Convention date set for Doherty-Karrow showdown

Convention date set for Doherty-Karrow showdown
Republicans will meet on Jan. 24 to fill Leonard Lance's seat in the State Senate.

The joint Republican County Committees of Warren and Hunterdon Counties will convene a convention on Saturday, January 24 to decide whether Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) or Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.) will succeed former state Sen. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the 23rd  District.

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Schluter endorses Holt in 23rd District Assembly race

A GOP candidate for the Assembly in the 23rd District, Hunterdon County Freeholder Matthew Holt this week announced endorsements from former state Sen. Bill Schluter, former Hunterdon County Clerk Dottie Tirpok, and former Warren County Clerk Terry Lee. 

"I know the Trenton scene and what it takes to be an effective Legislator,” Schluter, who served as senator of the district for 13 years, wrote in a letter to Hunterdon/Warren County Republican Committee members.

“Matt will not let partisan gridlock prevent him from seeking responsible bipartisan solutions for the public good.  He is not flamboyant -- he works quietly and efficiently with constituents including farmers, environmentalists, and citizen advocacy groups. He will perform his Legislative duties in a fair and responsible manner while protecting the interest of the 23rd district, earning both your respect, as well as the respect of his fellow legislators."

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Cabana officially gets in the 25th District Assembly race

Cabana officially gets in the 25th District Assembly race
Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana and County Clerk Joan Bramhall, who's also supporting Tony Bucco in the 25th District race.

MOUNTAIN LAKES – Kicking off his 25th District Assembly campaign at the centrally situated and styling Zeris Inn on the side of Highway 46, Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana summoned the forces of government to stand with him at the front of the big, packed room. 

It was a potent demonstration of political heft as Republican freeholders Jack Schrier, John Murphy, William Chegwidden, Gene Feyl, former freeholders William Druetzler and John Inglesino and others crowded in behind Cabana, facing a room that contained no fewer than 10 Morris County mayors not to mention deputy mayors and their dates and/or wives and council people and their significant others and attendant staff, political operatives, a sheriff’s surrogate, other former freeholders and elected officials and County Clerk Joan Bramhall. 

All arrayed against bloated government. 

“I stand with you tonight with the leadership of our county,” said Cabana, a municipal prosecutor and elected official going back 20 years to when he first served on the committee of Boonton Township, a northern Morris County mountain town.

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Text of Governor Jon Corzine's State of the State Address

Text of Governor Jon Corzine's State of the State Address
Gov. Jon Corzine greets Senate President Richard Codey and Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts just before delivering his State of the State Address.

The full text of Governor Jon Corzine's State of the State address:

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Manzo's Jersey City forces emerge

Manzo's Jersey City forces emerge
Then-31st District state Senate candidate Lou Manzo makes his pitch on the campaign trail in 1997.

Jersey City Mayoral candidate Lou Manzo issued a release today unveiling the first three of nine city council candidates committed to running on his slate.

Those candidates are attorney/cop Jim Carroll in Ward D; civic association leader Jimmy King in Ward C; and Public Schools Principal Account Clerk Lori Serrano for an at-large seat.

“These three candidates represent samplings of our diverse city,” said Manzo, a former assemblyman who ran for the state senate in 1997 and lost to state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Hudson). “Clearly, this ticket will be composed of leaders who are not afraid to fight for Jersey City. I am proud to stand alongside these three individuals, as we move forward to make Jersey City a better place to live, work and raise families."  

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Peterson gets in 23rd District Assembly race

Peterson gets in 23rd District Assembly race
Hunterson County Freeholder Erik Peterson wants the State Assembly seat of Mike Doherty or Marcia Karrow, one of whom will go to the State Senate.

Hunterdon County Freeholder Erik Peterson has entered the race for the Assembly in the 23rd District.

"I want to bring Republican principles of fiscal; conservatism, limited government and open, honest government that is accountable to the people of New Jersey to the Legislature," Peterson, an attorney and political protege of U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton), said in a letter to party members.

Peterson’s entry means there are now at least three GOP contenders in the race created by former state Sen. Lance's victory last year and the movement directly beneath him of two lawmakers eager to move up in his absence.

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Corzine: 'You can be sure that what I say comes from the heart'

Corzine: 'You can be sure that what I say comes from the heart'
Gov. Jon Corzine (pictured last year at the Democratic National Convention).

A week prior to President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony and a new national epoch, there’s Gov. Corzine on television delivering an election year State of the State address before a joint audience of legislators in the Assembly chamber in a downbeat Trenton.  

He’s proud of New Jersey and says so - "I raised my kids here," explains the single, Hoboken-based governor whom Republicans regularly denounce as out of touch with middle class, suburban values.

The expectation in part is for Corzine to address a $2.5 billion budget deficit and as he puts human faces on problems with Ronald Reagan–style stand up and take a bow anecdotes ranging from Iraq War veterans to foreclosed homeowners, the millionaire governor dives into the teeth of his speech.

"What I say may not be popular, but you can be sure that what I say comes from my heart," he says, later quoting Lincoln on the anniversary of the 16th president's birth. 

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Christie makes his pitch on bail reform TRENTON -In a win-win moment for Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks tough guy points ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary, both houses of the legislature packed into the assembly chamber and listened as Christie pleaded for a constitutional amendment on...

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