Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson said that an Obama/Biden ticket will seek to raise taxes, which will be “about as popular Corzine’s toll hike plan.”
Below is Wilson’s full statement.
“With his selection of Joe Biden, Senator Obama has made crystal clear his commitment to raising taxes. The Obama-Biden ticket has a long history of voting for and advocating tax increases on those making as little as $42,000 a year. New Jerseyans already pay more in state and local taxes than anyone else in the nation. Senators Obama and Biden want to make sure that we also pay more in federal taxes too. That idea will be about as popular as Corzine's toll hike plan and makes John McCain's no tax increase platform all that more attractive. This sets up a major contrast that we will drive home from now until Election Day: if voters want a President who will raise their taxes, vote for Obama. If you want a President who won't, support McCain.Read More >
Attorney Larry Stempler, who helped run Joe Biden’s small New Jersey campaign operation, didn’t originally have plans to go to Denver. But now, with the news Biden is Barack Obama’s vice presidential pick, he’s scrambling to see if he can arrange a flight to get there by Wednesday.
“As of this moment I was not planning to go, but my plans may have changed,” he said.
Stempler said that Biden’s legislative experience and appeal to various groups of voters who may have reservations about Obama outweighs and geographical downsides to picking a running mate from a small state on the eastern seaboard that already tends to vote Democratic.Read More >
New Jersey superdelegate June Fisher said that she’s “in ecstasy” over Barack Obama’s pick of Joe Biden as Vice President.
Fisher was one of three New Jerseyans who headed up Biden’s small presidential campaign in this state. She’s known him since 1974, when he came to speak at a convention in Atlantic City.
“It’s incredibly positive for New Jersey. There are people in some parts of New Jersey who think of him as our third Senator,” said Fisher, who’s been walking around the lobby of the Inverness Hotel in Denver and hugging everyone she knows.Read More >
DENVER - Joe Biden’s blue collar roots, support from police and firefighters, his regular guy commute to and from his job in Washington, and his foreign policy credentials all contribute to helping Barack Obama’s presidential campaign effort in New Jersey, according to spokesman Andrew Poag.
"He has a real connection to middle class voters," said Poag of the Delaware senator and presumptive vice presidential candidate, with whom Obama will stand today in Springfield, Illinois.
"He’s never lived in Washington, and he’s almost like a third senator in New Jersey," said Poag, who received a text message at 3 a.m. Saturday confirming Biden as Obama’s veep pick.
In a conversation with PolitickerNJ.com earlier this summer, Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden), noted Biden’s special connection to South Jersey, where his wife, Jill, has roots.Read More >
Among New Jerseyans likely pleased to see Barack Obama pick Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate is Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
Biden made his last New Jersey public appearance in May to headline a fundraiser for Lautenberg in Union during the New Jersey senior Senator's primary campaign against U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews.
Biden said it was the first time in his 35 year Senate career that he had gotten involved in a primary. And on Wednesday, he joined a Lautenberg donor campaign conference call to whip up their enthusiasm for the campaign.Read More >
Governor Corzine said earlier this week, and repeated yesterday, that he thought Hillary Clinton would be the strongest possible running mate for Barack Obama.
But Corzine knew that wasn’t likely to happen during the final weeks of the vice-presidential selection madness, and said that, barring Clinton, he’d like to see Obama choose Biden.
“Biden is the person I would pick given that it gives great credence to the ticket with regard to national strategic and policy issues, and it allows for Sen. Obama to give full focus on the economy, which is number one, two and three on the voters’ minds,” he said yesterday.Read More >
DENVER -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's choice of veteran U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) to serve as his running mate prompted an immediate reaction from Mark Alexander of Montclair, Obama's senior adviser and former New Jersey state director.
Alexander cited Biden's foreign policy credentials as a key reason for why he is a good vice residential candidate. He also identified Biden's outspokenness as a positive.
"Joe Biden is an individual with a proven commitment to progressive issues and to speaking his mind about the values he holds dear," Alexander said. "His foreign policy experience is well-informed, principled, and visionary. His long-time leadership as a key member of the Judiciary Committee has been equally inspirational."Read More >
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Barack Obama has picked Joseph Biden, a six-term U.S. Senator from Delaware and the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as the Democratic nominee for Vice President, according to published reports. Obama is expected to formally announce his selection of Biden this morning at a rally at the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. Biden, 66, ran for President this year, but dropped out of the race after losing the Iowa caucus to Obama. He has served in the Senate since January, 1973.
ELEC's complaint against Hoboken Councilman Beth Mason is a nightmare for the former mayoral candidate, who could face $2.6 million in fines.Read More >
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By Suzanne M. Walters When unions representing local police and firefighters cannot agree to new contract terms with local governments, State law mandates that the parties submit to binding arbitration. A third-party referee, then, sets the... Read More >
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