Rep. Rob Andrews today said that he’s releasing his tax returns from the last eight years and challenged his Senate primary opponent, incumbent Frank Lautenberg, to do the same.
Meanwhile, Lautenberg issued a press release saying that Andrews’s talk of an Iraq withdrawal plan was empty rhetoric.
Andrews pointed to Lautenberg’s 2002 general election campaign, in which he challenged his Republican opponent, Doug Forrester, to release his own tax returns.
"The voters have every right to believe that an elected official is making decisions that are in the best interests of the public - not in his or her own personal financial interest or to benefit a friend or political
associate," said Andrews. "There is no excuse for a candidate to deny the voters this basic but critical information."
Assemblyman Neil Cohen (D-Union) this weekend led a contingent of about 100 Sen. Barack Obama supporters to Philadelphia to go door-to-door for the Democratic Party presidential candidate days before the Pennsylvania primary.
The latest MSNBC poll puts Obama behind Sen. Hillary Clinton, 48% to 43% in Pennsylvania.
Selected last week by his party to serve as an Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention in August, Cohen has volunteered for Obama for the past year.Read More >
Subpoenas are flying in Atlantic City.
The State Attorney General’s office issued at least four subpoenas to City Hall employees on Friday, according to Mayor Scott Evans.
Evans said that the subpoenas mostly cover the last eight years – with one that goes all the way back to 1995 -- and are not related to his new administration. Evans said that he has not been served with a subpoena.
“These are nothing that affects any individuals under my administration. This is an ongoing criminal investigation,” he said. “It’s not a rumor. We were served. It has to do with this time period.”
Evans said that although he is not under investigation, he can’t reveal any additional details.
“My motto is honest integrity, clear and transparent. I wish I could tell you more, but my lawyers have told me zip it,” he said.
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ORANGE - There are no smiles cast across a cold ten feet of space where North Ward Councilwoman Tency Eason faces her rival At-Large Councilman Donald Page as the City Council considers giving the Berg Development Corp. a 20-year tax abatement to redevelop and occupy the old Berg Hat Factory in the valley.
The project was supposed to be completed in January, or a few months after Mayor Mims Hackett marched into federal court in handcuffs on a charge of taking a $5,000 bribe from a phoney insurance contractor.
But the old building with broken windows still juts over the neighborhood and question marks abound about the status of that project and others meant to kick-start this city at the edge of gangland crisis, and now staggered by the Hackett scandal.
"It’s been six years and no major projects are finished," resident Shirley Hendricks reminds the council. "At least five to six buildings should be done over there."
Another resident, Harold Johnson, wants to know if the city has planned appropriately for the impact of 600 condo units - 500 in the historic Valley section, and 100 on Main Street.
"We’re hoping they’re empty nesters," frets Johnson.Read More >
David Evans has decided to drop his candidacy to succeed Rep. Rob Andrews.
Evans, a pastor from Sicklerville, was running for the Democratic nomination for the first district seat currently held by Andrews, who’s leaving that office to run for U.S. Senate. Andrews’s wife, Camille, is running in her husband’s stead as a placeholder candidate while South Jersey powerbrokers decide on a new candidate to put into the race.
Camille Andrews has said that she plans to campaign, but will step aside if asked by party leadership.
Evans spokesman Brandon Bell said that the decision was based on “personal reasons,” and because he needed to devote his time to running the Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold.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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