Incumbent Sen. Frank Lautenberg bolstered his left-leaning credentials today with the endorsement of Democracy for America, which bills itself as the “nation's largest progressive political action organization.”
Lautenberg is running against Rep. Rob Andrews in the Democratic Senate primary.
United States Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) may have done both Frank Lautenberg and Rob Andrews a favor today by not weighing in on their Senate primary fight.
“I’ve never been involved with it. Frank Lautenberg is a good friend, and I know Rob Andrews,” said Lieberman as he was leaving a McCain press conference at Jersey City’s Liberty Science Center. “Probably I should say that I have nothing to say.”
Lieberman, who broke with Democrats over his support of the Iraq War and left the party to win reelection to his seat in 2006 after he was defeated by Ned Lamont in the primary, wouldn’t exactly be a coveted endorsement in the race. Both Democrats have distanced themselves from their own earlier support for the war, and Lieberman's support of President Bush's foreign policy is anathema to the liberal Democrats who tend to turn out for primaries.
Lieberman continues to caucus with the Democratic Party, but is an “Independent Democrat” who supports Republican John McCain for president.Read More >
The Star-Ledger is reporting that Passaic Mayor Samuel Rivera today in federal court pleaded guilty to corruption charges and faces up to 18-24 months in prison.
Caught in an FBI sting last year, Rivera, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of extortion after being accused of accepting $5,000 in cash from a dummy insurance brokerage firm.
Rivera resigned as mayor of Passaic, effective at 5 p.m. today, according to the Star-Ledger.Read More >
U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) issued a statement today concerning his switch of support from Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) to Sen. Barack Obama (D-NJ) in their presidential contest.
"Hillary Clinton is a good friend, and I continue to hold her in high regard," said Payne, a party superdelegate. "She has made important contributions to our nation through her outstanding work as First Lady and in the United States Senate."Read More >
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Rep. Donald Payne (D-Newark) is switching his superdelegate vote to Barack Obama. Payne, a ten-term Congressman, endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination on January 1. Payne is the third superdelegate from New Jersey to switch from Clinton to Obama since Clinton won a 9 point victory in the February 5 Democratic presidential primary.
PATERSON - As recently as last month, Mayor Jose "Joey" Torres was coy about whether he would publicly get into the race against his adversary, Ward Two Councilman Aslon Goow.
"I don't know if a mayor should endorse," the mayor mused, later threatening to get into the contest if Goow continued his public assault against his record as mayor.
Today, Torres officially got in the game, lending his voice in a robocall to the cause of Goow challenger Elizabeth Rosado, wife of longtime Torres ally, former Councilman Jerry Luis Rosado.
Goow, a two-term incumbent, is trying to fend off challenges from both Rosado and mason contractor John Larko.Read More >
Add New Jersey native and former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal to the list of people who would like to see Gov. Chris Christie run for president.Read More >
Ramos campaign war chest in Newark mayorial race now more than $500,000 BELLEVILLE - Nanina's in the Park restaurant borders Branch Brook Park, where thousands of cherry blossoms bloom every spring. On Monday night, Newark mayoral candidate Anibal Ramos, Jr., blocks from the North Ward councilman's neighborhood, hoped that...
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By Christopher Durkin Many New Jersey lawmakers have fought to make it easier to vote. And there has been considerable progress in terms of voter access and information. Voter registration has been made easier, with forms available online that... Read More >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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