Presidential race tightens in N.J.; Obama leads shrinks to six points

Presidential race tightens in N.J.; Obama leads shrinks to six points

Barack Obama's lead in New Jersey has shrunk to six percentage points, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll: Getty Images PhotoBarack Obama's lead in New Jersey has shrunk to six percentage points, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll: Getty Images Photo
The contest for New Jersey’s fifteen electoral votes has narrowed to a six-point lead for Barack Obama over John McCain, according to a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released this morning.  Obama leads McCain 47%-41%.  An August 13 Quinnipiac University poll had Obama ahead by ten points, 51%-41%.

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Rob Andrews is back on the ballot

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews was re-nominated for another two-year term tonight in the 1st Congressional District, just five months after dropping off the ballot to challenge Sen. Frank Lautenberg in a primary. 

About 400 county committee members from Camden, Gloucester and Burlington Counties showed up to the meeting in Bellmawr, according to Andrews Chief of Staff Bill Caruso. 

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With other congressmen silent on his decision to seek another term, Andrews hopes to mend fences

Democratic committees from the three counties that comprise the 1st Congressional District will meet tonight to put U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews back (D-Haddon Heights) on the ballot.

Pretty much everyone acknowledges that's a foregone conclusion.  Everyone, that is, except Andrews.

Andrews said that he doesn't take his candidacy for granted, and has reached out to over 500 county committee men and women from Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties.

"All I know is I've made an effort to reach out to as many county committee people as I can," he said.  "I just think people want to be asked, and these are the people that have been most instrumental in my political success.  The committee people are really the heart and soul of the party, and I wanted to make it known that I respect their judgment."

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Merkt moves forward with gubernatorial focus

Assemblyman Rick Merkt (R-Medham) is thinking about running for Governor in 2009.
Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Randolph) intends to discuss the first steps of his gubernatorial campaign on Wednesday in front of the Church of St. Joseph on West Main Street in Mendham at 8 a.m.

Two weeks ago, Merkt told that he would not seek re-election to the Assembly next year so he could focus on a run for governor.

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Yudin: Ferriero investigation will not decide freeholder race

Bergen County Republican Chairman Bob Yudin said today that the federal investigation of his Democratic counterpart, Joe Ferriero, “will have little impact” on the local freeholder and county clerk race this year.

“Joe Ferriero is not on the ballot, but freeholders David Ganz, Bernadette McPherson and Vernon Walton are and they have an abysmal record of governing that they must defend separate from Mr. Ferriero’s possible ethical problems,” he said in a statement.

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Among Bergen Democrats, discussion of life after Ferriero

Among Bergen Democrats, discussion of life after Ferriero

The Record says Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero is the target of a federal probeThe Record says Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joseph Ferriero is the target of a federal probe
Ten years after Joe Ferriero started the Bergen County Democratic Organization’s march toward county-wide domination, his hold on power is quickly slipping away.

Multiple sources report that Ferriero is facing intense pressure from top Democrats in the party to resign permanently from his post as county chairman.  The Record, citing sources, said that Ferriero received a target letter from the U.S. Attorney’s office over an investigation of a grants writing firm he held a stake in.  There are also allegations of an assault during a Labor Day party at his Old Tappan home.  Insiders acknowledge that Ferriero’s grasp on the chairmanship is tenuous at best, and that his days in the position may be numbered in the single digits.

Ferriero has already taken a temporary leave of absence, with Vice Chair Kay Nest taking over his immediate responsibilities.  Already, at least five potential replacements have either been raised as possibilities or have floated their own names to permanently replace him.

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Feds seize documents in Bergenfield

The Record reported today that FBI agents seized records from Bergenfield Borough Hall this morning as part of a probe of top Democratic insiders.  “They served us a very lengthy subpoena on Friday,” Borough Administrator Catherine Navarro-Steinel told The Record.

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Karrow applauds McCain stance on foreign aid reduction

A supporter of Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) going back to his 2000 presidential primary and back before that, Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Flemington) liked the line in McCain’s speech last week about pulling the plug on funds for countries antipathetic to America.

"What he says is the way a lot of people feel," said Karrow, who’s serving as the McCain’s campaign’s chief coordinator in Hunterdon County. "We’re not going to fund people against us overseas. We give 100s of millions of dollars to countries where people want us dead, and that’s wrong."

Asked about the $10-12 billion the United States spends on the war in Iraq, Karrow said the people of Iraq like America’s effort on their behalf.

"We’re trying to make a country into a true democracy, and it’s all about that cost-benefit analysis," Karrow said. "The people there do like us. I hear from soldiers who come back home. They tell me stories about warmth and love. They do like us. The people of Iraq are not our enemies.

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The Back Room

Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council backs Sayegh in Paterson Mayor's race

The Passaic County Building and Construction Trades Council today endorsed Andre Sayegh for Mayor citing his effective leadership, efforts to combat crime, and promotion of business and overall economic development in the City of Paterson.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 18, 2014

Fulop endorses Smith in Bayonne mayoral raceBAYONNE - Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop parachuted into the Bayonne mayoral race on Thursday night by endorsing incumbent Mayor Mark Smith."It is a pleasure to be with you here, Mark," said Fulop to a crowd of more than 125 supporters at a...

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop



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