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.
DENVER - The Denver Broncos had left several hours earlier when Joseph Cryan, state Democratic Party chairman, entered the lobby of the Hotel Inverness on Friday night at around 10 p.m., mountain time.
The football team trains nearby and evidently they get their pre-home game rub-downs here at the Inverness.
Now the Broncos could be seen vying against the Packers on suspended television sets in the Spotted Dog bar and all the talk around Cryan from his state committee staffers concerned Barack Obama's veep pick.
Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) apparently were already out of the running, according to news reports, leaving most of the New Jersey staffers assuming that Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) would be Obama's running mate.Read More >
DENVER - When Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) attended his first convention, he was running for Congress and serving as a Bill Clinton delegate in 1992.
"It was interesting," Menendez recalled in a phone interview with PolitickerNJ.com. "We invited this little known Southern governor to Hudson County, to our Hudson County dinner. He lost his voice that night, but he was very earnest in his effort, and he went on to become our president."
Fifteen years later, Menendez supported Bill Clinton’s wife for president in what was ultimately her unsuccessful bid for the White House.
Now Menendez, vice chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), backs Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL.), and wants an all-out Democratic Party takeover of not only the executive but the legislative branch.Read More >
DENVER - Rob Angelo, executive director of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee, walked through the long, carpeted hallways of the Inverness Hotel on Friday afternoon, making preparations.
Angelo landed in town on Wednesday, and he’s been operating ever since to make way for the New Jersey delegation to the Democratic National Convention, which is steadily overtaking the hotel at this point.
"There’s a maximum occupancy here of 302 and we have 240 people from our delegation staying here," said Angelo. "The rest of the people booked to stay here are with the DNC (Democratic National Committee).Read More >
After weeks of speculation, the direction of the Newark mayoral race may take an important turn today as prominent members of the Payne political family gather at Newark's Robert Treat Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
The campaign of Newark mayoral candidate Shavar Jeffries has called a press conference at which both U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-10) and Essex County deputy chief of staff and former state Assemblyman William D. Payne will be present.Read More >
Days Since Last Christie Press Conference (Jan. 9)
Greenstein versus Watson Coleman in Princeton PRINCETON – When Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Chairman Jim Durbin announced a second ballot runoff tonight and the losers headed for the back of the room, he alerted committee members to the names of the two surviving competitors. But people already...
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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 >
"The governor has allowed political cronyism to continue and even flourish, rather than stamp it out, with some of his closest confidants enriching themselves through millions of dollars in state contracts, and legal and lobbying fees, an Asbury Park Press review of thousands of pages of campaign, lobbying and contracting documents found."- The Asbury Park Press
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