Trailblazer: Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver

Sheila Oliver, 66, is the first African American to serve as Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, and was the first African American woman to serve as Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly. Oliver began her political career as a two-term member of the East Orange Board of Education, beginning in 1994.   She was elected to the Essex County in 1996 and served one term. In 1997, Oliver became a

Zisa launches bid for Bergen GOP Chairman

Former Hackensack Mayor Jack Zisa kicked off his campaign for Bergen County Republican Chairman Tuesday night in what looks like an unchallenged path to succeed Paul DiGaetano in June. Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo and New Milford Councilwoman Kelly Langschultz, both considered possible candidates for the post, attended the Zisa event, along with State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest), GOP fundraiser Chuck Shotmeyer, and Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango. “We

The Life and Times of Paul DiGaetano

There was a time back about a generation ago when Paul DiGaetano was a bright, rising star in New Jersey Republican politics.  He he was one of the most powerful politicians in the state.  Some Republicans openly fawned over the idea of a young, blue-collar, Catholic, Italian-American Republican running for statewide office.  He was likeable, popular, and incredibly ambitious. Jump ahead thirty years, and sadly for him, the only thing

Rendo looks to oust DiGaetano

A group of mayors and other local party officials led by former Lt. Governor candidate Carlos Rendo, will meet privately tonight to choose a candidate for Bergen County Republican Chairman against incumbent Paul DiGaetano. Rendo, the mayor of Woodcliff Lake, said in an e-mail that a group of mayors met before Christmas to discuss the future of the Republican Party in Bergen, which has suffered massive losses over the last