Atlantic GOP sufficiently healed to withstand targeting by Democrats, Polistina says

Atlantic GOP sufficiently healed to withstand targeting by Democrats, Polistina says
Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township)

Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township) anticipates that he and his District 2 running mate, Assemblyman John Amodeo (R-Margate), will be targets in the coming legislative elections.

But he dismisses any hopes the Democrats had of prying the GOP apart by using the old Democratic Party/Fran Bodine tactic: subbing a Republican in under the guise of the opposition party banner. 

“I don’t think (former Republican legislators) Paul D’Amato and Frank Blee are going to run,” Polistina said. 

Since the 2007 Atlantic County GOP split between former Sen. Bill Gormley (R-Atlantic) and his successor, Egg Harbor Township Mayor Sonny McCullough, “the party has healed very nicely,” said Polistina.

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Reverberations from Lehman investment continue

Reverberations from Lehman investment continue

Thee wrangling over the aftermath of the state’s decision to invest $178 million in Lehman Brothers stock before the company collapsed took a messy turn today.

A complaint about a perceived lack of response to an OPRA request filed on behalf of state Sen. Joe Pennacchio turned into a debate on whether Pennacchio was putting the diversity of the State Investment Council in jeopardy.

In a press release, Pennacchio accused the Treasury Department of stonewalling a Republican staffer’s OPRA request, saying that it was ironic that the department was more concerned about collecting $79.50 in OPRA-related costs than investigating why it invested millions in a troubled company.

“It is obvious that we are being stonewalled,” said Pennacchio. “New Jersey’s citizens have a right to know why and how the Investment Council lost $115 of $178 million invested in a short period of time this summer prior to the sub-prime market collapse. The Lehman’s investment had huge risks and there were obvious personal ties to the New Jersey Investment Council when this failed decision was made. I wish the Treasury was as concerned with the $178 million investment as they are with getting $79.50 from an elected official doing his job.”

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Lonegan endorses Doherty

Republican gubernatorial candidate Steven Lonegan today endorsed fellow conservative Michael Doherty (R-Washington Twp.), an assemblyman, for the state senate.

"Mike Doherty is a man of principle, and a true champion of the taxpayers. As I have traveled the State of New Jersey to support various conservative issues, Mike has always been by my side to fight for smaller government and lower taxes,” said Lonegan. “As an elected official, Mike has never voted for a new tax. He knows that the solution to our problems is cutting spending, not increasing taxes.”

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Still probing a run for governor, Levine files with ELEC

He’s not yet in officially, but he’s moving forward.

Franklin Mayor Brian D. Levine, a moderate Republican interested in pursuing a run for governor, this week inched closer to his goal.

“Yesterday, I filed a form with New Jersey ELEC to set up a campaign name and register and start to put an organization,” said Levine. “Monday I’m slated to give my first economic talk.” 

A CPA by trade and grassroots candidate who won election and re-election in Democratically-controlled Franklin, Levine says he’s used to going door-to-door and generating old fashioned face to face political support.

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Small gears up for mayoral run in Atlantic City

Small gears up for mayoral run in Atlantic City
Atlantic City Councilman Marty Small on his way to Wednesday evening's council meeting in City Hall.

ATLANTIC CITY – Local basketball and baseball star turned 2nd Ward City Councilman Marty Small wants to be mayor of Atlantic City, and says he intends to win the Democratic nomination next year.

“I’m running,” Small told on his way to Wednesday evening’s council meeting in City Hall on Bacharach Blvd. 

Atlantic County insiders say Small has a good shot. He’s well-known in his hometown and was a vigorous backer of President-elect Barack Obama. 

As the incumbent, Mayor Lorenzo Langford is regarded as the favorite in a mayoral contest. But if Council President William “Speedy” Marsh gets in the race, Small could seize the advantage.

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Tittel delighted by Obama's selection of Jackson at EPA

Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Sierra Club, lavishes praise on Lisa Jackson, former director of the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to head the national Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

“I think it’s a great appointment,” said Tittel. “She’s young, dynamic, well-spoken and has very strong, core environmental beliefs.”

Calling the 46-year old Jackson “Corzine’s star,” Tittel credited her with convincing the governor to support the state’s global warming initiative and for strengthening the alternative energy focus of the state’s energy plan.

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With 'business-friendly' message, Bucco says GOP can take back governor's office

With 'business-friendly' message, Bucco says GOP can take back governor's office
State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris)

BOONTON – State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) said he has not yet committed to a gubernatorial candidate to challenge Gov. .Jon Corzine, but said he thinks whoever runs has a good chance of beating the incumbent Democrat – particularly if that person runs on an aggressive smaller government message. 

“I like Christie,” Bucco said of former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, who hasn’t yet entered the Republican Primary, but whom many establishment Republicans favor as the best choice to square off against Corzine. 

“But I haven’t committed to anyone,” added the veteran senator, who attended his son’s formal campaign kickoff for the Assembly in District 25.

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Environment NJ praises Obama's choice of Jackson to head EPA

Environment New Jersey today issued a release praising President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Lisa Jackson to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

"It represents a 180 degree turnaround for the United States on the environment," spokesman Matt Elliot said of the former dircector of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. "While President Bush has stifled new environmental protections and unraveled old ones, Lisa Jackson has for the past three years been working to make New Jersey a national leader on some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time."

Elliot cited Jackson's work on the Global Warming Response Act and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

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The Back Room

Christie defends himself in NH

Zapped by the DNC on his way into New Hampshire this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie defended his economic record while wooing NH voters for the second time in little more than a month, according to the Associated Press.

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: July 31st

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