Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Residents overwhelmingly rejected allowing the proposed Berkeley Aquatic Club, to be built in Warren, to use the local sewer system.
Residents of Berkeley Heights have made their opinion loud and clear: they are opposed to allowing the proposed Berkeley Aquatic Center to connect to the township's sewer system. Voters went to the polls Tuesday, casting 2,744 ballots against allowing the proposed BAC to hook up to the municipal sewer system. According to the results from the Township Clerk's office, 661 residents cast votes in favor of the BAC referendum. The Berkeley Aquatic Club proposal calls for the construction of a 51,000-square-foot building in nearby Warren, just over the Berkeley Heights border. The facility plans involve the construction of an approximately 51,940-square-foot building on 523,591-square-feet of land. It includes a swimming pool facility …
Monday, April 8, 2013
New Jersey law allows contributors who donate less than $300 to remain anonymous.
A published report Sunday revealed New Jersey’s current campaign donation system needs to be revised after it was disclosed politicians can receive more money while still keeping the names of their donors secret — as long as the contributions are less than $300. The NJ.com report said most states allow campaigns to keep only those donors who give $100, $50 or less private, but Garden State politicians don’t have to report any information about people who contribute less than $300. The report said because of the state’s secretive laws, candidates were able to hide about $12 million out of the $100 million donated. The state’s rule allowing campaigns to keep these donors anonymous could undergo a re-evaluation after one of the state’s most …
Monday, April 1, 2013
May be only candidate on local primary.
Five-term Township Committeewoman Carolann Garafola filed a petition for the June primary, ahead of Monday's filing deadline. Vacationing in Florida, Garafola said "It is truly an honor to serve the residents in Warren Township. She said she first became interested in politics after her introduction in Newark at the age of nine. "My grandmother, Columbia Rotonda, took me to the Rodino club (this was Congressman Peter Rodino's club) to help even as a young child," she said. "So I learned very young the importance of getting involved in the political process." She added that she grew up in a Democratic household, but embraced the Republican party as a youg adult. "However, my focus has been and continues to be that I work for the good of all…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Booker to HuffPo Live: "When I go out and campaign next year for myself as a gubernatorial candidate or for another gubernatorial candidate should I decide not to run..."
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Three weeks after election—it's official.
Quail Run resident Gregory Przybylski has officially won a seat on the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education. The Somerset County County Clerk's official total for the race for the three-year term gave Dr. Przybylski, currently ending a term on the Warren Township Board of Education, 2,106 votes to Diane Belcuore's 1,995. The vote tally after machine balloting on Nov. 6 gave Dr. Przybylski a 124-vote lead, but an additional 385 votes were added from mailed-in and absentee ballots before the total was final. Election officials had extended the deadline for mail-in ballots because of the ongoing power outage following Hurricane Sandy. Dr. Przybylski will join the WHRHS board in January. "I want to express my deep appreciation for the …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
And County Clerk Brett Radi said it could be because of the hurricane.
With only 60 percent of registered voters turning out for this year's presidential election, Somerset County Clerk Brett Radi said his gut feeling is that it was because of the hurricane. "I would have no way to answer other than with my gut," he said. "[In that case] absolutely it has to do with the hurricane." In prior years, Radi said, presidential elections brought out 80 percent of voters, including the last one in 2008. And this year, he said, only 60 percent showed up on Election Day. "And we had some communities where turnout was in the low 50 percent, like the northern communities," he said. "That's not typical of a presidential election." "Many of those areas are without power even today," he added. "I just got mine back Tuesday …
'I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job.'
A day after President Barack Obama earned reelection, Governor Chris Christie dismissed critics who have accused him of bolstering the president during Obama's post-Sandy visit to New Jersey. “I wouldn't call what I did an embrace of Barack Obama," Christie said. "I'm a guy who tells the truth all the time and if the President of the United States did a good job, I’m going to say he did a good job." Speaking to reporters as Winter Storm Athena prepared to batter the already storm-shocked state, Christie was also quick to dismiss speculation of a 2016 presidential run, saying that the life and death issues inherent with back-to-back storms have made politics a minor focus for now. “I've got a job to do in New Jersey. My future, whatever it …
With some races still too close to call, county Republicans got together at the Somerville Elks Club.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Somerset County Republicans came together Tuesday night at the Somerville Elks Club to celebrate election day and the end of their campaigns. For some, like District 7 Congressman Leonard Lance (R), the vote margin by the end of the night was large enough for multiple reports to call the election in his favor. For others, like incumbent Freeholders Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire, as well as District 16 Assemblywoman Donna Simon, their slim leads coupled with provisional and fax or email ballots still to be counted, the victories were still not stamped Tuesday evening. However, each candidate celebrated what they believed to be victories with each other at the Elks Club. "We need to work together in a bi-partisan manor to solve our …
Scaglione and Caliguire lead with provisional, fax and email ballots outstanding.
Republican incumbents Patrick Scaglione and Mark Caliguire led by a very narrow margin in their quest for new terms on the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders after all precincts were counted in Tuesday's election. However, with provisional and fax or email ballots still to be counted, the race remained too close to call. After Sandy displaced thousands of New Jersey residents, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno signed an order allowing voters to submit a mail-in ballot application by email or fax. That makes things more uncertain than usual at the end of election day. Scaglione received 62,495 votes, or 26.20 percent, and Caliguire received 60,578 votes, or 25.39 percent. Democratic opponents Anthony Pranzateli and William Galtieri were both …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Outpace all other candidates in Tuesday's voting.
Township Committeemen Gary DiNardo and Vic Sordillo may have been unopposed in their bids for re-election, but that didn't mean voters didn't use the occasion to send a message. Dinardo picked up 4,348, topping all other candidates on Warren's ballots, including GOP standardbearers Leonard Lance (who got 3,768) and Mitt Romney (3,940). Sordillo was on his tail, with 4,230 votes. Both were first elected to office in 2000, and have each served as mayor and deputy mayor multiple times.