Kelly outside the Supreme Court.

Bridget Kelly Weighing Bergen County Clerk Candidacy

Per the Bergen Record’s Mike Kelly, Bridget Kelly is considering a candidacy for Bergen County Clerk. Read the report here.

Codey Swears in Shi, Patel and White in Edison

Governor Richard Codey on Monday night swore in Edison Board of Education members Jerry Shi, Mohin Patel, and Virginia White. Jerry Shi was elected BOE President and Mohin Patel was elected the Vice-President.

Atlantic County Dem Chairman Mike Suleiman

Suleiman Erupts After 3rd District Ruling

Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman released the following statement regarding the ruling in the 3rd District Commissioner race:

“Thelma Witherspoon won this election fair and square. We will not let the voters be disenfranchised, and let taxpayers spend up to $100,000 for a new election, just because the Republicans are unhappy about the voters’ choice. Accordingly, I directed our attorneys to immediately file an appeal.”

Murphy

Murphy: Vaccine Count Exceeds 100K

New Jersey has so far administered 101,417 COVID-19 vaccinations, according to Governor Phil Murphy.

Forte

Forte Honored

Joe Forte received a 2021 40 under 40 award from Business Equality Magazine.
BEQ Pride 40 LGBTQ Leaders Under 40 is a special recognition for young movers and shakers in the LGBTQ community. This prestigious list honors leaders 40 or younger who have demonstrated their exceptional leadership capabilities and major contributions in government, corporate, academia, non-profit or small business. Other 2021 awardees include Congresswoman Sharice Davids, Congressman Chris Pappas, and Congressman-elect Ritchie Torres.
A full list can be found on their website: 
Jesse O. Kurtz

Kurtz on Track for Assembly Run in 2021

Atlantic City Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz, a Republican, appears on pace to run for the Republican nomination for the an assembly seat in LD2.

Fellow Republican Atlantic County Freeholder John Risley also seems interested.

LD2 is a split district battleground, where state Senator Chris Brown (R-2) and Assemblyman John Armato (D-2) and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) are all up for reelection this year.

Brian Fitzherbert was kicking the tires, a source said, but appears to have cooled off. There were also rumors of other people, e.g. Phil Guenther, Beth Holtzman, Kristi Hanselmann, Art Schenker, Amy Gatto, James Toto, but none of them are interested at this point.

If Kean Declines…Spurr Wants LD21 Assembly Seat

Summit GOP Chair Steve Spurr wants to take a crack at the GOP nomination for a LD21 Assembly seat, if Senator Kean declines to seek re-election and assuming that either Assemblymembers Bramnick of Munoz runs for Kean’s Senate seat.

Spurr’s letter is below:

Murphy

Murphy Witnesses Healthcare Workers Receiving COVID Vaccine

Governor Phil Murphy, Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli, University Hospital President and CEO Dr. Shereef Elnahal, and Rutgers Medical School Dean Dr. Robert Johnson visited University Hospital’s COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Rutgers Medical School this morning to witness frontline health care workers receive their second doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.

 

Republican Guglielmello Wants to be a LD25 Assemblyman

Republican Matthew S. Guglielmello intends to run for the Assembly in LD25.

“My academic and professional experiences prepared me to develop and fight for policies that will benefit the 25th legislative district. As Assemblyman, I would be able to analyze State policy in order to decide whether the pending law in front of me would be good for the People. Through my work in the private sector, I am able to recognize how laws and regulations can have a detrimental impact. Through my constituency work, I have a strong understanding of the practical impact of the laws and their effect on everyday Americans. Through auditing government offices, I know how local government works and how to solve the problems that plague our communities.”

U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-11).

Sherrill Votes ‘Present’ During House Speaker Vote

CD11 Democratic Rep. Sherrill voted ‘present’ during the vote for Speaker of the House, which resulted in the re-election of Speaker Pelosi for a fourth term.

From The Hill: ‘A total of five Democrats declined to support Pelosi on the chamber floor, urging a changing of the guard after 18 years under Pelosi’s reign — a sharp decline from the 15 defections she encountered in 2019.

Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) voted for Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a military veteran, while Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) opted for House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.). Three other Democrats — Reps. Elissa Slotkin (Mich.), Mikie Sherrill (N.J.) and Abigail Spanberger (Va.) — voted “present,” allowing them to log their disapproval with the longtime leader while simultaneously lowering her threshold for victory.’

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