The Leek

Still reeling from the triumph of Democrat Josh Gottheimer over right-wing darling Scott Garrett in the November election, Sussex County Republicans recently received a second blow upon learning that their Democratic counterparts are mounting a challenge for all three of District 24’s seats in the State House, as well as for county freeholder.

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Perez Announces Bid for Freeholder

Also at Thursday’s meeting, Daniel Perez of Frankford announced his bid for a seat on the Board of Freeholders, which last had Democratic representation in 1999.

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‘Tough Fight Ahead’ but Dems are ready for it

A full slate of Democrats will challenge entrenched GOP politicians in state- and countywide elections this year.

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Phoebus Drops Out

Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus announced on Tuesday, March 28th, that she will no longer seek the Republican nomination for the New Jersey state senate.

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And yet they persisted: Did NJ 11th for Change save Obamacare?

The Republicans in power are insisting that their epic failure to destroy the Affordable Care Act (which they’d been promising to do the instant they got in charge) and replace it with the tax-cuts-for-the-rich bill Donald Trump apparently thought was “really terrific” on Democrats. They just wouldn’t support it (well, they got that part right.)

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Frelinghuysen responds to public outcry, will vote “no” on Trump/Ryan care

U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) whose district includes the Sussex County municipalities of Byram, Hopatcong, Ogdensburg, Sparta and Stanhope, said Friday he would vote “no” on the administration’s “replacement” for the Affordable Care Act. Frelinghuysen is the new chairman of the power House Appropriations Committee.

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Clarkin drops out, Trish/Matteson to run as a team

Sean Clarkin of Vernon has dropped out of the Democratic Assembly race following an announcement that Gina Trish and Kate Matteson plan to run as a team. They will be competing with Michael Pirog in the June 6 primary.

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Frelinghuysen approves guns for veterans deemed “mentally incompetent”

When it comes to honoring our veterans, the U.S. is big on talk and parades, and less enthusiastic about ponying up to provide jobs, housing and physical and mental health care.

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State may have to pick up more education costs

New Jersey’s public schools serving low-income students—in rural and suburban as well as urban areas—stand to lose services and programs if Donald Trump’s proposed budget becomes reality.  The only questions are 1) how much? and 2) How committed will our state legislature and local governments be to making up for the damage?

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Comment: The Time is Now to Make a Difference

The deadline for filing a petition to appear on the ballot for most town council seats is Monday, April third. That’s only about two weeks away, but there remains sufficient time to collect the necessary signatures for your petition.

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