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Bucco releases huge group of supporters

Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) has added 41 more supporters for his exploratory committee as he considers a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district. Bucco’s list of supporters include Rockaway Borough Mayor Russell Greuter and Boonton Township Mayor Tom Donadio, and GOP municipal chairs Sharon Crooker (Boonton), Marilyn LaPlante Cioffi (Denville), Joe Falco (Madison),  and Joe Calvanelli (Morris Township) Also backing Bucco are local
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DeCroce won’t run for Congress

Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) will not be a candidate for Rodney Frelinghuysen's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. "Sadly, the amount of money required to run makes pursuing federal office prohibitive for nearly everyone.  Candidates spend more time asking for money than they do talking with voters.  Even worse, campaigns have become an exchange of nasty, partisan insults, as opposed to a substantive debate about how we
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Morristown Mayor Fined

Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty has been fined $4,790 for violating state campaign finance laws during his 2009 campaign. The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission announced today that Dougherty had settled a 2015 complaint against him and his campaign treasurer for not reporting contributions and expenditures to his first campaign nearly nine years ago -- and for then filing the information in some cases more than 2,500 days late. Dougherty
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Some suggest age is a factor for Petillo

The potential candidacy of Sussex County Freeholder Sylvia Petillo for Congress in the 11th district is sparking an interesting conversation among some Republican insiders: is her age – 67 – a disqualifying factor in considering her potential candidacy. Petillo spoke recently with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), a conversation that reportedly focused on her ability to raise money – and her willingness to invest personal financial resources on the
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Local GOP Leader Backs Webber

Hanover Township Republican Club President Michael Rinaldi has endorsed Jay Webber for Congress in the 11th district GOP primary. "I wish to donate money to your campaign, display your yard sign, make phone calls for you and knock on doors for your campaign," Rinaldi wrote in a Facebook post. Rinaldi stressed that his endorsement is a personal one, and that the Republican Club does not officially endorse candidates in a
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Report: FBI activity at Newark Authority

A developing story in Newark: NJ Advance Media is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted "law enforcement activity" at the Newark Housing Authority yesterday.  What makes this interesting is that NJ.com says the FBI confirmed this, but that Victor Cirilo, the authority's executive director, told the reporters that nobody from the FBI contacted him, his office, or anyone connected to his agency.  This one may be worth watching,
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Governor Murphy’s Grade Today

Today is Phil Murphy’s 22nd day in office.  It was a light news day for the new governor, with the Senate and Assembly Democrats holding a joint meeting to plan their owns strategies.  But he did no harm -- something unusual for New Jersey governors in recent years. (PoliticsDW will give Murphy a grade every day — either a check, a check plus, a check minus, or an incomplete.  He’ll
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Kean has issues with Murphy free college plan

State Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) says that Gov. Phil Murphy's offer of a free community college education sounds great, but that nothing is free. "At a time when the State is already struggling to fund our schools, the additional cost to already overburdened New Jersey taxpayers would be immense," Kean said.  “We should focus on increasing college affordability by helping students to graduate on time, and creating more
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Platt exploring run for Frelinghuysen seat

Former Harding Mayor Nicolas Platt is actively exploring a run for the GOP nomination for Congress  in the 11th district, where Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is stepping down after 24 years in Washington.  Sources say that he will make his decision sooner rather than later. Platt, 62, now a township committeeman and a longtime Frelinghuysen ally, has worked in public relations and finance before retiring.  He sough the Republican nomination for
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Langer still considering bid for Congress

Businessman Jerry Langer is moving toward a bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey's 11th district, but has not made a final decision. The trucking company executive and Republican fundraiser says he has received "great encouragement from people at the local and national levels," and is still discussing the possibility of joining the race with his family. "So far so good," Langer said.  "I am very excited