Democrats won't take Middlesex for granted

Democrats won't take Middlesex for granted
Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), left, and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parisipanny-Troy Hills), come into each other's wheel house on the chamber train.

NEW BRUNSWICK - Intent on reviving the Reagan legacy during last year’s presidential election, Republicans established their campaign base camp in the Woodbridge area and jumped on the telephones in search of suburban white voters who might identify with the patriotic and moderate elements of U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) candidacy.

If President Barack Obama stumbled in his bid, the GOP wanted to be in a position to rev up the diner and bowling pin and VFW Hall crowds, but it never happened.

With Obama in cruise control and the game changed when McCain moved rightward with his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, Middlesex County finally went heavily for the Illinois senator: 60 to 38.5% - a margin not as wide as Essex (76 to 23%); or Hudson (73 to 26%), and right around the percentages registered by neighboring Union County (64 to 35%).

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Sources: party at Bramnick home should bet Christie $60k

Sources: party at Bramnick home should bet Christie $60k
Assembly Minority Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) is a possible candidate for Lt. Governor if Chris Christie wins the GOP nomination for Governor.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s Assembly Whip Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) at Union Station and someone on the move cries out to him, “Hey, it’s the lieutenant governor,” and Bramnick grins and waves, playing along with GOP buzz that he’s short list candidate for the number two spot on a gubernatorial ticket topped by former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.

“I’m well trained for the job,” Bramnick cracks to a gaggle of reporters wiaiting to catch the Chamber of Commerce train back to New Jersey. “I tell people I’m from District 21 and they look right through me. Then I tell them it’s Tom Kean’s district and suddenly they warm up.”

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Kasparian won't punish Democratic faction in Dist. 37 with a primary challenge

Kasparian won't punish Democratic faction in Dist. 37 with a primary challenge
Newly-elected Bergen County Democratic Chairman Michael Kasparian says he won't support a primary challenge agianst two Democratic legislators who did not back his campaign to succeed Joseph Ferriero.

New Bergen County Democratic Organization (BCDO) Chairman Michael Kasparian wants to avoid a primary blowup in a gubernatorial election year, and to that end today made it clear he has only olive branch intentions when it comes to Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood).

There will be no organizational primary challenge to the two 37th District incumbents this year, he said, depite Huttle and Johnson’s initial intransigence regarding Kasparian’s candidacy and his perceived closeness to jettisoned BCDO Chairman Joseph Ferriero.

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DiMaio lands support of Warren sheriff

DiMaio lands support of Warren sheriff
Warren County Freeholder John DiMaio

The GOP Assembly race in the 23rd District continues, as Warren County Freeholder John DiMaio today secured the endorsement of three-term Warren County Sheriff Sal Simonetti.   

“I have always known John to be a steward of the taxpayers monies and in Trenton, I have 100% confidence that he will be just as vigilant in his work to reduce the size of government while returning more money to the local entities, Simonetti said in a statement.

“As a law enforcement officer, I recognize the need for dedicated and ethical elected officials who truly understand what it means to be a public servant,” the sheriff added. In John, the residents of the 23rd District can be assured they are getting a man of character, integrity and who possesses the acumen necessary to be a leader in the State Legislature.”

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Corzine joins Reporters Roundtable panel tonight

Corzine joins Reporters Roundtable panel tonight
Gov. Jon Corzine finishes the NJN taping session.

WOODLEY PARK – NJN political director Michael Aron sits on a stage in a ballroom here at the Marriot in Washington, D.C., taping Reporters Roundtable in front of a live audience on the occasion of the 72nd annual New Jersey Chamber Trip.

Joining Aron and three reporters is Gov. Jon Corzine, who argues the necessity of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan and answers some questions about the unfolding gubernatorial campaign, including former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s campaign kickoff next Wednesday. 

“There will be significant political debate and I welcome it; it will make for a better end result,” Corzine says. But “while we’re trying to think about rationalizing a budget, it is better for those of us sitting in office to stay focused on those issues.” 

 

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A Pallone welcome

A Pallone welcome
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) at his home away from home.

WASHINGTON - The train pulls into Union Station and disgorges the New Jersey delegation.

Gov. Jon Corzine and his aides head down the steps and alight on the train platform, moving with the crowd toward the escalators and when they reach the receiving area in Union Station, a beaming U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch) is there to provide a Washington welcome.

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Cryan blasts Republican gov. candidates for 'throwing GOP under the train'

Cryan blasts Republican gov. candidates for 'throwing GOP under the train'
Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan, right, hobnobs with Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic)

BALTIMORE - As Republicans like state Sen. Tom Kean, Jr., (R-Union) and Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany-Troy Hills) mingled with lobbyists and fellow politicians on the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce train trip to Washington, D.C., this afternoon, Democrats seized on the apparent contradiction of their presence here.

“I’d like to know why the three Republican gubernatorial candidates aren’t interested in finding answers for our economic troubles and are instead all too eager to throw their friends and colleagues under the bus as a political stunt,” said Democratic State Chairman Joe Cryan, referring to thumbs-down statements of the chamber event issued by former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and other Republicans candidates for governor. 

“We’re hopeful that New Jersey residents will make a quick recovery from the greatest economic downturn in our lifetime,” Cryan added.

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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

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