Stephens is new Essex prosecutor

Essex County Surrogate Ted Stephens is expected to be sworn in as the acting county prosecutor, according to sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Gov. Phil Murphy will formally nominate Stephens to take the post. An East Orange attorney, Stephens is a former Orange Municipal Court Judge.  He was elected Surrogate in 2011. Stephens is an ally of Essex County Democratic Chairman Leroy Jones. At some point, Murphy

Murphy picks a fight with Joe D

Gov. Phil Murphy’s nomination of a sharp critic of Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo to the state Parole Board is likely to increase tensions between the governor and Essex Democrats and left some insiders wondering why Murphy has picked a fight he probably can’t win. Murphy submitted the nomination of Rev. Ronald Slaughter, the pastor at the St. James A.M.E. Church in Newark, to the Senate last week.  He would

Montclair deputy mayor seeks net neutrality rules

Montclair Deputy Mayor Sean Spiller on Tuesday introduced a resolution that would concur with an executive order signed by Gov. Phil Murphy earlier this year that sought to block internet service providers from throttling New Jerseyans’ internet connections and blocking content on the internet. Net neutrality rules were repealed by the Federal Communications Commission on June 11, opening the door for practices like throttling and paid prioritization. Murphy’s executive order