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U.S. Senate Race: veteran Republican operative laces into Bell Campaign

U.S. Senate Race: veteran Republican operative laces into Bell Campaign

A Republican operative who last year advised longtime political charge Steve Lonegan this afternoon upbraided the Jeff Bell camp for running when he sees as a lame campaign.

"It should be an incredibly Republican year; people are ready to throw [President Barack] Obama out of office," said Rick Shaftan. "But Jeff Bell is more interested in talking about the gold standard than getting elected."

Shaftan panned Bell's effort, calling a challenge today by the candidate to debate U.S. Sen. Cory Booker's (D-NJ) campaign manager "silly."

"There's none of the energy in the campaign that there was in Steve's campaign last year," said Shaftan.

The operative notes that Booker beat Lonegan in last year's special election by 11 points.

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Stockton Poll: Booker leads Bell by nine points in CD3

Stockton Poll: Booker leads Bell by nine points in CD3

In the most-watched Congressional District in the state this season, incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) leads Republican Jeff Bell by 9 percentage points in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, according to a Stockton Polling Institute poll released today.

In the poll of 606 likely 3rd District voters in a district opened up by the retirement of U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan (R-3) at the end of this term, Booker leads 50 percent to 41 percent for Bell when voters who lean toward one candidate or the other are included.

Bell is performing better in the Republican-leaning 3rd District than he did in a statewide Stockton Poll released Sept. 10. Booker led 49 percent to 36 percent statewide. The 3rd District includes parts of Ocean and Burlington counties.

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U.S. Senate race: Bell wants Gill at a podium to sub for Booker in three debates

U.S. Senate race: Bell wants Gill at a podium to sub for Booker in three debates

Irritated at U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) for resisting two debate forums, Republican challenger Jeff Bell said he wants a substitute showdown with Booker Campaign Manager Brendan Gill, an Essex County Freeholder and the former state director for the late U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).

Bell said Booker didn't agree to televised debates planned by NJTV and Rutgers University/News 12.

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Bergen County Executive's Race: Tedesco goes up on cable TV with introductory ad

Bergen County Executive's Race: Tedesco goes up on cable TV with introductory ad

James Tedesco, Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive, goes up on cable television Tuesday for the first time this season.

In his introductory ad, the former Paramus mayor and first-term Bergen County freeholder highlights his daughters, family and his dedication as a local firefighter.

The ad shows Tedesco in turnout gear climbing into a rig at the local firehouse.

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Stockton Poll: Belgard and MacArthur tied in CD3

Stockton Poll: Belgard and MacArthur tied in CD3

In New Jersey’s key 3rd Congressional District race, Democrat Aimee Belgard and Republican Tom MacArthur are tied in an early poll conducted by the Stockton Polling Institute.

The poll of 606 likely New Jersey 3rd District voters found that MacArthur and Belgard each has 42.2 percent support of those surveyed. Undecideds made up 12.8 percent. The balance, 2.9 percent, indicated they supported someone else, “nobody,” or refused to answer.

The Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy called both landlines and cell phones from Sept. 12-14. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.0 percentage points.

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Hudson County 2015: O'Dea: 'I can't deny Tommy's lined up a lot of chess pieces'

Hudson County 2015: O'Dea: 'I can't deny Tommy's lined up a lot of chess pieces'

Hudson County politics junkies are either starting to resign themselves to Democratic Primary peace next year when it comes to county executive - or going on self-indulgent tangents of denial.

"It's not true," a source blurted to PolitickerNJ, when told of Hudson County Freeholder Bill O'Dea's increasing difficulty in being able to summon a rationale for challenging incumbent County Executive Tom DeGise.

When Steve Fulop won the 2013 Jersey City mayor's race, O'Dea was supposed to be the next sherpa in the renegade mountain party dedicated to throwing another HCDO establishment player out of office.

But the newly ensconced in City Hall Fulop indulged less in snaggle-toothed opposition with Hudson power and more in peaceful resonance, making a bombthrowing compadre like O'Dea an uncomfortable political appendage.

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NJ Assembly Republican Women to NFL Commish Goodell: resign

NJ Assembly Republican Women to NFL Commish Goodell: resign

The women in the New Jersey Assembly Republican caucus have a message for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: clear out your desk.

Their beef is with Goodell's handling of the domestic violence issue in the aftermath of last week's Ray Rice elevator video, which shows the star former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiance in Atlantic City.

“When someone sucker punches an innocent woman or takes a switch to his son, something is terribly wrong," said the Republicans in a statement. "The league either delays disciplinary action or issues a slap on the wrist of the offender. The victims are vulnerable to the power of these men. Commissioner Goodell is unsuccessfully trying to appease the fans and advertisers that the league takes these actions seriously. If he were truly serious, he would apologize and submit his resignation over his failure to take immediate steps to prevent these kinds of assaults. The NFL should send a message to society that it will not tolerate these actions, and implement a no-tolerance policy with severe repercussions.”

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Assembly passes domestic violence bills; Casagrande says NJ 'has a long way to go'

Assembly passes domestic violence bills; Casagrande says NJ 'has a long way to go'

TRENTON – In a state scuffed up by the Ray Rice elevator scandal, the Assembly this afternoon passed a battery of anti-domestic violence bills, including A2154, which permits a witness under the age of 16 or a victim of any age to testify by closed circuit television in prosecutions for crimes or offenses involving domestic violence.

The bill sailed across the floor by a vote of 80-0-0.

“What occurred last week in the media is made relevant because it happened to be a famous sports star,” said co-prime sponsor Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4). “The reality is it happens every day. I’m very passionate about this issue. This issue is real to me because I lived through it. My family was very lucky. My mother survived. Most victims, they don’t.”

The bill was the first of a series of bills.

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New Jersey lawmakers from both parties show solidarity with Israel

New Jersey lawmakers from both parties show solidarity with Israel

TRENTON - In a show of solidarity, nearly 20 state lawmakers from both parties today made a statement in support of Israel's right to self-defense.

Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) - a Gulf War veteran - is prime sponsor of the bill, which is not on today's legislative agenda.

Brown asked the legislature's only orthodox Jew, Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-36) (pictured) for support and the Democratic lawmaker from Passaic was happy to oblige.

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CD3: MacArthur 'desperate to distract,' says Belgard campaign manager

CD3: MacArthur 'desperate to distract,' says Belgard campaign manager

The CD3 joust turned into a general election conflagration today as the MacArthur Campaign went negative in a television ad.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) drew first blood with an attack ad on Republican Tom MacArthur last month.

Today, Belgard Campaign Manager Hannah Ledford responded to the ad the MacArthur Campaign unleashed on Democratic Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard.

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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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Bergen County Executive's Race: Tedesco goes up on cable TV with introductory ad James Tedesco, Democratic candidate for Bergen County Executive, goes up on cable television Tuesday for the first time this season. (Pizarro/PolitickerNJ) http://www.politickernj.com/81501/bergen-county-executives-race-tedesco-goes-cable-tv-introductory-ad       Stockton Poll: Belgard and MacArthur tied in CD3 In New Jersey’s key...

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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 >

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