Mike Kelly's coverage of the N.J. National Guard

The Record's Mike Kelly ran a series of stories about the New Jersey National Guard being deployed to Iraq that's worth looking at, especially his slide show:

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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 PolitickerNJ.com 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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The Back Room

National progressive group backs Watson Coleman in CD12

The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 24, 2014

Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...

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Op-Ed

How the City of Paterson became a city in crisis

By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >

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Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.

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