Sworen backs Karrow in the 23rd District

As early as Monday, Hunterdon County Freeholder Ron Sworen said he didn’t think he would endorse a candidate in the 23rd District state Senate matchup between Assemblyman Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.) and Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan Twp.). But today he decided to pick a candidate. 

“I’m going to be supporting Marcia Karrow for the Senate seat,” Sworen told PolitickerNJ.com. “Her local level experience is something we need desperately in the senate, and I intend to vote for her at the convention on Saturday.”

Karrow is a former Raritan mayor and committeewoman.

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Inauguration Day Democratic Party imagery hypes the Corzine-Obama connection

Inauguration Day Democratic Party imagery hypes the Corzine-Obama connection
Gov. Jon Corzine tonight in Edison.

EDISON – Gov. Jon Corzine’s 2009 reelection campaign received a predictable, high-profile kick-start at an Inauguration celebration here tonight as Corzine allies showcased images of the governor together with newly sworn-in President Barack Obama in a buck-up-the-troops multimedia show.   

The governor attended the Inauguration earlier today then made a beeline back to New Jersey to be with this crowd of Obama supporters from Middlesex and Essex, who were joined by well-wishers coming from as far away as Camden. 

While a New Jersey delegation whooped it up in downtown Washington, D.C, a bearded middle-aged man with a small entourage ducked through a back door in a hotel amid the highways somewhere in Edison, New Jersey. 

Corzine entered the Holiday Inn ballroom, worked his way through a crowd of around 1,000 people and jumped onto the stage. 

“I want you to party on down,” cried the governor, his arms outstretched. “They’re partying in D.C., and I’m glad I’m not down there, but here with you!”

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Watson Coleman welcomes 'true partner' for N.J.

Watson Coleman welcomes 'true partner' for N.J.
Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing)

Assembly Majority Leader Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) today released a statement on the occasion of President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. 

The hope and optimism that surrounds President Obama’s inauguration could not come at a more fateful time for our nation,” said Watson Coleman, a former State Democratic Party chair and rumored to be a short-list candidate for lieutenant governor. “Buffeted by recession and torn apart by war, our nation now has in the White House the inspirational and hard-working leader we need to renew America’s promise and repair our collective faith.  

“Closer to home, New Jersey now has a true partner who will work with us to jumpstart our economy and deliver on the federal government’s many broken promises of support,” Watson Coleman added. “Barack Obama may be America’s first African-American president, but more importantly he is America’s president – period."

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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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"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

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