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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With Sarlo and Dressel out, Kasparian appears to have clear path to chairmanship; Ferriero fires BCDO attorney

With Sarlo and Dressel out, Kasparian appears to have clear path to chairmanship; Ferriero fires BCDO attorney

News tonight from Bergen County that labor leader Richard "Buzzy" Dressel has retreated from his bid to succeed indicted Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO) Chairman Joe Ferriero came as no surprise to leaders on both sides of a fight who know Dressel can't win.

Dressel's intentions followed reports that members of a county committee built by Ferriero favor his hand-picked successor, Democratic Party fundraiser Michael Kasparian, in the lead-up to a Jan. 22 convention.

When party leaders tried to offer state Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) as a compromise to the Kasparian forces on the one side and Dressel and key ally state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) on the other, Dressel backed down.

But Ferriero's people dug in with Kasparian, whose candidacy galled Weinberg's forces as the outgoing party boss personally called supporters seeking Kasparian support using the latter's office telephone.

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Yudin endorses Rumana and Russo

At a packed meeting of the county committee tonight in the Franklin Lakes Firehouse, Bergen County Republican Party Chairman Bob Yudin endorsed incumbent District 40 Assemblymen Scott Rumana and David C. Russo.

Earlier today, Yudin told PolitickerNJ.com that prior to Feb. 2nd he would make a decision about whether he would back the incumbents or candidates backed by former chair Peter Murphy, an ally of former Assembly Majority Leader Paul DiGaetano (R-Passaic).

Tonight, Yudin announced that decision in what was a victory for current Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany-Troy Hills), who had feared a primary battle fueled by Yudin's support of candidates other than Rumana and Russo.

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Brizzi, Pio Costa emerge as GOP contenders in 36th against troubled 40th backdrop

In a tortured political terrain, Republican power players in the 36th  legislative district appear to be slowly coalescing around East Rutherford Councilman/businessman Joel Brizzi and Nutley businessman Carmen Pio Costa as their best chance ticket this year. 

It’s not yet set – in this geographically jagged district encompassing battle weary portions of Bergen, Passaic and Essex counties – nothing is ever really set, and there are candidate screening opportunities, after all; but there remain real factors immediately outside the district threatening party implosion. 

Sensing opportunity after coming close to victory two years ago, the party – and this goes all the way up to the top of the hierarchy - wants to stay focused here in the 36th despite the flailing fortunes of divided Republicans in the neighboring 40th.  

Toward that end, local leaders will sit down tonight at the Franklin Lakes Firehouse and try to re-establish in their sights the deeply fractured Bergen Democrats as their enemies and Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and Assemblyman Fred Scalera (D-Nutley) as statehouse targets one and two.

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N.J. Senators introduces Jackson at Senate confirmation hearing

U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez today introduced New Jerseyan  Lisa Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. 

“She will not only be the first African-American Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, I believe she will be the best Environmental Protection Agency Administrator we have seen in this history of that department,” said Menendez.

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Wilson threatens to appeal if governor does not release Katz emails within ten days

Wilson threatens to appeal if governor does not release Katz emails within ten days
GOP State Chairman Tom Wilson is offering Gov. Jon Corzine a deal: release his e-mails with Carla Katz and he won't take his case to the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Supported by newspaper editorials concurring with his opinion that Gov. Jon Corzine should release emails he exchanged with former union leader Carla Katz despite an appellate court ruling Monday that Corzine isn’t legally obligated to do so, GOP Chairman Tom Wilson fired off a letter to the governor today. 

In the four paragraph communication, Wilson renewed the same offer he made to Corzine after Superior Court Judge Paul Innes’ issued his initial ruling in May of last year:  release the e-mails to the public under the provisions of the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). 

Do that, the GOP chairman said today, and “I will agree to forego an appeal to the Supreme Court."

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