As we get closer to the May 10 municipal elections followed by the June 7 primary election date, North-JerseyNews.com will post a weekly notebook of press releases produced by the candidates.
5th Congressional District
Businessman and Congressional candidate Frank Pallotta (N.J.-05) recently called on New Jersey Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin to resign and be prosecuted.
“Yet again, New Jersey is the face of corruption and scandal with a refocus of the New York Post on Acting Attorney General Matt Platkin’s cover-up of the assault of a campaign staffer; his forcing nursing homes to accept COVID patients; and now his office behavior, which involves throwing chairs. Matt Platkin should not only resign from our state’s top law enforcement job, he should be prosecuted. The silence of Democrats, including Congressman Josh Gottheimer, is deafening.”
7th Congressional District
The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) has endorsed Tom Malinowski’s race to defend New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District. JDCA is the political voice of Jewish Democrats and advocates for Jewish values and priorities within the Democratic Party and for the Democratic Party within the Jewish community.
“Throughout my time in Congress, I have been led by the values of the Jewish community in my district,” said Malinowski. “I will keep doing all I can to defend those values at home and around the world, including by fighting anti-Semitism and extremism, and defending democracy and our democratic allies.”
“The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) is proud to endorse Representative Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) for re-election. During his two terms in Congress, Rep. Malinowski has distinguished himself as a champion for our shared Jewish and Democratic values, including defending democracy, combating extremism, advancing our national security, and protecting human rights. In the lead-up to the midterm elections, JDCA is proud to support Rep. Malinowski and mobilize Jewish voters across New Jersey’s 7th district in support of his reelection,” Halie Soifer, CEO of the Jewish Democratic Council of America.
Since being elected into Congress, Tom Malinowski has been a leading voice in the fight domestic extremism, including anti-Semitism and white supremacy. At Malinowski’s request, the Department of Homeland Security restored their budget for programs to prevent domestic terrorism, previously cut by the Trump administration. Malinowski has also long fought to support the Non Profit Security Grant Program, a federally funded program that helps faith based and non profit organizations prevent, protect themselves against, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies.
Tom Kean, Jr. won the Union County Republican organization line on March 9, scoring his second victory of the 2022 convention season in his bid for a rematch against Rep. Tom Malinowski in New Jersey’s 7th district.
Kean received 115 votes, with Jon Henry Isemann getting 14 votes. No votes were cast for Assemblyman Erik Peterson, Phil Rizzo or the other three GOP candidates.
Kean won the Hunterdon Republican convention after defeating Peterson on the second ballot. He also has the endorsement of the Warren County GOP.
Morris County Republicans returned to vote this week after voting machine difficulties pre-empted a second ballot showdown between Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, and Isemann, a 27-year-old first-time candidate who left his Wall Street career to lead a humanitarian mission to Guatemala. The Somerset County GOP convention is set for next week.
Tom Malinowski has earned the endorsement of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund. The national environmental organization is supporting candidates who prioritize the climate crisis and building a clean energy economy.
“We are proud to support members of Congress who are standing up for their constituents in the fight for our future,” said Manish Bapna, president of the NRDC Action Fund. “They understand that bold climate action will lead to a stronger economy and a better future for our country and our planet, and we need their leadership in the House now more than ever.”
“From ending the PennEast Pipeline to championing historic investments in clean energy, I’ve been fighting with the NRDC Action Fund since the day I got to Congress,” said Malinowski. “I’m grateful for our continued partnership in protecting the environment, building climate-resilient infrastructure, and creating high quality green jobs.”
8th Congressional District
Brian Varela’s long shot campaign against Robert Menendez Jr. in CD-8 got some national attention today.
Varela announced an endorsement from Andrew Yang, a Democratic candidate for president in 2020.
“I really connected with Brian,” Yang said in a statement issued by the Varela campaign. “We are very similar.”
By that, Yang meant that both he and Varela are political outsiders and in “real life,” entrepreneurs and successful businessmen. Yang’s message resonated early in the 2020 presidential primary season and for New York City mayor.
Robert J. Menendez has received the endorsement of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825 for his bid for an open congressional seat in New Jersey’s 8th district.
Local 825 is one of the state’s most politically potent labor unions and their endorsement is typically accompanied by boots on the ground to turn out votes on Election Day and significant campaign expenditures.
Menendez, a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has emerged as the front-runner for the seat held since 2006 by Rep. Albio Sires (D-8). Sires is retiring at the end of his current term.
“Even before running for public office, Rob has been an advocate for the working and middle-class families of New Jersey,” said Greg Lalevee, the business manager of Local 825 and one of New Jersey’s most powerful labor leaders. “He understands the issues facing the members of IUOE Local 825 and will provide the leadership we need during these divided times. Rob’s leadership will be crucial to continue the legacy of Congressman Sires as a true transportation champion.”
10th Congressional District
Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, New Jersey’s highest ranking Black woman elected official, is endorsing her longtime friend and colleague U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr., (D-Newark). One of the state’s true trailblazers, Lt. Governor Oliver previously served as the state’s first Black woman Assembly Speaker prior to winning her current position as Lt. Governor along with Governor Phil Murphy in 2017, and being re-elected last year.
“Donald Payne, Sr., was one of my heroes and a true mentor to so many others who shared his commitment to public service, and his son Donald Payne, Jr., has distinguished himself by carrying on that legacy of delivering for working people,” said Lt. Governor Oliver. “From getting legislation passed and signed to make Medicaid cover essential cancer screenings, to creating thousands of quality middle class jobs by writing the House version of President Biden’s infrastructure bill, to keeping our communities safe by providing federal resources for law enforcement, Congressman Payne is a fighter and a champion for Essex, Hudson and Union counties.”
Lt. Governor Oliver’s endorsement comes on the heels of the Payne campaign announcing the support of Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese, another of the state’s leading Black woman elected officials. Congressman Payne values his relationship with Black women leaders tremendously and will be announcing additional support from this vital constituency that represents the backbone of the Democratic Party.
“Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver has devoted her life to public service, and throughout all of her roles in government she has always been guided by an overriding principle of helping working families succeed,” said Congressman Payne. “It’s an honor to have Sheila’s support and to work closely with her on her team on the priorities we share, like providing more affordable housing, creating quality union jobs, protecting women’s access to health care services and much more.”
Imani Oakley, who is running a progressive primary campaign in New Jersey’s 10th congressional district, received another prominent endorsement, this one from Black Lives Matter PAC, which seeks to elect progressive community leaders, activists, and working-class candidates fighting for Black liberation.
“‘Black Lives Matter’ is not an empty slogan to me,” said Oakley. “It represents the bare minimum demand for respect for me, my family, and my community. My platform includes specific details of how we’re going to fight back against white supremacy, including a counterterrorism task force narrowly aimed at white supremacist organizations, a plan to invest in the community and divest from further militarization of the police, a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and checks for reparations for descendants of enslaved people. I am both honored and invigorated by Black Lives Matter PAC’s support for me and this platform.”
“We are building a progressive movement aimed at the forces hurting our communities,” Oakley said. “As Congresswoman, I will work tirelessly to win a future where we can be safe from the violence of white supremacy.”
11th Congressional District
Robert Kovic has dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district and has endorsed Tayfun Selen.
Kovic, a former Ridgefield Park councilman who now lives in Sussex County, never picked up any steam in his bid to take on Rep. Mikie Sherrill, despite endorsements from former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn and State Sen. Edward Durr.
“I launched my campaign to be a voice for American greatness, individual liberty, and honoring our Constitution,” Kovic said. “Although the results of the recent convention were not what I had hoped for, I believe my friend Tayfun Selen is our best choice to take the fight to Democrats with the passion, message and conviction we need.”
Selen, a Morris County Commissioner, was the top vote-getter in the vote for the Republican organization line in Morris County but fell 74 votes short of winning on the first ballot. He now faces former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha in a runoff where voting begins on Thursday and ends on Friday night.
“I spent many nights speaking before Republicans on the debate stage alongside all of the candidates, and Tayfun’s record and story are both something I respect and also embody the greatness of America,” stated Kovic. “I think for Republicans to have a chance at picking up a tough swing district in November and knock the AOC and Pelosi Democrats back on their heels – we need to unite behind Tayfun Selen.”
Morris County Commissioner Doug Cabana has endorsed Tayfun Selen for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.
“I’ve seen up close on the County Board of Commissioners that Tayfun Selen is a hard-working public servant who cares deeply about delivering good government that protects taxpayers,” said Cabana. “Coupled with his local government experience as Councilman and Mayor, his impressive background in business, and his one-of-a-kind life story – I believe he’s the best candidate Republicans can put forward to win this seat and get America back on track.”
Larry Friscia has dropped his bid for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district and endorsed former Kinnelon Council President Larry Casha.
“While this campaign may not be ending the way I envisioned, in my time and travels on the campaign trails I’ve got to know Larry Casha. He is the principled fighter we need right now and I’m proud to stand with him,” said Friscia, an attorney and first-time candidate. “I know that Larry is the right guy to be our candidate to beat Mikie Sherrill. My passion to make a difference, to fight for our principles remains high — you haven’t heard the last from me.”
“This campaign was never about me — It’s about stopping the woke radical left. It’s about exposing the failures and incompetence of the Biden Administration, Friscia said. “And it’s about holding accountable and ultimately defeating Mikie Sherrill this November.”
Republican CD -11 congressional candidate Paul DeGroot is pointing his campaign toward the June Primary Election.
“Because of the confusing nature of the (Morris County Republican Committee) convention, I don’t think there is much anyone can take from the results of the event,” said DeGroot. “I’m moving on to the Primary, which will give me three months to address thousands of Republican voters in Morris, Essex and Passaic counties.”
DeGroot has the Republican Party line in Passaic County.
A former county prosecutor and the father of two small children, DeGroot says he has the skills and perspective to appeal to Republican voters who want to win back the CD-11 seat that was lost in 2018.
“I battled crime and criminals for 25 years and worked with government officials on the local, county, state and federal level. No one else in the GOP field has that kind experience,” said DeGroot. “I oppose the revolving-door justice that local and national Democrats have saddled us with that is emboldening criminals to prey on law-abiding, middle-class people.”
DeGroot and his wife Sharon have two young children and he says that gives him a perspective other candidates do not have.
“Like many parents in the district, we are deeply concerned about what our children are learning in school. I support the parents’ right to have a significant say in what is being taught in the classroom and I will carry that message to Washington,” added DeGroot. “I actually live in the district that I am running in. I think that matters. We have candidates that don’t live in the district or know its intricacies and needs. That puts them in the same ballpark as Rep Mikie Sherrill, who never made the commitment to move to the district.”
Michael J. Silva’s campaign for Newark City Council announced an expansion of the campaign’s leadership team. Silva’s campaign welcomed Daniel Carles to manage the campaign’s voter contact and Get Out the Vote (GOTV) operations.
“Daniel is one of the most respected field operatives in the country, and I could not be more excited to have them join our campaign team,” said Silva. “Daniel has worked on countless campaigns across the country and numerous campaigns in the state of New Jersey. His experience and expertise will help bring my campaign across the finish line on May 10th.”
Since 2005, Daniel has been instrumental in securing victories for Democratic Presidents, Governors, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives and statewide ballot initiatives. Daniel has also been the driving force behind massive voter registration, petition circulation and vote-by-mail signup drives, helping to reshape the electorate favorably for Democratic causes. In recent years, Daniel has partnered with many candidates, state parties, unions and party committees to design and implement successful voter contact and GOTV plans across the country.