Cunningham: ‘It’s a little early’ to decide on Fulop

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop has lost a lot of allies in the three months that have passed since Amy DeGise became Hudson County Democratic chairwoman, and it’s unclear whether he can count on Sen. Sandra Cunningham’s support. “I think it's a little early to make that decision,” Cunningham said when asked if she’d back the once-rising star when push came to shove. Cunningham insisted that her statement wasn’t an

Roque endorses Menendez, DeGise

West New York Mayor Felix Roque says he’s backing U.S. Senator Bob Menendez for the-election  this fall and will support Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise for another term in 2019. ”I’m 100% for Bob Menendez,” Roque told the New Jersey Globe on Saturday.  “And I’ve always liked DeGise.” Earlier this year, Roque was one of four Hudson County mayors — along with Steven Fulop of Jersey City, Brian Stack of

Chaparro not ready to back Fulop in possible senate run

Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro isn’t ready to back Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop should he run for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s seat if the latter runs for and wins the Democratic nomination for President in 2020. “You are way into the future,” Chaparro said. “A couple of days in politics is a lifetime, right? Not even a week. I'm not even in that mindset. Who knows how many people are going

Jersey City institutes new subpoena policy

In late August, the Jersey City Corporation Counsel advised department heads and the city’s clerk and deputy clerk of a new policy requiring that officials forward law enforcement subpoena requests dealing with a city employee’s position within Jersey City’s government be immediately forwarded to the corporation counsel. The memo, dated Aug. 28, instructs city employees to forward subpoenas to the first assistant corporation counsel within 24 hours of receipt and

DeGise pulls out of ICE deal

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise will begin a process to end the county's deal with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by 2020. The move helps bring Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla back into the party fold and leaves Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop completely isolated within the Hudson County Democrats amidst DeGise's move to take the issue off the table. "Just a month ago, I did not see a path

Bhalla, DeFusco feud over community meeting

Editor's note: This article was updated with additional comment from DeFusco. Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco accused city Mayor Ravi Bhalla of keeping him out of a commuinty meeting with the residents of the Marineview Plaza, which falls inside of DeFusco’s district. “This is a clear case of the Bhalla Administration putting petty politics ahead of not just transparency, but the basic principles of community and open government,” DeFusco said. “I

Union leaders, DiVincenzo spar over salary hike caps

Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo is headed for a fight with the state’s public unions. On Tuesday, New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Colligan and New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Ed Donnelly pushed back on a call to cap extend the 2% cap on salary hikes for police and fire employees. "It is disturbing to see that just a few short months after the lapse