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Van Drew won’t challenge LoBiondo

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 27, 2014 07:42 pm

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Sen. Jeff Van Drew announced today, Jan. 27, that he will not run for Congress.

Van Drew’s name has often come up as a potential challenger to veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who has repeatedly won reelection by strong margins. So far, Bill Hughes Jr., the son of the former Democratic congressman Bill Hughes, has stated he will seek the seat.

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Christie focuses on education reform, lowering taxes in State of the State

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, January 14, 2014 05:50 pm

TRENTON — Despite the national attention on the governor for controversial lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last September, Gov. Chris Christie focused on improving education, lowering property taxes and driving down crime Tuesday in his annual State of the State address.

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HUD auditing $25M Hurricane Sandy ad campaign that featured Gov. Christie

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, January 13, 2014 02:19 pm

A federal agency is auditing how New Jersey spent $25 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds that were used in a marketing campaign to promote the Jersey Shore, a spokesman with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development told the Gazette Monday. 

“We have received a request from Congress and are performing an audit,” HUD spokesman Ian O’Connor said. He declined to comment further.

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Hughes begins fundraising efforts in bid for Congress

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Written by Claire Lowe Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:43 am

Bill Hughes Jr. Bill Hughes Jr.

NORTHFIELD — Bill Hughes Jr. has begun seeking donations for his 2014 congressional campaign to represent New Jersey’s 2nd District in the House of Representatives.

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Sutton announces he will not seek reelection to Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders

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Written by Laura Stetser Tuesday, November 19, 2013 06:15 pm

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholder Frank Sutton of Egg Harbor Township announced he will not be seeking reelection to his post on the board during the governing body's meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19.

The District 3 freeholder's term is set to expire in 2014.

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Fiocchi claims ‘bittersweet’ win in 1st District, Albano yet to concede

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, November 07, 2013 01:30 pm

Kristine Gabor, Sam Fiocchi and Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt made up the Republican legislative ticket. Fiocchi is headed to Trenton.  Kristine Gabor, Sam Fiocchi and Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt made up the Republican legislative ticket. Fiocchi is headed to Trenton. Republican Sam Fiocchi has called a “bittersweet” win for himself in the 1st District Assembly race, unseating incumbent Democrat Nelson Albano and splitting the ticket.

“I look forward to January when I move from the (Cumberland County) Freeholder Board to the Assembly and the hard work of helping Gov. Christie continue to move New Jersey forward,” Fiocchi said in a prepared statement Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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Amodeo, Brown retain District 2 Assembly seats

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, November 06, 2013 01:10 pm

Longport Mayor Nick Russo, left, joins his running mate for District 2 Assembly, Northfield Mayor Vince Mazzeo, on election night Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield. (Suzanne Marino) Longport Mayor Nick Russo, left, joins his running mate for District 2 Assembly, Northfield Mayor Vince Mazzeo, on election night Tuesday, Nov. 5 at Atlantic City Country Club in Northfield. (Suzanne Marino)

NORTHFIELD – Republican New Jersey Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown appear to have held their seats in Trenton.

The incumbents were challenged by Northfield Mayor Vince Mazzeo and Longport Mayor Nick Russo, both Democrats, and independent challenger Gary Stein, who was running under the party and slogan Brownie Plus Me.

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Pauls tops Shober to win Freeholder at-large seat

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Written by R.J. Liberatore Jr. Wednesday, November 06, 2013 11:33 am

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - Republican William Pauls defeated Bard L. Shober on Tuesday, Nov. 5, winning the election for an at-large seat on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Pauls, 57, a Mays Landing resident, received 32,280 votes or 55.50 percent of the total in a battle of first-time political candidates.

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UPDATED: Van Drew wins, ticket split for Assembly

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Written by Bill Barlow, Alex Davis, and Christie Rotondo Wednesday, November 06, 2013 12:02 am

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 Middle’s Andrzejczak the high vote getter out of four 

Jeff Van Drew, incumbent Democratic senator, will hold his seat in the 1st Legislative District, while it looked like the numbers were split for the Assembly, with Democrat Nelson Albano falling short.

As of Wednesday morning, the Republican camp was claiming a win for Cumberland County Freeholder Sam Fiocchi over Albano, whom the GOP slammed throughout the race with a series of ads casting him as “Arrogant Albano” over a letter written after being pulled over by a state trooper.

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Voters approve of minimum wage increase, allow veterans groups to use money for own expenses

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Written by Laura Stetser Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:30 pm

New Jersey voters approved of the two ballot questions during the general election today, Tuesday, Nov. 5, according to a report by the Associated Press.

 The minimum wage will now be raised by $1 to $8.25 per hour and veteran organizations can now use the funds they raise from their raffles, bingos and other games of chance to fund their own expenses such as building maintenance.

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Whelan wins; GOP takes District 2 Assembly, freeholder races VIDEO

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:26 pm

Democrat Jim Whelan Democrat Jim Whelan  UPDATED

While Republicans claimed victories in races for District 2 Assembly, freeholder at large and District 4 freeholder in Tuesday general election voting, they conceded the big prize of the night in the race for the state Senate seat.

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Hughes to challenge LoBiondo in 2014 Updated

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 25, 2013 12:24 pm

Bill Hughes Jr. Bill Hughes Jr.

ATLANTIC CITY – Bill Hughes Jr. wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.

On Thursday, Hughes kicked off his campaign for New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City boardwalk.

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New Jersey voters can help veteran organizations support themselves

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Written by Laura Stetser Wednesday, October 23, 2013 02:57 pm

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – After nearly four years of pushing for a change to the law that governs how veterans organization can use the proceeds from the games of chance offered at the posts, these groups are hoping for their own luck as New Jersey voters consider the matter as a referendum on the November ballot.

 The Cardiff Memorial VFW Post in Egg Harbor Township has officially encouraged its 123 members to support the referendum.

 The matter was referred to the ballot in June 2013 after both the New Jersey Assembly and Senate voted unanimously for the question to appear in front of voters.

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Second Legislative District Senate race

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Written by SUZANNE MARINO Wednesday, October 23, 2013 05:00 am

Republican Frank Balles Republican Frank Balles Democrat Jim Whelan Democrat Jim Whelan

Democratic incumbent Jim Whelan is seeking another term in the New Jersey Senate representing the 2nd Legislative District, which includes much of Atlantic County. Whelan is challenged by Republican Frank Balles for the seat. They are each seeking a three-year term in the state Senate. New Jersey state senators earn $49,000 annually.

This campaign has been running for nearly a year and rather than look at all the issues The Current limited the candidates to just three questions.

Whelan and Balles were asked; What are two important issues in this election? What do you really want the voters to know about you? And why are you the best candidate for this job?

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Senate and Assembly candidates face off

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, October 22, 2013 01:16 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/: Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Republican Challenger Susan Adelizzi Schmidt debated about jobs, taxes, tourism and more during Monday’s debate at the Old Court House. Photo by Christie Rotondo/: Sen. Jeff Van Drew and Republican Challenger Susan Adelizzi Schmidt debated about jobs, taxes, tourism and more during Monday’s debate at the Old Court House. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE— During Monday’s debate, legislative candidates in the 1st District sparred over the local economy, taxes, and jobs at the Old Court House.

Political newcomer Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt, the Republican challenger for state Senate, focused her arguments on what more needs to be done, while Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeff Van Drew stuck to improvements he has been a part of, as well as his bipartisan relationship with Gov. Chris Christie and Republicans in the legislature.

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Two seek District 4 freeholder seat

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Written by Steve Prisament Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:28 am

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Two candidates – one Democrat and one Republican - are seeking the 4th District seat on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 general election.

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District 2 Republican Incumbent John Amodeo

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:03 am

John Amodeo, Republican. John Amodeo, Republican.

Amodeo, 63, of Margate, said, “We’ve come a long way in the last four years – balancing our budget with no tax increases, instituting a 2 percent cap on local budgets, and making job growth a priority in South Jersey.

We made the impossible a reality by keeping Casino Reinvestment Development funds in Atlantic City. They said it couldn’t be done, but we did it.  And now we’re using that money to invest in our people – creating jobs today and restoring growth and prosperity to our area.

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District 2 Republican incumbent Chris Brown

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, October 22, 2013 09:01 am

Chris Brown, Republican. Chris Brown, Republican.

Brown, 49, of Ventnor is a lifelong resident of Atlantic County and a graduate of Holy Spirit High School, Rutgers University and the Widener School of Law. Brown is a combat veteran who was activated for war on two occasions. He received the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge for his service in Operation Desert Storm.

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District 2 Democratic Candidate Vince Mazzeo

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Written by Shaun Smith Tuesday, October 22, 2013 08:59 am

Vince Mazzeo, Democrat. Vince Mazzeo, Democrat.

Mazzeo, 49, is the mayor of Northfield.

He said, “The biggest issues facing residents of Atlantic County are property taxes and the economy. The state takes credit for its 2 percent cap on property taxes, which slowed spending and stabilized the tax rate. However, in the last four years, property taxes have gone up 18.6 percent. The 2 percent cap did slowdown spending, but the state cut school aid and property tax rebate programs. The tax burden fell on the backs of municipalities,” Mazzeo said.

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District 2 Democratic Candidate Nick Russo

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Written by Shaun Smith Tuesday, October 22, 2013 08:57 am

Nick Russo, Democrat. Nick Russo, Democrat.

“I have been Longport’s Mayor since 2008 and I am a retired New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice state supervising investigator. I possess a doctorate degree in education and I’m a certified public manager. Besides being an active member of the Longport Fire Department, I teach graduate courses at the University of Phoenix,” said Russo, 64.

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