Trailblazer: Walter Gilbert Alexander

Walter Gilbert Alexander (1880-1953), the son of former slaves, was the first African American to serve in the New Jersey State Assembly. A Republican, he was elected in 1920. Alexander was born in Virginia in 1880.  He went to college at age 16, then to medical school, and moved to Orange to start his practice. He became involved in local politics, winning a seat as a Republican county committeeman in

Trailblazer: Senator Hutchins Inge

Hutchins Inge (1900-2002) was the first African American to serve in the New Jersey State Senate.  A Newark physician, Inge was elected to the Senate in 1965, unseated Republican Senate Minority Leader C. Robert Sarcone by 7,144 votes. The opportunity for Inge, a first-time candidate, to run for the Senate came after the U.S. Supreme Court’s one-man, one-vote decision increased the size of the Essex County Senate delegation from one

Urban mayors prepare for rain

Some New Jersey mayors are worried about the weather. With election day on the now only hours away, the National Weather Service is forecasting New Jersey will see some rainfall — up to a quarter of an inch and more in areas that get hit by scattered thunderstorms the agency expects will hit parts of the state — and that rain could be further complicate the already-tight elections. “The rain

Jannarone joins Emerge NJ

Geri Jannarone, a prominent political consultant, has joined the advisory board of Emerge NJ, a group that trains Democratic women to run for public office. “At Emerge NJ, Geri will do the crucial work of spearheading our training program as chair of our programming committee,” said Shawn Laurenti, Emerge NJ advisory board chair. “We are so fortunate to have someone of such talent, caliber, and experience lead this organization in

Zalescik running for Verrelli’s freeholder seat

Longtime Hamilton Fire Commissioner Joe Zalescik is throwing his hat in the ring for the Mercer County freeholder seat vacated by Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli when he ascended to his current post. Zalescik has been a fire commissioner in the town since 1992 and is Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners in Hamilton’s third fire district. He previously sat on Hamilton’s Environmental Commission. Mercer County Democrats will convene on Sept.

Verrelli sworn in

Mercer County Freeholder Anthony Verrelli was sworn into the Assembly on Monday, officially leaving his role as freeholder after his victory in a special election at the end of July. “I am honored and excited about the opportunity to continue my public service work as a member of the Legislature,” Verrelli said in a statement. “I am a life-long Mercer County resident. I have served in municipal and county government.