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mcall.com - Done with N.J., now he's trying Easton politics
'Jud' Colicchio was a mayor.In new city, he runs a year ahead.
Pat "Jud" Colicchio quit politics in Wanaque, N.J., after nearly five decades of elections that ended in 1998 with a second failed attempt to win back the mayor's office.
Four years after losing that race to a long-time rival and two years after moving out of Wanaque borough for the first time in his
75 years, the Democrat wants back into politics.
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"After the last election, I found out there was nothing for me to do there," Colicchio
said of his
hometown."I wanted to go and start in a new place."He's
trying to win votes in Easton the same way he
always has - shaking hands and buying beers.
That method first got him elected in 1950 to the Democratic committee in Wanaque and later to regional and local school boards, planning commission, council and finally to the mayor's office in 1982.He also held political patronage jobs most of his life, retiring as a supervisor from the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission 20 years ago and afterward working in a maintenance job with the North Jersey Water Supply Commission.His
political career ended in several well-publicized blunders that included making slurs against Asian Indians, disparaging AIDS patients and being arrested for failing to report his
$2,500-a-year mayor's salary while collecting unemployment benefits after he
was laid off from his
maintenance job in 1985.
Those missteps cost him his
popularity among Wanaque's 10,000 residents, who rejected him at the polls for a second term as mayor in 1986, for a council seat in 1988, and finally when he
ran for mayor a third time in 1998.
Colicchio wants to keep those incidents from influencing Easton's voters by addressing them now rather than later in his
believes the 1985 arrest, for which he
was placed on six months' probation, was politically motivated.And, he
said, the comment on Indians and statements about AIDS patients were taken out of context during his
1988 campaign for council.
political foes in Wanaque consider his
candidacy for mayor of Easton
to be almost laughable, some in Wanaque still consider him to be a formidable opponent."Unfortunately, sometimes he speaks out, and he says things that are not politically correct," said Edward Landry, who served on Wanaque's council while Colicchio was mayor in the 1980s.
...Colicchio, who retired as a foreman with the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, has pledged to put up $10,000 of his own money to run for mayor in Easton.
"I have the money to run," said Colicchio
, who produced a bank statement showing his
account has more than $60,000."I spend $40 a day just going into barrooms and buying drinks" for other people.His
bank statement doesn't seem to fit his
rents a third-floor apartment in the 1400 block of Washington Street.
already has begun spending on his
campaign, more serious candidates, including Republican incumbent Mayor Thomas F. Goldsmith, mull their options.Colicchio
has to get his
name out early because he
doesn't have the name recognition of Goldsmith or some of the other Easton
politicians considering a run for the nearly $70,000-a-year post.
So far, Colicchio
has contacted at least 1,000 of Easton
's 25,000 residents by handing out business cards introducing himself as the former mayor of Wanaque
and as a mayoral candidate in Easton.
Overwhelmingly, the reaction to his
business cards has been to locate Wanaque
on a map and then question whether Colicchio
actually served there as mayor.
gave it to someone who gave it to me because they thought it was a joke," Goldsmith said of Colicchio's card."It turns out, he's
decided to run for mayor because he
believes the city has the potential to be a quaint tourist town like New Hope, but he
doesn't see enough being done to promote businesses, provide recreation for youth or attack the drug problem.
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Mitman to reveal his future political intentions : The Morning Call Online
Another Democrat, Pat Colicchio, has been campaigning for mayor but on Monday said he intends to run as an independent in November and avoid the primary.Colicchio, a former mayor of Wanaque, N.J., was an Easton mayoral candidate in 2003.He, like Fleck, lost the Democratic primary to Councilman Dan Corpora, who on Monday ended speculation he may run for mayor again by announcing his candidacy for district judge.
Pat Colicchio out of Easton ...
Pat Colicchio out of Easton race.He wasn't present when signatures collected, judge says.
EASTON | A Northampton County judge set aside the nominating petition for Easton mayoral candidate Pat "Jud" Colicchio on Wednesday, putting an end to his
bid for the Democratic nomination.
During a nearly 30-minute hearing last week, Colicchio
testified many of the signatures were collected while he
sat in the car and "girls" went door-to-door.Colicchio
admitted to paying the girls $1 for each signature they collected.He
said Wednesday he
didn't really pay the girls but did buy them food.
"Based on Mr. Colicchio's
concession that he
was not in the presence of any of the alleged signers of his
petitions, all of these signatures on the petitions must be removed," Beltrami's decision says.
Candidates are required to gather 100 signatures from qualified electors in order to run for office.
Beltrami's ruling also faults the 80-year-old Colicchio
for failing to file a statement of financial interests. Colicchio
was not aware of Beltrami's decision when reached on his
cell phone late Wednesday afternoon.
"I don't know what I'm going to say," he
said."I wanted to run.I had a lot of good ideas for Easton." An experienced politician, Colicchio said he was mayor and councilman in Wanaque in Passaic County, N.J., for many years before moving to Easton.
On Wednesday, he
blamed Fleck, a city councilman, for challenging the petition and announced he
was backing Sal Panto for the Democratic nomination.
"Fleck made a big mistake," Colicchio
was dismayed that none of his
ideas for Easton will ever be realized.He
dreamed of bringing outlet shopping and gambling to the city.
"From what I see this town doesn't want a guy with experience doing something for this town," he
mcall.com - Goldsmith decision: No fourth term
Democratic candidates are Easton Councilman Michael P. Fleck and Pat Colicchio, a 75-year-old veteran politician who served as mayor of Wanaque, N.J.
mcall.com - Mayor hints at run for fourth term
One Democrat, Pat "Jud" Colicchio, a former mayor of Wanaque, N.J., sent a letter to city residents over the weekend to announce he will run for mayor.
Traditionally, mayoral candidates launch their campaigns in January in anticipation of the spring primary.