Former mayor dies

Mary Lou Smith, the first woman to serve on the Lacey Township Committee, passed away on December 7.  She was 77. Smith was elected in 1977 and became the first woman mayor of Lacey in 1979.  She was re-elected in 1980.

Malinowski still mum on committee preferences

Rep.-elect Tom Malinowski is maintaining his public silence on his committee assignment preferences. “Not until I get 'em,” Malinowski said when asked if he’d like to discuss committee assignments. As a former assistant secretary of state, Malinowski could be well-suited to a role on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, but he has so far been unwilling to give any indication about whether he’ll see such a role. Rep. Leonard Lance,

Statements in Memory of Yolanda Egan

Statements issued in memory of Yolanda Egan, the wife of Assemblyman Joseph Egan (D-New Brunswick), who died on Sunday: GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY "Yolanda Egan was as committed to doing good in her community as she was to her husband of nearly 60 years, Assemblyman Joe Egan, and her children and grandchildren. Devoutly faithful, she was a loving wife and mom, and an active leader at St. Peter's Medical Center in

Mother of former Hudson mayor dies

Arline Walter, the mother of the late Union City mayor Bruce Walter, passed away on December 7.  She was 94. Walter spent 30 years working at the Union City post office before retiring in 2001. Her son became mayor when his closest political ally, Bob Menendez, resigned in 1993 to go to Congress.  He served until his death in 1998 after a five-year battle with cancer.  He was also the

Former mayor, reporter die

Bonnie Verga, a former mayor of Beachwood, passed away on 6.  She was 69, She was a bookkeeper for the Borough of Island Heights and a member of the Beachwood Democratic Club. Doris Dunbar, a former reporter for the Somerset Messenger Gazette, died on December 5.  She was 93.

Judge tosses Wainstein suit

A judge on Friday threw out a suit brought by North Bergen mayoral candidate Harry Wainstein that aimed to stop a $60 million bond referendum. The plan, pushed by North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, who is also a state senator, would fund school renovations and allow the city’s Board of Education to buy an area technical school. "We are thankful that Larry Wainstein's disgraceful attempt to disenfranchise North Bergen voters