By Darryl R. Isherwood | July 26th, 2013 - 11:58am
| More

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone said today he now knows why Newark Mayor Cory Booker refused to sign the "People's Pledge" foregoing outside money in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

"The purpose of the pledge was to prevent outside money from being pumped in by shadow organizations just like this one and to allow voters to have the opportunity to make an informed decision in August 13th’s special Democratic Primary for U.S. Senate without the shadowy specter of special interests," Pallone said in a statement. "PAC+ promised to spend at least one million dollars to get Mayor Booker the nomination and now they have ‘conceived and incubated an innovative, cross-platform, social media campaign called 'New Jersey 123.’  While we clearly encourage voter participation and are working towards increased voter turnout state-wide, we do take exception to the Mayor’s refusal to even acknowledge his campaign’s receipt of the ‘People’s Pledge,’ let alone his refusal to sign on to this effort to keep shadow organizations and special interest money out of this race.”

Pallone pushed for the People's Pledge repeatedly but found no takers.

The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported on the effort and quoted Booker as saying he saw nothing wrong with it.  Booker later said he was not working in conjunction with the PAC and said he would support "legislation that ends the influence of unregulated and unaccountable money" in politics.

A spokesman for the mayor did not immediately return an email for comment.

To date, Booker is the only candidate in the Senate race that has been attacked by a super PAC.  The American Commitment Action Fund, a D.C.-based super PAC, earlier this week launched a web site, wwwbookerfail.com., that includes an anti-Booker commercial. The group plans to fund raise through its site.

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 15th

Winners and Losers: Week of Sept. 8th WINNERS Ray Lesniak Governor Chris Christie this week reversed himself on sports wagering, acknowledging the good sense of a bill the veteran 20th District state senator had previously seen vetoed by Christie. (Politicker Staff) http://www.politickernj.com/81196/winners-and-losers-week-sept-8th       Bergen County Exec's race:...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

(9-10-14) Chief Justice Rabner Faces Funding Challenges as Top Court Administrator - Escalating legal fees for litigation is an unintended consequence of underfunding the Court System. ... more »
The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana      Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War 2.  It started with the... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities."

- Voltaire

Poll

Who is the greatest among these New Jersey native legends? (semi-final poll closes at midnight Monday):

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