As Obama resists the Tom Cruise temptation to leap out of Oprah's stuffed chair in excitement over Iowa poll numbers that show him with a slight lead, and establishment darling Clinton searches for a way to generate vitality beyond the marble pillars of officialdom, former Sen. John Edwards remains a statistically relevant presence, at least in Iowa.
"Edwards is not done," insisted Peter Woolley, executive director of Fairleigh Dickinson's PublicMind poll. "The fat lady hasn't sung. He's still running third. If one month before the Iowa caucus, it's as close as it is, you're doing very well. But the bad sign about Edwards is his level of support has been pretty static. He's not moving the needle."
In the Northeast, Edwards' presidential campaign ravenously pursues good news, and finds little. The fact that the one-term senator and former vice-presidential nominee emerged the winner at an informal caucus in Roselle Park on Friday belies the fact that Clinton's supporters bolstered Edwards rather than get seared by the victory chants of their prime tormentor, Team Obama, which placed second.Read More >
With an eye on the presidential polls in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina where their candidate is competitive, Obama supporters rallied at the Masonic Temple in Newark on Saturday in preparation for the February 5th primary in New Jersey - where Obama is not competitive.
At least not today. Not right now.
That could change depending on what happens in the earlier primaries, and for a presidential candidacy built on change, a subject Obama's supporters figure they know well, they like the odds.
"This is going to come down to what kind of organization we have in key states around the country," Mayor Cory Booker told a crowd of 150. "New Jersey is probably one of the bellwether states in terms of where this primary is going to go."Read More >
Sources close to Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore say based on the results of their interviews with U.S. Congressional prospects on Saturday, a screening committee plans to recommend the name of Freeholder Director John "Jack" Kelly to the Republican County Committee.
Kelly's name will be entered as the committee's choice to represent Ocean County in the Republican Party primary for the 3rd Congressional District, where U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton is retiring.
If the full committee accepts the recommendation at its convention on Monday evening, that would set up an inter-county GOP showdown between Kelly of Ocean County and defense industry boss Chris Myers of Medford Township in Burlington County.Read More >
Roselle Park felt a little bit like Des Moines last night, when about 200 Democrats gathered at an Italian restaurant for the New Jersey Democratic Caucus, where the results didn’t mean much but Democratic passion was on full display.
But if the results actually held water, then the world of New Jersey politics is topsy-turvy, because Hillary Clinton – who continues to lead state polls by 30% margins -- was eliminated in the first round of caucusing, coming in short of the 15% threshold with 27 members – 6 less than Dennis Kucinich’s 33.
And ultimately John Edwards, who barely makes a dent in New Jersey polls, prevailed with 76 supporters to Barack Obama’s 68 and Kucinich’s 34.
The event was conceived and organized by Jeff Gardner, co-chair of New Jersey for Democracy, and John Bartlett, Chairman of the Executive Committee of New Jersey’s Democratic Future. Gardner had seen the Iowa caucuses four years ago, and thought it would be fun to imitate. The two organizers invited every candidate – except one.Read More >
U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie has written the Department of Justice advising them that he has received letters from Reps. Frank Pallone and Bill Pascrell regarding the selection of federal monitors, and asking them to simply look at the letter. Christie has not responded to the congressional inquiry directly, but forwarded a copy of his letter to Pallone and Pascrell. The U.S. Attorneys manual requires letters from members of Congress to be sent directly to the Department of Justice for appropriate response.
DiVincenzo bestows award on McGreevey Days after endorsing Republican Gov. Chris Christie, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. made a beeline for the Essex County Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Advisory Board for an appearance with former Democratic Gov. James McGreevey. PolitickerNJ http://www.politickernj.com/66524/divincenzo-bestows-award-former-gov-mcgreevey-lgbtq-pride-month-celebration Whelan backs Booker...
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BY BOB BOWSER To the citizens of the great city of East Orange, I am eternally grateful that you have allowed me to serve as your Mayor for the past sixteen years. As a community of concerned citizens, you have been willing participants in... Read More >
“I haven’t made up my mind whether to do that." - Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) on whether she will seek a third term as speaker.- The Bergen Record
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