What Lance race means for Tony Bucco

If Rep. Leonard Lance loses re-election in the fall, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. would immediately become a prime contender for the 7th district congressional seat in 2020.  If Kean were to win, his most likely successor in the State Senate is Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick. Insiders say that the logical successor for the Minority Leader post is Assembly Republican Conference Leader Anthony M. Bucco.  Sources say that

ELEC files complaint against Freeholder

A seven-count complaint has been filed against Cumberland County Freeholder Darlene Barber alleging that she failed to provide obligatory information about donors to her 2013 campaign to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). The ELEC complaint, filed five years after the retired educator made her first bid for public office, alleges that Barber was late filing reports, did not properly report certain contributions, and did not include information about

Essex Democratic leader dies

Armelia Ponton-Grooms, a veteran of East Orange politics, passed away on March 13.  She served as the East Orange Democratic Municipal Vice Chairwoman and was the Third Ward District Leader for fifteen years.  She also served as the Rent Leveling Manager for the City of East Orange and worked for the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment.   Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-9 PM at

The tale of two governors

The New Jersey angle to last night’s Illinois gubernatorial primary: the governors of Illinois and New Jersey were friends until they weren’t. As chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) in 2014, Chris Christie was a strong supporter of Bruce Rauner, a millionaire businessman who unseated Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.  Christie served as Rauner’s attack dog during campaign stops in Chicago and Springfield.  The RGA spent $2.5 million in Illinois.