Murphy, DSC to hold reception in AC

Gov. Phil Murphy and the state Democratic Committee will hold an invite-only reception Thursday morning at the Borgata in Atlantic City to thank those who helped the committee during the year’s election season. Murphy will be joined by DSC Chairman John Currie, Vice Chair Lizette Delgado Polanco, and Executive Director Liz Gilbert. The reception is meant to celebrate those that helped the committee raise almost $10 million for the year’s campaigns,

Barbiera, slate win in Paramus

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera was re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican councilwoman Jeanne Weber by 60%-40% margin. LaBarbiera, a Democrat, beat Weber by 1,901 votes, 5,559 to 3,658 in a town of roughly 26,000 that has been a swing town for the last fifty years. The Democratic council incumbents, Holly Tedesco-Santos and Pat Verile, were also re-elected against Republican  challengers Jorge Quintana and Mohammed Reda. LaBarbiera backed Gov. Phil

Murphy slaps Hugin rain comments

Gov. Phil Murphy didn’t appreciate Bob Hugin’s comments suggesting today’s rain would keep Democratic voters at home. “I saw somebody on the other side say he hopes it rains. I mean, come on, man,” Murphy said after voting in Red Bank Tuesday morning. “We can't be afraid of rain. This is the 21st century, this is the United States of America. We got to get everybody, regardless of their party,

Webber unconcerned about Trump effect

Jay Webber spent a portion of his final day on the trail walking Parsippany’s main street, talking to businesses and their patrons about votes they might cast in when polls open in what was then 17 hours. The walk was an example of how much candidates must rely on the work they’ve already put in by the time the election is hours away. Webber said he felt good heading into

In closing days, Democrats focus on Trump

With the election in a scant two days, Democrats are trying to make the contest all about President Donald Trump. At a rally of Middlesex County Democrats that featured speeches by Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman and Frank Pallone, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Gov. Phil Murphy, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Bob Menendez, the need for Democrats to win races that would guarantee a check on Republicans’ control of the country.

Sweeney will stay out of Alvarez probe

Senate President Steve Sweeney started to steer clear of the Select Committee’s investigation into Gov. Phil Murphy’s hiring of former Schools Development Authority Al Alvarez this week, much as he did during the Select Committee investigation into Bridgegate. On Monday, when the legislature formally created the more recent Select Committee, Sweeney deferred a number of questions, including ones on the timeline and scope of the investigation to Senate Majority Leader

Murphy stumps for Malinowski

Gov. Phil Murphy was in Somerset Saturday to stump for two of the state’s congressional candidates, one of whom — former Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski — likely needs it more than the other. The stop featuring Malinowski and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman was one of many the Governor made on Saturday as he continued his 21-county tour to pump up Democratic Turnout ahead of Tuesday’s election. “Leonard Lance