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CD5: Garrett has almost $3.2 million COH

CD5: Garrett has almost $3.2 million COH

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5) has nearly $3.2 million cash on hand, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Garrett raised nearly $1.6 million so far this year as he prepares for a general election showdown with Democratic challenger Roy Cho.

The movement conservative Republican reported zero debt.

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Sources: Chivukula in line for BPU spot

Sources: Chivukula in line for BPU spot

The always federally game Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula (D-17) might be serving his last term in the legislature, sources say.

With the blessing of powerful allies in his party, the veteran lawmaker is awaiting a flight path out of the Statehouse to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU).

A Somerset Dem and engineer by trade, Chivukula ran afoul of the Middlesex County Democratic Party last year when he ran for Congress in the 12th District, making life more difficult for state Sen. Linda Greenstein (D-14).

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Gubernatorial Gutcheck: Names on the Dems' shortlist and their strengths and weaknesses

Gubernatorial Gutcheck: Names on the Dems' shortlist and their strengths and weaknesses

Steve Sweeney

Strengths: He has the bully pulpit as senate prez; he just picked up the endorsement of the Building Trades, and you can drop the guy in a roomful of 100 people all of whom want to nibble on his ear about something he probably doesn’t want to hear, and he has a graceful way of making them all feel like he’s listening. Sweeney also has a good reputation as a deal-maker, and has carefully cultivated relationships around the state with political players harnessed to umbilical cords leading straight back to Trenton. Union County Democratic Chair Jerry Green is a Sweeney friend. Middlesex’s Kevin McCabe has strong ties to the carpenters, members of that same building trades org that just backed Sweeney for governor. State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-36) – eager to jump onto the senate president’s throne when Sweeney leaves – is another key north county ally. Then there’s state Sen. Brian P. Stack (D-33), an instant 10,000 votes out of Hudson County in the event that Sweeney can’t persuade Hudson County Democratic Chairman Vincent Prieto to give him the line. Oh, by the way, Prieto is also the speaker of the General Assembly.

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Who will serve as Chris Christie’s next chief of staff?

Who will serve as Chris Christie’s next chief of staff?

TRENTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks will consider Kevin O’Dowd for the position of state attorney general.

While he may endure a few pointed where, how, what, when questions and some theatrical play to make the drama look like a cliffhanger, O’Dowd is expected to have the votes in place in the end to get released out of committee without too much hysteria.

The next question is, who will replace him as chief of staff to Gov. Chris Christie?

PolitickerNJ kicked around some names with insiders in both parties and came up with the following short list of probables…

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Consensus-builder Bob Roe of Wayne: 1924-2014

Consensus-builder Bob Roe of Wayne: 1924-2014

A portrait of Robert “Bob” Roe hangs prominently in the local municipal building to honor the most distinguished elected official to hail from Wayne, a congressman who served for over two decades in the U.S. House of Representatives, who chaired the House Public Works and Transportation Committee with distinction and left a legacy in his home state and his beloved home town in Passaic County's high country.

Mr. Roe died today, aged 90, a member of the Greatest Generation and a WWII veteran.

“Robert A. Roe was the quintessential public servant whose legacy encompasses his valor as a World War II veteran and his unfailing commitment to the people of New Jersey and the United States as one of the most effective consensus-builders in the United States Congress,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

From a postal worker family in Wayne, Mr. Roe started his public service in elected office as a local committeeman and later the mayor of his hometown.

He went on to head the Commission of the New Jersey Conservation and Economic Development Department for then-Gov. Richard Hughes, and in 1969 won a seat in Congress.

The seat opened when U.S. Rep. Charles Joelson became a New Jersey Superior Court Judge.

In a special election, Mr. Roe defeated Republican restaurateur Gene Boyle.

"I love the food here, but of course, I brought my food taster tonight," Mr. Roe joked at a campaign trail appearance alongside his GOP adversary at Boyle's in Clifton.

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CD3: Belgard has $616K cash on hand

CD3: Belgard has $616K cash on hand

Running in CD3, Democrat Aimee Belgard brought in over $423,000 from 3,305 contributions and has $615,995.89 cash-on-hand.

Of the amount she raised, the Burlington County freeholder and attorney received 2,707 contributions under $100 and had an average contribution of just $128.01.

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CD7: Lance has nearly $400k on hand

CD7: Lance has nearly $400k on hand

In the last Federal Election Commission (FEC) quarter ending 6/30, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) raised approximately $175,000 and has about $390,000 cash-on-hand.

His Democratic challenger in the November general election, Clinton Town Mayor Janice Kovach (pictured), raised $63,555 since the start of the year, and has $12,754 cash-on-hand.

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DiVincenzo won't endorse Christie for prez; Guv won't leave office until he's the nominee, Joe D says

DiVincenzo won't endorse Christie for prez; Guv won't leave office until he's the nominee, Joe D says

WEST ORANGE - It was Gov. Chris Christie, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and a leashed komodo dragon on the pavement outside the new education building, all present to augment the spectacle of a building officially coming to life in the lap of this massive county complex.

DiVincenzo and Christie have frequently used the setting to highlight their political love for each other, and although today was no different, the powerful county executive stopped short of slam-dunking his support for Christie in a national-sized contest.

"I'm a Democrat. And he was going to win," he cracked, referring to his support last year for Christie's re-election and reflecting on a possible cross-the-aisle endorsement of the governor as part of Christie's nascent presidential effort.

Asked if he backs Hillary Clinton for president, DiVincenzo said, "Of course," then added that he intends to support his party's choice.

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Wisniewski says GOP just trying to change the subject from GWB investigation

Wisniewski says GOP just trying to change the subject from GWB investigation

TRENTON - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), co-chair of the Select Committee on Investigations looking into Bridgegate, said the GOP continues to try to come up with anything to distract from the committee's unfinished work - including today's exhortation by a Republican colleague to examine Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.

Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (R-13) wrote a letter to Wisniewski and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37), which Wisniewski this afternoon dismissed as political theater.

"You have a disgruntled, demoted employee making an allegation," Wisniewski told PolitickerNJ. "This is a situation where someone comes forward, potentially someone with an ax to grind, and I don't want to get in middle of that when our focus is on the George Washington Bridge investigation."

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O'Malley has NJ pals - but no visible support - toward 2016 prez run

O'Malley has NJ pals - but no visible support - toward 2016 prez run

TRENTON - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley continues to make moves to position himself in a Democratic Primary for president.

A Capitol Report piece notes that the Dem just made a trek to Iowa and is taking pains to define himself in opposition to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on immigration.

O'Malley campaigned here last year for the losing ticket of Barbara Buono and Milly Silva, crushed by Gov. Chris Christie; and like his Democratic rival, Christie is laying the groundwork for his own presidential bid.

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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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 »

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"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

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