Wilson: If you can't trust Andrews on this, what can you trust him on?

Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson said that U.S. Rob Andrews’s decision to seek reelection to Congress shows that a new Congressman is needed in the 1st District.

“Rob Andrews has spent nearly 20 years in Washington. It’s time for a change,” he said just before boarding a bus to watch Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin speak at the Republican National Convention. “It’s a sad statement that the Democrats have to rely on defeated retreads. If you can’t trust Rob Andrews when it comes to one of the most personal decisions of his life, I don’t know what you can trust him on.”

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Davis backs DeCroce

MINNEAPOLIS - Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis today declared his support for GOP Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, who officially announced today that he plans to run again.

"It goes without saying that Alex is a strong leader who has created a brand identity for our party," said Davis. "He’s established a cohesiveness with (Senate Minority Leader) Kean in order to make inroads for our party.

"Now is not the time to be switching horses," he added of a possible challenge to DeCroce by Assembly Conference Leader Pete Biondi (R-Somerville). "I’m sorry, I don’t know Pete Biondi. I don’t recall him being very vocal during the budget crisis."

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Pascrell not surprised by Andrews reversal

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), who butted heads with U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews when he decided to challenge Frank Lautenberg in the Senate primary, kept his statement on Andrews’s return to the ballot short and not-so-sweet.

“Mr. Pascrell has no comment at this point but was not surprised by the news,” said Pascrell spokesman Caley Gray. 

 

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Murphy: Andrews's decision to return is a sacrifice

Former Rob Andrews Senate Campaign Chairman Michael Murphy said that Andrews changed his mind and “put service to our country after self.”

“Rob’s a good friend and colleague, and I hold him in high regard and have great respect for him,” he said. “It was a uniquely personal decision, and one he made with the input of his friends and family.”

Murphy said he’s been urging Andrews to reconsider his promise to leave the House seat since he lost the U.S. Senate primary against Frank Lautenberg.

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There's the cynical interpretation... and then there's the idealistic interpretation

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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The Back Room

Tea Party Express backs Lonegan in CD3

Tea Party Express, which calls itself the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, today announced its endorsement of Steve Lonegan for the 3rd Congressional district.

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