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Fight of the Week: Wesley Clark v. Bob Menendez

Fight of the Week: Wesley Clark v. Bob Menendez

It would be one thing were it not U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) home county.

But Four-Star General Wesley Clark’s invasion of Bergen later this afternoon to campaign for County Executive candidate James Tedesco underscores just how textured and hyper-local this rivalry might get as each man eyes greater dominance on the international stage.

Both close allies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Menendez and Clark both have credentials that make them legitimate contenders for secretary of state in the event that Clinton runs for and becomes president.

This week we take a look at this fast-developing Democratic Party rivalry.

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CD3: Belgard demands that MacArthur divest from Russian and Chinese oil companies

CD3: Belgard demands that MacArthur divest from Russian and Chinese oil companies

Money made GOP power brokers comfortable with Tom MacArthur’s CD3 candidacy and now MacArthur’s general election opponent wants to make voters uncomfortable with the Republican’s money.

CD3 Democratic candidate Aimee Belgard today questioned MacArthur's $115,000 in direct investments in Russia's state-owned oil company, Gazprom, the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), and a Russian oil company called Lukoil.

The investments call into question the Republican’s commitment promises, according to Belgard’s campaign, including energy independence, protecting the environment and taking a hard line on Iran given Iran's close ties to CNOOC. The investments also present a potential conflict of interest as Congress proceeds with sanctions against Russia, Team Belgard argues.

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CD12: Eck goes after Watson Coleman with state pension question

CD12: Eck goes after Watson Coleman with state pension question

Dr. Alieta Eck, Republican candidate for Congress in the 12th Congressional District, nibbled into the statewide pension benefits debate this afternoon with an attack leveled at her general election oppnent.

Eck said she wants to know whether Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) plans to give up her state pension if elected to the U.S. Congress.

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When it comes to guv plans, everyone wants to hang out with Passaic's Jeff Gardner

When it comes to guv plans, everyone wants to hang out with Passaic's Jeff Gardner

Running for Passaic County clerk in a final reversal of gains the GOP made on Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 coattails, Hawthorne Democratic Committee Chairman Jeff Gardner tonight welcomes Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) to a Brownstone fundraiser as yet another Democrat curious about statewide designs lands in the oddly shaped northern county.

Similarly sniffing out his own gubernatorial prospects, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) surfaced at a May fundraiser for Gardner.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop?

He’s got his own fundraising date with Gardner scheduled in October.

Gardner's allies probably wouldn't mind a visit from multimillionaire Philip Murphy, another fledgling gubernatorial prospect.

It’s a can’t miss chance to get photographed with a winner.

With U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) at the top of the ticket, the politically hyperkinetic Gardner appears well on his way to bulldozing incumbent GOP Clerk Kristin Corrado.

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Christie the unifier as four candidates vie to succeed retiring Brannigan as FOP prez

Christie the unifier as four candidates vie to succeed retiring Brannigan as FOP prez

One of the most interesting races of the season doesn’t involve congress or mayor or future implications for governor, but the presidency of the New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police, where four men face off next week in a town-by-town lodge war to succeed retiring President Ed Brannigan (pictured).

Their shared antagonist is Gov. Chris Christie – but for the moment they’ll settle on one another.

At the heart of the contest stand rivals Steve Demofonte, executive vice president of the FOP; and the man he vanquished, Bob Fox of Cherry Hill, former VP, who’s trying to exact payback. 

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Sources: Brown to get through November election - then run for governor

Sources: Brown to get through November election - then run for governor

Evesham Mayor Randy Brown has to get through this year to win a third term as mayor of the Burlington County town, pop. 45,000 plus. He does that – and he plans to run for governor, say Burlington GOP sources.

A kicking coach for the Baltimore Ravens, Brown looked at a run for the 3rd Congressional seat this year but after conferring with party leaders decided against it, opting instead for a statewide bid in 2017, sources say.

Republicans didn’t want him running for Congress. Although Brown presented “an impressive list of major contributors,” according to one source, they didn’t want to lose Evesham, a swing town where they depend on Brown’s popularity.

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CD2: The Old West of Ocean City: LoBo and the Hughes' - and the specter of Van Drew

CD2: The Old West of Ocean City: LoBo and the Hughes' - and the specter of Van Drew

OCEAN CITY – The spatial relationships of buildings with the sun on them and long shadows in the big semi-silent boulevards pressed up against the ocean give the downtown the feel of the Old West: Dodge pushed to the edge of the beach.

You could walk around these blocks with any western soundtrack blaring in the background and almost get away with it.

Almost.

Certainly Bill Hughes Jr. wants to turn the environs into a High Noon showdown with U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2), or at least a barroom brawl that spills into the street.

But LoBo, the tin star equivalent of sheriff here in CD2, hardly looks willing to scrap with the young Democratic upstart from Ocean City.

“He hasn’t had a debate since 2008,” said Hughes, an attorney, son of former U.S. Rep. Bill Hughes (D-2).

It’s a conservative district.

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NJ's U.S. Senators and the potential for 2016-2017 movement at the summit

NJ's U.S. Senators and the potential for 2016-2017 movement at the summit

TRENTON – Anyone who tells you what’s going to happen three months from now is crazy, says Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21).

But let’s role play two summer scenarios anyway that are feasible given moving parts in the vicinity of New Jersey’s two U.S. Senate seats.

If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lands the nomination for president in 2016, one would have to put U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on a short list for secretary of state.

They’re close political allies. Menendez campaigned for Clinton in 2008 as if the job were a Clinton win away from happening, and that was before he became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

If Clinton gets to the White House and selects Menendez to succeed John Kerry, that would open Menendez’s seat.

Then there’s the seat currently occupied by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

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Open space bill for constitutional amendment passes in Assembly

Open space bill for constitutional amendment passes in Assembly

TRENTON – The Assembly just passed a constitutional amendment on open space.

SCR-84 passed by a vote of 58-9-1.

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Assembly passes constitutional amendment on bail reform

Assembly passes constitutional amendment on bail reform

TRENTON - The Assembly moments ago passed the constitutional amendment on bail reform sought by Gov. Chris Christie.

The vote on SCR-946 was 53-7-9.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 29th

Belmar mayor's race: a wave of post-Sandy project politics stirs up seaside Monmouth borough BELMAR - When Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty rolled out his re-election campaign in February, he did so still basking in the glow of what many residents of the 6,000-person Monmouth County seaside borough saw...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

My Republican Hillary Clinton Experience    There is a veritable plethora of reportage in print, internet, television and radio media speculating as to whether Hillary Clinton will seek the Democratic... more »
(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... 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

"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

- The Daily Beast

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