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Thursday, October 13, 2011

All Politics Are Local - Even in N.J.

All politics are local.  New Jersey’s legislative elections are coming up in a few weeks.  So we must take time off from Occupy Wall Street and the antics of the 99 percent mental deficient to report on the New Jersey elections.

Roland Straten ran for Congress from New Jersey’s 8th district, a tough, union-permeated district.  He lost but that doesn’t mean he’s finished with politics.  His insights are invaluable to embattled, 8th district Conservatives and those across the state.

“In my last set of emails, I concentrated on national issues. After one or two brief comments on national issues, it is time to switch to the local elections. We are having an election in less than a month and, as always, it is hard to find out anything about the local candidates.

Obama's Job Plan

While this is a bit of old news, I listened to the President's speech. He was going to create a bunch of new jobs with more stimulus spending. I am sure everyone noticed, while he said it would be paid for, he did not mention how. Then a few weeks later, he told us:  Raise our taxes!

Christie and the news media

I had been sure all along that Governor Christie was not going to run for President. I believe very strongly that one of his greatest strengths was to actually do what he says he is going to do. If he had run for President, he would have been confronted with 1,000 sound bites when he said he would not run. I am convinced that the entire Christie for President was news media hype to sell stories and if I were a bit cynical to discredit Chris Christie. Again, Christie showed us what he is made of and did the right thing, a real positive for New Jersey.


This November's State Elections

The entire State legislature is up for re-election. In the 8th congressional district, there are six state legislation districts. It took awhile, but I have gathered the basic information about each district below (* indicates incumbents. Highlighted in red means I have personally met the candidate and recommend highly. I also endorse all Republican candidates. Below I will also make comments in italics).

District 27

Old District: Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Maplewood, Newark, North Caldwell, Orange, Roseland, South Orange, West Caldwell, West Orange

Incumbents: Senate: Richard Codey(Dem) -- Assembly: Mila Jasey (Dem) John McKeon (Dem)

New District: Caldwell, Chatham, East Hanover, Essex Fells, Florham Park, Hanover, Harding, Livingston, Madison, Maplewood, Millburn, Roseland, South Orange, & West Orange

Senate: William Eames (Rep) - Richard Codey (Dem)*
Assembly: Nicole Hagner (Rep) - Lee Holtzman (Rep)
Mila Jasey (Dem)* -- John McKeon (Dem)*

Straten's Comments: This will be an extremely interesting election. If I got it right, this district lost part of Newark, North Caldwell, Orange, West Caldwell and Fairfield. It gained Chatham, East Hanover, Madison, Millburn, Florham Park Hanover, and Harding. On the face of it, this appears to be a much more Republican district than it was. There was obviously something going on with Dick Codey. Losing Newark and Orange has to make a big difference. Bill Eames, a Tea Party challenger, beat the regular Republican organization candidate in the primary. This could be a major gain and all of the Republican candidates need your help. The only towns in the 8th Congressional district are Livingston, South Orange, and West Orange. Livingston, because of gross overspending by the Democrats, now has a Republican-leaning town council.

District 28

Old District: Belleville, Bloomfield, Irvington, Newark
Incumbents: Senate: Ronald Rice (Dem) -- Assembly: Ralph Caputo (Dem) Cleopatra Tucker (Dem)

New District: Glen Ridge, Irvington, Part of Newark, Nutley, Bloomfield

Senate: Russell Mollica (Rep) - Ronald Rice (Dem)*
Assembly: Carol Humprheys (Rep) - David Pinckney (Rep)
Ralph Caputo (Dem)* -- Cleopatra Tucker (Dem)*

Straten's Comments: Since this district covers a good part of Newark and Irvington, it will be a very difficult district for us to win. But we have some terrific candidates and they really deserve your support. Dave Pinckney from Irvington could be a real force in this district. I have met all the candidates and it would be terrific if they represented us in Trenton.

District 34

Old District: East Orange, Glen Ridge Montclair, Clifton, Woodland Park
Incumbents: Senate: Nia Gill (Dem) - Assembly: Thomas Giblin (Dem), Sheila Oliver (Dem)

New District: Orange, Clifton, East Orange, Montclair

Senate: Ralph Bartnik (Rep) - Nia Gill (Dem)*
Assembly: Joan Salensky (Rep) - Steve Farrell (Rep)
Sheila Oliver (Dem)* - Thomas Giblin (Dem)*

Straten's Comments: This is my home district and it is unfortunate that we are represented by three hard core liberals who are very much to blame for the condition our State is currently in. Tom Giblin gets around to almost every event in the area, but is a classic case of a "nice guy" who always votes the wrong way. We have traded Woodland Park and Glen Ridge for Orange which I assume makes the district more Democrat. Montclair and Clifton should be Republican towns (I know they are not, but they should be) and we have to make inroads into East Orange and Orange.

District 35

Glen Rock, Haledon, Hawthorne, North Haledon, Paterson, Prospect Park, Totowa

Incumbents: Senate: John Girgenti (Dem) Assembly: Elease Evans (Dem) Nellie Pou (Dem)

New District: Elmwood Park, Garfield, Haledon, North Haledon, Paterson City, Prospect Park

Senate: Ken Pengtore (Rep) - Nellie Pou (Dem)
Assembly: William Connolly (Rep) - Donna Puglisi (Rep)
Benjiee Wimberly (Dem) - Shavonda Sumter (Dem)

Straten's Comments: Paterson, the 500-pound gorilla in the district, makes this another Democrat district disenfranchising the voters from North Haledon, Elmwood Park, and Garfield. This is also a district where someone played games by moving John Girgenti's Hawthorne out of the district allowing Nellie Pou to move up to Senate. I heard Benjiee Wimberly and Shavonda Sumter speak. Their whole platform was to get and spend more money from Trenton. If you want tax-and-spend liberals, here they are. They had the audacity to say that Paterson's school system was underfunded and should get more State money. Paterson spends around $25,000 per pupil compared to $15,000 for most other towns, has free pre-K (by the way, it is a voucher system), and has wasted millions of dollars because of corruption and incompetence. At least John Girgenti pretended to be fair. No, unless a miracle happens, we will have incompetent left wing liberals representing this district.

District 36

Old District: Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Garfield, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, North Arlington, Rutherford, Wallington, Wood Ridge, Nutley, & Passaic.
Incumbents: Senate: Paul A. Sarlo (Dem) --Assembly: Kevin J. Ryan (Dem) Gary S. Schaer

New District: Carlstadt, Cliffside Park, East Rutherford, Little Ferry, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, North Arlington, Passaic, Ridgefield

Senate: Donald DiOrio (Rep) - Paul Sarlo (Dem)*
Assembly: Sara Rosengarten (Rep) - John Genovesi (Rep)
Gary Schaer (Dem)* -- Marlene Caride (Dem)

Straten's Comments: The only city in the 36th district is Passaic so I do not know much about the district. I have met Don DiOria and Sara Rosengarten and I think they have a real chance. I do know that Gary Schaer runs Passaic with an iron hand. He and Ralph Caputo are two of the "grandfathered" politicos who are allowed to "double dip"; that is hold two offices. Schaer is an assemblyman as well as Passaic City council President. Caputo is an assemblyman as well as an Essex County freeholder. Both should have resigned from one position voluntarily when the law against double dipping came out. Since they have not, the voters should do it for them.

District 40

Old District: Franklin Lakes, Mahwah, Midland Park, Oakland, Ridgewood, Wyckoff, Cedar Grove, Verona, Little Falls, Ringwood, Wanaque, Wayne
Incumbents: Senate Kevin J. O'Toole (Rep) Assembly: Scott T. Rumana (Rep) David C. Russo

New District: Allendale, Cedar Grove, Franklin Lakes, Ho-Ho-Kus, Little Falls, Midland Park, Pequannock, Pompton Lakes, Ridgewood, Riverdale, Totowa, Waldwick, Wayne, Woodland Park, Wyckoff

Senate: Kevin O'Toole (Rep)* -- John Zunic (Dem)
Assembly: Scott Rumana (Rep)* -- David Russo (Rep)*
Cassandra Lazzara (Dem) - William Brennan (Dem)

Straten's Comments: Well, well, a Republican district. If you live in this district, please give Kevin, Scott, and Dave a resounding victory. Make sure you vote. While not required by the double dipping law, Kevin voluntarily stepped down as Essex County Republican Chair so that he could devote full time to the NJ Senate as opposed to the Democrats in the 8th congressional district.

Wow this was a bit of work. Please send me any corrections.  The next issue will be on the freeholder and possible local races.

If you have any additional info on these candidates or if you are one of them and want me to send out addresses or requests for funds, please email me the info and I will include it in the next email.

Please do what you can to elect our candidates!!!

Roland Straten
Montclair, NJ


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