Chuck Haytaian, Toys R Us, and really cheap suits

Sometime early in his 1994 United States Senate campaign against Frank Lautenberg, Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian got a meeting with Charles Lazarus, the Toys R Us founder who passed away yesterday at age 94.  Lazarus was a Democrat, but his company was based in New Jersey where Republicans controlled just about everything.  Haytaian wanted Lazarus to help him raise money. If you entered New Jersey politics after 2001 and don’t

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

Pennacchio starts to separate himself from his manifesto

About to enter the race for Congress, State Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville) is already beginning to inoculate himself from attacks on a controversial manifesto he authored that can easily be interpreted as anti-Israel. Pennacchio introduced a Senate resolution yesterday that praises President Trump’s plan to move to U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. In 1991, Pennacchio self-published The Nationalist Agenda, a Blueprint for the 21st Century, a blue print of