Davis to Corzine: skip McGettigan fundraiser

Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis today challenged Gov. Corzine to skip a fundraiser for Sheriff Jim McGettigan and the county freeholder candidates scheduled for Monday.

Since Corzine last week outlined a series of sweeping ethics reforms, Davis said it would make sense for him to stay away from Atlantic County.

“By withdrawing from the event, the Governor can make an unequivocal statement that he is committed to ending pay to play and the practice of wheeling campaign contributions and that he will refuse to lend his presence, the prestige of his office, or his assistance to those who violate existing financing laws,” said Davis in a press release.

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Payne wants stronger working and middle class protections in bailout package

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark): Politicker file photoU.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark): Politicker file photo 

U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) didn't vote for the Wall Street bailout package the first time, and he would need to see significant changes benefiting low income Americans and workers before he could support it on a second pass.

"We have not extended unemployment benefits or mortgage relief," Payne said moments ago in an appearance on MSNBC.

The veteran congressman acknowledged there is no question the economy is in crisis mode, but insisted on seeing stronger bottom up measures.

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Tornoe's Toons: Dick who?

Tornoe's Toons: Dick who?

To view more cartoons by Politicker.com editorial cartoonist Rob Tornoe, click here.

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Salem County freeholder candidate arrested for disorderly conduct

Today’s Sunbeam reports that independent Salem County freeholder candidate Ken James was arrested for disorderly conduct after being escorted out of a Penns Grove council meeting.

James, a former mayor of Penns Grove, had a heated argument with current Mayor John Washington over taxes, according to the report.

The newspaper quotes James comparing the incident to the American Revolution.

“During the Revolutionary War, they would hang you if you spoke out about taxes,” he said. “If you see me hanging from a tree ... cut me loose.”

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Adler goes up on television for the first time

The Adler campaign started running its first televison advertisement this morning on Philadelphia broadcast TV, according to Adler Campaign Manager Mark Warren.

"It is a biographical ad that introduces voters to John," Warren said of state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden).

The campaign’s foray into television comes with just over a month to go before Election Day. Warren said he is not aware of any television ads run by Adler’s Republican rival, Medford Mayor Chris Myers.

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Myers and Adler scrap over bailout package

Sen. John Adler (D-Camden)Sen. John Adler (D-Camden)In their ongoing war of words in the 3rd Congressional District, state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden) and Medford Mayor Chris Myers at least vigorously agreed that the partisanship needs to end.

Then each continued to wale on the other, blaming trickle down economics and bad government practices respectively as the source of the Wall Street financial crisis.

Characterizing the actions of a deadlocked U.S. Congress, Myers used the word "bickering" and Adler used "finger-pointing," as they stuck to their essential positions. Myers would have voted against the bailout package as it currently stands, while Adler - employing vaguer language - suggests he would have voted in the affirmative.Medford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoMedford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photo

"My problem with the legislation that failed in Congress today is that it apparently lacks any provision which would prevent unscrupulous lenders from turning around and using this $700 billion to go out and write more bad sub-prime loans," said Myers in a statement issued on Monday, parting company with U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-Burlington).

Adler didn’t disagree that basic principles must be in place, but bemoaned Congress’ inability to take action on Monday’s bailout bill.

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GOP launches Somerset phone banking effort

Thomas Roughneen in GOP HQ Tuesday: Politicker photoThomas Roughneen in GOP HQ Tuesday: Politicker photo 

SOMERVILLE - Led by Iraq War veteran Thomas Roughneen, Republicans kicked off a concentrated nightly phone-banking effort here today on behalf of presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

"Every night for 18 nights we will have people from a different town in Somerset County in here making calls for Sen. McCain, supplemented by women making targeted calls on Wednesdays and veterans calling people on Tuesdays," said Roughneen, who serves as the McCain campaign’s coordinator for Somerset County.

Roughneen, a Watchung lawyer who ran for Congress unsuccessfully in the 7th District earlier this year, is a longtime McCain supporter.

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The Back Room

Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council backs Sayegh in Paterson Mayor's race

The Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council today endorsed Andre Sayegh for Mayor citing his effective leadership, efforts to combat crime, and promotion of business and overall economic development in the City of Paterson.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop

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