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MINNEAPOLIS - His name was in the mix of those South Jersey Democratic Organization stalwarts who might step up and replace a retiring U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights).

But amid the cry of foul by Republicans, and off-the-record hand wringing by fellow Democrats, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro) said Andrews’s trip to Denver to hear Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) deliver his acceptance speech may have played a role in Andrews’s decision to go back to Congress.

"You listen to the speech-making in Denver, and if you have the opportunity to be part of that, you’re in a position where you can be even more effective," said Burzichelli.

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Camden Republican chair denounces Andrews decision

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights): Politicker file photoU.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights): Politicker file photo 

MINNEAPOLIS - Hearing the news that U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews (D-Haddon Heights) intends to pursue re-election to the U.S. Congress after repeatedly denying that he would run again, Camden County Republican Chairman Richard DeMichele bewailed Andrews’s actions as "distasteful and misleading."

"If you can’t believe him when he tells you about one of his most intimate decisions, how can you trust him making decisions in Washington?" DeMichele said of the man who forsook his congressional seat to unsuccessfully challenge U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park), swearing all along that he was done with Congress.

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Layton stands with DeCroce

MINNEAPOLIS - Burlington County Republican Chairman Bill Layton said his organization stands unequivocally with Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, who this week announced his intention to pursue a fourth term as leader.

"This guy’s not afraid to bang kneecaps," said Layton in assessing the minority leader’s toughness.

"Today he was attacking the governor on taxes," the county chairman explained. "Alex has been an unbelievable friend to Burlington County. Under his leadership we picked up seats next year. The record speaks for itself. Alex was instrumental in assuring an 8th district victory for us last year, where Democrats outspent Republicans nearly 2-1. He was a very big part of the success story."

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Glading calls Andrews a "compulsive liar"

The good news for 1st District Republican Congressional candidate Dale Glading is that he now knows who his opponent is.

But he’s not happy about it.

"Frankly, I am outraged that Rob Andrews has once again gone back on his word to the people of New Jersey, revealing for the umpteenth time his uncontrollable political ambitions,” he said. In a statement.  “A man's word should be his bond, and Rob should be ashamed of himself for breaking his promise not to re-enter the race.  The people of the 1st District deserve a representative in Congress who they can trust, not a compulsive liar like Rob Andrews." 

Glading is running a long-shot campaign in this heavily Democratic district. 

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Andrews to hold press conference tomorrow

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews will hold a press conference tomorrow to announce his intentions with regard to his House seat, according to Burlington County Democratic Chairman Rick Perr.

Perr would not confirm that Andrews is going to run again, but said he will support him if he does.

“I understand that Rob has a press conference tomorrow, but my position has always been that Rob Andrews is the best person to hold the seat and if that’s going to be his final decision, then I support it 100%,” he said.

Update: A press release from Andrews said he's slated to make a "major announcement" at 10 am tomorrow at Camden's ACIN Camden Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology at the Waterfront Technology Cente.


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Hawkins digs in on televised council meetings

Mayor Eldridge Hawkins: Politicker file photoMayor Eldridge Hawkins: Politicker file photo 

MINNEAPOLIS - Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins today said he has no intention of backing down from his promise to deliver televised meetings to the people of his city, despite a majority on the city council refusing to participate in live televised meetings.

"They paralyzed the progress of the city, and left the meeting with no quorum last night," said Hawkins, who took office in July to succeed Mims Hackett, who was busted by the FBI last year and convicted of public corruption.

"First, I need no special authority from the council to record the meetings," said Hawkins. "It’s a public right to record those meetings. But second, though I needed no extra authority, I intentionally sought out the council president."

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Andrews will seek re-election to House

Andrews will seek re-election to House

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews is calling key local Democrats today to inform them he is planning to run for his congressional seat after months of vowing he would not. The veteran Camden County Democrat is expected to receive the full support of South Jersey Democratic leader George Norcross who according to a report on last week had told Andrews he would respect whatever decision he reached.

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Bennett happy with quiet post-Senate life

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Enjoying his current career as an attorney, lobbyist and political operative, former Republican Senate President John O. Bennett said that he has no desire to return to elected office.

“I’m not done. I’m involved. But I’m done with elected office, other than party positions, basically,” said Bennett, who served an eventful four days as acting governor in 2002 and is in Minnesota this week as an alternate delegate.

Bennett remains active in the Monmouth County Republican Party, and is the county’s state committeeman. He said he believes that the new Republican county chairman, former Sheriff Joseph Oxley, has the ability to bring competing factions together.

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The Back Room

Daily News: PVSC still a patronage cesspool

Despite Gov. Chris Christie's much-covered intevention and rearrangement of the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission (PVSC) four years ago, the place is still a mess, according to a story in the Daily News.

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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop



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