On the train, Menendez story undercuts developing gubernatorial contest
Buono supporters rally for their gubernatorial candidate in New Brunswick. By Max Pizarro | January 31st, 2013 - 3:27pm
| More

EN ROUTE TO WASHINGTON – Buzz.

It’s what results from that diabolically irresistible cocktail of politics, business and booze that is this year’s Walk to Washington sponsored by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

You didn’t have to walk far amid the elbows and nose to nose encounters to hear some variation on the words “Menendez,”  “he’s got a problem” and “it doesn’t look good.”

The incumbent U.S. Senator is battling headlines that put him on the plane of a donor and ultimately in the Dominican Republic allegedly cavorting with underage prostitutes.

“There’s  a lot of concern among Democrats,” acknowledged Patrick Murray, political scientist and pollster with Monmouth University. “If Menendez is forced to resign, Governor Christie gets to appoint his replacement. At first blush, this doesn’t look good for Menendez.

“The way this is unfolding right now, it gives credence to the story,” he added. “There is a concern that this could hurt down ballot when incumbents are vulnerable. It probably won’t happen but that won’t stop the Democrats from worrying about it.”

The Buono Campaign had wanted to project hoopla around their candidate for governor, and a wall of supporters jammed the New Brunswick Train Station to see state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) off on her journey to Washington.

But the Menendez story hounded the early alcohol blur mood aboard the jangling southbound train.

“It’s the unfortunate consequence of politics in the electronic age,” said Democratic State Party Chairman John Wisniewski. “The senator is forced to shadow box against hearsay.”

The Back Room

Monmouth Shore Local Newspaper, The Two River Times, Gets New Owner

The Two River Times, a weekly local newspaper covering affluent towns on along the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, was sold earlier this month. On July 11, Domenic M. DiPiero III of Rumson, bought the quirky community newspaper from its previous owner, Michael "Mickey" Gooch.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

  Christie to Newark hecklers: 'I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else' BELMAR - Gov. Chris Christie's got nothing but love for The Brick City, or so he says. In response to a Newark school student here today -- a 17-year-old president of the Newark Student Union...

Op-Ed

The health of New Jersey's women is not Chris Christie's priority

By Linda Stender At his most recent town hall, Gov. Chris Christie accused his predecessors of "monkeying with the math" when it comes to their handling of our state's economy. But as the old saying goes, when the governor points a finger, he... Read More >

Contributors

(7-30-14) Who Is Best Equipped to Decide the Fate of the Common Core? - The latest Christie controversy surrounds his Executive Order to revamp the state’s academic... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Go to Mayor [Cory] Booker and ask him if he thinks in the years that he was mayor if I ignored Newark. The fact is I've spent as much time in Newark as anyone else." - Gov. Chris Christie

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Who's right on the bail reform special session?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources