Tag Archive: Bergen County

Voter Intimidation in Englewood

Cross-Posted @ The Huffington Post

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My son recently brought BlueJersey.net to my attention.  I am enthusiastic to see that New Jersey has its very own progressive blogging community.  I thought you might find this story compelling.  I look forward to hearing from you!

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Who would have thought a Democratic mayor in the Northeast would attempt to disenfranchise African-American voters in the year 2006?  I certainly didn’t and I’m the one running against him!  Sure, I knew the election was going to turn ugly when the Mayor called my campaign “a terroristic threat” only days after I submitted my petitions.  I just didn’t know he would attack the very citizens whose churches he visits every Sunday.

Bergen County Group Supports Librarian, Army Officer

Cross-posted from BergenGrassroots.org


Bergen County—Michele Reutty, the embattled Hasbrouck Heights library director, has gained the support of Bergen Grassroots, a public interest group headquartered in Teaneck. (Text of resolution)

In a separate resolution, Bergen Grassroots announced similar support for Lt. Ehren Watada, who has refused orders to go to Iraq and is now facing a court martial. (Text of resolution)

Bergen County Republicans: A Thorn in Junior’s Side

Things in Bergen County are much worse for Tom Kean Jr than I originally thought. Bill Albers at Politicsnj has all the details. Guy Talarico will be staying in power as county chairman, the divisions between the BCRO seem to be as wide as ever, and the conservative wing of the Republican party is in control and will make Kean Jr’s job in the county – a county he needs to win to have a chance in November – a living hell.

Alan Marcus, campaign manager for Kathleen Donovan, and challenger to BCRO chairman Guy Talarico, last night announced he’s dropping out of next week’s reorganization election:

And, as Kathleen Donovan’s campaign comes to a close, so does the campaign of Alan Marcus for Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman. “Caliguire should be the person to designate the Chairman of the county party,” said Marcus. “Todd clearly does not share my views, and he’s entitled to a candidate for County Chair who does.”

Upset in Bergen County – Bad News for Junior

Holy shit. This is a big upset that few were expecting:

Bergen County Executive (Republican)
Todd Caliguire  51%
Kathleen Donovan  49%

This is bad news for the Kean Jr campaign. Caliguire and his slate (which also won) is allied with the incompetent Bergen County Republican chair Guy Talarico. Donovan was allied with Alan Marcus, who is challenging Talarico for county chair. Bergen – the most populous county – is also considered a “swing” county. Junior’s campaign was probably hoping that Talarico would get the boot soon, but this victory strengthens his hand and could help keep him in power. The Kean Jr campaign can’t be happy tonight.

Primary Election Prediction Thread (Free Shirt)

Use the comments below to predict the results in tomorrow’s primary (and your justification for it, if any). The person with the most accurate guess for the NJ-5 (D) results will get a free Blue Jersey t-shirt. In case of a tie, the earlier prediction wins.

US Senate (R): Tom Kean Jr / John Ginty
NJ-5 (D): Camille Abate / Paul Aronsohn
NJ-5 (R): Michael Cino / Scott Garrett
NJ-13 (D): Joe Vas / Albio Sires
Bergen County Executive (R): Kathleen Donovan / Todd Calaguire
Harrison mayor (D): Raymond J. McDonough / Michael Hinchcliffe


What Will Junior Do?

So Tom Kean Jr. has 3 days until Tuesday to make a decision and Bergen County Republican Chair Guy Talarico says the clock is ticking…

According to PoliticsNJ, Bergen County GOP Chairman Guy Talarico has given U.S. Senate candidate Tom Kean Jr three days to decide whether he will run on the organization line. READ the letter

This is made more interesting by the fact that it’s set against the backdrop of the infighting withing the Bergen County Republican Organization

Junior has to choose. Will he run on the line of Party chairman Talarico and Todd Calguire? Or will he run on the line with Alan Marcus who is callenging Talarico for chair along with Kathleen Donovan? Donovan and Calaguire are both vying in the primary to unseat Democratic County Executive Dennis McNerney in November.

I’m gonna sit back, make some popcorn and enjoy the show.  Won’t you join?

Wanna Know Why Republican’s Lose in NJ?

Here’s why, from Inside Edge:

Michael Vaccaro, the Bergen County Republican Organization webmaster, alleges that opponents of GOP County Chairman Guy Talarico have shut down the BCRO website, bergengop.org. Vaccaro says that the passwords have been changed so that the current party leadership can no longer update their website. The site is registered to Mark Vogel, a Republican operative who is supporting a slate of candidates running against the organization.

More on this circular firing squad from earlier this week.

Bergen County GOP is Unraveling

And you’ve got a front row seat. Grab yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show…(all of this is cribbed from politicsnj)

“Apparently, the sandbox is not just for three year olds anymore.” – Democratic Mayor of Dumont, Matt McHale