Farmer advocacy group endorses Karrow

State Senator-elect Marcia Karrow (R-Raritan) was today endorsed for reelection by the New Jersey Farm Bureau.

"Senator Karrow is exactly the type of leader we need working with us in the Senate," said Richard Nieuwenhuis, the president of the group. "She understands the farming industry and has a genuine passion for preserving agriculture in New Jersey.” 

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Donohue announces assembly run in 1st District

Attorney Michael Donohue announced today that he’s trying again for an assembly seat in the 1st District, which is expected to be one of the major legislative battlegrounds this year.  

Donohue ran unsuccessfully with Norris Clark in 2007 against Democrats Nelson Albano (D- Vineland) and Matt Milam (D-Vineland).  He came within 2,000 votes of Milam in this traditionally Republican district– a sweep that many observers attributed to the coattails of state Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May), the most conservative Democrat in the state Senate. 

“Ronald Reagan said nearly three decades ago that government is not the solution to our problems, government IS the problem,” said Donohue, a Cape May County resident, in a statement.   “What we are faced with now is the need for the radical restructuring of state government in order to have some hope for prosperity in New Jersey in the future.   If companies that have been in existence for a hundred years realize that only through eliminating divisions and downsizing can they survive, then our state government better wake up to the same reality immediately.”

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Voters strongly disapprove of Corzine's handling of economy

Voters strongly disapprove of Corzine's handling of economy
Gov. Jon Corzine has an upside-down 33%-56% approval rating on economic issues.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows that 56% of New Jerseyans disapprove of the way Gov. Jon Corzine is handling the economy, while 33% approve.  That's much different than the way New Jersey voters feel about another Democrat, President Barack Obama.  Obama has a 59%-21% approval rating in New Jersey for his handling of the economy during his two weeks as President.

Among independents, Corzine's economic approvals are upside down at 23%-65%, and he's upside down among every demographic except African American voters (43%-41%).

Corzine approve/disapprove on the economy:

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Morning News Digest: February 5, 2009

Obama enjoys huge approvals in N.J.

Obama enjoys huge approvals in N.J.
Credit: Getty Images Photo
Barack Obama campaigning in Jersey City last year.

President Barack Obama has a 65%-16% approval rating in New Jersey, with 59% saying they like the way he's handled the economy so far, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released earlier this morning.  New Jerseyans back Obama's economic stimulus package 53%-36%, although 67% of voters believe the plan won't help them personally.

"The bottom line is that a majority of New Jersey voters say their personal financial situation is poor or not so good and two thirds do not expect their personal finances to get any better because of President Obama's Economic Stimulus Package being debated in Washington," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  "Voters give the new President a strong 65 percent job approval rating, but nearly three quarters say it will take more than a year for the stimulus program to work.  One voter in five says it will not work at all."

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Obama signs Pallone SCHIP bill

Obama signs Pallone SCHIP bill
Credit: Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Barack Obama, surrounded by members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-Long Branch), far left, finishes signing the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) legislation. The SCHIP legislation extends health coverage to 4 million uninsured children from low income homes at a cost of $32.8 billion through 2013.

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New Lonegan radio ad burnishes his conservative cred

New Lonegan radio ad burnishes his conservative cred
GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan

Gulping at the last bit of oxygen left in the political news cycle after former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie formally entered the governor’s race and remained mostly coy about his positions on economic and social issues, Steve Lonegan’s campaign today released a new radio ad positioning their candidate as the true conservative champion in the contest.

“Only Lonegan” exalts the former Bogota mayor’s record as a tax cutter who kept taxes below the rate of inflation, and led back-to-back charges against former Gov. Jim McGreevey’s gas tax hike and Gov. Jon Corzine’s toll monetization plan.

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In wake of Obama email apology, Bencivengo won't move to oust Lacy

HAMILTON – Mayor John Bencivengo said he does not have the ability to rescind the appointment of Jack Lacy to the Township Library Board of Trustees and the Redevelopment Agency. 

In any case, the mayor said he is satisfied by Lacy’s apology for broadcasting an e-mail comparing the inauguration of President Barack Obama to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which local Democrats have denounced as racist.  

After reading Lacy’s Jan. 30th email, Hamilton Township Democratic Chair John F. Kroschwitz called on Bencivengo and the Town Council to ditch Lacy, a former Republican councilman.

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The Back Room

Christie invades South Carolina

On his first visit to South Carolina as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Gov. Chris Christie stayed in "moderate Charleston, in contrast to other potential GOP candidates who made early visits to conservatives elsewhere," according to an ABC News report.

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Morning Digest: September 17th

U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...

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Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

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“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

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