Sunday, May 12, 2013
Township Committee candidates to be listed on primary ballot, but no contest until November's general election.
This Tuesday, May 14, is the last day to register to vote in the Primary Election to select party candidates, to be held June 4. The Somerset County offices on Grove Street will have extended hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday for anyone still looking to register. There will be no local race in this year’s primary, with one Democrat and one Republican each seeking the one-three year seat on the Bernards Township Committee that is being vacated by Republican Scott Spitzer, who is not seeking re-election. For the Democrats, candidate David Ferdinand, who ran last year but was not elected to the all-Republican Township Committee, again is seeking his party's nomination to be listed on the ballot this November. For the Republicans, …
Friday, April 19, 2013
UPDATE: Representatives allowing first-time voting outside of Paraguay meet deadline for making arrangements.
The Bernardsville train station will be the scene of a historic election on Sunday, April 21. An empty area of the station will become a voting location for the nation of Paraguay, which for the first time is allowing its citizens living in the U.S. and some other countries to cast a vote for a new Paraguayan president. The Bernardsville Council on Monday had given tentative approval to the plan, but first said that the consulate serving this area needed to get security arrangements, insurance and other paperwork in order with borough officials before the end of Wednesday's business day. On Thursday morning, Bernardsville Borough Clerk Sandra Jones reported that all of the requirements were met on Wednesday. Security arrangements are in …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Republicans State Sen. Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr., who represents Bernards, and Somerset County sheriff also attend GOP campaign kickoff.
As may be becoming a tradition in Basking Ridge, Bernards Township Republicans kicked off the season's campaign at the downtown gazebo this past weekend, introducing the party's candidate for Township Council this year, Carol Bianchi, as well as county and state representatives for the GOP. John Bayeux, chairman of the Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee, called upon members of the party to elect or re-elect party members at all levels of government, from Gov. Chris Christie, to county and other state representatives and also Bianchi. Following a screening held on March 18, Bianchi was endorsed for the local Republican party's choice in the June primary by the township Republican Municipal Committee. Bianchi currently is the …
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
Two candidates apparently will run uncontested for their parties' nominations in June primary election.
One Democrat and one Republican, each already endorsed by their local party organizations, have filed to seek their party's nomination the one seat up for election this fall on the Bernards Township Committee, according to information from Township Clerk Denise Szabo. Republican Carol Bianchi, who is chair of the Bernards Township Planning Board and was endorsed by the Bernards Township Republican Committee last month, will be listed on the June 4 primary ballot as the Republican nominee for the one three-year term available. David Ferdinand, who last year sought a seat on the Township Committee as well, has been endorsed by Bernards Township Democrats. Incumbent Scott Spitzer announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election to …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Potential candidates asked to contact Republican Municipal Committee chairman by March 16.
The Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee is conducting a screening process for candidates who would like the local Republican endorsement for this November's election for a three-year term on the Bernards Township Committee. The screening will be held at the Liberty Corner firehouse at 7 p.m. Monday, March 18. Prospective candidates should contact John Bayeux, chairman of the Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee, by Friday, March 16, to be placed on the agenda for the screening process. Bayeux can be reached at 908-542-0653. Bayeux previously said that the Republican committee usually endorses the incumbent Republican candidate. However, earlier this year, GOP Township Committeeman and former Mayor Scott Spitzer …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Kevin Orr and Carol Bianchi seek endorsement of Republican Municipal Committee.
It's been barely a week since Republican Township Committeeman Scott Spitzer announced he has decided against seeking re-election to his seat on the governing body, and since then two members of the Bernards Township Planning each have said they would like to fill that spot next year. Carol Bianchi, this year's chair of the Planning Board, and Kevin Orr, chairman of the township Board of Adjustment and a member of the township Planning Board, both said they are seeking the Republican municipal committee's endorsement for this year's official Republican candidate for Township Committee. Although Republican candidates for Township Committee have faced competition from Democratic challengers in recent years, the Republicans have managed to …
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
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 …