets to 50% plus one, and Diaz enjoys advantages afforded an incumbent, maybe the more telling data concerns two of her challengers, widely seen as dogfighting to drag Diaz into a runoff.

Councilman Helmin Caba reports $33,257 cash on hand after having spent over $56K on the campaign, compared to nearly $5K spent by rival, attorney Joseph Vas, who has just shy of $572 cash on hand reported in October.


Kean the Elder Lauds His Son’s ‘Courage’ in Campaign Ad

Former Governor Tom Kean has hopped into the ugly and ubiquitous CD7 ad war with a spot for his son, Tom Kean, Jr.

In the ad, paid for by Tom Kean for Congress, the elder Kean uses words like “courage” and “character” while the younger Kean plays cards with his family and tosses a stick to a dog in slow motion.

It’s a heartwarming generational juxtaposition, against the absolutely sulfuric backdrop of negative ad traffic summoned by the allies of Kean, who, in his third crack at federal office, is trying to take out incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7).


Keep an Eye on Bucco in 2020-Volatile Morris

A Democratic source today advised InsiderNJ to keep closer eye on the legislative contest in LD25, noting that Democrats have their Assembly candidate up by double digits and Senator Tony Bucco (R-25) is running behind his Democratic Party rival.


Murphy Says ‘Scalpel’ Approach To COVID-19 In Coming Months More Likely Than Blanket Restrictions

Appearing on CNBC this morning, Governor Murphy says the state is more likely to use a ‘scalpel’ approach instead of blanket restrictions in the coming months to combat COVID-19.

“We are less likely to use blunt instruments that we used in March and April when we shut the garage doors down on everything, and much more likely to use a scalpel and go into a particular community”, he said.

Read more at the Press of Atlantic City.


Atlantic City Mayoral Debate: 7pm

Atlantic City’s mayoral debate will start at 7pm.  Watch the live-stream via the Press of Atlantic City here.

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Former Senator Gordon Honored In Fair Lawn

Political heavyweights from Bergen County – and from around the state – came together in the drizzle this morning to join former Senator Bob Gordon at the ribbon cutting of a new senior living complex, named in his honor.

Among the dignitaries in attendance: Senate President Sweeney (who made a lighthearted comparison of the two: ‘he’s small, I’m not; he reads, I don’t; he’s smart, I’m not’), AG Grewal, former Governor Florio, former First Lady Ruthi Byrne, Rep. Gottheimer, Senator Menendez (with new bride, Nadine), former Senators Kyrillos and Otoole, Assemblymembers Swain, Schepisi, Sumter, Johnson, Vainieri Huttle, and Calabrese, Senators Pou and Lagana, County Executive Tedesco, NJGOP Chairman Steinhardt, former Assemblymembers Eustace and Angelini, former Bergen Dems Chair Stellato, Hasbrouck Heights Councilman Hillmann, and PPAG’s Dale Florio.

Numerous county and local officials were on hand.

Receiving one of the biggest rounds of applause at the event – the former Senator’s wife, Gail Gordon.

Sweeney released the following statement on the event:

Senate President Steve Sweeney today praised former Senator Bob Gordon for his leadership in the Legislature and on the Board of Public Utilities and NJ Transit at the ribbon-cutting and unveiling ceremony for the “Senator Bob Gordon Senior Living Complex” in Fair Lawn.

“I am pleased to be here today to honor my good friend, Bob Gordon,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “When it came time to choose a Conference Chair for the Senate Democratic Caucus, Bob was the logical choice because he was one of the smartest people to serve in the Senate, and he pored over the details and policy in every piece of legislation.”

The new independent living facility named for Senator Gordon in Fair Lawn includes 84 one-bedroom apartments for adults aged 55 and older that offer ample living space accessible by stairs and multiple elevators that accommodate assistive devices. The community will be supported by an on-site superintendent.

Senator Sweeney praised former Senator Gordon for his work on the BPU and the NJ Transit Board.

“Bob has always worked across the aisle and has always demonstrated his independence, including going against his own party’s leadership,” Senator Sweeney said. “He is making a tremendous contribution on the board of NJ Transit.”

Former Senator Gordon thanked Senate President Sweeney for his friendship and support, and for giving him the opportunity to chair the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee.

Plumer and Ciattarelli Call for Mayor’s Resignation

The Hunterdon Republican Chairman wants the mayor of Flemington to resign.

“While I don’t quite know where to begin, I do know where to end: Mayor Driver, you should resign and you should do it now,” Chairman Gabe Plumer wrote on his party organization’s Facebook page. “Your statement is antithetical to the principles of representative democracy. It is further proof that you do not represent the people of Flemington, the character of Hunterdon County, and the values of at least a part of the Democrat party. While I trust Republicans agree with me, I also call on Freeholder Candidate Heller and all current Flemington candidates to join me and many others in a bipartisan call for Mayor Driver’s immediate resignation.”

The statement in question was the following:

 Gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli likewise jumped on the post with a tweet.


Murphy Reaches out to Christie

“We’re all with him in thoughts, prayers, and we are here to do whatever we can for him,” Governor Phil Murphy said of former Governor Chris Christie, who remains hospitalized with COVID-19 in Morris County.

Murphy reached out to Christie via text last night, and said Christie’s reply was gracious in return.

“He’s a Jersey fighter,” said Masschusetts liberal Murphy.


Fulop Raises $150K at Outdoor Fundraiser

Mayor Steven Fulop raised $150,000 last night at an outdoor fundraising event attended by over 100 supporters as well as numerous elected officials from throughout Jersey City. The new fundraising haul brings Mayor Fulop’s total cash on hand to nearly $1.4 Million between his individual and team campaign accounts.

“Our team has been steadily raising money to prepare for next year’s campaign, and after this most recent event we’re very confident that we will have the resources needed to get our message out and run a strong operation across all six wards and in all neighborhoods of our city,” said Fulop. “We’re very proud of our record and want to continue seeing our city move forward and complete the many exciting projects we’ve begun that are improving quality of life, bringing more jobs and opportunities to our residents and setting Jersey City on a path towards becoming the best mid-sized city in America. I’m looking forward to next year’s race and to an even brighter future for Jersey City.”

The event was attended by Council members Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Mira Prinze-Arey, Rich Boggiano, Yousef Saleh and Jermaine Robinson, as well as Assembly members Angela McKnight, Raj Mukherji and Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis, Hudson County Clerk Junior Maldonado, County Register Diane Coleman, Freeholders Jerry Walker, Anthony Romano and Ken Kopacz, Freeholder candidate Yraida Aponte-Lipski, Jersey City Democratic Chair Barbara Stamato and more.

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