Shaftan: 'We never believed Cory Booker would be so arrogant'
By Max Pizarro | October 7th, 2013 - 4:10pm
| More

WHIPPANY – There’s a tornado outside and GOP strategist Rick Shaftan is loving life.

His candidate for U.S. Senate just headed out of here on Route 10 to another event in a heavy downpour of criticism of the campaign of Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who this morning sustained a barrage of headlines about a race closer than most expected.

He’s up by 12 points – but that’s against a candidate who’s bragging about the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

“It’s going as we wanted it to, but we never believed Cory Booker would be so arrogant,” said Shaftan. “As Steve said, now he is finding out what a real street fight is.”

Booker came to indie film prominence as a star of a movie about his 2002 mayoral campaign called “Street Fight.”

Shaftan was happy with Lonegan’s debate performance.

“That’s an understatement,” he said. “Steve was himself. He had all these people saying ‘you should do this, you should do this,’ and I told him, ‘Just be yourself. Be whatever you feel; follow your instincts.’  I’m not going to shave the sideburns off Elvis and get rid of his blue suede shoes.

“Steve’s changing the Republican Party the way Elvis changed rock and roll,” he cracked. “I’m honored to be one of the guys carrying the instruments for the band.”

PolitickerNJ.com asked Shaftan who was going to be the next movement conservative star to next endorse the GOP candidate.

“I don’t know yet,” he said. “These things happen so fast.  All I can tell you is this is going extremely well. Everything’s going perfectly. People see what’s happening to this country and they don’t want it to continue. Steve expresses what they feel and think better than anyone.”

The Back Room

Trenton mayor's race: Worthy campaign funds surge according to filed ELEC report

Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign. 

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 15, 2014

East Side Neighborhood Association hosts packed Paterson Mayor's Forum PATERSON – On the eastern end of Market Street stands a restaurant amid the clinging remnants of industry and a city’s trampled history, where inside under chandeliers in front of a crowd of 100 people, seven candidates for mayor made...

Op-Ed

Ryan's Budget Plan

BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs.  Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >

Contributors

(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"A break-in occurred early this morning at the offices owned by Carl Sharif and two others at 660 Stuyvesant Ave. in Irvington, New Jersey. Several items are reported missing, including two laptop computers owned by Carl Sharif. There is also reported damage in the building. The Irvington police were called and a report was filed." - Jeffries campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Who does Alieta Eck want to win the CD12 Democratic Primary?:

Resources

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