NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Claribel "Clary" Azcona-Barber, a close ally and staffer for longtime New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill, was approved as the new countywide candidate for the Democratic political machine on March 11.

The choice was made by an unknown number of individuals who gathered at the Middlesex County College and voted on who should replace New Brunswick's longtime Freeholder Blanquita Valenti behind closed doors.

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ—The East Brunswick Planning Board is preparing to vote on a proposal to build several buildings, including a Chase Bank and a CVS Pharmacy, at the corner of Summerhill Road and Old Stage Road.

The plans, which also include 96 apartments, have drawn controversy and some of the board's hearings were moved to the Hammarskjord Middle School’s Jo Ann Magistro Performing Arts Center due to overwhelming public interest.

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two political candidates, one from New Brunswick and the other from Perth Amboy, are competing to secure the best possible path to joining the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The Democratic Party's choices have won every countywide election since the 1990's, so the team that wins their coveted "party line" endorsement will be heavily favored to prevail in the subsequent June and November elections.

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