The Republican screw up that made Menendez Mayor

The success of Bob Menendez’s political career might be because of bad staff work. The story starts in 1976, when Hudson County gave Jimmy Carter a paltry 23,605 vote margin against Gerald Ford.  Assembly Speaker Joseph LeFante (D-Bayonne), largely blamed for shepherding Gov. Brendan Byrne’s unpopular state income tax through the legislature, almost lost his bid for Hudson’s open congressional seat.  He beat Republican Anthony Campenni by just 6,855 votes. 

How Sacco got to the Senate

When Nicholas Sacco decided he wanted the 32nd district Senate seat in 1993, two years after he became Mayor of North Bergen, he just took it.  That’s the kind of clout a North Bergen mayor has in that legislative district. Some history on the North Bergen-based Senate seat. The incumbent in 1993 was the Thomas Cowan of the Operating Engineers union, a likeable survivor of Hudson political battles who had

Davis accuser calls out Cunningham

A former city employee who filed a complaint against Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis for sending her lewd text messages today questioned why State Sen. Sandra Cunningham participated in a Women's March with Davis. "Senator, how can you stand here with women and walk with an admitted sexual harasser?" Stacie Perella said while chasing Cunningham down a street in Bayonne. Cunningham joined Davis, who is seeking a second term in the

Legislators say time for DeGise to go

Assembly Majority Whip Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) and his running mate, Assemblywoman Annette Chapparo (D-Hoboken) have signed on to the move to find a new Hudson County Executive. “County Executive Tom DeGise enjoys a distinguished and admirable record of public service, but it’s time for a change," Mukherhi and Chapparo said in a statement released this afternoon. "We join Mayor and Senator Stack and Mayors Fulop, Bhalla, and Roque in

Bucco raising money for Assembly

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) sent a clear signal today that he is not running for Congress: at 3:16 PM, he posted an invitation to a fundraiser for his 2019 Assembly re-election campaign on his Facebook page. Bucco had been considered as a possible candidate to replace Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding) for the open 11th district seat. "I am starting my fundraising effort on February 21st with a cocktail reception