For a candidate who’s running for state Senate against a powerful, entrenched incumbent in a heavily Democratic district, Bob Martin has put a lot at stake.
The 50-year-old Hopewell Township resident, a partner at the consulting firm Accenture, has pumped nearly $100,000 of his own money into his race against Shirley Turner, who’s running for her fourth term in the Senate. But the district’s numbers alone – a 3-1 Democratic registration advantage, --look almost insurmountable.
“There’s no doubt that by registration there are more Democrats than Republicans here,” said Martin. “But the 53,000 unaffiliated voters out there have a big say in this election, and we’ve reached out to them.”Read More >
Lyndhurst mayor and newly minted Democrat Richard DiLascio wants to clear the air.
He didn’t leave the Republican Party because Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero cut a deal with him, he said. He didn’t leave because he wanted to join the winning team. To hear DiLascio tell it, the county’s Republican party left him.
“I’ve been the chairman of this party in Lyndhurst for 20 years, a member for 30 years and in all that time there was always an opportunity to have discussions about different things facing the organization,” said DiLascio. “But lately the organization lost its focus- there’s nothing there but this totally irrelevant agenda that doesn’t meet its constituency’s needs.”Read More >
State Sen. Diane Allen fired off an angry letter to the Burlington County Republican municipal chairs on Sunday, criticizing former GOP Chairman Glen Paulsen for meddling with her campaign in what appears to be a rift in the county organization.
In the letter, which Allen did not publicize, she wrote that Paulsen had, unbeknownst to her and her running mates, gone behind her back to her treasurer and essentially taken control of her campaign funds.
“This was done without the consent or knowledge of myself, Nancy (Griffin), Brian (Propp), or the former County Chairman,” wrote Allen.Read More >
Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Rob Ortiz responded today to the Democratic coup in Lyndhurst, where the town’s entire governing board decided to abandon the GOP for the Democrats.
While losing a whole town doesn’t bode well for the county’s beleaguered Republican Party, Ortiz’s response was summed up by the heading of his press release: “Good riddance to bad rubbish.”
Ortiz said that Lyndhurst Mayor Richard Dilascio was already known to be an ally of Bergen County Democratic Chairman Joe Ferriero and of State Sen. Paul Sarlo, and re-hashed the charge that DiLascio was offered county job in exchange for making nice with officials at EnCap, a controversial Bergen County mixed-use development.Read More >
It looked as though half the town crowded into Steinert High School for the 14th district state Senate debate Monday between Assemblyman Bill Baroni and Seema Singh, but then again this is Hamilton, where even in the pizza parlors there are signs exhorting people to vote, and where legislative candidates get asked for their autographs.
On key issues Baroni sought to distinguish himself from the Democrats and exploit their weaknesses, while ladling in enough evidence of being pro-environment and pro-good government to put distance on what most New Jerseyans see as the failed leadership of his party at the national level.
The labor-endorsed senate candidate even properly referred to the opposition as the "Democratic Party," eschewing the Bush Republican practice of refusing to associate Democrats with the small-d adjective "democratic."Read More >
President Barack Obama will return to New Jersey next week to tour the Jersey Shore with Gov. Chris Christie.Read More >
Christie cuts Jersey Shore reopening ribbon on “Today’ Show Gov. Chris Christie is walking the Jersey shore Friday morning along with members of the TODAY show. The governor is appearing on the morning news program ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. The TODAY show appearance is the first of...
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