Muniz raises $800 vs. Sires

You’ve got to at least admire the guy for trying. Republican congressional candidate John Muniz, who is challenging Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) in New Jersey’s 8th district, has raised $800 as of September 30, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. His numbers don’t add up perfectly, but it’s not like anyone will worry about it. Muniz is reporting cash-on-hand of $220, and a

Probably a good idea to read State and Legislative harassment policies

A much-heralded tougher sexual harassment policy unveiled by the New Jersey Legislature last month is very similar to the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace that was adopted in 1999 and updated in 2005 and 2007.  Much of the language is identical. The state policy applied only to employees of state departments, commissions, colleges and universities, agencies and authorities. The Legislature adopted their policy to apply to

Steinhardt applauds legislative probe

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt praised Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for creating a bi-partisan legislative committee to investigate the hiring of Al Alvarez. "Katie Brennan deserves to know why the Murphy Administration hired a known predator and kept him on staff until they were caught by the media," said Steinhardt, who was one of the first to call for legislative hearings last week. "I applaud

Two file torts against Dodd

Dominic Timpani and Fernando Barrios filed torts claiming Dover Mayor James Dodd and members of his police department used records improperly obtained through the Open Public Records Act to retaliate against them. In his tort, Barrios, a former ally of the mayor, claimed Dover police improperly released information relating to a 2017 application he made to the town’s police department. OPRA only allows release application materials of unsuccessful candidates once

Verniero poses inherent conflicts for Murphy and himself

Gov. Phil Murphy’s decision to name former Supreme Court Justice Peter Verniero, a Republican, to conduct an independent investigation of Albert Alvarez’s hiring, raises a question of whether an inherent conflict exists when a governor picks his own investigator. Murphy and members of his staff picked Verniero to head up an internal probe of the hiring and vetting of Alvarez.  It’s likely that Murphy and members of his staff who

Pascrell has $1.6 million on hand

Rep. Bill Pascrell had more than $1.6 million banked at the end of the third quarter. The congressman raised $269,419.54 between July 1 and Sept. 30, though he spent little of that money during the quarter. Pascrell spent just $92,750.86, though that’s still likely more money than his Republican challenger, Eric Fisher, who hasn’t filed any reports with the FEC this cycle.