Middlesex Freeholders sworn in

Middlesex County Freeholders Shanti Narra and Ronald Rios got a visit from New Jersey’s top Democrat, Gov. Phil Murphy, at their swearing in Monday. The two incumbents were sworn in by State Sen. Bob Smith, but Murphy, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Rep. Frank Pallone all addressed the event’s attendees. “I am proud to say I know each and every one of these dedicated freeholders, and

Former Passaic judge stripped of pension

In a four-to-three vote on Monday, the New Jersey State House Commission took the unusual step of stripping former Superior Court Judge Liliana DeAvila-Silebi of her pension. Silebi was removed from the bench earlier this year after an investigation found the judge had improperly used her authority to help a former intern get custody of her child in 2015. On May 9, 2015, Silebi told Fort Lee police that she

The day Frank Pallone took a walk

It’s difficult to admit that the 2002 U.S. Senate race was so long ago that many people involved in New Jersey politics today don’t remember it.  Bob Torricelli was the Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey and he was dealing with the aftermath of an admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee. To help keep the seat in Democratic hands – Democrats had a one-seat majority in the Senate at the

Report: Kipnis challenging Watson-Coleman

SaveJersey is reporting that Daryl Kipnis will seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 12th district.  The incumbent, Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-Ewing) is expected to seek re-election to a third term. Kipnis, a 37-year-old lawyer who grew up in East Brunswick and now lives in Franklin Township, is making his second bid for office in two years.  He challenged longtime State Sen. Bob Smith (D-Piscataway) in the 17th

Judiciary shrinks to 11 members

The Senate Judiciary Committee will have two less members this year, with Senate President Steve Sweeney and Minority Leader Tom Kean agreeing not to fill the seats of two Senators who did not seek re-election. The powerful panel, which must approve all gubernatorial nominations before the full Senate votes on them, will go from thirteen members to eleven.   Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) and Raymond Lesniak (D-Union) retired from the upper house

Sweeney dumps Sacco as Transportation chairman

Senate President Steve Sweeney has removed Nicholas Sacco (D-Hudson) as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and replaced him with Bob Gordon (D-Bergen). This comes as no surprise, since Sacco aligned himself with factions of the Democratic party that had opposed Sweeney in 2016.  Sacco is also a political ally of now-deposed Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, the Hudson County Democratic Chairman. Gordon, who has turned a competitive 38th district into

Kyrillos leaving after 30 years

Joe Kyrillos will begin the next chapter of his life tomorrow after thirty years in the New Jersey Legislature -- and as one of the top vote-getters in Monmouth County history. In early 1987, I was serving as Executive Director of the Assembly Republican Majority campaign committee.  The GOP was looking for a candidate to hold a 13th district Assembly seat going into Gov. Tom Kean’s second mid-term election. Roger