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Here’s what you missed if you took the weekend off

By NJ Globe Staff, March 08 2021 12:01 am

One of these statements is true, the other is not: Gov. Phil Murphy’s staff thinks that the Star-Ledger is a rag — and Assemblyman Jamel Holley called POLITICO reporter Matt Friedman a “sick fuck” for reporting on the DWI arrest of a key state senator. 

On the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77 WABC this week, host David Wildstein talked about Bridgedate and mandatory sentencing — and a lawsuit challenging organization lines and primary ballot bracketing.  He spoke with State Sen.Vin Gopal about fixes to New Jersey’s marijuana laws, and Edison Council President Bob Diehl about a possible investigation into racist flyers in a 2017 local campaign.  Click the play button below, listen online here, on Apple Podcasts, or on Spotify


Here are six stories you need to know about if you unplugged for the weekend.

Bergen County GOP Chairman Jack Zisa endorsed Holly Schepisi for State Senate, excoriating Bob Auth in the process.  Auth punched back.  The election is Tuesday.

Michele Matsikoudis, a New Providence councilwoman, won the Union County Republican convention for an open Assembly seat in the 21st district.  She’ll run with Jon Bramnick, who is giving up his Assembly seat to run for State Senate, and Nancy Munoz.

Union County Democrats endorsed Elizabeth Graner and Anjali Mehrotra for State Assembly in the 21st district.  Graner shares the line in Somerset County with Scott Salmon. 

Chris Fistonich, an Assembly candidate in the 16th district, alleged that he couldn’t compete at last week’s Somerset County Democratic convention because county chair Peg Schaffer discouraged county committee members from entering his name into nomination.  

WPG Talk Radio Host Harry Hurley reported that Seth Grossman will run for State Senate in the 2nd district.  He’ll challenge Vince Polistina in the Republican primary.

Passaic County Democrats picked Zoila Cassanova as their candidate for Surrogate.  The incumbent, Bernice Toledo, is not seeking re-election. 

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