U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) may have stood on stage with President George W. Bush at a signing ceremony for the Iraq War resolution, but he questions why U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) has a stock portfolio brimming with big oil.
According to the congressman's reading of a U.S. Senate ethics disclosure form, Lautenberg holds stock in Copano Energy, BTA Oil, Anadarko Petroleum, Marathon Oil, and Pacific Energy.
Andrews admitted maybe it isn't a lot, but in any case he wants to know if it adds up to a significant flow of money for Lautenberg at a time when New Jerseyans are saddled with soaring gas prices and the country slogs through a seventh year of war in the Middle East.
The senator repeatedly criticizes the Bush Administration for protecting its oil friends while sticking the American people with a higher bill - $4 per gallon by Memorial Day and maybe $5 a gallon by Labor Day - Andrews noted in a Wednesday afternoon conference call with reporters.Read More >
Hunterdon County's five freeholders - Director Erik Peterson, Deputy Director William Mennen, Matt Holt, George Melick and Ron Sworen -today endorsed former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer for U.S. Senate.
"I am honored to have the support and backing of my home county freeholders to help in my fight," Zimmer said. "I look forward to working with them over the coming months to defeat the Democrats in November."
Zimmer is running in the GOP primary against state Sen. Joseph Pennacchio and economist Murray Sabrin.Read More >
Sen. Frank Lautenberg leads Rep. Ron Andrews by a 35%-20% margin in the Democratic U.S. Senate primary, with Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello at 8%, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today. Lautenberg has 59%-19% approval rating among New Jersey Democrats, and a 48%-31% statewide approval. Andrews has a 13%-15% approval rating among Democratic voters and just 44% of Democrats recognize his name. But 61% of voters – and 56% of Democrats -- say its time for a new person in the Senate, and just 26% say the 84-year-old Lautenberg should be re-elected.
Voters are split on whether Lautenberg is getting too old to be an effective Senator: 41% say he is, but 46% say he’s not.
“Saying you want new blood is a far cry from actually voting against a seasoned incumbent,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “While we did not run a true likely voter match-up for the Senate primaries, the poll indicates that Democratic voters appear unwilling to oust Lautenberg.”Read More >
The Governor’s office had kind words today for his Deputy Chief of Staff, Javier Inclan, who found himself enmeshed in the trial of Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna and his wife.
Delle Donna was convicted of extortion and tax fraud today for accepting and concealing payments from bar owner Luisa Medrano.
“The Governor commends Javier for his efforts to testify for the prosecution. He believes that Javier was doing the right thing in standing up and helping the government make its case,” said Corzine press secretary Lilo Stainton.Read More >
State Democratic Chairman Joseph Cryan's decision to file an appeal to a Superior Court judges' ruling today created an opening for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1) to argue that U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) could not claim total victory in the courtroom.
"Has Cryan decided to appeal today’s ruling on behalf of Lautenberg?" said Andrews spokesman Michael Murphy.
He answered his own question, "Certainly."
Cryan, a Lautenberg supporter, and the Lautenberg people both deny that’s the case and say it’s more desperation from Andrews to spin a loss into an optimistic sound-bite.
"We are not appealing the decision," said Julie Roginsky, spokesperson for the Lautenberg campaign.
Andrews, who is challenging Lautenberg, fought an unsuccessful battle in the courts to try to get all three of the U.S. Senate candidates to be bracketed together - without any other down ballot candidates - in their own interfacing column on the primary ballot.Read More >
Gov. Chris Christie is California’s favorite among potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, according to a new poll.Read More >
Donovan rolls out Bergen County Exec re-election campaign CARLSTADT - In this Bergen borough on the edge of the Meadowlands, Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan announced her re-election bid on Tuesday, with the Republican hoping to emerge from the swamp of county politics triumphant in the November 2014...
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BY MARTIN PEREZ In the wake of the Governor’s historic win of 51% of the Latino vote, the issue of in-state tuition has become the site of a heated turf war between N.J. Democrats and Governor Christie. This lame duck battle is a good sign for... Read More >
"I think it's going to be fine. I don't take this personally. Some people in my party agree with me, some don't. Senator Cardinale is very gracious by supporting me tonight, and [Bergen County GOP Chairman] Bob [Yudin], of course, is celebrating Hannukah, so I don't expect him to be here tonight." - Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan, at her campaign launch last night.- PolitickerNJ.com
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