Bedminster Councilman Finn Caspersen, Jr., the heir to the Beneficial Management fortune, is mulling a bid for Mike Ferguson’s House seat. Caspersen wanted to challenge Rep. Rush Holt in 2002, but dropped out of the race after congressional redistricting moved much of the Somerset portion of the old 12th district into the 7th.
Casperson is the son of philanthropist Finn Caspersen, Sr., the retired Beneficial Management Chairman who was ranked by Mother Jones as the 11th biggest political donor in the nation, giving $811,000 to candidates from both parties.
The 37-year-old Caspersen says he is “just thinking about it at this point.”Read More >
Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan moved quickly to eliminate any possible primary opposition to Linda Stender in the 7th district congressional race, saying she is the "right candidate" to seek the open seat next year.
"We should thank Congressman Ferguson for his service and wish him well in his political retirement," Cryan said in a statement.
"I also want to strongly reaffirm the confidence Democrats have in Linda Stender and her ability to defeat any Republican who replaces Mr Ferguson on the ballot. She is the right candidate for the Democratic Party and the right person to represent the people of the 7th Congressional District."Read More >
The National Republican Congressional Committee believes Mike Ferguson's seat will remain in GOP hands.
“The voters of New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District have already rejected Linda Stender once. I believe the voters will do the same next year and send a GOP representative to Congress who fights for lower taxes and less government spending," said NRCC spokeswoman Julie Shutley. "Stender’s staggering underperformance in her re-election for the State Assembly is further evidence that the people of New Jersey do not agree with her tax and spend record."Read More >
Assemblyman Jon Bramnick was set to make a decision on whether he would run for U.S. Senate as early as this week. But now, with the announcement that Mike Ferguson will not seek re-election to Congress in 2008, Bramnick appears to have his sights set on that seat
“It’s hard to pass up an opportunity like this,” said Bramnick, who said he'll make a decision on whether or not to go for it tomorrow morning.
Bramnick said that he has received communications from within the party this morning via email and telephone asking him to run.
“I can’t understand why Ferguson is not running,” said Bramnick.Read More >
Mike Ferguson’s decision to leave Congress was based entirely on his desire to spend time with his wife and four young children and had nothing to do with politics, says his longtime political consultant, Larry Weitzner.
“There weren’t any political considerations in this whatsoever – it was just really a matter of him wanting to spend more time with his family – it’s a very young family,” said Weitzner, who has worked for Ferguson since his first race for Congress, against Rep. Frank Pallone in 1998. “He got into politics for the right reasons and now he’s leaving for the right reasons –he’s dedicated to service and he’s also dedicated to his family. With young children, he just felt conflicted all the time, traveling back and forth and not being able to go to his kids' soccer games.”Read More >
"I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election to Congress in 2008. I deeply appreciate the privilege the people of the 7th District have given me during the past seven years, and it has been my honor to represent them and our country.
"My wife, Maureen, and I have four children, the oldest of whom is 9 years old. Since first being elected in 2000, I have strived to balance my responsibilities to my family and to my constituents. I am indebted to Maureen, whose love, selflessness and patience allow me to meet my obligations to my constituents - from votes in Congress that extend past midnight to multiple trips each week between Washington and New Jersey and back again. Being a representative in Congress is more meaningful than I had imagined, and I know that now is the right time to step away from public life to focus more on family life while our children are still young.Read More >
Tom Kean, Jr. now has a tough decision to make: does he run for Congress in 2008 for a seat that he would have a good chance of winning, or does he become Senate Minority Leader – a job he won less than two weeks ago? Can he do both?Read More >
Christie no longer ‘Today’ show cohost Gov. Chris Christie is no longer scheduled to co-host an hour of the TODAY show, rather the incumbent governor seeking re-election in the fall will sit down “for an extended interview,” according to the program’s spokeswoman. New Jersey’s governor was originally slated to...
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