Peterson gets in 23rd District Assembly race

Peterson gets in 23rd District Assembly race
Hunterson County Freeholder Erik Peterson wants the State Assembly seat of Mike Doherty or Marcia Karrow, one of whom will go to the State Senate.

Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson has entered the race for the Assembly in the 23rd District.

"I want to bring Republican principles of fiscal; conservatism, limited government and open, honest government that is accountable to the people of New Jersey to the Legislature," Peterson, an attorney and political protege of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton), said in a letter to party members.

Peterson’s entry means there are now at least three GOP contenders in the race created by former state Sen. Lance's victory last year and the movement directly beneath him of two lawmakers eager to move up in his absence.

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Corzine: 'You can be sure that what I say comes from the heart'

Corzine: 'You can be sure that what I say comes from the heart'
Gov. Jon Corzine (pictured last year at the Democratic National Convention).

A week prior to President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony and a new national epoch, there’s Gov. Corzine on television delivering an election year State of the State address before a joint audience of legislators in the Assembly chamber in a downbeat Trenton.  

He’s proud of New Jersey and says so - "I raised my kids here," explains the single, Hoboken-based governor whom Republicans regularly denounce as out of touch with middle class, suburban values.

The expectation in part is for Corzine to address a $2.5 billion budget deficit and as he puts human faces on problems with Ronald Reagan–style stand up and take a bow anecdotes ranging from Iraq War veterans to foreclosed homeowners, the millionaire governor dives into the teeth of his speech.

"What I say may not be popular, but you can be sure that what I say comes from my heart," he says, later quoting Lincoln on the anniversary of the 16th president's birth. 

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Sosa prepared to get on the ground for Christie gubernatorial campaign effort

The early 1990s were heady times for then Assemblyman Jose Sosa (R-Mount Holly), who pounded on 8,000 doors, sprang an unlikely upset over the Democratic Party in the 7th District in 1991 and went on to address the Republican National Convention in Houston a year later. 

In 1993, shell-shocked Democrats regrouped in a district they control by a 3-1 margin and defeated Sosa. 

He went back to the private sector, which is basically where he remained. 

“People told me after the election that I should move to a safe GOP district and run, but I’d never do that,” said Sosa, a mayor of Mount Holly before his single term in the Assembly. “This is where I live I’m not a carpetbagger. I’d rather be part of the party in some small way, but I will remain a Republican as long as I live - frustrated perhaps, but a Republican.”

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Pallone to Christie: release your schedules

Pallone to Christie: release your schedules
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone has emerged as Chris Christie's leading critic on the Democratic side.

U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) says that if GOP gubernatorial candidate Christopher Christie is really interested in transparency, he'll release his public and private schedules during his seven years as the U.S. Attorney from New Jersey.

After a state appellate court ruled yesterday that Gov. Jon Corzine does not have to release his personal e-mails with his former girlfriend, union leader Carla Katz, Christie said that Corzine should release them anyway "in the interest of transparency."

"For the last five months, I have urged Chris Christie to release his public and private schedules so that the people of New Jersey can determine for themselves if he engaged in any improper political activities while serving as U.S. attorney," Pallone said in a statement released this morning.  "If Christie is truly interested in transparency, he should release his schedules and should stop hiding behind the Justice Department as to his role in questionable deferred prosecution agreements."

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Watch Corzine's State of the State live on NJN

Watch Corzine's State of the State live on NJN

Gov. Jon Corzine’s State of the State address will be broadcast live on New Jersey Network at 1PM today.  The speech will air simultaneously on NJN Public Radio and be web streamed and archived at njn.net. The State of the State speech will be rebroadcast tonight at 10PM.  Republican Roger Bodman, Democrat Julie Roginsky, and Monmouth University Gannett NJ poll director Patrick Murray will provide analysis.

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Milam pleads guilty, avoids trial

Milam pleads guilty, avoids trial
Freshman Assemblyman Matthew Milam (D-Vineland) pleaded guilty to parking in a handicaped spot.

Assemblyman Matthew Milam (D-Vineland ) pleaded guilty today to parking in a handicapped spot,  just before a municipal court trial was set to begin.  Milam initially claimed that the spot was not properly marked.  He paid a $256 fine.   Milam, who won his first term in the Legislature in November 2007, retained an attorney and entered a not guilty plea after receiving his ticket last October.

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Schundler drops mayoral bid

Schundler drops mayoral bid
Former Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler won't run again in 2009.

Bret Schundler says he will not seek a return to the Jersey City mayoral post he held from 1992 to 2001, saying the nation's economic downturn has caused some of his long-term investments to plummet.  Schundler says he needs to work full-time and can't afford to seek public office this year.

Schundler gave up the post to seek the GOP nomination for Governor eight years ago.

The full text of Schundler's statement is as follows:

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The Back Room

Christie takes state helicopter to campaign in Connecticut

Gov. Chris Christie took the "upper level" -- helicoptering over the George Washington Bridge -- to beat rush hour traffic from his home state to a recent GOP fundraiser with Connecticut gubernatorial contender Tom Foley, according to a Hearst Media report.

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Morning Digest: July 24th

  Of friends, enemies, transactions and transportation: the evolving political relationship of Bob Menendez and Steve Fulop The image yesterday in Washington D.C. of powerful U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) walking the hallways with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop sent a signal of Menendez’s willingness to get behind...

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Op-Ed

NJ Legislature must get behind statewide standard of responsible contracting

By Michael Capelli As a 30 year union carpenter, I learned first-hand how important it was to have the right tools for the job. Now as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the 30,000 men and women of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters I... Read More >

Contributors

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(7-23-14) Rabner Opinion Keeps “Christie for President” Alive - Gov. Chris Christie’s fight to prevent same-sex marriage in New Jersey ended with Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.... more »
The Perry-Paul Debate is Healthy for the GOP – and for America  The foreign policy debate in the media between prospective GOP Presidential candidates Texas Governor Rick Perry and... more »
(Washington DC)-- Two recent votes on Capitol Hill suggest an overdue and radical departure from our nation's Draconian and costly War on Drugs.  It's a long-overdue discussion (and not just... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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