‘Democrats for Change’ Challenge Machine Pols

UNION COUNTY — A virulent anti-establishment sentiment among Democratic primary voters could take a real toll on some political insiders backed by the county political machine. There is a slate running under the slogan “Democrats for Change” headed by Union County Sheriff candidate Charles E. Mitchell Sr., with Lisa McCormick of Rahway seeking the Democratic nomination for County Clerk and three freeholder candidates, Carmen Southward of Linden, Janet V. Reynolds of Roselle and Elcy Castillo-Ospina of Elizabeth.

Middlesex Lawmakers Plan Local Budget Hearing

TRENTON – Citing dramatic cuts proposed for municipal aid, school aid and vital social services, 18th District Legislators – Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono, Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr, and Assemblyman Peter J. Barnes III – will hold a local budget hearing to gauge the impact these cuts would have on Middlesex County residents and help formulate more equitable alternatives to deal with the looming budget gap.