Garrett lands gig at SEC

This story is truly unreal: from the Wall Street Journal, via POLITICO New Jersey' s Matt Friedman: Former Rep. Scott Garrett, who spent decades espousing the virtues of small government with less regulation, has taken a job as a staffer to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).   Last year, a U.S. Senate committee refused to advance President Trump's nomination of Garrett as the head of the Import-Export

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

Russo, Wisniewski casting final votes

Two of the most senior members of the New Jersey State Assembly will cast their final votes today, on 146 bills, more or less. David Russo (R-Bergen) and John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), did not seek re-election. The Dean of the Assembly, Russo was first elected in 1989 after defeating incumbent Walter Kern in the Republican primary.   A few weeks after winning a sixth term, Kern, an attorney, was disbarred for taking

For GOP, small Bergen town is a must-win in ’18

Rochelle Park is a small Bergen County municipality that is another illustration of the changing landscape of New Jersey politics: a swing-town with slightly more Republicans than Democrats.  Democrats won there in 2017.  It’s a good example of the kind of town Republicans can’t lose if they expect any sort of future electoral success. It’s one of the New Jersey towns where Donald Trump outperformed other GOP candidates.  Donald Trump