The incumbent Roselle Mayor (and running mate Denise Wilkerson) won their challenge to remain on the ballot in the June Democratic Primary.
The critics of Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie jeer that it’s a case of simply moving chairs on the deck of the Titantic. But in the aftermath of Lizette Delgado Polanco’s resignation (see below), the respected Somerset County Democratic Chair stepped forward to accept an interim appoint as vice chair of the Democratic State Committee. By taking the position, Schaffer threw in with Chairman Currie. Now (as of right now) the only county party chair who has not formally picked a side in the cold war between the sitting chair and Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman Leroy Jones is Ocean County Democratic Committee Chairman Wyatt Earp (pictured).
Governor Murphy’s new chief of staff received praise this week from Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-6), who said Helmy took the time to go down to South Jersey to meet with Greenwald when he first started at his new position. The veteran South Jersey Democrat described Helmy as a “phenomenal addition” to te front office.
On Monday, the longtime counsel of the state Board of Public Utilities (and daughter of assemblyman Tom Giblin of Montclair) will start her new job as a cabinet secretary in the administration of Governor Phil Murphy.
Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver offered considerable praise this week to the former mayoor of Belmar, now