State Sen. Joe Vitale added his voice to Rob Andrews’s frequent calls for debates with his Democratic Senate primary rival, Frank Lautenberg.
Vitale, who represents Middlesex County and became one of the minority of northern legislators to endorse Andrews earlier this month, said that he’d like to see a debate that focuses on health care. Vitale unveiled his own universal health care plan last month.Read More >
The Atlantic Council of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) today announced their endorsement of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) for re-election.
"It is with great pride that we stand with Sen. Frank Lautenberg who fights for us and for all of New Jersey so well in the United States Senate," said President Timothy Rudolph of the Atlantic Council.
Lautenberg said he was honored to accept the endorsement,
"The working men and women of IFPTE know that I am proud to be their voice in the U.S. Senate," he said. "I will keep fighting for
the right to join a union and will not stop until the Employee Free Choice Act becomes the Employee Free Choice Law. And I will keep working to make sure you receive the fair wages, affordable and accessible health care and the retirement security you earned."
Guttenberg Mayor David Delle Donna was convicted of extortion and falsifying tax returns today but was found not guilty on mail fraud charges. The Mayor’s wife was also convicted. Delle Donna was accused of receiving cash and gifts from Luisa Medrano, a local bar owner with alleged links to a human trafficking ring. Delle Donna is expected to removed from office, and faces a prison term.Read More >
In a blow to the U.S. Senate campaign of U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-1), the appellate division of the state Superior Court today ruled against his appeal for an open primary.
Andrews had hoped that clerks in all of New Jersey's 21 counties would be compelled to situate the three U.S. Senate candidates on ballots that do not give an advantage to the organization choice by allowing him to be bracketed with other organization candidates.
Andrews wanted to be bracketed alone on the primary ballot with U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Morristown Mayor Donald Cresitello.
Failing last week in the chancery division of Superior Court, Andrews’s lawyers yesterday took their case before appellate division judges Ariel Rodriguez, Clarkson Fisher and presiding Judge Edwin Stern.
The judges' ruling enables Lautenberg to mantain his place at the top of the primary ballot in critical northern counties, with key allies, including all of the Democrats in the U.S. Congressional delegation and party picks in Democratic Party strongholds, including Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Union and Middlesex.
"Obviously on the issue of bracketing, he's 0-3," said Lautenberg spokesperson Julie Roginsky, referring to Andrews's previous courtroom efforts.
"We urge them to stop fighting this election in the courts and to start focusing on the real issues that matter to the people of New Jersey," she added.Read More >
Senate candidate Murray Sabrin was presidential candidate Ron Paul’s biggest advocate in New Jersey. And tonight, Paul, a Texas representative, returned the favor by visiting the self-proclaimed Republican frontrunner for a fundraiser at the Hilton next to Newark’s Penn Station.
The event, which attracted about 100 supporters, cost $250 per head and $100 for the under 30 crowd, who made up about a quarter of the audience. Though the campaign wasn’t certain exactly how much they made tonight, spokesman George Ajjan announced with great fanfare that the campaign has raised a total of $500,000 so far.
The general theme of the night was an impending economic collapse if the government doesn’t radically alter its fiscal policy. But Paul, Sabrin and economist Peter Schiff – Paul’s economic advisor -- all said that the Paul’s presidential campaign ignited a movement that has continued with Sabrin’s Senate candidacy, which Paul referred to as “the strategically most important Senate race that’s going on in the country.”Read More >
Frank Lautenberg today won the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign.
The group, which describes itself as “the nation's largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) civil rights organization” is the second major gay rights group to endorse Lautenberg over his rival, Rep. Rob Andrews. He received the endorsement of Garden State Equality last week.Read More >
The man reported to be at the center of a controversy over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge is resigning from the Port Authority, according to published reports.Read More >
Lance looking to ensure CD 3 ‘remains in Republican hands’ LAWRENCEVILLE – U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7) was no stranger on the campaign trail for Steve Lonegan. When the former Bogota mayor made a bid for the U.S. Senate, Lance traveled outside of his district to celebrate Lonegan’s primary...
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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 >
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