Baroni won't address U.S. Attorney buzz

Despite all the buzz surrounding state Sen. Bill Baroni as a possible U.S. Attorney pick if John McCain wins the presidency, Baroni won’t touch the topic.

“I’ve spent nine years working for John McCain, and the only new job that I care that somebody gets out of November’s election is John McCain becoming president. There’s no other consideration, no other thought, no other discussion about any other job – period,” he said.

Baroni, an attorney, teaches a course at Seton Hall Law, and headed up the effort against Sen. Robert Toricelli’s ballot switch with Frank Lautenberg in 2002. 

“I have spent hours in the snows of New Hampshire and Michigan, and the traffic of southern California, and now nine months later we’re two months away from electing John McCain,” he said.  “I’m not going to begin to discuss hypotheticals.  This is all about John McCain. It has been for nine years, and it will be for 9 more weeks.”

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New Jersey Republicans just happy to be on the floor

Like the Democrats last week, the New Jersey delegation at the Republican delegation is sitting in the back of the house – way off to the podium’s right, but close enough to get a profile view of the speakers. 

New Jersey McCain State Coordinator Rick Mroz, however, said the issue comes up at every convention, and it doesn’t bother him. 

“I love our seats,” he said. “It’s actually still a pretty intimate setting with the delegation on that floor, so I don’t have a problem with it.”

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Donohue mulls another Assembly run

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Last year, with the popular state Senate candidate Jeff Van Drew heading up the ticket, Democrats swept the election in the 1st Legislative District. 

But after a narrow defeat last year, Republican Michael Donohue said today that he’s seriously mulling another bid for the Assembly seat, and that 2009 will likely be more advantageous for Republicans than 2007.

“I think it’s going to be very competitive, and I’m thinking about it,” said Donohue as he sat for breakfast with the Republican delegation this morning.

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High profile convention speech is written by a New Jerseyan

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- New Jersey doesn’t have any speakers set for the Republican National Convention, but it does have a speechwriter.

Tomorrow night, former New York mayor/presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will deliver a speech on the convention center’s floor that was written by South Orange native Ken Kurson, a consultant at the New Jersey political firm Jamestown Associates.

Kurson co-wrote Giuliani’s biography, which spent 25 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, and served as Chief Operating Officer of his presidential campaign and Deputy Director of Communications at Giuliani Partners.

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Federal court effectively kills NJ clean elections

Responding to a U.S. Appeals Court ruling that Arizona's "rescue money" provision in their clean elections law is unconstitutional, Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (D-Camden) said on Monday that New Jersey's clean election law is effectively dead. At least for now.

"In terms of enacting legislation to continue New Jersey's Clean Elections pilot program in 2009, the federal courts have imposed obstacles that are insurmountable given the time frame," said Roberts in a statement.

"Instead of rushing to find stop-gap solutions, Clean Elections simply needs a time-out."

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Kean and DuHaime talk McCain and Palin

Breakfast at the Hilton.: Politicker photoBreakfast at the Hilton.: Politicker photo 

MINNEAPOLIS - The room is packed, not because troop volume has increased, but because the room is smaller.

"It’s like 84 degrees in here," said State Republican Chairman Tom Wilson as he entered a breakfast area that had shrunk by half on day two, when the morning news is that President George W. Bush will indeed address the Republican National Convention after being washed out of the picture by Hurricane Gustav on Monday.

There are new faces at the breakfast gathering, including former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-Essex), Assemblyman David Rible (R-Wall), GOP operative Roger Bodman, Morris County Freeholder John Murphy, and biotech millionaire John Crowley.

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RNC Convention Sketchpad, day one: Putting on your American hats

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The Back Room

Trenton mayor's race: Worthy campaign funds surge according to filed ELEC report

Trenton mayoral candidate Walker M. Worthy, Jr. raised more than $75,000 during the most recent fundraising period, boosting his total campaign contributions to date to close to $110,000, according to a written statement issued by his campaign. 

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Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...

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Ryan's Budget Plan

BY ALBIO SIRES This week, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), released yet again another budget with misplaced priorities that will slow our economic recovery and destroy American jobs.  Rather than address the priorities of the... Read More >

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