The start of this Northeastern Republican Organization (NERO) convention is delayed until former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie arrives and when he gets here with a packed room at the Hillsdale Municipal Building waiting, he’s the first speaker.
“Alphabetical order,” explains Mike Ryan of Harrington Park, the chairman of NERO.
Christie makes brief remarks.
“This election is extraordinarily important,” the front running Christie tells the crowd. “You feel the sense of desperation people are feeling, probably for the first time in my lifetime. …We had a governor who four years ago said he would increase property tax rebates 40% over four years and now he wants to zero those out. …If he wonders why people are cynical he ought to get up in the morning and look at himself in the mirror.”Read More >
A key vote is scheduled for Saturday in Bergen County, where Republicans in the 39th district will pick a new Assemblyman to replace John Rooney. Rooney, who has served in the Legislature since 1983, announced this week that he will not seek re-election. Democrats have not won this district since 1977.
Four Republicans are seeking the endorsement of the Northeast Republican Organization (NERO): Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk (R-Montvale), Washington Township Committeeman Robert Schroeder, former River Edge Councilman John Felice, and Harrington Park Councilman Thomas Bettancourt. The Bergen County Republican Organization will award the organization line to the winner of the NERO convention.
Republican radio personality Rush Limbaugh, arguably the president’s most high profile antagonist, registered a 19% favorability rating among those 89% of New Jersey respondents who said they had heard of Limbaugh, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll released today.
Limbaugh made news headlines when he said he hoped President Barack Obama would fail, then amplified his critique during an hour-long pump-up-the troops rally at a conservative venue last month.
According to the FDU poll, 46% say they have an unfavorable view of the movement conservative and just 7% of voters who like Limbaugh also say they approve of Obama’s job performance.Read More >
A report that the chief financial officer of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will appeal the dismissal of his lawsuit against BPU President Jeanne Fox is politically motivated, according to Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan. Joseph Potena had sued Fox, claiming he was mistreated after exposing an $83 million Clean Energy Program account where there are allegations of improper management.
"It proves once and for all that the lawsuit and Republicans politics have been intertwined from the beginning of this 4 1/2 year-old case, said Cryan (D-Union), who is also an Assemblyman. "Republicans have been leaked legal documents since the start of the lawsuit. They have used the lawsuit to pillory a decent, dedicated and proven public servant of thirty years."Read More >
President Barack Obama’s popularity in New Jersey would not necessarily translate into a significant boost for Gov. Jon Corzine, according to a poll released today by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, while Democrats will assuredly do everything they can to keep talk radio phenom Rush Limbaugh inflated in the public consciousness during a gubernatorial election year.
“While 25% of voters – most of them Democrats – say they would be more likely to vote for Corzine in this year’s elections if Obama campaigned for him, this is offset by the 23% of voters – most of them Republicans – who say that they would be less likely to vote for Corzine,” said Dan Cassino, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson.
“A plurality of voters (48%), say it wouldn’t make a difference to them,” Cassino added. “Moreover, while 51% say the country is headed in the right direction, only 25% say the state is headed in the right direction, a number essentially unchanged from many previous measures. Still, he’d rather have a popular president come to the state than not come, and it may benefit him with turnout.”Read More >
Richard McGrath, one of New Jersey's premier spinmeisters, will be moving to Washington this month to become the Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch).
Since 2002, McGrath has been the Communications Director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, where he has played a full-time role in Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, Bob Menendez's 2006 U.S. Senate campaign, and Jon Corzine's 2005 gubernatorial campaign. He was Communications Director for James E. McGreevey's 1997 and 2001 campaigns for Governor, served as Communications Director for two U.S. Senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Torricelli. McGrath has also worked for the New Jersey Senate Democratic office, the state Treasury Department, and the Democratic Governors Association.
McGrath will replace Andrew Souvall, who has worked for Pallone since 2000. Souvall has accepted a private sector position in California.Read More >
Warren Deputy Mayor Victor Sordillo this afternoon said he would not enter the GOP race for Somerset County Freeholder, denying claims by sources that he was poised to enter the contest.
Sordillo, an unsuccessful candidate for freeholder in 2007, who failed last year in his 7th District Congressional bid, said he won't run this year.
That leaves the following candidates, who will screen before the GOP County Committee on April 2 for a seat being vacated by Freeholder Director Rick Fontant: Bernards Committeeman John Carpenter, Montgomery Township Committeeman Mark Caliguire, former prosecutor Tom Roughneen, and Bridgewater Council President Pat Scaglione.Read More >
In his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), Gov. Chris Christie campaigned in Wisconsin today with fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker.Read More >
Dems fail to pry sufficient number from abstemious GOP caucus to pass debt report bill TRENTON - The Assembly this afternoon could not summon the necessary votes to override Gov. Chris Christie's veto of A961, as Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) prevented Democrats - some of them outraged...
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By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor. Not only is there no current legal... Read More >
"When you're asked to cast a vote on a bill and it seems innocuous, and it's got a hidden land mine that perhaps only an expert would see, it would sort of behoove those experts to tell us in advance rather than make us look, shall we say, a little bit indecisive later on." - Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).- NJTV
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