The filing deadline to run in the June primary election is one week away and two more Assembly incumbents failed to win party organization lines in their re-election bids this weekend.
If you think that might be news, then you view the world differently than the three daily newspapers that cover the 26th legislative district. None of them – the Gannett-owned Daily Record, the Herald News/Bergen Record, and the Star-Ledger – have covered a major news story that will spark a competitive primary, even though the Morris County convention occurred on Friday night.
Here’s just one example of the decline of the Sunday paper: the front page of the March 28 Bergen Record had just three news stories – two that appeared online on March 25 and one on March 24.
On the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC this week, host David Wildstein talked to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) about his efforts to repeal the elimination of the State And Local Tax Deduction (SALT) and some breakthroughs this week after he questioned U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen on the topic. They also talked about a surge of White Supremacist hate groups in North Jersey.
Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) discussed the Assembly’ upcoming hearing on allegations of beatings and sexual assaults at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, the state’s only women’s prison. Embattled state corrections commissioner Marcus Hicks will testify at the hearing.
Here are five stories you need to know about if you unplugged for the weekend:
* Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) narrowly lost the Morris County GOP convention. Christian Barranco, an IBEW Local 102 member , will now run on the organization line for State Assembly in the 26th district.
* Passaic County Republicans knocked Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) off the organization line. Barranco will run with DeCroce in Passaic.
* After incidents in Edison and Old Bridge, Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe announced a zero tolerance policy for racism, saying “the time for burying our heads in the sand is over.”
* Former Hudson County Surrogate Joseph Ryglicki, who had a front row seat to some of the great North Bergen political wars of the 1970s and 1980s, died on Friday.
* On Friday afternoon, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that he was nominating Tracy Thompson as the state’s Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. Thompson has held the job on an acting basis since March 2018.