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 >
United States Attorney Chris Christie issued a statement today clarifying a remark he made at a public forum in Dover over the weekend.
At the event, sponsored by the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey and hosted by the United Methodist Church at Dover, The Star-Ledger quoted Christie saying that "being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime.”
In today’s statement, The U.S. Attorney’s office wrote that being here without proper documentation and sneaking across the United States border are not the same.Read More >
While the largest branch of the Communications Workers of America backed Rob Andrews for Senate last week, two of the union’s smaller locals stuck with incumbent Frank Lautenberg.
On Friday, CWA Locals 1039 and 1032 endorsed the incumbent Senator. Combined, the two have about 12,000 members.Read More >
Jim Leonard, chief of staff to state Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, is going to be the new senior vice president of community investment for the New Jersey Devils.Read More >
The Shavar shift: Jeffries campaign in Newark appears to gain traction with North and South Jersey playersNEWARK - On the front lines of the four-man Newark mayoral race, so far the most shots have been fired by competing candidates and councilmen Anibal Ramos, Jr. and Ras Baraka. The sons...
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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 >
"He can't be trusted to run a toll bridge, how can he be trusted to run a country?" - Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, on Gov. Chris Christie.- MSNBC
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