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Political potluck: Murphy candidacy prompts unease in Montclair

By LINDA MOSS moss@montclairlocal.news On Cloverhill Place in Montclair, residents are apprehensive about the looming Nov. 7 gubernatorial election. They are part of a Democratic enclave, and they expect their party’s candidate, Phil Murphy, to win....

Massive crowd welcomes Hillary Clinton to Montclair’s Watchung Booksellers

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news The line literally stretched around the block — and well beyond — for Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book signing at Watchung Booksellers Tuesday evening. The former secretary of state, first lady and presidential candidate...

SiriusXM’s Obeidallah to conduct Montclair town hall with Murphy

BlueWaveNJ is teaming up with SiriusXM host, and North Jersey native, Dean Obeidallah to hold a town hall meeting in Montclair this Saturday with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, the progressive group said Tuesday. "Mr....

Jonathan Alter to speak on Jewish values in the age of Trump

By GWEN OREL orel@montclairlocal.news “When you think about tikkun olam, it’s ‘repair the world,’” said Jonathan Alter. “This dude ain’t repairing the world. You can say a lot about him but he’s not repairing the world.” Tikkun...

Frelinghuysen challenger Sherrill woos supporters in Montclair

By LINDA MOSS moss@montclairlocal.news Township resident Mikie Sherrill, who seeks to oust incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen from office, on Monday fielded some tough questions from potential voters who lauded her on one hand, but also...

Johnson wins hometown Montclair in gubernatorial primary

By LINDA MOSS moss@montclairlocal.news Montclair’s hometown gubernatorial candidate, Jim Johnson, got the overwhelming support of the township in Tuesday’s primary, garnering nearly 40 percent more votes than the winner for the Democratic nomination for governor, Phil Murphy. Johnson,...
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Opinion: In primary, local GOP looks for different kind of victory

by John Van Wagner for Montclair Local This past May 18, history was made at the Bloomfield Town Pub. You heard it here first. There were no political luminaries there, no media coverage. Pub patrons on that...

Opinion: What happened to my father’s GOP?

By BOB RUSSO As a teenager growing up in Newark in the 1950 and ’60s, I helped my father run his small business while attending great public schools. I saw him support President Dwight D....
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Piscopo still weighing independent bid for governor

By LINDA MOSS moss@montclairlocal.news “Saturday Night Live” veteran and North Jersey native Joe Piscopo didn’t tip his hand on Wednesday at a luncheon for local Republicans, still declining to say whether he will run for governor...
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Price-posting ordinance pulled from council agenda

Following opposition from local merchants and her own belief that it just wasn’t ready for a vote, Fourth Ward Councilwoman Renée Baskerville withdrew a proposed ordinance on Tuesday night that would have required  service...