The Connective Political Tissue In LD35’s Smaller Towns

Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah and Elmwood Park Councilman Dan Golabek hosted a fundraiser for Garfield City Council candidates earlier this week. Garfield holds November non partisan municipal elections for all 5 seats. Incumbents Mayor Rich Rigoglioso, Deputy Mayor Joe Delaney, and Councilwoman Erin Delaney are defending their seats with 2 newcomers Romi Herrera and Pawel Maslag. They are aligned with the Bergen County Democrats, with Chairman Paul Juliano set to host a fundraiser for them next month.

A few key points politically connecting the three towns: Elmwood Park and Garfield make up about 25% of the district, (pop 55k together); the three communities (EP, Garfield, PP) have similarities; they are the “smaller” towns in LD35  in relation to district-dominant Paterson; EP Councilman Golabek is the Garfield 2020 Team’s campaign manager, while Garfield Councilwoman Erin Delaney serves as Municipal Clerk in Elmwood Park and Prospect Park; Mayor Khairullah is set to raise money sometime next month for Elmwood Park’s Council candidates as a symbol of unity and support for neighboring District 35 communities.

“The Garfield 2020 team is made up of individuals that carry the same work ethics as the Prospect Park team,” said Khairullah. “They believe in inclusivity and that residents come first. Supporting the Garfield 2020 team was an easy decision because we need to support more good people in order for us to improve our communities: we are all effected by each other,” Mayor Khairullah added.

“Elmwood Park and Garfield are joined at the hip”, said Elmwood Park Councilman Dan Golabek. “It’s an honor to team up with Mayor Khairullah and our friends in Prospect Park and work together to elect the best possible leaders throughout our district,” he added.


Spiller and Marley Raise $ for Kennedy

Mayor Sean Spiller and Blue Wave leader Marcia Marley hosted a Montclair virtual fundraiser last night for CD2 candidate Amy Kennedy and raised about $15k .

Virtual attendees included Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones, former U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, and Montclair Councilman Bob Russo.


Murphy to Join Kennedy in CD2 for Infrastructure Announcement

On Thursday, September 17th at 1:00 p.m., Amy Kennedy will announce an infrastructure plan for South Jersey. Governor Murphy and Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron will also make remarks.

State Senate President Steve Sweeney called for the governor’s chief counsel Matt Platkin to resign over the mishandling of sexual assault charges brought by Katie Brennan against Al Alvarez, another state worker, according to a Press of Atlantic City story.

With Platkin Poised for Flight, Garg in the Catbird’s seat

Matt Platkin, Governor Phil Murphy’s chief counsel, is poised to leave the administration, sources say.

“We need him,” Murphy said, when asked about his counsel’s value to the team, back when Platkin tested positive for COVID-19, maybe the legal brain’s most high visibility moment when he wasn’t actually at the War Memorial providing his monotone breakdowns on thorny policy questions.

He pulled through his coronavirus scare with no symptoms, but a  source described the lawyer’s impending departure from the administration as “a huge loss for Phil.”

“He leans on the kid, let’s face it,” the source said. “He’s a go-to guy, no question. He thinks the kid’s a dynamo.”

Platkin routinely life lines Murphy on legal matters.

Lacking him within arm’s reach could somewhat flummox the governor.

The source speculated that Deputy Counsel Parimal Garg is liely to take the position.

“Parimal does 95% of the work anyway,” the source ho-hummed.

Platkin was policy director for Murphy for Governor prior to becoming chief counsel, and prior to joining New Way for New Jersey, he was an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, where his practice focused on criminal and regulatory investigations.

Plakin worked on Senator Cory Booker’s 2013 Senate campaign as well as having advised various state and federal campaigns across the country. He began his career working on economic policy at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., where he advised members of Congress on policies to promote economic recovery and job growth in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.


Murphy Slams Doherty’s ‘Systemic Racism’ Comments: ‘Just Takes Your Breath Away’

Governor Murphy condemned Senator Mike Doherty’s comments during a 9/11 ceremony that the Black Lives Matter movement is ‘Marxist’ and systemic racism is an ‘evil lie’.  Murphy said at his briefing this afternoon that ‘to deny systemic racism’ is ‘completely in the face of the overwhelming facts that are centuries-old, never mind saying that on 9/11, which just takes your breath away.’

Murphy continued that ‘I don’t know what country or what state he’s looking at, but its not the reality that exists’.

‘Nothwithstanding that we are the greatest nation on Earth, which we are, we are far from perfect and we continue to dig out every single day from the stain of racism that exists very much in our country and in our state’.

Millionaire David Richter will run for the Republican nomination for The United States House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, where U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew is the incumbent.

Richter Advances in NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’ Program

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced today the advancement of sixteen candidates to “Young Gun,” the third and highest level of the program, and three candidates to “Contender” in the committee’s 2020 Young Guns program. The program mentors and supports candidates in races across the country and works to provide them with the necessary tools to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents.

“These candidates are gaining serious momentum in their respective races,” said House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy. “They’re working every single day to fight back against the Democrats’ socialist agenda and their success is critical to ensure we flip the House this November.”

The NRCC’s Young Guns program requires candidates to work towards specific goals and meet benchmarks throughout the election cycle to ensure their campaigns remain competitive, well-funded and communicative within their districts. Candidates progress through three levels of the program: On the Radar, Contender and Young Gun.

You can view the Young Guns website by clicking HERE.

The new additions to the 2020 Young Guns program are as follows:

Young Gun:

(AZ-01) Tiffany Shedd

(FL-07) Leo Valentin

(FL-13) Anna Paulina Luna

(FL-15) Scott Franklin

(GA-07) Rich McCormick

(KS-02) Jake LaTurner

(MI-03) Peter Meijer

(MI-08) Paul Junge

(MI-11) Eric Esshaki

(MN-03) Kendall Qualls

(NC-11) Madison Cawthorn

(NH-01) Matt Mowers

(NJ-03) David Richter

(OK-05) Stephanie Bice

(VA-05) Bob Good

(WI-03) Derrick Van Orden


(NJ-11) Rosemary Becchi

(VA-10) Aliscia Andrews

(WA-08) Jesse Jensen


A Stumble for Shaw in Roselle

So much for a clear Nov. 3rd general election path to the mayoralty for Roselle’s Donald Shaw.

On Friday, Assignment Judge Karen Cassidy ruled flawed the local Democratic Party’s selection process to award the line to Shaw, who wants to succeed retiring Mayor Christine Dansereau.

Cassidy said the organization erred in allowing an open ballot when bylaws call for a closed one.

The committee must meet by Tuesday to correctly make its selection by secret ballot.

It goes without saying that there are other Democratic candidates in the race, among them Council President Denise Wilkerson and former School Board member Archange Antoine.


Murphy Signs Schools Subcontracting Agreement Bill Into Law

Governor Phil Murphy signed the following bill into law: S2303/A4140 (Bucco, Singleton/Freiman, Lopez, Zwicker) Concerns subcontracting agreements entered into by public school districts and county colleges.

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