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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
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GOP field for Frelinghuysen seat

Today marks the one-week anniversary of Rodney Frelinghuysen’s decision to retire from Congress.  Republicans are trying to sort out the field – with new names still entering the mix – but most understand that there’s a point where this all begins to resemble a reality TV show. Some Republican insiders are privately expressing anger toward Frelinghuysen, who left his party with a very short runway between his announcement and the
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Fava running for County Clerk

Former Assemblyman Ronald Fava says he will seek the Republican nomination for Passaic County Clerk. "I will screen," Fava said today, referring to an interview process by the Passaic Republican Executive Committee that will award the organization line. Sources say that Passaic County power broker Peter Murphy wants Fava to run.  A former Passaic County Prosecutor and judge, Fava has always enjoyed a strong following in Passaic -- and in
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What if GOP ran a Muslim for Congress?

Essex County Republican Chairman Al Barlas has positioned himself as one of the most powerful people in the race to succeed Rodney Frelinghuysen in Congress.  His alliance with Passaic County’s Peter Murphy means that the road to the Republican nomination runs through the two counties.  That means in lineless Morris, where the field of prospective congressional candidates seems to be growing, the support of the Barlas/Murphy block could be critical. Some insiders
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Where the GOP stands in the race to replace Rodney

The center of the political universe in New Jersey right now is the alliance between Al Barlas and Peter Murphy, two North Jersey Republicans who will likely determine who runs for the open 11th district of retiring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen. Barlas is the Essex County Republican Chairman; Murph used be county chairman in Passaic but controls the GOP executive from his perch as Totowa municipal chairman. Barlas and Murphy have
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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
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Corrado may block Traier nomination

Passaic County GOP Chairman John Traier may pay a price for his endorsement of Paul DiGaetano in last year’s State Senate primary in District 40. State Sen. Kristin Corrado (R-Passaic) has not yet signed off on Traier’s reappointment to the New Jersey Commission on Civil Rights.  The job requires Senate confirmation before Gov. Chris Christie leaves office next Tuesday.  Under the unwritten rules of senatorial courtesy, Corrado, must approve the