Lonegan thinks Republicans should fight ethics reform proposals

Conservative activist Steve Lonegan said the Republicans’ tentative support of Gov. Corzine’s ethics reform plan is a mistake. 

While more mainstream Republicans have cast the reforms as the Democratic realization of what the GOP has been pushing for all along, Lonegan – a staunch opponent of campaign finance laws in general who’s considering running for governor next year– thinks they should be fighting against them. 

“Republicans should get their act together and go after this with a vengeance, because this is an assault on liberty,” he said.  “I think it’s an all-out assault on freedom of speech, freedom of association and the whole American system and tradition of open and competitive elections.”

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Corzine says reform plan will end pay to play, enhance accountability

Corzine says reform plan will end pay to play, enhance accountability

With just over a year to go before he’s up for reelection, Gov. Jon Corzine today released a comprehensive package that he said is the final piece of ethics reform that he outlined during his 2005 gubernatorial campaign.

Corzine promised that the plan -- parts of which he’s already enacted through executive order and parts of which will require legislation-- will “end pay-to-play once and for all, at all levels of government.”

“We have reached a point where New Jerseyans have come to believe that instead of government of, by and for the people, we have a government of, by and for political contributors, lobbyists and those who are at every level of pay to play,” said Corzine at an outdoor ceremony in front of the state house.  “Today, that era ends.”

To prove his point, Corzine stood next to a checklist of his nine-point reform plan from his first campaign for governor.  Assuming that the reforms outlined today were passed, each one was checked off.

“All this is about accountability – not just about laying down new rules. It’s also about enforcing,” he said.

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Merkt questions three-year delay in Corzine ethics overhaul

Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) and Mendham Committeewoman Jane Tiger.: Politicker file photoAssemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham) and Mendham Committeewoman Jane Tiger.: Politicker file photoOn the occasion of Gov. Jon Corzine’s release today of wide-ranging ethics reform, GOP gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham), criticized Corzine for dragging his heels.

"The Governor acknowledged from his first day in office that there was a need for a change in the culture of corruption enveloping Trenton," said Merkt, who launched an exploratory committee for a 2009 bid in late summer. "That being the case, it is hard to understand why it took him three years to propose ethics reforms that he could have demanded on his first day in office. In the meantime, dozens of public officials have been indicted and millions of taxpayer dollars have been squandered as these corrupt practices continued without any meaningful opposition by the administration.

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Myers appears with cranberry farmers, while Adler rips him for Bush ties

Medford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoMedford Mayor Chris Myers: Politicker file photoThe National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today officially endorsed 3rd Congressional District candidate Medford Mayor Chris Myers, even as the Republican’s opponent, state Sen. John Adler (D-Camden), continued to lash out at Myers’s fundraising connections.

Standing with fifth generation cranberry farmers Joe Darlington and wife, Brenda Conner, on their Pemberton property today, Myers said, "Small business owners have always been the engine that makes the American economy go and will be on the forefront of helping to lead us out of this current economic crisis."

He took a shot at Adler.State Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker file photoState Sen. John Adler (D-Camden): Politicker file photo

"Thanks to career Trenton politician John Adler, small business owners in New Jersey are consistently being barraged with higher taxes and excessive regulation that kill job creation and hurt middle class families struggling to make ends meet," Myers said.

NFIB promotes and protects the right of its members to own, operate and grow their businesses, according to its website.

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Pallone and Zeitz tag team in highlighting the cost of war

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) and 4th District Congressional District candidate Josh Zeitz want America to pull the plug on the war in Iraq.

Speaking on a conference call this afternoon, they tallied the $4.5 billion total cost of the six-year old war to the 4th and 6th districts, according to Obama presidential campaign spokesman Andrew Poag, and tied those numbers to the record and campaign rhetoric of GOP presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

"We can’t afford another president who will continue George W. Bush’s failed foreign policies," said Pallone, one of four New Jersey congressmen who voted against the initial resolution authorizing Bush to go into Iraq. 

"Senator Barack Obama (who at the outset opposed the war in a speech he gave in 2002) has proposed a safe and responsible plan to bring our troops home, but John McCain has no plan to end the war," Pallone added.

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Shulman ad hammers on what they see as Garrett's 'Karcher problem'

Dennis Shulman in Denver last month.: Politicker photoDennis Shulman in Denver last month.: Politicker photo 

They say there are about two or three enduring storylines in world literature, and over the last year there have proved to be two or three storylines in New Jersey politics..

In the U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett/Dennis Shulman Fifth Congressional District contest, the Shulman campaign argues that it’s the Ellen Karcher story all over again, with Garrett receiving a $41,000 tax break on a piece of land that yields approximately $700 per year in income.

In a television ad that went up today on Channel 5 in the district, Shulman charges that by enjoying the tax loophole, Garrett proves he is just another "corrupt politician."

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Corzine to propose sweeping campaign finance reforms

Corzine to propose sweeping campaign finance reforms

Gov. Jon Corzine, left, with one of his potential 2009 Republican opponents, biotech millionaire John CrowleyGov. Jon Corzine, left, with one of his potential 2009 Republican opponents, biotech millionaire John Crowley
Gov. Jon Corzine will announce a highly aggressive anti-wheeling campaign finance reform package that will reduce contribution limits to county and local party organizations and legislative leadership committees. The Governor has scheduled a 2:30 PM news conference.

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The Back Room

Trenton mayor's race: Worthy campaign funds surge according to filed ELEC report

Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 15, 2014

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