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How these Pa. lawmakers plan to bring fairness to elections

House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22 are aimed at the nonpartisan redrawing of legislative boundaries and maps.

Pennsylvania lawmakers have introduced bills to reform the system t…

Guadagno backs Warren County Republican to lead N.J. GOP

Doug Steinhardt’s charge is to unify the party after the lieutenant governor’s primary campaign.

Fresh off a successful primary campaign, New Jersey’s lieutenant governor is looking to a Warren County Republican leader to realign the party for the general election.

Kim Guadagno, the GOP gubernatorial nominee, on Friday endorsed Doug Steinhardt — an attorney, former mayor from Lopatcong Township and current county Republican committee chairman — to lead the Republican State Committee.

Kim Guadagno Wins GOP Primary for NJ Governor Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is congratulated after her primary win. (Russ DeSantis | For NJ Advance Media) 

“Doug Steinhardt has been involved in the Republican Party at the grassroots level for decades,” Guadagno said in a statement preceding a conference call with Republican county chairs Friday, according to a Politico report. “He has been a mayor as well as a successful county chairman in Warren County, and he is well respected by his fellow county chairs in other parts of the state. Doug has the experience, relationships and energy needed to lead the Republican State Committee and win races up and down the ballot.”

The state committee is expected formally vote to make Steinhardt its leader on Tuesday, one week after Guadagno won the gubernatorial primary. She faces Democrat Phil Murphy, the former U.S. ambassador to Germany, in the Nov. 7 general election.

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Steinhardt — a partner in the law firm of Florio, Perrucci, Steinhart & Fader, co-founded by Gov. Jim Florio, a Democrat — on Friday said he was “humbled and flattered” by Guadagno’s blessing. He said he has been in “constant contact” with the lieutenant governor through the primary and is focused on working with the other county chairmen to coordinate Guadagno’s push for the governorship.

“One of the main priorities for me,” he said, “is try to rebuilt the party from the ground up and try to be as inclusive as we can be.”

Steinhardt said he plans to stay on as the Warren County Republican Committee chairman.

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NorCo GOP Has a Trump Problem

Northampton County’s May 15 primary reveals that he county GOP may have a problem heading into the general election. Far more Democrats (13,140) voted than Republicans (9,972). A disputed school board and MDJ seat in Bethlehem means turnout in that Dem…

Meet Phillipsburg’s primary election candidates

It’s the most crowded municipal primary in Warren County.

With 10 candidates between two parties, Phillipsburg is Warren County’s most crowded municipal contest for New Jersey’s primary election on Tuesday.

We solicited bios from each candidate, asking them about their political experience and to give a short statement on why they are running. Here are their responses.

Warren County’s contested primaries


Bernie FeyBernie Fey Jr. (Courtesy photo)

BERNARDINO FEY JR. (incumbent)

Age: 48

Occupation: DRJTBC

Prior political experience: Phillipsburg Town Council 2010 to present

Campaign website/social media: n/a

Statement: While on Town Council, I networked and was able to achieve more funding for our youth groups, youth center, and senior center to assist in there ability to grow.

Following up with our youth groups and town needs, I was able to incorporate into this year’s budget, the revitalization of the Green Street Park and Walters Park. These parks will have the tennis courts, basketball courts, softball fields, and baseball fields fully renovated back to new like conditions and up to league codes and standards.  My next step for our towns recreation is to develop a financial plan for the development of a new Phillipsburg Recreation and Community Center.

While I was on the Redevelopment Committee, we were able to negotiate with a developer and sell the old Ingersoll Rand site with demolition underway and a Redevelopment Plan in place which will result in job creation and an economic boost that our town desperately needs.

Currently, I am working with Senator Doherty to enforce the laws, which will require,  state HUD section 8 property owners to have all there paperwork transferred to our Phillipsburg Housing HUD representative, so we can make them accountable for there properties and there conditions, as well as give the tenants representation.

If elected, one of my first goals, is to develop a plan to have a new “Veterans Memorial” wall to recognize our fallen soldiers, so these heroes will never be forgotten.

DEGEROLAMO, FULPER and MCVEY (running as a team)

Danielle L. DeGerolamo

Age: 46

Occupation: Market Manager (LinkedIn page)

Prior political experience: Warren County Republican Committee, Warren County Republican Women

Campaign website/social media:;; Twitter @pburgproud;

Danielle DeGerolamoDanielle DeGerolamo (Courtesy photo) 

Statement: There is a sense of pride that effects each generation in our community. I’m running for council to help implement change and create opportunities for all Phillipsburg residents to succeed and restore that pride. We need to open communication in town. Local events and recreation should be affordable for our community. Our facilities need solid plans for improvement. We need accountability at every level when things are not done; including bank owned properties, rental units, and general property maintenance. Taxes? We are still NJ, but yes, we need to work on making our taxes affordable. We need more ratable small and medium sized businesses in town. Community and business partnerships can be a winning combination, especially for experienced, community members and at-risk youth. I’ve implemented many of these programs professionally, witnessed them in similar towns and seen the pride it creates by learning a trade. We can do this.

Robert W. Fulper

Age: 39

Robert FulperRobert Fulper (Courtesy photo) 

Occupation: Chief Information Officer for a Lehigh Valley Based IT Services Provider, Owner of Five Circle Productions Web Design Agency.

Prior political experience: Member of the Phillipsburg Senior Center Board, Member of the Phillipsburg Recreation Advisory Board, Former Member of the Phillipsburg Land Use Board.

Campaign website/social media:

Statement: I believe the only way to strengthen our community is to promote a unifying environment regardless of sex, race, religion, and socioeconomic status. People choose to live in Phillipsburg for a reason, so we should focus together on the endgame instead of personal preferences and/or agendas. We simply cannot allow our community to be ripped apart due to the current heightened political climate.

Morale is presently low within our town’s boundaries and I aim to change that by involving the community more by means of clearer transparency, more youth involvement, enhanced communication and making the process more personable by striving to be readily available when our residents are in need.
We need to focus on improving the Youth and Senior programs in town, implementing and enforcing stricter ordinances meant to eliminate the absentee landlord and trash issues we are facing, lowering taxes or yielding
the increases by means of maintaining a conservative budget, and yes…we need to revitalize, not just downtown, but ALL of Phillipsburg. No one will want to come here if we don’t want to be here ourselves.

Frank McVey

Did not respond by deadline.

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SAMARELLI, MCBRIDE and ZAGRA (running as a team)

Saverio Samarelli

Age: 38

Occupation: Union organizer for the Laborers Eastern Region Organizing fund

Prior political experience: None

Campaign website/social media:

Statement: I’m running because I see our town needs a change. Local hire should be a top priority.  Our residence should have a right to work where they live and in turn be able to reinvest in their community. Also, bank owned properties need to be cleaned up and banks need to be held accountable. We need to control spending and find grants to help reconstruct all areas of our town as well. And lastly, having our town hall brought back to the downtown area and help revitalize and bring businesses back to re-energize our Business community.

Jennifer McBride

Age: 40

Occupation: Executive assistant and educator for Kaleidoscope Enrichment

Prior political experience: None

Campaign website/social media:

Statement: I am running for Council to help the town:

  • Bring the Town Hall back to the downtown area.
  • Partner with programs to increased physical/mental health services.
  • Create a comprehensive Community Revitalization Action Plan, bringing volunteer/community organizations, business, educators, the municipality and residents together and create measurable goals to achieve.
  • Invest in our residents by creating local hire policies.
  • Reinstate and encourage community block programs to bring neighbors back together, working towards making the whole town, whole again.
  • Increase adult and child recreation programs.
  • Create an environmental commission to address our unique environmental issues.

Timothy Zagra

Age: 43

Occupation: Production Manager at Graphic Equipment Corp./Charter Machine Company

Prior political experience: None

Campaign website/social media:

Statement: I’m running for council to help encourage the progress of Phillipsburg. To start the revitalization process by moving Town Hall and PPD back downtown where some of our main issues are rooted, drugs, crime, and abandonment, and promote “Broken Windows Policing”. To reinvest in our youth and adult recreational programs in town to give people a place to be involved to build community relations. To enforce responsibility on the landlords to keep a better environments for renters.  To encourage neighborhoods to help clean up the unsightly areas of town, promote community, and strengthen businesses and homeownership.

CLARK, HUFF and BRISSON (running as a team)

Lee ClarkLee Clark (Courtesy photo) 

Lee M. Clark 

Age: 25

Occupation: Field Director at New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Education Fund

Prior political experience: Worked on Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign as a field organizer (2016)

Campaign website/social media: Brisson, Clark, and Huff for Phillipsburg Town Council on Facebook;

Statement: I am running for Phillipsburg Town Council because I believe citizens have the power to bring about positive change in our town. Every day I see the problems plaguing the town and its residents and I want to be a representative to solve these issues. We need to unify and rebuild the pride we had in our neighborhoods and aim to protect our town’s natural resources. Phillipsburg is such an amazing place to live and raise a family, we as a community must come together and I believe as a councilman I can help our town do just that.

Ashley Huff

Ashley HuffAshley Huff (Courtesy photo)

Age: 27

Occupation: Teacher

Prior political experience: N/A

Campaign website/social media: Brisson, Clark, and Huff for Phillipsburg Town Council on Facebook;

Statement: I am running for Town Council because it’s where my heart is. I want to be a voice for US. I say us because I am no different then any of you who just want to see this town come back to life. I know things have to happen now, but we can’t forget that we have to look at the future. We have to take the steps now to create the future we want our children to have tomorrow. Socrates once said, “the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.” As your councilwoman I would do my absolute best to take the steps to make positive change happen without losing what Phillipsburg is.

Emil Brisson

Emil BrissonEmil Brisson (Courtesy photo)

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired in 2013 from the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities, after almost 34 years of service. When I retired, I was the Northern Regional Administrator for Community Services. I have over 41 years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities.

Prior political experience: None. Over the years, I have done volunteer activities to give back to others, through coaching sports, involvement in our church and our kids’ schools, Warren County Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities Food Pantry and Interfaith Hospitality.

Campaign website/social media: Brisson, Clark, and Huff for Phillipsburg Town Council on Facebook;

Statement: Phillipsburg has been struggling for years. With our Democratic Mayor and a new vision for the town, significant changes are happening. I want to be a part of this change. I want to help restore pride in Phillipsburg and its neighborhoods. I support the Mayor’s efforts to revitalize the downtown and bring new businesses to town. I support the initiatives of Democratic Councilmen to hold banks accountable for abandoned properties. I will work to assure the Phillipsburg Library can continue to operate at its current level of services. I’ll work to bring about a brighter future for Phillipsburg.

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Warren County’s future the subject of freeholder candidates’ on-air debate

Freeholder candidates discussed their platforms live on WRNJ.

Where does Warren County go from here?
One week ahead of New Jersey’s June 6 primary election, two Republican c…

A chance to chat with congressman over coffee in Warren County

Rep. Josh Gottheimer is continuing his “Cup of Joe with Josh” town hall series.

A coffee klatch with a congressman? Warren County residents can start their Saturday that way.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat whose 5th Congressional District includes northern Warren, will be at the Crossroads Diner at the corner of Routes 46 and 519 in White Township for his “Cup of Joe with Josh” series of town hall meetings, his office announced Friday.

The event begins at 9 a.m.

Gottheimer has held similar events around the district, billed as a way to hear what is on constituents’ minds.

The Democrat is serving his first year in Congress after defeating Republican incumbent Scott Garrett in November. The district also includes parts of Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties.

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Fed Ed Gets Dem Nod With Four Percent

When my father was defeated in his bid for re-election as NorCo DA, radio stations  were still providing independent news coverage. So it was a radio reporter who stuck a microphone in my Dad’s face to ask for his reaction. “The people have spoken…

Primary Election Day in Pa.: What you need to know

Polls are open for the Pennsylvania primary election from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It’s primary Election Day in Pennsylvania.
Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and as races go,…

Probe of FBI chief’s firing ‘harder to resist,’ Republican Charlie Dent says

“It is now harder to resist calls for an independent investigation or select committee,” says the Lehigh Valley congressman.

Charlie Dent, a Republican representing the Lehigh Valley in Congress, on Wednesday reacted to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying the president’s rationale must be more clearly explained and that an independent investigation may be the next step.

Comey was investigating possible connections between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. However, the White House cited Comey’s handling of last year’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices as the cause for the abrupt termination Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

Trump axes FBI’s Comey in midst of Russia probe

Dent’s full statement, released Wednesday:

“Director Comey always struck me as a decent and honorable man who was put in an extremely difficult situation. His firing by President Trump is both confounding and troubling, and it is now harder to resist calls for an independent investigation or select committee. The President must provide a much clearer explanation as to the timing and rationale for this action. Additionally, more information is needed about how the Director’s firing will impact the investigations by the FBI and both branches of Congress.”

Another Pennsylvania congressman, Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, released a statement Tuesday evening calling the president’s actions “Nixonian.”

“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special counsel to continue the Trump/Russia investigation,” Casey said. “This investigation must be independent and thorough in order to uphold our nation’s system of justice.”

This is Nixonian. Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein must immediately appoint a special prosecutor to continue the Trump/Russia investigation.

— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 9, 2017

Hard to square Sessions recommendation to fire Comey with his “recusal.”

— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 9, 2017

Sen. Corey Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, also said Tuesday that an independent prosecutor is now necessary.

“The president of the United States just fired the person who was investigating his campaign, which should set off alarm bells across the country,” Booker said. “The last time a presidential firing raised this many questions, America was in the middle of the Watergate crisis.”

Booker: FBI chief’s firing should ‘set off alarm bells’

Meanwhile, Republican leadership in Washington resisted calls for independent probes.

“Today we’ll no doubt hear calls for a new investigation,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday morning on the Senate floor, per the New York Times, “which can only serve to impede the current work being done.”

The Times said that few Republicans with the exception of Sen. John McCain of Arizona have called for the installation of an independent investigator or commission.

The AP reported that Trump said on Twitter that his dismissal of Comey — who came under withering criticism from both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation — would be validated after “things calm down.”

Comey lost the confidence of almost everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike. When things calm down, they will be thanking me!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2017

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Campaign Signs in East Allen Township

The purpose of an election is to get people top vote for you, not piss them off. Someone might want to tell that to East Allen Township Supervisor candidate Georgiann Hunsicker and her husband. They’ve been planting campaign signs in people’s yards wit…