Paterson official considering Freeholder bid

Paterson Deputy Mayor Derya Taskin will make her pitch as a candidate for Passaic County Freeholder at a meeting of the county Democratic executive committee on Saturday. Incumbent freeholders Sandi Lazzara, Assad Akhter and John Bartlett are all expected to seek re-election this year. Sources say that Taskin's potential candidacy is aimed at unseating Bartlett, a two-term freeholder from Wayne who briefly sought the Democratic nomination for Congress in New

The time Althea Gibson ran for Senate

The United States Tennis Organization has announced that Althea Gibson, the first African-American to win the Grand Slam title will finally be honored with a statue at the National Tennis Center in New York.  Yesterday’s announcement comes six years after Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo beat the USTA to the punch, erecting his own Gibson monument at Branch Brook Park. Gibson had a brief career in New Jersey politics: in

Kern scores key endorsements in Warren Freeholder Bid

Pohatcong Mayor James Kern III has established himself as the front runner for the Republican nomination for Warren County Freeholder, picking up endorsements from Warren GOP Chairman/GOP State Chairman Douglas Steinhardt, Freeholder Jason Sarnoski, Sheriff James McDonald, Assemblyman John DiMaio (R-Hackettstown), and six Republican mayors: Keith DeTombeur of Allamuchy; Maria DiGiovanni of Hackettstown; Brian Tipton of Harmony; Robert Barsony of Greenwich; Liberty Mayor John Inscho; Lopatcong Mayor James Mengucci The

Governor Murphy’s Grade Today

Today is Phil Murphy’s 43rd day in office.  He signed an executive order establishing the Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council to provide him with economic advice and recommendations for stimulating job growth and workforce development.  In case you're keeping count, this is Executive Order #12 -- which means he has signed one every 3.58 days since taking office. (PoliticsDW will give Murphy a grade every day — either a check,

Malinowski, Sherill win Morris County

In the race for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 7th district, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Tom Malinowski won the organization line in Morris County tonight, defeating second place finisher Goutam Jois by a 34-17 vote.  Peter Jacob finished third with 8 votes, followed by Linda Weber (7) and David Pringle (4). The winner of the Morris Democratic convention in the 11th district was Mikie Sherrill. 

Jedynak: Case could incite ‘worker freedom’ in NJ

The state director of Americans for Prosperity (AFP-NJ) says that a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the right of labor unions to require union membership could prompt teachers and other public employees to drop their union membership. Oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME began this week. “The Janus case could be our lightning in a bottle for worker freedom in New Jersey,” said Erica Jedynak, who runs AFP-NJ.  “We believe

MacArthur says Sessions should release NICS finding

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) wants the Justice Department to release the findings of a comprehensive review of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Following the Parkland shooting, MacArthur wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to provide states with some direction to ensure that there is an acceptable minimum standard across the nation for background checks. “While I have consistently supported robust funding for NICS, funding without reform is not

Singh announces for LoBiondo seat

Hirsh Singh formally entered the race for Frank LoBiondo's congressional seat today, pledging support for President Trump and saying he will stand up to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. A software engineer who won 10% of the vote in the 2017 Republican gubernatorial primary after his father loaned $1 million to the campaign, Singh had initially entered the race for U.S. Senate.  He agreed switch to the 2nd district House

Hugin up on cable TV with first ad

Republican Bob Hugin is up on the air with the first TV ad of the 2018 U.S. Senate campaign.  He’s spending in the $90,000 a week range to run the 30-second spot on CNN, Fox News and CNBC, sources say. Called “Service,” the ad subtly contracts Hugin with Democratic opponent Bob Menendez.  Photos highlight Hugin’s roots in a working-class neighborhood in Union City (where Menendez also grew up) and shows