Monday, January 14, 2013
The former Congressman served on the highly influential House appropriations subcommittee on defense
Steve Rothman says his political career is over, but the former eight-time Democratic congressman will continue to work behind the scenes with Washington power-brokers. Rothman, an Englewood resident, lost a primary bid against Rep. Bill Pascrell following a controversial redistricting in 2012. NJBIZ reports Rothman has accepted a job to lead a defense industry group at Newark-based law firm Sills Cummis and Gross, which is trying to woo clients from the defense and aerospace industry. "My experience with defense issues and my familiarity with how to get one's foot in the door for consideration at the Pentagon stems from my (six) years as a member of the House appropriations subcommittee on defense—a 15-person subcommittee that recommends …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
A New Jersey state judge awarded Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) a win Monday night, hours before voters head to the polls, ending an impoundment of vote-by-mail ballots in Pascrell's bitter Democratic congressional primary with Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Engl
Monday, May 28, 2012
Residents and local organizations laid wreaths to honor Fort Lee veterans during one of the best attended Memorial Day celebrations in years.
While approximately 200 Fort Lee residents of all ages waved American flags to fight back the heat in front of the Fort Lee Cairola Barber Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 2342 building on Center Avenue Monday, one absence did not go unnoticed, that of VFW Commander Jimmy Viola. While Viola, a World War II veteran, was recuperating at Helen Hayes Hospital after two recent open heart surgeries, veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, the War in Afghanistan, the Iraq War and other historic battles were honored for their bravery and sacrifices to preserve democracy in the U.S. and around the world. Members of the Fort Lee Police Department performed a 21-gun salute, as they have for …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Former president to visit the area June 1.
Former President Bill Clinton will visit North Jersey June 1 to campaign for Rep. Bill Pascrell in the 9th District congressional race. The Pascrell campaign announced the visit Friday, but did not immediately provide details. Clinton endorsed Pascrell over fellow Democrat Rep. Steve Rothman May 4. Rothman, a former Englewood mayor, campaigned for President Obama in 2008, while Pascrell supported then-challenger Hillary Clinton. David Axelrod, a senior advisor to the Obama campaign, endorsed Rothman at an event in Wood-Ridge Wednesday. Rothman and Pascrell have been engaged in a bitter inter-party fight for thenewly drawn 9th district.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Same-sex marriage, abortion rights at issue in televised debate
Democrat incumbent Congressmen Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell Jr. faced off Monday night at Montclair State University in a heated debate with both candidates touting their liberal voting records. Rothman said he supported same-sex marriage before Pascrell did and cited his record of support for a woman’s right to choose. Pascrell, who was recently endorsed by former President Bill Clinton, said he voted with President Obama 94 percent of the time, according to an Associated Press report. "I'd say I am the progressive voice of the Democratic Party represented here. I am the Democrat's Democrat up here," Rothman said, wnyc.org reported. Rothman also said senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod would support him. Rothman touted his …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The Democratic 9th Congressional district crossed swords in a debate at Bergen Community College.
Toward the end of a debate with fellow Congressman and Democrat Steve Rothman, Bill Pascrell was asked to say something nice about his opponent in the race for New Jersey's 9th Congressional District. "I think he has been a loyal Democrat," Pascrell said. "When it suits his purpose." That's about as cordial as things got in a debate Monday at Bergen Community College, in which Rothman doggedly attacked Pascrell's record, while Pascrell continued to criticize Rothman for running against him instead of challenging Scott Garrett in the redrawn 5th District. Rothman came to the debate prepared to burnish his own credentials as a progressive and to tear down Pascrell's on issues like abortion, marriage equality, immigration, taxes and the …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Rivals in bitter inter-party fight to attend candidate forum May 23.
The two Democratic congressmen vying to represent the redrawn 9th District will meet in Teaneck in what will likely be their last joint appearance before the June primary, local reform group Bergen Grassroots said. Rep. Steve Rothman and Rep. Bill Pascrell have been engaged in a bitter inter-party fight after the 9th District was redrawn. Teaneck, once completely in the old 9th District, was split between the redrawn 9th and Republican-leaning 5th. The two will face written questions submitted by audience members during a May 23 forum at the Ethical Culture Society on Larch Avenue. “Because the Congressmen have served for the same period and have similar voting records, voters have had a difficult time differentiating between the two on …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Residents, community leaders call for justice after fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager.
More than 600 people donned hoodie sweatshirts and marched in Englewood Sunday to show solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida. The marchers traveled from Mount Calvary Baptist Church to MacKay Park in near silence to protest the killing. George Zimmerman, 28, told police he acted in self-defense when he gunned down the unarmed 17-year-old on Feb. 26. Zimmerman had called police to report Martin as looking suspicious. The killing and the fact that Zimmerman has not been charged sparked a national outcry, led the Sanford police chief to temporarily step down and prompted federal authorities to launch an investigation. Florida police …
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Both Democrats and Republicans contribute a video to the popular site.
New Jersey Republicans and Democrats recently contributed an "It Gets Better" video, a worldwide movement reminding LGBT teenagers they are not alone. The It Gets Better Project was founded last year by author and journalist Dan Savage and his husband Terry Miller, in response to teen bullying, harassment and, in some cases, suicides. More than 25,000 videos have been submitted to the website by celebrities, organizations, activists, and now, New Jersey legislators. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, both Democrats, contributed to the video, as well as Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3), Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) and Rep. Steve Rothman (D-9), who represents Fort Lee in Congress, among others.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Teaneck has already begun work on required emergency communications upgrades, officials say.
Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) announced a bipartisan bill Monday to help towns pay for federally mandated emergency radio upgrades. In 2004, the Federal Communications Commission mandated emergency responders upgrade radio equipment by 2013 in what’s known as the “Narrowband Mandate.” In a press conference at Teaneck Police Headquarters, Rothman called the requirement an “unfunded federal mandate,” and said money for the upgrades has largely been eliminated. The Fair Lawn congressman worked with House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) to introduce the Help Emergency Responders Operate Emergency Systems (HEROES) Act, which would create a $400 million grant program run by the Department of Homeland Security available to local …