Webber: Ghee’s dodge is a disqualifier

Antony Ghee’s refusal to say who he voted for in the last three presidential elections disqualifies him as a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress, according to his opponent. Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) says Ghee’s refusal to answer the question of who he supported in 2008, 2012 and 2016 is “ridiculous, cringe-worthy, and awful.” “Why bother dodging the question?  We know that Mr. Ghee voted for Obama, Obama,

New Jersey’s Team of Rivals

Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to appoint Jim Johnson to lead the administration’s efforts to get Atlantic City back on its feet, marks a rarely-used “Team of Rivals” tactic of picking former opponents for key positions.  Johnson, a former U.S Undersecretary of the Treasury, finished second in the 2017 Democratic gubernatorial primary. The last governor to offer jobs to primary opponents was Christine Todd Whitman, who appointed former Attorney General Cary

NJ’s history of winning the second time around

Jack Ciattarelli, who told the Associated Press that he expects to run for governor again in 2021, is following a familiar model of making back-to-back bids for statewide office.  Ciattarelli sough the Republican nomination for governor in 2017. Tom Kean, Jim Florio, Christine Todd Whitman and Jim McGreevey all lost statewide races before finally winning a gubernatorial election. Kean lost the 1977 GOP primary and kept his eye on the

Steinhardt slams Murphy on sticker shock comment

During the 1993 gubernatorial campaign, Democrats skewered then-candidate Christine Todd Whitman for an unfortunate gaffe, when she said something like “as funny as it seems, $500 is a lot of money to some people.”  That clearly wasn’t Whitman’s intent, but the line stuck – largely because Gov. Jim Florio’s political team made sure of it. Now Republicans are pounding Gov. Phil Murphy’s for a comment he made about a plan

Whitman skips Murphy Inaugural

There's probably nothing to read into this other than a quick mention: Christine Todd Whitman was the only one of the state's seven living former Governors not in attendance at Phil Murphy's inauguration.  Tom Kean, Jim Florio, Donald DiFrancesco, Jim McGreevey, Dick Codey, Jon Corzine and Chris Christie were there.  Also recognized was Ruthi Byrne, the widow of former Gov. Brendan Byrne, who passed away earlier this month at age

Murphy’s choices for BPU

At the Board of Public Utilities, Gov.-elect Phil Murphy needs to decide if he wants to elevate one of the two Democratic Commissioners to the presidency, or pick his own  candidate.  He is expected to replace Richard Mroz, a former Chief Counsel to Gov. Christine Todd Whitman, as BPU President. So far, Murphy has mostly pulled from outside the usual ranks of the Democratic government-in-exile to form his administration. The

Christie gives 8th State of State

Governor Chris Christie will deliver his final State of the State address to a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature at 3 PM today.  He is the first Governor to deliver eight State of the State addresses since Tom Kean gave his in 1990. Gov. Donald DiFrancesco took office after Christine Todd Whitman gave her seventh address in 2001, and left before the 2002 State of the State.  That