The Bush factor

TRENTON - The Republicans argue that their presidential candidate is named McCain, not Bush.

"The last time I looked, George Bush was not on the ticket," said Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington), a common refrain among Republicans eager to put the pedal down and get distance between themselves - and the sitting president. 

"I think if John McCain had been elected, we would be in a very different position," said Karrow, who’s supported McCain going all the way back to his 2000 presidential campaign. 

But apparently the GOP can’t extricate themselves from the president, as evidenced by State Democratic Chairman Joseph Cryan's delight in the fact that a week from now, Bush will be in Colts Neck, raising money at a private fundraiser for congressional candidates, Medford Mayor Chris Myers in the 3rd District, and state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Hunterdon) in the 7th.

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Will Ferriero's indictment affect '08 candidates?

On her way to a meeting of the Bergen County Democratic Organization’s executive committee this morning, State Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) said she was worried that the power vacuum in the party couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“This is a time of a little bit of confusion and anarchy at a very bad time, because we’re in the midst of a campaign,” she said.  “Now I, among other things, have been quite besieged by telephone calls from very average constituents who want to work for the Obama campaign, and I don’t even know where that’s being operated out of in Bergen County.  So there are many issues that need to be discussed and sorted out that are of import to the people we elect come November 4th, and therefore of import to the people we represent.  It’s a time of confusion and a very bad and inopportune time.”

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GOP women stand up for Palin

GOP women stand up for Palin

State Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), left, and Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-Franklin).: Politicker photoState Sen. Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), left, and Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-Franklin).: Politicker photo

TRENTON - They think she’s getting a bum rap early because she’s a woman, and rather than languish on the sidelines, senators Diane Allen (R-Edgwater Park) and Jennifer Beck (R-Rumson), and Assemblywoman Alison McHose-Littell (R-Franklin) made a statement today of Republican unity on behalf of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Calling themselves "Palin’s Truth Squad," the three legislators stood up for the Republican nominee for vice president, arguing that Palin’s success and home state popularity contrast sharply with that of New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.

"Look at her public policy on spending," said Beck. "Alaska is a more self-sufficient state. In his first year as governor, Jon Corzine raised spending. (In contrast), she is taking the right steps."

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Tom Wilson's Bergen County Challenge

Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson challenged Gov. Corzine and Democratic State Chairman Joe Cryan to drop all support for Bergen County Democratic candidates unless or until Bergen Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero resigns. 

Corzine and Cryan have both said that Ferriero, who was indicted last week on eight counts of corruption, should resign.  But at a meeting this morning, leaders of the Democratic organization, including U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman, said they would not seek Ferriero’s resignation.

“The true test of their commitment to rooting out corruption within the Democratic Party is whether their actions reflect their words.  Corzine and Cryan should make it clear to the Democratic candidates in Bergen that there will be no financial support for a slate that supports corrupt party leadership,” said Wilson in a statement.

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Zeitz gets recognition from DCCC

Fourth district congressional candidate Josh Zeitz has been added to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “races to watch” list.

The placement could put Zeitz, who’s challenging long-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton), on deck to receive fundraising help from the DCCC over the next two months.

The “races to watch” category is the third tier of the group’s prospects. The first tier – the “Red to Blue” program - provides fundraising help in the most competitive districts. Assemblywoman Linda Stender, who’s running against Republican state Sen. Leonard Lance for an open seat in District 7, and State Sen. John Adler, who’s running Republican Medford Mayor Chris Myers for an open seat in District 3, are in that program. Blind rabbi/psychologist Dennis Shulman, who’s running against U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett in the 5th District, is in the second tier “emerging races” program.

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Tom Wilson defends Sarah Palin from Carla Katz

Responding to a column Carla Katz published on PolitickerNJ and The Star-Ledger that was skeptical of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s reform credentials, Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson shot back, accusing the former union leader and Corzine companion of being a hypocritical “special interest peddler.” 

”Carla Katz’s op-ed yesterday is just what we’ve come to expect from her: half-truths, smears, and the politics of greed and self interest.  John McCain and Sarah Palin represent a threat to Ms. Katz’s special interest influence peddling and her op-ed should be taken for what it is – the pained wails of a special interest leader who’s way of doing business will come to a much needed and abrupt end when John McCain and Sarah Palin move into the White House,” he said.

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Ferriero gets a temporary pass after Bergen Democratic bloodbath

After a raucous meeting that insiders present said seemed more like a family gathering after a tragedy than a typical political meeting, the Bergen County Democratic Organization’s Executive Committee agreed not to ask Chairman Joe Ferriero to resign – at least not until after the November election.

Tensions and emotions were high as Ferriero loyalists and critics argued it out over the fate of their Chairman, who’s been indicted on eight corruption counts. Old scabs were reopened and expletives flew unhindered among the roughly 30 members present.

Ferriero is currently on a temporary leave of absence while Vice Chair Kay Nest has been elevated to become Acting Chairwoman for the time being.

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Quinnipiac will release new N.J. poll tomorrow

Quinnipiac University will release the results on a new poll pitting Barack Obama and John McCain in a contest for New Jersey's fifteen electoral votes.  The last Quinnipiac poll, on August 15, had Obama leading McCain by ten percentage points, 51%-41%.  Since then, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Marist College have released polls showing a tightening of the race.  FDU had Obama up by six, and Marist has Obama leading by three.

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"A break-in occurred early this morning at the offices owned by Carl Sharif and two others at 660 Stuyvesant Ave. in Irvington, New Jersey. Several items are reported missing, including two laptop computers owned by Carl Sharif. There is also reported damage in the building. The Irvington police were called and a report was filed." - Jeffries campaign spokeswoman Lupe Todd



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