Bucco endorses Webber

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) has decided not to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district and has endorsed Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-Morris Plains) for the seat. “I’m confident that Jay can and will run the kind of campaign necessary to keep this seat in Republican hands, and ultimately, protect taxpayers from a liberal, big-government approach under Nancy Pelosi," Bucco said. “After thoughtful deliberation about politics and building a winning

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

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

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

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