Murphy Increases Outdoor Capacity
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:
DCBC Chairman Paul Juliano this morning hosted a Diner Breakfast Fundraiser for County Clerk John Hogan to kick off the 2021 Election campaign.
Dear Chairman Juliano,
“We are writing as prominent Democratic women in Bergen County. Women make up half of the county
committee and we have worked tirelessly to ensure women in New Jersey, and in Bergen County, feel safe, heard, respected, and welcome. Any assertion that the Democratic Committee of Bergen County has been anything other than a party that empowers women is a gross misrepresentation.
“It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t handed to us, it took decades of relentless determination, but we made Bergen County the state leader in gender equality, women in government, and female representation in the Democratic Party.
“Women in Bergen County run and get elected to offices at every level. We are immensely proud of the fact that Bergen County’s Board of Commissioners is one of only three boards in the state where women make up the majority. We hold positions of power from town councils and municipal party chairs, to the halls of the statehouse.
“With party support, we’ve successfully pressed for pivotal appointments by the Governor to important
governmental bodies like the Port Authority, the Gateway Commission, and the Palisades Interstate
“In fact, you put forward the only democratic woman named to the New Jersey Legislative Reapportionment Commission and together, we’ve ensured women have a place on the Board of Bergen Community College.
“Chairman, we greatly appreciate your leadership, deference to our concerns, the respect you have given
the democratic process, and your adherence to the bylaws of our party. We are not puppets pulled by our
leaders’ strings or bullied into submission. We are deeply offended that attacks of this nature would be leveled against the Democratic Committee of Bergen County simply for political gain.
“Thank you for your efforts and please reach out to any of us, at any time, if we can be of assistance.”
Vice Chair of Democratic Committee of Bergen County Balpreet Grewal-Virk
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg
Senator Nellie Pou, Chair of the Legislative Latino Caucus
Assemblywoman Angelica M. Jimenez
Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter
Assemblywoman Lisa Swain
Vice Chairwoman of Bergen County Board of Commissioners Tracy S. Zur
Chair Pro Tempore of Bergen County Board of Commissioners Dr. Joan M. Voss
Bergen County Commissioner Mary J. Amoroso
Bergen County Commissioner Germaine M. Ortiz
Edison Mayoral candidate Mahesh Bhagia held his first fundraiser tonight, and raised over $100k in one night.
Bhagia and the Edison Democratic team also garnered the endorsement tonight of Senator Patrick Deignan, Assemblyman Robert Karabinack and Edison Councilman Joe Coyle.
Matawan Mayor Joe Altomonte is running for State Senate. Raya Aribiol and Michael Palazzolla are running for Assembly.
This weekend, the Hunterdon County Democrats backed Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker for Senate and Roy Freiman and Sadaf Jaffer for Assembly in the 16th District.
Zwicker was uncontested.
Freiman and Jaffer received 44 and 34 votes respectively to get their spots over Michelle Pirone Lambros (18 votes) and Chris Fistonich (15 votes).