Sunday, May 19, 2013
NJ results part of a national trend charted in just-released report from U.S. Census Bureau.
A new report on voting in the 2012 presidential election found that blacks in New Jersey, like those across the nation, turned out in greater percentages than any other racial or ethnic group and the youngest voters, those age 18 through 24, turned out in the smallest numbers. The report by the U.S. Census Bureau released on Wednesday said that a greater percentage of eligible blacks voted than whites for the first time since officials began publishing voting statistics in 1996. Nationally, two in three eligible blacks voted in the presidential election, which was slightly higher than the 64.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites. In New Jersey, 68.5 percent of eligible African Americans voted, compared with 63.4 percent of whites. James Harris…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
GOP lawmakers says proposal’s too expensive, not needed because people can cast absentee ballots.
Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have created a system for early voting in New Jersey, which Democrats saw as needed to expand voting opportunities but the governor deemed unnecessary. Inspired by the state’s chaotic 2012 presidential election held in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the bill, S-2364and A-3553, would have permitted voters to cast ballots in person at designated polling locations as early as 15 days prior to an election. It was sponsored by and supported by only Democrats. All Republicans in both the Senate and Assembly opposed it, and given the composition of the Legislature, it is impossible to override a veto without GOP support. In his veto message, Christie said New Jersey voters have been able to …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Even with backing of both teachers unions, Buono faces challenge to articulate how she differs from Christie.
It's taken a while, but Gov. Chris Christie’s aggressive school reform agenda -- and the Democrats’ counter to it -- could be emerging as a big issue in the 2013 gubernatorial election. Christie’s very public involvement in the public schools -- especially in some of the state’s most troubled districts -- has been one of the hallmarks of his education agenda for the past three-and-a-half years. To recap some of the governor's political -- and personal -- initiatives: appointing a reform-minded superintendent in Newark, and playing a large role in hammering out a new teachers contract there; opposing Abbott v. Burke school-equity decisions; pushing for private school vouchers; blocking the surrender of state control in both Newark and …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
District one of just over 40 to hold elections on Tuesday
Just over 200 residents or a little less than eight percent of the registered voters in the township turned out to vote in the school board elections on Tuesday, approving the district's budget. With four uncontested seats on the board of education up for grabs longtime teacher Linda Penney received the most votes with 196 including absentee ballots. She was followed by incumbent Pramod Chivate who received 175 votes. Dominique Jones and Lindsay McDowell received 171 and 162 votes respectively. The budget which included a relatively flat tax rate for residents passed with 173 votes in favor and 39 opposed. Out of a possible 2818 registered voters in the town just 217 turned out to Town Hall while four sent in absentee ballots.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Four uncontested seats and a budget on the ballot
Cranbury residents will be headed to the polls today to vote in the annual Board of Education elections. The township is one of just 41 across the state that opted to keep their school elections separate from the general elections in November. According to information on the district's website, the total general fund expenditures are close to where they have been for the past few years. The proposed budget is for $15,570,169, which is a slight increase over last year's $15,519,528. Out of the total budget, 49.3 percent goes to salaries, wages, and benefits while 25 percent goes to the Princeton Public Schools for high school tuition. When the latest state aid figures came from Trenton the Cranbury district received a total of $451,203, …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
There are three seats available on the East Windsor Council for 2014.
The June primaries will be quiet in East Windsor with three Democrats and three Republicans filing to run in the November council elections. East Windsor Deputy Mayor Perry Shapiro, Councilman Alan Rosenberg, and Councilman Hector Duke filed to run for another term on the Democratic ticket. The incumbents will face Republicans Anna Lustenberg, TJ Berdzik and Albert P. Grupper. Independent candidates have until June 4, the date of the primary election, to file a petition to have their names put on the ballot.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Incumbents face challengers for seats
Current Cranbury Democratic Mayor Glen R. Johnson and Republican Committeeman Dan Mulligan filed paperwork to run in the upcoming November election. Two newcomers have also filed to run in the June primaries but with two seats open all four will appear on the November ballot. Also running for the 3-year seats are Democrat Joseph M. Buonavolonta and Republican Tom Connolly.
Many Senate and Assembly incumbents face competition in bids for slots on November ballot.
While the governor’s race tops the ballot, a number of legislative contests throughout the state, more of which target incumbent Democrats than Republicans, may prove at least as interesting to local voters. Monday was the deadline for partisan candidates to file petitions to get on the primary ballot in June. Both Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), his expected Democratic challenger, have primary opponents. But so do five incumbent state senators -- four Democrats and one Republican – and seven Assembly members – four Democrats and three Republicans. There are at least some other challenges for open seats or for the right to challenge incumbents in November. The entire makeup of the election landscape is …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
NJ jobless rate higher than national average and neighboring states still a vulnerability for Christie.
With New Jersey’s governor’s race already in general-election mode, last week’s 0.2 percent dip in the state unemployment rate to 9.3 percent drew immediate partisan responses. Charles Steindel, Gov. Chris Christie’s chief economist, gushed that the “solid” month continued “the general, upward trend of growth and progress established under the Christie administration.” Meanwhile, Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), Christie’s Democratic challenger, declared that “the fact that Gov. Christie’s administration calls this ‘another solid month,’ after losing 2,200 jobs in January, just shows how the governor is out of touch with reality." In actuality, the February drop continued a slow five-month improvement from a 35-year record-high …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Just by showing up for interview, governor demonstrates how his relationship with union has evolved.
The fact that Gov. Chris Christie didn’t win the New Jersey Education Association’s endorsement for governor this weekend wasn’t all that unexpected. The surprise was that he participated in the process at all. Four years after Christie sent a public letter rather than showing up for his pitch to the NJEA, the governor walked across West State St. in Trenton -- right on time for his 6:30 appointment. In what was described as a cordial back and forth, Christie spent 45 minutes in front of the 15 union leaders who make up the screening committee, responding to probing questions about everything from pensions to teacher evaluation. Ultimately, the union’s PAC picked the Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex), by a …