Corzine has narrow lead over Christie in new poll

Gov.  Jon Corzine has a 43%-40% approval rating and leads Republican Christopher Christie 36%-32%, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released this morning.  Corzine leads three other potential Republican candidates: Steve Lonegan 45%-29%, Rick Merkt 41%-27%, and Brian Levine 43%-27%.

More than six out of ten New Jersey voters (61%) say that Corzine should release his personal e-mails with Carla Katz just to “clear the air,” while just 29% believe he should keep them private.  35% of voters say they are less likely to vote for Christie because he served in George W. Bush’s administration, while 14% say more likely.  It makes no difference to half the voters.

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Rasmussen poll gives Christie 'slight edge' over Corzine

A poll released today by Rasmussen Reports shows former U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie holding a two percentage point lead over Gov. Jon S. Corzine. 

According to the telephone survey, Christie leads Corzine 42 percent to 40 percent, “essentially a toss-up given the poll's margin of sampling error,” according to Rasmussen. Five percent support some other candidate, and 13 percent are undecided. 

The poll says 44 percent of voters approve of the way that Corzine has performed as governor while 54 percent disapprove. Those figures include 12 percent who strongly approve and 32 percent who strongly disapprove.

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Dressel jumps back in race for Bergen Dem chair

Dressel jumps back in race for Bergen Dem chair
Richard "Buzzy" Dressel

HACKENSACK - Local labor leader Richard "Buzzy" Dressel threw himself back into the bullring today for the chairmanship of the Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO).

"In light of the fact that Ferriero cancelled tonight’s long awaited Executive Committee meeting, I cannot in good faith walk away," said Dressel. "This is just another example of how the 'process' is so screwed up.  You have a chairman that spoke of his resignation last week, then called for a meeting this evening, fired the legal counsel that the party put in when Oury and Ferrireo were indicted, and then cancelled tonight’s meeting. 

"As I understand the 'rules,' the meeting tonight was to vote on having the county convention next week," Dressel added. "Now, the committee does not vote, and an indicted, resigning chairman merely puts a convention in place to vote in his puppet.  He is starting to make Saddam Hussein look like a benevolent dictator."

He'll face party fundraiser Michael Kasparian, the choice of former Chairman Joe Ferriero, who has substantial party support in the executive committee from the likes of County Executive Dennis McNerney and Sheriff Leo McGuire.

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Ferriero names ex-Judge to run BCDO election; hires Mariniello as new counsel

Former Superior Court Judge Paul Huot will preside over the election of a new Bergen County Democratic Chairman next week, according to a statement released by outgoing Chairman Joseph Ferriero today. 

“So as to properly preserve the integrity of this process, I am announcing the appointment of retired Superior Court Judge Paul R. Huot to conduct and to preside over this election,” said Ferriero.  “No one can question his experience and ability to assure the integrity of the election. “

Ferriero also named Joseph Mariniello as BCDO counsel.  He fired Paul Kaufman yesterday; Kaufman had replaced Dennis Oury, who was named in the same indictment as Ferriero last fall.

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DuHaime joins key public affairs group

DuHaime joins key public affairs group
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Mike DuHaime, who managed Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign, has joined Mercury Public Affairs as a managing director.

New Jersey Republican strategist Mike DuHaime, who is expected to be named the general consultant for Christopher Christie's gubernatorial campaign, has joined Mercury Public Affairs as a managing director.  DuHaime managed Rudy Giuliani's presidential bid and served as political director for the McCain-Palin campaign.  He is a former Republican National Committee political director, served as regional political director of the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign, and was the Executive Director of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.

Referred to by the National Journal's Hotline as a "rising star and political natural," DuHaime was ranked #22 on the 2008 Power List.

Mercury Public Affairs is a full-service public affairs consultancy that counsels leading global Fortune 500 corporations, non-profit organizations, and trade and advocacy coalitions, offering a sophisticated suite of services that includes campaign management, strategic communications, grassroots outreach, litigation and crisis communications, advocacy advertising, and state and federal government affairs.  Earlier this week, Mercury announced it would be forming LFM Campaigns, a ballot proposition firm

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FDU poll: Bush and Obama's outgoing and incoming NJ voter approval ratings

FDU poll: Bush and Obama's outgoing and incoming NJ voter approval ratings
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As he coasts out of office next week making the point to CNN’s Larry King that historians are still trying to figure out George Washington’s place in history, after all; and history, not polling, matters, President George W. Bush enjoys a five percent job approval rating uptick among New Jersey voters, according to Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll today released today. 

That puts him at a still abysmal 21 percent job approval rating here in the Garden State, an historical low mark from New Jersey voters but for Bush’s nearly bottomed out pre-election totem. Seventy-percent of voters disapprove of the lame duck's job performance.

Conversely and not surprisingly given honeymoon period history for national leaders, President-elect Barack Obama comes to office with high marks. 

The numbers: Thirty-four percent of New Jerseyans now say the country’s on the right track, up from 13 percent taken before the Nov. 4th presidential election. Fifty-two percent say the country is on the wrong track, declining from a high of 78 percent before the November election. "That change," according to the poll, "is reflected strongly among Democrats and independents rather than Republicans."

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Failed Sussex sheriff's candidate switches parties

When he ran for Sussex County sheriff as a Democrat in 2007, Wayne Yahm lost to then six-term incumbent Sheriff Robert E. Untig by a 58 to 42 percent margin, making him the “most successful” Democratic Party candidate that year in heavily Republican Sussex, in his words. 

Membership in a perpetually losing party organization held little interest for Yahm, however, as he digested his loss a year and a half after the fact and decided to change parties.

On Wednesday, Yahm delivered an affiliation declaration form to the Commissioner of Registrations Office in Newton, switching from the Democratic to the Republican Party.

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The Back Room

Conservative group slams Christie in TV ad

As Gov. Chris Christie's heads to New Hampshire tomorrow, a conservative group wants to welcome him with a television commercial critical of his record on judicial nominations.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 30th

  With looming deadline on bail reform, Christie calls Legislature into special session TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie is calling the legislature into special session Thursday to address recent bail reform legislation before a looming deadline next week, according to a letter from the governor’s office today. (Brush/PolitickerNJ)...

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Quote of the Day

quote of the day

"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

- The Bergen Record


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