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What’s Happening Today Mon. 10/21/2013

With Cory Booker soon to go to Washington, his likely successor as Acting Mayor is Luis A. Quintana, Council President and Council Member-at-Large. As Council President he automatically becomes a temporary Acting Mayor, and then within 30 days the Council must select an Acting Mayor to serve until a new mayor is elected in May 2014. Quintana is likely but not certain to be selected and would serve as a place holder. An amiable “go along – get along” individual who has survived years of election and council strife, he is unlikely to rock the boat, threaten the mayoral candidates, or create a lasting legacy. Quintana would be preceded by a long line of colorful, formidable mayors. Five previous mayors of Newark have been indicted on criminal charges, including Hugh Addonizio, Kenneth Gibson, and Sharpe James, but not Cory Booker. The crime rate, unemployment, and education outcomes are three of the more critical problems facing city leaders. Under Booker’s administration the downtown area has been going through a mini rennaisance, while most wards continue with serious issues. Candidates in the May election include South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos and former Assistant State Attorney General Shavar Jeffries. Councilman Ron Rice Jr. who recently got married is not a candidate. Newark, a pre-revolutionary city, which has had its ups and its down over the years, continues against all odds to hold the promise of becoming a great urban area.  

Urban communities: Barbara Buono will hold a press conference today at 1:30pm alongside Newark Senator Ron Rice, Sr. and a group of urban Essex council members to discuss the pressing issues facing urban centers — job creation, improving education and reducing gun violence. She says “Governor Christie’s record is abysmal. His economic policies have left too many urban residents unable to find work; his savage spending cuts underfunded public schools by $1 billion; and his refusal to stand up to the gun lobby has left communities vulnerable to gun violence.” (See schedule below)


NJ Municipalities: 12:01 am, Historic moment as gay couples exchange their vows and enter civil marriage.  Barbara Buono tweet: “Our guess: this will be 1 of most romantic weekends in NJ history.”

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: Barbara Buono: 11:05am, Radio Interview, The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC 820 AM and 93.9 FM;  Barbara Buono: 1:30pm, Press Conference on Urban Cities, Orange City Hall, 29 N. Day St., Orange;  Barbara Buono: 7:00pm, with Asemblyman Benjie Wimberly, Evening of HOPE Community Awards Dinner, The Brownstone, 351 W Broadway, Paterson;  Barbara Buono, 8:00pm, Neighbors Helping Neighbors meeting, Elks Lodge, 111 N. Maple Ave., Ridgewood.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial candidate: Chris Christie: 3:30pm, groundbreaking ceremony for the Gloucester County College Adult Center for Transition building, Sewell.

Election Law Enforcement Commission: releases July-September campaign finance reports for county and municipal party committees. ELEC has already reported that “independent spending on state campaigns is setting new records with money pouring heavily into key legislative swing districts.”

Rep. Rush Holt: 11:00am, healthcare reform roundtable discussion, South Brunswick Public Library.  

Senate and Assembly Environment & Solid Waste committees: 4:00pm, public hearing on Superstorm Sandy recovery progress with invited testimony from DCA Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III and Executive Director Marc Ferzan, Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, Toms River Town Hall. Listen live here.

What’s Happening Today Tue. 08/27/2013

Buono Unveils Policy Platform to Benefit New Jersey Women: Gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono says, “As a working mother of six, I understand the issues facing New Jersey women and have spent my life working to lift up our women and their families.”  See her women’s policy platform here.

Newark Mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries: citing budget mismanagement criticizes his opponents on city council perks and supports term limits. He also supports charter schools.

Marie Corfield  Assembly candidate (D-16) says, “It’s not even September and the Tea party is already attacking me for protecting a woman’s right to choose. They say I am encouraging promiscuity among our youth to have society pay for it later.”

Judge allows Jets and Giants lawsuit against American Dream developer to continue: The story which seems to have no ending.

Public Schedules:

U. S. Senate Candidate Cory Booker: 2:00pm, will join other mayors to discuss the problem of youth violence with President Obama at a White House summit.

Gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono: 12:00pm, Town Hall, on Women’s Issues, 660 Stuyvesant Ave., Irvington.

Governor Chris Christie: 11:00am, North Wildwood’s Morey’s Pier; 3:00pm, Long Branch’s Festival Plaza.

L. G. Kim Guadagno 10:00am ribbon-cutting ceremony, Distek’s office expansion, North Brunswick; 2:00pm,Toms River’s Cab Bakery & Restaurant.

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09:), 6:30pm, Town Hall Meeting, Cliffside Park Borough Hall, 525 Palisade Avenue, Cliffside Park.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: 7:00pm, public meeting on its plan for cleaning up contaminated soil and ground water at the White Swan Cleaners/Sun Cleaners Superfund site in Wall, Manasquan and Sea Girt, Wall Township Municipal Center.

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What’s Happening Today

Today’s Poll buzz: Quinnipiac indicates Democrat Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan have seemingly unbeatable leads in the August Primary. However, Poll Director Maurice Carroll asks whether “voters will abandon the Shore for the day for this oddly-timed August primary.” I bet a lot of progressives will do so. Maybe Booker fans are less ardent.

Rep. Frank Pallone launches a new television ad in the August 13 Democratic primary election. The 30 second television spot is Pallone’s third in the primary election and will air on broadcast and cable stations in the New York and Philadelphia media markets.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, will be voting by mail at the Essex County Clerk’s Office at 11 am. Speaker Oliver will give remarks on the importance of the vote-by-mail process and early voting.

Kevin McMillan and Ed Zipprich, Democratic candidates for the New Jersey Assembly (NJ-11), announced that they received the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey. They are running against Republican incumbents Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande, who have repeatedly voted to allow funding cuts to women’s health care.

PAULSBORO Lawsuits will be flying today in South Jersey, where first responders to a Conrail chemical spill were ingesting vinyl chloride.  There are now more than 250 people involved in this lawsuit, eager to prove health and welfare was not Conrail’s prime concern.

Public Schedule:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono

* with Candidate for Mayor of Newark Shavar Jeffries;  Meet & Greet with Newark Seniors, 10:00am, 1 Court St., Community Room, Newark.

* Press Conference, 12:00 p.m. 108 Hillcrest Ave., Neptune. PRESS: OPEN, with availability. Will she use this occasion to formally announce she has submitted over $445,000 in donations to qualify for the state’s matching funds program?

Legislature: In recess

Governor: On vacation at a state-owned beach house.

Deciminyan Happy birthday to Blue Jersey Staff Writer/Videographer.

Today’s question: Will Christie and Booker face each other in a 2016 or 2020 Presidential race?