Slates for this year’s Atlantic County races are coming
together, with the Democrats expecting all potential candidates to
announce by next week while the Republicans seem to have their
slate set with no announced challengers for any nomination.
Hiring a public safety director in lieu of chiefs was intended
to save Brigantine taxpayers money, but a succession of arbitration
and court decisions, combined with an impending special election,
may prove even costlier.
Former Assemblyman Vince Polistina says he is considering
challenging Keith Davis for his Atlantic County Republican chairman
position — although Davis says he has the backing of most party
leaders and officials and welcomes any fight.
County freeholders usually deal with issues such as tax rates
and road paving, but now the national issue of abortion could
affect whether a women's health clinic in Hammonton will
continue to get funds for reproductive health care.
HAMMONTON — Three officers of the newly formed
Hammonton United Republican Club — Michael Torrissi Jr., Otto
Hernandez and Steve Furgione — will run in the June primary for
three, two-year seats on Town Council, the club announced at a
meeting Tuesday night.
HAMMONTON — Independent political party
Hammonton First will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at
The Alley at DiDonato’s Family Fun Center, 1151 White Horse Pike.
Residents and business owners are invited to attend to discuss the
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama looked to
revive his second term in a sweeping speech to the nation Tuesday,
outlining an agenda that calls for creating jobs and addressing the
widening gap between rich and poor.
State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, long rumored to be considering a U.S.
Congress run, announced Monday evening he will sit out the 2014
race, clearing a path for Northfield attorney Bill Hughes Jr. to
pursue the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie sought to turn
back the clock as he was sworn into a second term Tuesday, saying
voters gave him a mandate in November to “stay the course” and put
aside partisan differences, even as Democrats ramped up an
investigation into whether his administration abused its power.
Officials in Gov. Chris Christie’s administration allegedly held
Hurricane Sandy recovery funds “hostage” in exchange for expediting
a development project, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Saturday.
Zimmer alleged Christie’s lieutenant governor and a top community
development official told her recovery funds would flow to her city
if she allowed the project to move forward.
ATLANTIC CITY — Millions in transitional aid
and a long list of projects will help the city as it digs out of a
$40 million shortfall and looks to stabilize its future, Mayor Don
Guardian said Tuesday as he laid out an ambitious plan for the
Vince Mazzeo and Sam Fiocchi are taking a bus to Trenton today.
The two were the only state legislative candidates who beat
incumbents in the fall. Both plan to rent separate buses for their
supporters to get to their swearing-in to the Assembly at the state
Capitol. Mazzeo is a Democrat, Fiocchi a Republican. Their
ceremonies will take place at noon in Trenton's War Memorial, a
short distance from the General Assembly chambers, where Gov. Chris
Christie is expected to deliver his State of the State speech at 3
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP - Ocean County officials and residents were
left wondering what happened Wednesday morning after Gov. Chris
Christie's staff abruptly canceled a Hurricane Sandy recovery
event at a Manahawkin fire station.
In his first time testifying before state legislators on Sandy
recovery issues, the commissioner of the Department of Community
Affairs on Wednesday defended his agency’s decisions on how it set
up selection criteria for the various programs.
An intensely debated plan to allow a natural gas pipeline
through preserved forest will go before the Pinelands Commission on
Friday. Regardless of how the commission votes, the issue is
unlikely to go away any time soon. The 22-mile pipeline proposed by
South Jersey Gas is intended to serve the B.L. England power plant
in Beesleys Point, Upper Township. The plant currently is powered
BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP — A prayer said as the new
4-1 majority on Township Committee held its reorganization meeting
Monday night asked for the all-Democratic committee to have the
strength to move beyond the dissension and personal animosity it
has seen for the past two years.
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie endorsed U.S.
Rep. Frank LoBiondo for another term in Congress on Monday, calling
the fellow Republican a friend and an effective district
representative. “I can tell you there was no better advocate on the
floor of the House of Representatives last January when we were
fighting for Sandy relief than Frank LoBiondo,” Christie said.
State lawmakers soon may change New Jersey’s drunken-driving
laws, expanding the number of people who will have to use an
ignition interlock to start their car while allowing them to
legally drive sooner.
Six Democratic county chairmen signed a letter stating they will
wait for state Sen. Jeff Van Drew to decide if he’s running for
Congress before they endorse a Democratic candidate for the 2nd
Republican Assemblyman John Amodeo formally conceded his
election loss to Democrat Vince Mazzeo on Tuesday afternoon, a full
month after the general election and following numerous court
hearings and a formal recount.
MAYS LANDING — A final vote count for a 2nd
Legislative District Assembly race declaring Vincent Mazzeo as the
winner is expected to be certified this morning by the Atlantic
County Board of Elections.
ATLANTIC CITY — Democratic 2nd District Assembly candidate Vince
Mazzeo’s election victory in a recount was confirmed again Friday —
in fact his lead grew — after a judge ruled on the validity of 23
The race for a legislative seat in Cape May County was the
second- most expensive in New Jersey, followed closely by the
Atlantic County contests for state office, the state Election Law
Enforcement Commission said.