Monday, June 3, 2013
Two Democrats and two Republicans seek votes in their respective primary races Tuesday.
Sporting a sky-high approval rating that's fluctuated between the high 60s and low 70s percentile during New Jersey's recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie has more than a fair chance at re-election in the upcoming gubernatorial race this fall. His opponents, however, are hoping that public opinion proves to be fickle. In Tuesday's primary election, two Democratic candidates are seeking approval to face off against Christie in the next election under the party banner. On the Republican side of the ballot, Christie is facing a primary challenge from an opponent who believes the governor has failed to adhere to the sense of conservatism and small government demanded by Republican ideals. For the Democrats, frontrunner…
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Voters go to polls Tuesday to choose between Montclair residents, Nia Gill and Mark Alexander.
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Saturday, June 1
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Democratic candidates will answer questions from League of Women Voters of the Montclair area on May 23.
The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area will hold a forum with New Jersey State Senate candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the June 4 primary. The moderated forum will be held on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m., in the auditorium at the Charles H. Bullock Elementary School, 55 Washington St., in Montclair. Incumbent State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) is being challenged by Mark Alexander, a professor of Constitutional Law at Seton Hall University and President Barack Obama’s state director for the 2008 primary. Both candidates are residents of Montclair. At the forum, each candidate will provide a background statement and will answer questions provided by the League. The candidates will then take questions from the public. …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Gubernatorial candidate speaks in Newark Monday about the 'scourge' of gun violence
The likely Democratic candidate for governor accused incumbent Chris Christie on Monday of supporting "shallow" gun control legislation in order to avoid alienating conservatives elsewhere in the country. “This governor calibrates every decision he makes with an eye towards 2016. He calibrates every decision he makes with an eye towards making sure it plays well with voters in the cornfields of Iowa, instead of standing up for what’s right for the people and neighborhoods of New Jersey,” state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) said during a press conference held at Good Neighbor Baptist Church in Newark. Buono is expected to win next month’s primary, but is an underdog in the November governor’s race against the popular Christie, who is …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Gov. Chris Christie picks up endorsement at Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove.
Gov. Chris Christie accepted the endorsement of the Association of Chiefs of Police of Essex County Friday surrounded by law enforcement officials at the Essex County College Police Academy in Cedar Grove. The association, which represents the 22 municipalities in Essex, voted unanimously last month to endorse the governor in his bid for re-election, said President Michael Bramhall, police chief of West Caldwell. “Your conviction and forthrightness have been a welcome and needed addition to our state,” Bramhall said. “You have performed great under pressure situations like Hurricane Irene and superstorm Sandy. We believe that you will continue to put the needs of the citizens of New Jersey first." Christie seeks a second term and is the …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Mark Alexander is challenging state Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) in 34th District Democratic Primary on June 4.
Wednesday, May 1
The following letter was written by Mark Alexander, of Montclair. He is a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and current Democratic candidate for the New Jersey state Senate in the 34th District. This was Sen. Nia Gill’s (D-Essex) excuse to explain her support for the watered-down gun control legislation introduced by Sen. Steve Sweeney (D-Glouchester): We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. It is baffling to me that Gill could even utter those words in front of the families of Newtown victims. That’s Gill’s excuse for not pushing forward a bill limiting the size of ammunition magazines the other day. All elected officials must stand by a simple pledge: when it comes to protecting our children, we must put …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Patch is sponsoring the only debate between the former South Carolina governor and Montclair-resident Stephen Colbert's sister Monday night at the Citadel.
Monday is Debate Day in the race for the South Carolina First Congressional District. This post will be updated throughout the day with ongoing coverage leading up to the 7 p.m. debate between former Gov. Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch, the sister of Montclair-resident Stephen Colbert. Find ALL of Patch's award-winning coverage of the SC1 race here. Elizabeth Colbert is the older sister of Montclair-resident Stephen Colbert, host of the "Colbert Report." The debate, live from The Citadel and brought to you by Patch and the S.C. Radio Network, will stream here on this page starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Panelists are SC Patch Political Editor Shawn Drury, SCRN News Director Ashley Byrd and WCBD-TV Anchor Brendan Clark. More …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Incumbent Gill will face challenger Mark Alexander in the upcoming 34th District Democratic primary in June.
Tuesday, April 23
The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey announced it will endorse state Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) in the upcoming 34th District Democratic primary in June. Lisa Chapland, chairwoman of the WPCNJ Democratic Task Force, said, "Senator Gill is an outstanding leader for the people of New Jersey, dedicating her career to public service and advancing issues important to women, children and families. She is well-known as a leading champion of civil rights, supporter of our public schools and pro-choice advocate. "Women's issues range from fair pay, to access to contraception and health care, and continue to be crucial issues not just for women, but for the families of New Jersey," continued Chapland. "Today, women make up a mere 29% of the New…
Monday, April 22, 2013
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Monday, April 22
The following press release was submitted by Mark Alexander, of Montclair. He is a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and current Democratic candidate for the New Jersey state Senate in the 34th District. Clifton Councilman Matt Ward is calling on Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) to debate challenger Mark Alexander in Clifton prior to the June 4 Democratic Primary for the 34th District's state Senate seat. As the largest community in the 34 District, and one of the biggest cities in New Jersey, Clifton deserves an opportunity to meet the candidates running to represent them in the New Jersey State Senate and hear where they stand on the important issues being debated in Trenton, said Ward. “Those running for the State Legislature …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Education is the silver bullet to so many societal ills, said Mark Alexander, seeking the Democratic nomination in the 34th District state Senate primary in June.
Wednesday, April 17
The following letter was written by Mark Alexander, of Montclair. He is a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and current Democratic candidate for the New Jersey state Senate in the 34th District. As a teacher with four children in the public schools, strengthening our schools to provide a quality education for all our children is important to me on a very personal level. In order for New Jersey to be competitive, we need strong public schools in all corners of our state. Education is the silver bullet to so many societal ills. My campaign for the New Jersey state Senate has attracted parents and educators who also share a commitment to our schools. Last week, Bishop Dr. Reginald T. Jackson endorsed my campaign stating: "As an…