Booker gratified by Obama's New Jersey shout-out

Booker gratified by Obama's New Jersey shout-out
Newark Mayor Cory Booker

Pulling away from President Barack Obama’s Inauguration this afternoon with the crowd, Newark Mayor Cory Booker conceded the times ahead are going to be hard but that the new President delivered “the perfect speech for the time.” 

“The totality of his words penetrated to the core of our country’s cynicism and awakened us with a sense of what our history proves are our abilities,” said Booker, who in slow-moving traffic was on his way to meetings before attending tonight’s New Jersey ball at the Washington Court Hotel on New Jersey Avenue. 

Obama threw an oratorical life line out to New Jersey in the form of a reference to the Battle of Trenton, an historical allusion Booker himself repeatedly used in the primary as a metaphor for the Obama forces’ hard slog ahead.  

In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river,” Obama said in his speech. “The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people.”

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Peck mulls District 23 Assembly bid

Peck mulls District 23 Assembly bid
Bloomsbury Mayor Mark Peck

Bloomsbury Mayor Mark Peck acknowledged today that he is mulling a run for the Assembly in the 23rd District. 

“It’s certainly something I’m considering, and it’s a matter of where I think I can make the most difference,” said Peck, who failed in his 2005 primary bid for the Assembly, and last year challenged Hunterdon County Republican Chairman Henry Kuhl and lost.

“We needed new direction and new energy in the Republican Party and to date I’m pleased to see a lot of the reform aspects I called for have been adopted,” Peck said of his challenge to Kuhl. “The party is more open and inclusive, they’re having more lower-cost events, they have a website up and running, and there is more of an effort to communicate electronically.”

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Doherty versus Karrow hinges now on who better infiltrates the county of the other

Doherty versus Karrow hinges now on who better infiltrates the county of the other
Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.)

In order to make that leap to the next level, it comes down to this abbreviated week of eleventh-hour phone calls and handshakes for Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.), each of whom wants to be the next state senator from the 23rd Legislative District.

This is not a battle of opposing ideologies, so much as it is a muscle-flexing exercise for each candidate to prove he or she can sap votes out of the other’s home county.

In a big rural legislative district encompassing portions of the state’s western region where towns have names like Independence, Liberty and White, the Hunterdon-based Karrow and Warren-based Doherty consider themselves tough-nut conservatives.

They want to get rid of the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) and ditch the Abbott Schools system. They’re pro-death penalty and anti-gay marriage. Doherty’s straight arrow pro life; Karrow against partial birth abortions.

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Obama takes office

Obama takes office
Credit: Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Barack H. Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United Statesas on the West Front of the Capitol as his wife Michelle looks on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.

“It was an inspiring and uplifting moment of hope when President Obama took the oath of office, not just for me, but for many millions more across our nation and the world, regardless of political affiliation. The president’s message on the responsibility, duty and legacy we all share as Americans resonates strongly in these challenging times that we face, when we all have to pull together," said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken).  "President Obama has made history by the barriers he has broken, and I believe he will continue to do so by instituting the change he represents for our nation.”

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Obama to take oath at noon

Obama to take oath at noon

Thousands of New Jerseyans are in Washington, D.C. today to watch Barack Obama take the oath of office as the 44th President of the United States at noon today.  Obama becomes the nation's first black president, and the first Democrat to occupy the White House in eight years.

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Levine to formally enter governor's race

Levine to formally enter governor's race
Franklin Twp. Mayor Brian D. Levine (left) poses with Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham)

FRANKLIN TWP. – Good government Mayor Brian D. Levine tonight told PolitickerNJ.com he will formally enter the Republican gubernatorial primary before the end of the month and probably next week. 

Levine’s challenge for the right to face incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine officially makes it a four-man contest among Levine, Assemblyman Richard Merkt (R-Mendham), former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, and former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.  

“I believe in bottom up rather than top down politics and I will be running my usual grassroots campaign, which is how I have run and won two elections as mayor of Franklin,” said Levine, a certified public accountant and pro-choice fiscal conservative who promises a shoe leather campaign in search of small dollar donations.

Levine’s entrance into the race appears on its face to create a case of two against two.

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Lonegan says he won't use Christie's ties to Bush as a point of attack in GOP primary

Lonegan says he won't use Christie's ties to Bush as a point of attack in GOP primary
Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan

On their way to tomorrow’s inauguration, Democrats are running past the Bush presidency as if it were the forgotten carcass of Commodus at the end of “Gladiator,” but they mean to at least sufficiently resuscitate what they see as the wreckage of the Bush years in order to make it an issue for former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, should he land the GOP nomination for governor. 

In the meantime, don’t expect Bush’s name to come up much in attack dog primary ads.  

“His 21% approval is actually up five points from just before the election, a difference reflected in the fact that half of Republicans (50%) now approve of the president, while about a third disapprove (36%),” said Fairleigh Dickinson University pollster Peter Woolley.  “Before the November election the numbers were reversed: half of Republicans disapproved of Bush and about a third approved (37%)."

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"Christie’s method for coping with scandal has been more complicated. In January, the seemingly-local issue of lane closings on the George Washington Bridge, which created a massive traffic jam in the Hudson River town of Fort Lee, became one of national interest when it was revealed that one of Christie’s closest staffers had ordered them—for what looked like political retribution against a Democratic mayor. The scandal was quickly dubbed 'Bridgegate,' and unfortunately for Christie, it played into his reputation as a bully. Christie's response was to act unlike himself: humble." - Olivia Nuzzi

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