U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews has received endorsements in his U.S. Senate campaign from two more newspapers: the Courier-Post and the Jersey Journal. The Herald News is backing incumbent Frank Lautenberg for re-nomination.
According to the Courier-Post editorial, "when it comes to the issues that most New Jerseyans really care about -- high gasoline prices, access to health care and, yes, the Iraq war -- Andrews wins. The Courier-Post endorses his candidacy and urges Democratic voters to pull the lever for him on Tuesday. Lautenberg appears unable to get over being in a competitive primary race. He seems unprepared to contest for the nomination and has offered scant reasons for Democratic voters to re-elect him."Read More >
Both sides spun hard after tonight’s Democratic Senate Primary debate on 101.5 FM, each trying to depict the other as inconsistent and deceptive.
But while experts - including U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) himself in the midst of the radio scrap - agree that U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) is a formidable debater and was tonight, at no time during the hour and a half long forum just days prior to the June 3 primary did the senator deep-six himself.
"I thought Andrews acquitted himself very well and if this was an open seat he’d be odds on favorite," said Prof. Patrick Murray of Monmouth University. "Lautenberg acted annoyed that anyone was challenging him. While Andrews focused on detail, Lautenberg wanted to avoid answering questions directly."
Prof. Brigid Harrison of Montclair State University read it the same way.Read More >
With Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello complaining about two lawmakers who have had 22 (Lautenberg) and 18 (Andrews) years respectively and little to show in both cases, 101.5 moderator Eric Scott broaches the age issue.
The moderator asks U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews about his campaign ad dredging up the1982 war between U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and the late U.S. Rep. Millicent Fenwick. Lautenberg questioned Fenwick’s advanced age then and now Andrews is taking the same tack and Scott wants to know if Andrews believes Lautenberg is too old to serve.
The congressman twists the issue away from age.
"He’s not effective in the Untied State Senate," he says.
Lautenberg jumps all over him.
"He doesn’t recognize effectiveness when he see it," he says. "He hasn’t had any in the United States Congress."
Lautenberg proceeds to criticize Andrews for missing work to hit the campaign trail, suggesting that "maybe he’s running for the Guinness Book of Records for handshaking."
"You’ve been there 18 years and you have nothing to show for it," he adds. "It’s quite incredible."
But given the chance moments later, Andrews cites 15 legislative successes he’s had in this Congress alone. He includes in his answer his successful passage of a bill protecting soldiers against terrorist attacks on military bases, and another which closes an Enron loophole.Read More >
The candidates get a chance to discuss wages and wealth, and when Eric Scott asks U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg what the minimum wage should be, the senator responds, "One can’t place a dollar figure on it."
Pressed by Scott, U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews says the minimum wage should be between $15 - $16 an hour, and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello marks it at $15-$20.
The congressman tries to distinguish himself from Lautenberg on taxes. He says he would repeal taxes for people making over $350,000 annually.
"The senator said he would ‘examine’ tax cuts," Andrews notes.Read More >
Moderator Eric Scott interrogates U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews on his support for Gov. Jon Corzine’s plan to increase tolls over a number of years by 800%. Does he still support it?, the debate moderator wants to know.
"No, because now the governor doesn’t support it either," says Andrews.
The congressman goes on to say that the state has a whining problem. Politicians whine about problems but don’t do anything to solve them.
"The governor stood up and attacked the problem, my friend the senator sounded like Republicans who whined about the problem," says Andrews.Read More >
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg blasts away at U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews, urging him to tell the truth about his involvement in the Iraq War, but with the help of Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello, Andrews flips the issue back on the senator by the end of the exchange.
Lautenberg was not in the Senate in 2002, and Andrews helped craft the resolution authorizing Bush to take America to war.
"I didn’t vote for it," Lautenberg says. "At the time I said I might consider voting for it. I didn’t have the benefit of the briefing. I never would I have voted for that war. Congressman Andrews went right to it."
Proud of his opposition to the war from the beginning, Cresitello says, "The senator is misleading the people of New Jersey. They are both responsible for a war costing us $12 billion a month."
Now Andrews heads straight at Lautenberg.
"The senator has just completely misrepresented his position," says the congressman."He said Colin Powell has laid to rest any doubtsRead More >
The two Port Authority officials who resigned in the wake of the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy have hired outside counsel, according to reports.Read More >
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