Freeholders Honor MHS State Champion Fencers & Swimmer


Freeholder Brendan Gill of Montclair honored state champion athletes from Montclair High School during the Freeholder Board’s Tuesday, May 6, 2014, meeting at the Hall of Records. The athletes honored were Charlotte O’Leary, the state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, and the members of the boy’s épée squad: Lucas Della Bella (captain), Matthew Schattner and Hudson Harriman-Smith (squad mate Gabriel Canaux was unable to attend the presentation). Della Bella was also honored for having won the 2014 individual épée state championship. The athletes were accompanied by their coaches, Ed Koenigsfest (swimming) and Michael McTigue (fencing), as well as Athletic Director Jeff Gannon.


NJTV Political Roundtable with Mike Schneider

Republican Strategist Roger Bodman and Democratic Strategist Brendan Gill discuss the week in politics with NJTV NewsManaging Editor Mike Schneider. Topics include the Newark Mayoral race, recent poll numbers for Gov. Chris Christie, and the upcoming Senate election.



Brendan Gill Speaks out on Bridgegate Report

A look at the new internal investigative report released by the law firm hired by Governor Christie’s administration that clears the Governor of any involvement or knowledge of the Fort Lee lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September. But critics feel the report is one-sided since it was commissioned by the Governor’s office! Guests include Republican Strategist Roger Bodman, Democratic Strategist Brendan Gill, and State House Reporter Laura Jones.





Moving on Up in Essex

Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill got some high-octane help last Tuesday. Gill, a district-based freeholder who is seeking to move up to a higher profile at-large seat, held a fundraiser at the Montclair home of Tracy Higgins and Jim Lightner that was attended by Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, a potential 2017 Democratic candidate for governor.


County Plans Renovations at Belleville Park Senior Building

The Senior Building in Essex County Belleville Park on Belleville Avenue is getting a much-needed facelift, courtesy of the county. The building, which is currently being remodeled, will be receiving a new roof, exterior painting, new windows and doors, wall and floor coverings, lighting, furniture and landscaping at the park's entrance.

Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill said he supported the renovation, which was designed in-house by the Essex County Department of Public Works. "We'll make sure the park is a jewel," he added.


Renovations Coming to Essex County Senior Building

Comprehensive facelift includes new roof, windows and doors, wall and floor coverings, lighting, furniture, landscaping at the entrance to the park and exterior painting. The upgrades were designed in-house by the Essex County Department of Public Works, which will also monitor the project to answer questions and avoid delays. Daskal Construction of Wallington, NJ, was awarded a publicly bid contract for $354,972 to perform the construction. The upgrades were funded through the Essex County Capital Budget.


GOP Opting Out of a Cory Booker Challenge

Even as the national GOP works to take control of the Senate in November's midterm elections - and high-profile challengers crop up in states that had seemed out of play - New Jersey's top Republican political talent is passing on a chance to try to take out U.S. Sen. Cory A. Booker.

In last fall's special Senate election, Booker won a closer-than-expected race against Republican Steve Lonegan, whose campaign attracted support from conservative heros such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.


Booker Files 16,000 Petition Signatures

TRENTON - Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill, the campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), just pulled up in front of 225 West State Street and announced that Booker will be filing to run for re-election with around 16,000 petition signatures.

"History," said Gill, convinced the number smashes previous high water marks.


PolitickerNJ Winners of the Week

The affably Machiavellian Gill has advanced rapidly since leaving his job as statewide director for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), transitioning to campaign manager for the late Lautenberg’s arch-nemesis U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (N-NJ), and now moving from district to at-large status on the Essex County Freeholder Board, thanks to the help of Chairman Jones.


Essex County Roundup: Freeholder Candidates

Essex County Democratic Committee Chairman, LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. along with the Essex County Delegation, county-wide elected officials, municipal chairs, and local state committee representatives welcomed this year’s candidates at an executive board meeting held last night at Essex County College in Newark.


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