By Darryl R. Isherwood | July 24th, 2013 - 1:21pm
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U.S. Rep Rush Holt said this week that the support former U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg's family has shown to U.S Rep. Frank Pallone in his bid for Senate is "wrong," and said it was based on Pallone's war chest and nothing more.

Holt gave the interview to news site NSFWCORP, saying members of Lautenberg's family had told him they wanted to support him but went with Pallone because he had more money.

"They looked at this race in the wrong way," Holt told Olivia Nuzzi. "They said, 'Frank Pallone has more money in his campaign account than Rush Holt does,' - never mind how much I'm raising - they said, 'and we don't like Booker, and we think Frank Pallone has a better chance of beating him,' and that is just wrong. They will tell you - some of them told me - they actually wanted to endorse me, but they thought Frank Pallone had a better chance of winning, and it was based on misinformation, I think, and miscalculation."

Earlier this month, Lautenberg's family endorsed Pallone in his bid for U.S. Senate and doubled down this week with an appearance Monday by Lautenberg's widow and a robo call supporting Pallone today from Lautenberg's son Josh.

The Back Room

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

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“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones

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